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Iowa House Ames

405 Hayward Avenue , Ames, IA 50010 USA (Show map)
62 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

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  • Guest room4.7
  • Service4.6
  • Value4.4
  • Cleanliness4.8
  • Dining4.5

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62 Reviews

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A Gem in Ames

4.6 on September 08, 2014

Wouldn't stay anywhere else!

I will be back

4.0 on September 03, 2014

I loved my overnight stay and I will be back, the bed and breakfast was everything I thought it would be.

Good value, comfortable and close to ISU

4.6 on August 15, 2014

Overall we were happy with our stay. The hotel is clean and classy and the room we stayed in was spacious and had all the amenities we needed to be comfortable. My only complaint is about lack of friendliness from a couple of the staff. The female who answered the phone when I called to inquire about a room was blunt and not helpful. I only went online and rented the room after I was unable to get one at the Union. The man who ran the front desk was barely polite and looked irritated when I asked a couple of simple questions. Part of the charm of staying in a bed & breakfast usually includes friendly interaction with the staff and I felt he was bothered by having to deal with a customer. That made it feel more like staying in a hotel than a "home". That being said we were still glad we ended up there. The rooms are lovely and have a nice eclectic mixture of functional furniture and antiques. The young man who took our breakfast order was friendly and accommodating. If you don't have time to eat a made to order breakfast, there is a nice selection of quick items and beverages, something for everyone and they had to-go cups for coffee ( a necessity for me ). We loved that it is in walking distance to ISU unlike any of the local hotels except the Union. If my daughter ends up going to ISU we will probably stay there again.

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4.8 on August 13, 2014

The room was wonderful and the breakfast was great

delightful and convenient!

5 on August 12, 2014

My son and I stayed before his college tour and found it so convenient! I didn't anticipate being able to stay in a B&B that had options of two beds for us to comfortably share a room. Breakfast with chef service was so pleasant and tasty.

Thanks for a great stay!

4.4 on August 11, 2014

This was just what we needed to get ready for a great day tour at Iowa State. Thanks!


5 on August 05, 2014

Friendly accommodating staff. Room 206 is small but perfect! I will definitely plan another stay at Iowa House!

Great B&B!

4.4 on August 04, 2014

We were delighted with our stay at the Iowa House in Ames. Everything was super comfortable, the breakfast was perfect, and Jennifer was wonderfully pleasant and helpful. Will definitely stay here again.

Iowa Gem

5 on July 28, 2014

My husband and I recently stayed at the Iowa House again when visiting our son. We love this place and would probably change the dates of our visit if we couldn't find an open room - we would not stay anywhere else in Ames! The rooms are clean, comfortable and beautifully decorated. The dining room serves delicious breakfasts in the morning, and always has extra beverages and snacks during the day. Service has always been excellent and accommodating. This is the place to stay when in Ames.

We stayed and Would stay again.

3.6 on July 27, 2014

We stayed on a weekday night and enjoyed the Iowa House. It is a very unique place and everything was satisfactory. The breakfast was nice and the staff was friendly. The cooling units in the room could have been colder but there were fans in the room that helped. I would recommend the Iowa House and would stay again.

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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:

We are 42 mi from Des Moines Int'l Airport (DSM) 5800 Fleur Drive Des Moines, IA 50321: • Exit Airport and turn LEFT (north) on FLEUR DRIVE. • After FLEUR DR. becomes MARTIN LUTHER KING PRKWY, merge RIGHT onto I-235 E. • Follow I-235E to I-35 N; continue past Ankeny, IA to Ames. • 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 stoplight turn LEFT (west) onto MORTENSEN PARKWAY; Continue about (0.8 mi). • Turn right on HAYWARD AVENUE; look left for 405 Hayward Ames, IA 50014.

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
  • Suitable For Children: Limited We welcome well-behaved children under adult supervision.
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: Some special events may require a two or three-day stay
  • 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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