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Iowa House Ames

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

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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.



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  • Guest room4.6
  • Service4.5
  • Value4.4
  • Cleanliness4.8
  • Onsite Dining4.5

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Friends and Fun means Fantastic Stay

4.8 on March 25, 2015

I chose the Iowa House for a friend get together that we have once a year. It was the perfect place for us to gather and enjoy food, fun, and laughter. We rented the Chapter room for our get together and it was perfect. We could eat, have fun, and be loud without disturbing the other guests. The guest rooms were fantastic! Very clean, modern, and comfortable. We were together yet had our own rooms when the party was done. Breakfast exceeded my expectations. Most b & b breakfasts are good but this was fantastic. The chef served us eggs benedict with all of the trimmings in the morning and it was wonderful. We felt so comfortable visiting in the living and dining areas that we didn't want to leave when the 11:00 check out time came around. The house is well decorated with comfortable furnishings and a feeling of home. The staff was very accommodating for our group and very nice.

Lovely place!

4.8 on March 19, 2015

I stayed here for a campus visit. The room was cute and clean, and I loved the shampoo/condition/lotion provided. The hot breakfast was a treat. Overall, a great experience!

More of an hotel experience than a B&B

3.2 on March 03, 2015

The facility is nice, clean and well decorated. It lacked the warmth of an innkeeper that we normally experience at a B&B. We were greeted by a friendly college-age gal who checked us in. She let us know that she was leaving in a few hours. We never saw any other staff except the cook at breakfast the next morning. Breakfast left something to be desired. Literature in the room advise planning extra time for breakfast. The gal at checkin said it would be quick because there was only 1 other guest that night. We arrived 50 minutes before we needed to leave and waited 40 min to be served. Breakfast was scrambled eggs, potato medley and some fresh fruit. We had to share a table with a group 3 teachers and listen to their conversation about curriculum.

great place to stay!

4.6 on March 01, 2015

Wonderful place to stay. Great service. Loved it and will be staying again.


4.0 on January 21, 2015

Better than a hotel. Breakfast was amazing. Would stay again!

iowa house

3.8 on January 13, 2015

a new type of experience for me.Been to hotels during travel and most of them have buffet breakfast while this is one that you can specifically order what you want (of course it has to be american dish). The rooms consist a medium size bathtube with a queen size bed.for the price i would say its a good stay

Great place to stay in Ames!

4.6 on January 02, 2015

We had a nice room that accommodated three people without problem. The amenities were great--small fridge, hairdryer, etc., and a full breakfast was provided. Additionally, there were snacks available 24-7. It was close to campus, clean, and staff was friendly. We stayed there during the Christmas holiday and they had a beautifully decorated living room with a fire in the fireplace!

Lovely Small Town Feel.

3.4 on November 25, 2014

The feeling of the building was that of a quaint, sophisticated. small town structure. This depicts Ames Iowa. The room was no exception. Warm polite staff and a good old fashion made to order breakfast completed the experience. I would highly recommend staying there to anyone traveling through the area. I plan on staying there again if the situation dictates. Well done Iowa House! And Thank You.

We'll be back!

4.8 on November 24, 2014

Very cozy and relaxing. Beats any hotel in town and a better value.

weekend stay

4.4 on November 17, 2014

Stayed here before. Enjoyed the weekend stay again and as usual the food was great. The chef accommodated my gluten free needs. Many thanks

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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

Room 102 - Cnct to 101

This spacious first floor "spare bedroom" connects to room 101 to make a two-bedroom suite. It can only be used in conjunction with another room, as it does not have a bathroom. Please call to book this room. It is furnished with a Queen-sized bed and features an 1856 Iowa map over the desk.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Room 305 - Cnct to 303

This spare bedroom has a full-size futon and can only be reserved in conjunction with any other room, as it does not have a bathroom. When used with loft suite 303, interior connecting doors can be opened to create a suite that sleeps six.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2


  • Maximum Capacity: 1

Chapter Room

Lower level multipurpose room for small gatherings. Maximum capacity is 20 persons. At innkeeper discretion the Chapter room can be rented for day / evening use. Limited in 5 hour blocks from 10am to 9pm. MAY ONLY BE RENTED VIA PHONE NOT ON WEB

  • Maximum Capacity: 24


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, Fax Machine, Fireplace, Telephone, Washer/dryer, Wedding Facilities, Wired internet

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
  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Travelers checks, Cash
  • 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

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

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