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The Decker House

119 2nd Street S.E. , Mason City IA, IA 50401 USA (Show map)
4.5
8 Reviews
$85 - $195
per night

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Step into the grand elegance of The Decker House, a beautiful 1890’s home restored to its original splendor. The Decker House is located in the heart of the historic district in downtown Mason City. There are six bedrooms with private baths, including an accessible room on the main floor and a private suite with a Jacuzzi bath on the third. Rates, between $85 and $175 a night, include a complementary beverage at check-in, endless cookie jar and delightful, homemade breakfast.

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4.5

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  • Guest room4.2
  • Service4.6
  • Value4.4
  • Cleanliness4.8
  • Dining4.4

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Decker house, Mason City IA

5 on November 29, 2014

Very nice property in downtown Mason City, mere blocks away from town central and restaurants. Very nice rooms, quiet at night. Good breakfasts.


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4.6 on October 25, 2014

Very interesting area. We enjoyed Mason City and our stay at the Decker House. We will try and return someday and stay here.


Warmly Welcoming B&B

5 on October 20, 2014

A well decorated historical building with a character and charm. We were pleasantly surprised with all this B&B had to offer. The hospitality is commendable. Bravo!!!


Average

3.8 on October 12, 2014

My friend and I take a weekend trip once or twice a year. We always stay in a B & B because neither of our husbands like to. I would rate this B & B as average. We felt welcome, the food was very good and the Inn was very clean. But we thought it lacked atmosphere, that special feeling when you walk in and just "feel it." Part of this might be because the building is owned by a corporation and the cook and her husband own the business and the inventory in the house. They do not live there so I wonder if they are not wholly invested in it.The second night we were there by ourselves. We sat out in the living room and read. It was nice and quiet and we both enjoyed that, but it felt strange to be there alone. If I was going to be in the area again, I would probably try another B & B, but if I had no choice, I would stay there again.

Innkeeper Response
While it is accurate that my husband and I do not own the physical building of The Decker House Bed and Breakfast, I thought it best to clear up any misconceptions about who does own it. The Mason City Foundation,a nonprofit organization devoted to historical preservation and the Meredith Willson legacy, purchased the house and restored it to be a bed and breakfast in 2002. It is not owned by a cooperation that receives any cut of the profit or makes decisions on the nature of the business. Like many businesses, we pay the lease and property taxes. We, along with 5 part times employees, do the accounting, cleaning, cooking, bookings, private parties, decorating, purchasing, gardening and the numerous tasks that go into running an Inn. When the Foundation restored The Decker House, they made the choice to put in a fully accessible guest suite on the first floor rather than install owner's quarters. So at The Decker House Bed and Breakfast, we the Innkeepers and our children and pets, do not live at the Inn (although many days, it feels like we do!). We have an onsight night manager that lives in an upstairs room and quietly makes coffee every morning at the crack of dawn. I love the art of innkeeping and work hard to prepare delicious food every day, inform guests about the many activities to enjoy in Mason City and provide an attractive and clean environment for our guests to relax. We also run a full time children's theatre in Mason City where we teach classes, direct a main stage theatre season and tend to the daily tasks of its operation. You will not likely find us with our feet up in front of the fireplace, but we will do our best to make our guests feel welcome and satisfied in this beautiful, historical, architecturally unique Inn.


A Lovely Stop

4.6 on August 23, 2014

We had not specifically planned to stop in Mason City but having stayed in The Decker House, I'm glad we did. The house and the adjacent residential area is beautiful, with interesting architecture, some fascinating history and a real sense of community. We arrived late but the staff were there to get us settled in and while we had to leave early and were unable to partake of the full breakfast, we had a continental breakfast which was more than adequate.


Great stay in a nice historic house.

3.6 on June 20, 2014

Our second stay in the 3rd floor Magnolia Suite - the only one with the jacuzzi. A bar of soap would have been nice. All they had was body wash. They'd upgraded the bed to a king, but because of the narrow staircase, the mattress and box spring are two twins so there's a seam in the mattress. As last time, it was cold, no - downright freezing, and the only way to regulate the temp is to manually close A/C vents in the room. The thermostat is on the second floor and off limits to guests, and set for second floor comfort. We enjoyed our stay and the hosts were very friendly. The breakfast was fantastic and was a great start to our day.


A+ B&B

5 on October 15, 2012

My husband and I love staying in B&B's and this one is at the top of our list. The atmosphere could not be more welcoming, delicious breakfasts and the cleanliness and rooms.....superb. Sally and Sophie are the perfect owners of this B&B. Thank you for a memorable experience. Dan and Dianne C.


Pleasant stay at the Decker House

4.2 on June 02, 2012

We had a great time. The staff suggested several things to do in the immediate area. Very enjoyable experience.


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Rooms & Rates

Tulip

The Tulip Room is on the second floor and has a double bed in a beautiful antique frame. The room provides a large vanity with sink and while the bathroom is on the hall, it is not shared with any other guest.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Double

Nightly Rate: $85 - $85

Nightly Rate: $85 - $85

Lily of the Valley

The Lily of the Valley room is a corner room on the second floor The room has a queen bed and a private bath with a shower. Decorated in greens and cream, it is sunny room with lots of natural light.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $120 - $120

Nightly Rate: $120 - $120

Iris

The Iris Room is on the second floor, has a queen bed and private bath. Decorated in purple and lavender, it has a large marble vanity and sink in the room.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $115 - $115

Nightly Rate: $115 - $115

Rose

The Rose Room is on the second floor and has a king size bed. Decorated in pinks, reds and greens, it has a marble vanity in the room and a private bath. It also has a private balcony with a table and chairs to use in warmer months.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $135 - $135

Nightly Rate: $135 - $135

Gardenia

The Gardenia Room is located on the first floor, and has ramp access, as well as a fully accessible, private bathroom and shower with zero level entry. It has queen bed and is very spacious.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $130 - $130

Nightly Rate: $130 - $130

Magnolia Suite

The Magnolia Suite is located on the third floor and has a king size bed, sitting area, and private bath with Jacuzzi tub. It is the most spacious room and is the entire third floor of the Inn. It does require the ability to go up 3 flights of stairs to access.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $175 - $175

Nightly Rate: $175 - $175

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Location

Location Type

Downtown, Small town

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Historical interests, Lake, Movie Theater, Museum, Nature area, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River

Inn Details

Establishment type

Bed and Breakfast

On-site amenities

Air conditioning, Board games, CD player, DVD Player, Fireplace, Telephone, Washer/dryer, Wedding Facilities, Wet bar

Room amenities

Alarm clock, Coffee/Tea facilities, In-room internet, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Internet Service, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Turndown Service, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Billiards, Cross-country ski trails, Golfing, Shopping, Ski rentals, Snow shoe rental, Snow shoe trails

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Policies

  • Check In:: 3:00pm
  • Check Out:: 11:00am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Yes
  • Suitable For Children: Yes Some rooms are suitable for children
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No

Terms and Conditions

  • Accepted payments VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Cancellations: Must cancel five days before reservation or first nights stay will be charged.

Innkeepers

Name(s)

Tom Ballmer, Sally Pressly and Sophie Ballmer

Languages spoken

English

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Meals

Breakfast

Full

  • Serving Location: Dining Room, Guest room

Special meal options

Vegetarian


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119 2nd Street S.E. , Mason City IA, IA 50401 USA (Show map)

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