Iowa House Ames

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


• 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
  • Value4.3
  • Cleanliness4.7
  • Onsite Dining4.5

Charming B&B

5 on September 10, 2015

Thoroughly enjoyed our stay. It was almost like being at home. Staff was very friendly, breakfast was great and the rooms were well appointed and comfortable.

A gem!

4.2 on September 06, 2015

Every room is different and lovely. I enjoyed the location because it's right in the middle of campus town, where the action is.

Iowa House

5 on August 18, 2015

We absolutely love staying at the Iowa House when we come Ames to see our sons.

wonderful stay and so close to campus

5 on August 17, 2015

We arrived late, and everything was ready for us, great contact from staff and all went very smoothly. Wonderful food, too!

You really don't want to miss this opportunity!

5 on August 11, 2015

Wonderful place to relax, good food, great hosts and a chance to meet other travelers. We really enjoyed our 4 days here and would highly recommend it to everyone.

Iowa House-convenient stay.

5 on July 24, 2015

I loved my my stay. It was quiet and quaint, and close to everything I needed to get to on the campus. Innkeepers and breakfast was great. Good meal for preparing to go compete in an event. The staff was very accommodating to my son and made him scrambled eggs.

Quaint and cosy

4.0 on June 21, 2015

We stayed at Iowa House for four days and thoroughly enjoyed it. The House has so much character, the rooms were well kept and the staff friendly and helpful.

Boone County Stay

5 on June 11, 2015

We had 2 couples book for one night. We took advantage of the Boone County Railroad afternoon train ride and then came to Ames and spent one evening. The place was charming, with a lovely outdoor porch and areas to sit and talk. Our rooms were perfect, complete with whirlpool tubs. We had a cute room in the lower level with an outdoor door adjacent to it. The breakfast was great inclusive of a bloody mary! I will definitely return if we come that way in the future.

Nice alternative to the hotels

3.8 on June 08, 2015

Lovely place to stay. Nice breakfast and close to nice running trails & the university. Only small slip was there was no soap or shampoo in the room - quick fix. We will return in August.

Liked Iowa House

3.4 on June 08, 2015

I enjoyed the room and breakfast very much. I will certainly stay there again when in town.

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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

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

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

Spare Bedroom 102

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

Spare Bedroom 305

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


This area is used to list area events.

  • 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.



Monte & Tana Parrish "Montana"

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Gourmet Country Breakfast

  • Serving Location: Dining Room