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Iowa House Ames

405 Hayward Avenue , Ames, IA 50010 USA (Show map)
73 Reviews
$95 - $195
per night

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• Built in 1924 as the Delta Chi Fraternity house. • Became a small hotel in a massive renovation in 2007-2008. • Guest rooms have private baths, most with whirlpool tubs. • Breakfast (included) is served in our dining room 7-9 am weekdays and 8-10 am Saturday and Sunday. • Free high speed internet. • Free parking. • Great for campus visits, reunions, small weddings, family gatherings and business travelers. • Located in the "Campustown" area of Ames, convenient to Central Campus, restaurants and shops, Jack Trice Stadium, Hilton Coliseum, Iowa State Center, CY Stephens Auditorium, Fisher theater and The Lied Recreation Center.

Rooms & Rates

Room 100

This former fraternity housemother's lower level room has a private outside entrance and handy access to the Chapter Room.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Room 101 - Cnct to 102

Spacious main floor room 101 has beautiful hardwood floors and a large accessible bath. It connects to spare bedroom room 102 to make a two-bedroom suite.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3

Room 201

Popular second floor corner room at the head of the stairs; has north and east facing windows.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Room 203

Spacious second floor north-facing Rm 203 features ISU's George Christensen black & white photo art. Microwave-Fridge combo and large wardrobe make this room an extended stay favorite.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3

Room 206

A great feeling corner whirlpool room with south and west windows for a perfect sunset at the end of a beautiful Iowa day. Gourmet Country Breakfast served from 7-9 AM weekdays and 8-10 AM on Saturday and Sunday.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Loft Suite 301

Unique loft suite with a high vaulted ceiling. A spiral staircase takes you up to a loft with full-sized futon. Spacious bathroom with beautiful ceramic tiled shower. Includes flat screen cable TV, wireless high-speed internet, hair dryer and a great Gourmet Country Breakfast.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4

Room 302

An absolutely delightful third-floor southeast corner room with lots of quaint roof pitches.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3

Loft Suite 303 - Cnct to 305

This King Bed Loft Suite is simply spectacular! Its spiral staircase leads up to the well-appointed loft with accomodations for two additional guests, total of four. By adding the connecting spare bedroom room 305 it creates a large suite that will accommodate a total of six persons.

  • Maximum Capacity: 5

Room 304

A soothing third floor room with south facing windows and a view of the Iowa House grounds

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Room 306

A quaint, relaxing southwest corner location with lots of roof pitches gives a great view of the ISU southwest athletic complex

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Room 202

Spacious southeast corner setting with east and south facing windows in both room and bath. Large wardrobe makes it great for extended stays.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3

Room 205

A spacious second floor whirlpool room on the northwest corner overlooking ISU's Southwest Athletic Complex and Arboretum. Includes flat-screen cable TV, wireless high speed internet, mini-frig and hair dryer. This room can accommodate one extra person using our Frontgate E-Z Bed.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3

Room 204

A beautiful whirlpool room with windows facing both south and west, overlooking the Iowa House grounds. Watercolor art is by Iowa artist Ken Smith.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

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  • Guest room4.7
  • Service4.5
  • Value4.4
  • Cleanliness4.8
  • Dining4.5

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5 on October 19, 2014

I love the place. It was very comfortable and everything was well clean.

Well worth it

5 on October 18, 2014

Conveniently located, friendly staff, attractive and plentiful food, ample parking, large room, comfortable bed, places to meet other guests. Couldn't ask for more in a B & B.

Visiting the college

4.0 on October 17, 2014

Great place to stay if you need to be close to the college.

Best Stay EVER!

4.8 on October 13, 2014

The breakfasts were wonderful and Svedlana made me feel like I was visiting family.

Best place to stay in Ames

5 on October 13, 2014

I have stayed here many times and have not been disappointed. Lovely rooms, pleasant staff, great food, wonderful surroundings. I cannot recommend Iowa House any higher.

Plan to Stay Again

4.0 on September 29, 2014

The Iowa House is a superb B&B that does great across the board. I would recomend to anyone to stay, and plan to stay again myself. We had a good visit, enjoyed the breakfast, and the rec-room in the basement was a great place to unwind and get work done.


5 on September 26, 2014

Our Chi Omega reunion weekend was AWESOME! The Iowa House fit the bill perfectly. The rooms were well done and the breakfasts were delicious! We will definitely be back again and we won't wait 30 years!!

A superb bed and breakfast in Ames Iowa

4.8 on September 25, 2014

Whenever I am in Ames, Iowa, I always stay at the Iowa House Bed and Breakfast...that is if I can get a room. Charming, clean, ideally located and run by a polite and helpful staff...there is not much more one can ask.

Charming but pricey

3.8 on September 18, 2014

Nice, quiet, homey place to stay. Rooms can significantly differ in size and it's hard to know when you make the reservation online what you are getting. We ended up having a pretty small room, but if you call to make the reservation, you could ask. The mini fridge was in the very small closet. The place is kind of pricey, particularly the larger rooms. The dining room and living room were very inviting and the chef was so friendly. They treated you like family. We arrived late and there was a note left for us that snacks were in the dining room. That was great because we hadn't had dinner! One problem was that the mini fridge in my room had been defrosted, the tray in it was full of water, and there was water on the floor. Not a big problem, though. All in all it was a pleasant and unique place to stay.

A Gem in Ames

4.6 on September 08, 2014

Wouldn't stay anywhere else!

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Location Type

South of Iowa State University (ISU) (3 Blocks), One block west of Welch Avenue, Southwest Athletic Complex (ISU softball & track), "Campustown" Ames, Iowa


Omaha, NE (OMA-Eppley Field) 42 miles

Directions to property:

Driving north OR south on I-35: • Take Ames EXIT 111B to US HWY. 30 west toward Iowa State University (ISU). • Take UNIVERSITY BLVD EXIT 146 toward ISU. (about 6 mi west of I-35). • Merge RIGHT on to UNIVERSITY BOULEVARD and GET IN THE LEFT LANE. • At the traffic signal turn LEFT (west) onto MORTENSEN PARKWAY. • When MORTENSON becomes two lanes [about 0.8 mi] look right for HAYWARD. • Turn right on HAYWARD AVENUE (near ISU Cross Country signs). • Go about 0.5 mi and look left for 405 Hayward Ames, IA 50014 (large “Iowa House” sign). • Turn LEFT on Knapp Street and LEFT into the parking lot.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, National/State parks, Nature area, Iowa State University, Jack Trice Stadium, Hilton Colosseum, Cy Stephens Auditorium, Reiman Gardens, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River

Inn Details

Establishment type

Bed and Breakfast, Urban Inn, Historic Inn

On-site amenities

BBQ grill, Board games, Computer, Conference Rooms, Copier, DVD Player, In-room internet, Fax Machine, Fireplace, Telephone, Washer/dryer, Wedding Facilities

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Desk, Fridge, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Internet Service, Microwave, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bicycle riding trails, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseshoes, Kayaking, Iowa State University Activities, Iowa State Alumni Association, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming

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  • Check In:: 3 p.m. - 11 p.m
  • Check Out:: 11 a.m.
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Limited We welcome well-behaved children under adult supervision.
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access Yes

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: Some special events may require a two or three-day stay
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  • Deposit Amount Required: We require a deposit equal to 100% of the quoted rate plus tax. You may use a credit card to book and pay online.
  • Cancellations: Most situations: If you give us 15 or more day’s notice, we will cancel your reservation(s) and refund your deposit(s), less a $25 cancellation fee per room. If you cancel within 14 days and up to two days before your arrival date we will refund the balance of your deposit less the $25 per room fee if we are able to re-rent the room at the same rate. If you cancel after 4 p.m. two days prior to your arrival date, you will lose your deposit for the entire stay. Early departures and "No-Shows" are regarded as cancellations. Special Events: For special events like Family Weekend, VEISHEA and Spring Graduation, If you give us 30 or more day’s notice, we will cancel your reservation(s) and refund your deposit(s), less a $25 cancellation fee per room. If you cancel within 30 days and up to five days before your arrival date we will refund the balance of your deposit less the $25 per room fee if we are able to re-rent the room at the same rate. If you cancel after 4 p.m. two days prior to your arrival date, you will lose your deposit for the entire stay. Early departures and "No-Shows" are regarded as cancellations.



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Gourmet Country Breakfast

  • Serving Location: Dining Room

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405 Hayward Avenue , Ames, IA 50010 USA (Show map)

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