Vrooman Mansion

701 East Taylor , Bloomington, IL 61701 USA (Show map)

About

Welcome to the Vrooman Mansion, a Bed & Breakfast Inn located in the heart of Bloomington/Normal, Illinois. The Vrooman Mansion is a historical estate situated in the quiet neighborhood of Dimmett's Grove and offers the utmost in privacy and luxury. This bed & breakfast allows guests to explore the fine restaurants, shops and attractions of central Illinois while providing a welcoming and comfortable home base. Guests can choose from a myriad of activities offered by the surrounding communities. Because of its central location, the Vrooman Mansion is a great place for friends and family to meet.

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Overall
4.7

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  • Guest room4.6
  • Service4.8
  • Value4.6
  • Cleanliness4.7
  • Onsite Dining4.8

Seeing the old in today's world

5 on January 21, 2016

Very well kept place. Really neat seeing how things were way back. The details they used many years ago are amazing. The staff, well not enough could be said. So polite. Extremely helpful. Just down right good people.


Outstanding weekend

4.8 on January 13, 2016

Vrooman Mansion is a hidden gem in Central Illinois. The rooms are wonderfully historic, and the staff is exceptional. Kudos to Pam and Dana for maintaining such a wonderful place to stay.The Breakfast is fabulous,and the music (ala Brian) was a classy and appreciated touch. I strongly recommend.


Our great escape escapade at Vrooman

4.8 on November 29, 2015

Wonderful B and B to spend a weekend or a night. Gracious inn keepers and friendly owners greeted us personally. Tastefully decorated rooms for any season, delicious home made breakfast. Loved wandering the mansion and looking at the decor. great value for money, highly recommend it


First timer

3.8 on November 24, 2015

Breakfast was wonderful!


Great stay at Vrooman

4.6 on November 15, 2015

Our stay was great. Brian greeted us and gave us a tour of the whole place. He gave us ideas of where to stop for dinner on our way to a concert. He was very pleasant and welcoming. All of the staff were very friendly and the food was excellent!


I WAS WOW'D

4.4 on November 07, 2015

This place is beautiful. I had lived in Bloomington and i have probably passed this place 1000 times, but had no idea of what a gem this place was. I felt like i was taking a trip back into time. Customer service was awesome and th e morning breakfast was delicious. However while i am all about keeping the nostalgia of the rooms and building intact, i do think somethings about it could stand some modernization. I was not a fan of shared bathrooms and i do feel that the rooms could use a tv at the very least. Also be aware that the house is very squeaky,even the smallest steps sound Jurassic. Even with those MINOR concerns (minus the shared bathrooms) this is a beautiful bnb. One of the most aesthetically pleasing bnbs I've ever stayed at.


A perfect stay at Vrooman Mansion!

5 on October 30, 2015

A stay at the Vrooman Mansion takes your back in time! The mansion has been restored in meticulous detail and the wonderful staff pampers and spoils the guests. Breakfasts are a gourmet treat, and I was able to invite a friend to join me. Vrooman sets the bar very high for a B&B experience and I look forward to staying With you again sometime!


great stay

5 on October 20, 2015

The third times the charm as they say! Again a lovely experience as ISU family weekend arrived. Always something new to notice in the rooms and breakfast was amazing as usual. Everyone should try it at least once


Wonderful retreat!

5 on September 17, 2015

Just returned from my lovely tonight stay at the Vrooman mansion. Came into central Illinois with my high school senior so that we could visit to Illinois Weslyan University. I didn't realize that my daughter would end up staying at Illinois Weslyan the entire weekend and so I was alone at the Vrooman mansion. It ended up being a step back in time, as a history lover and an avid reader,I treasured every minute of it. The mansion is very clean and the rooms well appointed, great bath products, beautiful robes, and the breakfasts were absolutely incredible. I highly recommend this bed-and-breakfast to anyone looking for something special.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for the lovely review! At Vrooman Mansion, our goal is for each guest to have an unforgettable stay. It is great to hear we met your expectations; hopefully your daughter will be able to join you next time as well! We look forward to your return visit, and appreciate you taking the time to review us!


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4.0 on September 10, 2015

Washroom was shared and had antiquated leaking flush box toilet that required water to be shut off at the valve or the toilet would run all night, to use the facility you had to turn on valve wait for flush box to fill flush and when complete shut off the valve. Quite cumbersome and annoying.


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Rooms & Rates

The Rose Suite

This charming European-style bedroom was originally a guest room in the Scott's home. The adjoining trunk room, originally used to house guests' baggage after it had been brought up to the second floor by an English Lift, has been converted into an attached private bathroom. The original bath fixtures include a wooden rail claw-foot tub and shower combination. This lovely room overlooks the original home of Eli Barber, the man responsible for the building of the mansion. Contact the Vrooman Mansion Bed and Breakfast Inn to reserve this guest room while you visit Bloomington, Illinois. A lovely guest room, this room was used for the same purpose when the Scotts and Vroomans lived here. Its proximity to the trunk room made it convenient for servants to deliver houseguests' luggage.

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

Nightly Rate: $125 - $125

Master's Chamber Room

Feel like royalty when you stay in this grand Victorian room. The Master's Chamber has been replicated to its original décor. Furnishings include a very large mirrored armoire, queen-size bed, a full-size sofa and marble top dresser. The bathroom, located across the hall, is original to the home including its bath fixtures, a claw-foot tub and shower combination with a large sunflower showerhead and pull-chain "water chamber". Based on availability, this bathroom can be reserved for your exclusive use for an additional fee. Contact the Vrooman Mansion Bed and Breakfast Inn to reserve this sunny and pleasant room while you visit Bloomington, Illinois. Julia Scott is said to have commissioned an 18-room addition in order to compete with other local socialites for having the grandest home. The 1900 addition nearly doubled the size of the home, creating more space for entertaining.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $125 - $125

Letitia's Room

Letitia's Suite provides detailed elements of century-old artistic craftsmanship. Letitia's Suite is decorated with vintage clothes and hats and a collection of hatpins. The adjoining common sitting room has a desk and TV, which can be made exclusive for the guests of Letitia's Suite for an additional fee. The bathroom, which is located down the hall and original to the home, includes such bath fixtures as a claw-foot tub and shower combination with a large sunflower showerhead and pull-chain toilet. For an additional fee, it can also be reserved exclusively for your use, though this option is based on availability. . Letitia was the first daughter of Matthew and Julia Scott. Named after her maternal aunt Letitia (Green) Stevenson, Letitia was born the year the Scotts purchased the home and resided here until her marriage to Lt. Col. Charles Bromwell. Lt. Col. Bromwell served under President Theodore Roosevelt as a military attaché.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $110 - $110

Carl Vrooman's Suite

This spacious, masculine suite has a bedroom with queen-size bed an adjoining private sitting room with queen-size sofa bed and a private attached bathroom. The adjacent sitting room, features a large window seat The private attached bathroom has a claw-foot slipper tub,

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

Nightly Rate: $175 - $175

Julia Vrooman's Suite

Our most popular room, the Julia Vrooman Suite boasts a very bright, sunny atmosphere. Overlooking the back lawn and garden, the large windows of the Julia Vrooman Suite also offer a filtered view of the tree-lined street to maintain your privacy. Julia Vrooman's charm and grace is evident in this room featuring a queen-size bed, European carved antique furniture, fireplace and modern attached private bathroom with cultured marble shower. Contact the Vrooman Mansion Bed and Breakfast Inn to reserve this sunny and pleasant room while you visit Bloomington, Illinois. For just over a year, Julia Vrooman did entertainment work with the YMCA, pulling together a jazz band from various military units and touring American bases in France, Germany and Belgium.

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

Nightly Rate: $150 - $150

Charlevoix Suite

You will be surrounded by luxury in the Charlevoix Suite. With A beautiful King sized bed, leather fainting couch, Private attached bath with spa shower and copper soaking tub and our signature robes this Suite is the perfect setting for a romantic getaway. The first floor common area is complete with a flat screen smart T.V., wood burning fireplace, kitchenette, and wireless internet.

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

$275 - $275

Fern Suite

The Fern Suite takes its name from the Ferns Julia had planted on the grounds. Complete with hand-painted head/foot boards holding a queen size memory-foam pillow-top bed, tile shower with custom woodwork and antique mirror with hand-painted sink, the Fern suite is a lovely room with many hand-crafted amenities. It sits on the second floor of the original carraige house, which now has heated brick floors and a fireplace in the first floor common area.

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

$175 - $175

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Location

Location Type

Small town

Airport

Bloomington, IL (BMI-Bloomington-Normal) 5 miles miles

Directions to property:

via E Empire St 14 min 5.0 miles Central Illinois Regional Airport 3201 Cira Drive, Bloomington, IL 61704 Head east on Cira Dr 0.4 miles Turn left onto E Empire St 3.2 miles Turn left onto Towanda Ave 0.7 miles Turn right onto E Washington St 0.5 miles Turn left onto N Clinton St 0.2 miles Turn right onto E Taylor St - Destination will be on the left 249 feet Vrooman Mansion 701 East Taylor Street, Bloomington, IL 61701

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Casino, Concert venue, Eco-tourism, Extreme sports, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Night life, indoor rock climbing facility, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Sports venue, Tours, University, Vineyard, Winery, Zoo

Inn Details

Establishment type

Other, Historic Inn, Mansion

On-site amenities

Bike rental, Board games, Coffee/Tea facilities, Computer, Conference Rooms, Copier, DVD Player, Desk, Fax Machine, Fridge, Ironing Board, Kitchenette, Library, Microwave, Movie library, Parking, Piano, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, VCR, Videos, Walk to mass transit, Washer/dryer, Wedding Facilities, Wi-Fi

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, Ceiling fans, Fireplace, Hairdryer

On-site activities

Bicycle riding trails, Billiards, Boating, Canoeing, Cross-country ski trails, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Hunting, Kayaking, indoor rock climbing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Tennis courts, Water sports

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Policies

  • Check In:: 4-6 pm
  • Check Out:: 10-11 am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Yes
  • Suitable For Children: Yes
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: Credit card number needed to hold reservation
  • Cancellations: There is no cancellation fee if cancelled 5 days or longer prior to reservation date.

Innkeepers

Name(s)

Tricia Brownfield

Languages spoken

English

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Meals

Breakfast

Free

  • Time Served: 7:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
  • Serving Location: On side porch, Dining Room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian , Gluten-free & Vegan


Deals

Hot Deal

Buy One Get One Free!

Regular Rate: $220 now $110 (50% Savings:)

Need to get away? Plan your stay for two nights, pay for one! Stay now through February 4th, 2016 book one night and get the second consecutive night free for ANY ROOM! *Based on availability, new reservations only, paid night and free night must be in the same room for consecutive nights. Call or email for more information; we hope to see you soon! Please contact the inn directly at 1 3098288816 to redeem this deal.

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