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

Great historical mansion stay.

5 on July 10, 2016

Wonderful staff, had great stay here. Would love to come back. No real dining here, it's a bed and breakfast, tho the breakfast was great!


Anniversary Weekend

4.0 on July 05, 2016

My only complaint is, I would have liked more "seating" in the bedroom - only one small chair for reading.


Return Guests

4.4 on June 29, 2016

I took my wife here for the last night of our honeymoon. We stopped here the week we were engaged, a year ago. Not too busy. Very romantic place and not far from home.


It's whats inside that counts.

3.6 on May 27, 2016

I can't remember word for word what I was telling my boyfriend as we pulled up to the mansion, but it was something along the lines of, "i'm so sorry babe, is this the place? where are we? it doesn't look like the pictures. is it open? we can't stay if it's haunted." The outside yard needed some major TLC and the exterior of the mansion as well. the neighborhood itself looked rundown. But, with that being said, my mind changed when we walked through the door. I absolutely loved the inside. It had character and charm, creeky stairs, beautiful rugs and wood, and plenty of space. Our room was beautiful, too. Everything was very clean and they gave us chocolate truffles! we were lucky enough to have the mansion to ourselves so there were no issues with noise or other guests. We went out for dinner about 15 minutes out and had the best steak and service of our lives at Baxters. We only got to stay the evening and had to dash out very early in the am so we missed breakfast, but the hostess was kind enough to send us off with some parfaits to go. we would definitely go back if we were driving through the area again.. but I'd make it a point to go when there was some better weather and foliage to help create a more colorful setting.


Hidden treasure

4.8 on May 10, 2016

We stayed in the Julia Vrooman suite for our 33rd anniversary celebration. This place is a hidden gem located in central Illinois. I would highly recommend staying here if you are in the area for graduations or business. The home is beautiful, a reminder of times past. The whole experience was wonderful and we can't wait to go back!


Vroom Mansion was wonderful. Looking for an excuse to go back!

5 on April 04, 2016

Perfect.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for the review; we love feedback from our guests! We are glad you chose to stay with us, and look forward to your return!


We loved Vrooman mansion!

4.4 on April 03, 2016

We so enjoyed our stay here. The rooms were spacious, comfortable and tasteful. The mansion is so fun to look around and browse through the many historical books that fill you in on the history.The hosts were outstanding... very friendly and informative. The food was beyond anything we have had before in a bed and breakfast. That Lorie knows how to cook! We will definitely come again. Thank you for wonderful stay!

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for review! We are glad your stay was pleasant and memorable. All of us strive to have each guest's stay a great experience; as you noted breakfast is one of our passions! Thank you, and come see us again soon!


Great stay and amazing food!

4.8 on March 21, 2016

Vrooman Mansion was a fascinating and superb stay. The meal was a second to none experience.


outstanding

5 on March 02, 2016

My only suggestion is that the bedrooms need some real opaque drapes. THe lace curtains leave one feeling a bit exposed at night. Also the electrical outlets are few and far between (as is appropriate for an old house, but if you are planning on charging a lot of devices in your room this could be a problem--we did not find it an issue.)


Great Place!

5 on February 10, 2016

Such a great place to stay. They were so inviting and the food is amazing!


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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