Looking Glass Inn

1319 N. New Jersey , Indianapolis, IN 46202 USA (Show map)


Built in 1905, the Looking Glass Inn is located in the heart of the Old Northside, an area that was home for the principal leaders of Indianapolis at the turn of the century. Elizabeth Gates, the widow of a wholesale grocery merchant, erected this Free Classic style Mansion and lived here until 1907. Special packages available.



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  • Guest room4.3
  • Service4.4
  • Value4.2
  • Cleanliness4.4
  • Onsite Dining3.9

Uncomfortable bed

3.0 on June 21, 2016

The bed mattress needs replacement. It was very uncomfortable. The full breakfast was delicious but they only provide full breakfast on Saturday and Sunday! On weekdays it was juice coffee fruit and breads cereal yogurt hard boiled eggs. The innkeepers were very accommodating. Seemed a bit pricey for the room.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback on our Inn. We are thrilled you found the innkeepers accommodating. We did want to ask which room you stayed in? We haven't had any complaints about bedding. Yes, we do serve a Continental Plus Buffet weekdays and a hot breakfast on weekends - as our website says. The buffet is amply stocked with a selection of juices, coffee, teas, milk, hard-boiled eggs, a daily bread selection, a daily fruit selection, oatmeal, yogurt, cereal bars/cereal and side of Hoosier Hospitality!

Looking Glass Inn, Green Room

3.8 on June 17, 2016

My first stay in a Bed and Breakfast style inn. The hosts were very hospitable, and the atmosphere was great! We were looking for a room with a whirlpool/jetted tub and were not disappointed. The hosts were very accommodating and simply nice people. The room/house was clean, but the carpet was stained. The room felt fresh and crisp. Highly recommended! (I cannot comment on the onsite dining. We didn't actually eat breakfast as we needed to get home to the kids.)

Lovely Setting

3.6 on June 16, 2016

The Looking Glass Inn was a nice place to stay. The room we stayed in (Victorian Room) was huge. It was clean and the bed was very comfortable. The only problem was that the bathroom that we shared with the other guests could use a little renovating. The breakfast was very good with a nice selection of food to eat. I would definitely stay there again!

Looking Glass Inn downtown Indianapolis

4.4 on June 09, 2016

Would highly recommend to anyone looking for a quaint historic home to stay near downtown Indianapolis, Indiana. The staff was very friendly and the the breakfast was delicious! Great value!!

Great weekend getaway at Looking Glass Inn

5 on March 28, 2016

My hubby and I stayed at the Looking Glass Inn in the Green Room. The room was excellent. Jacuzzi tub was nice after a day of walking around downtown Indy. The Inn was just beautiful and reminded me of the Victorian house I was raised in. This was our first stay at a bed and breakfast and we loved it. It made you feel more like you were at home. No loud doors banging and people running up and down the hallways like you have at a hotel. This is not somewhere we would probably bring our 3 kids just because it is so quiet in the house. We took Uber downtown and it only cost $3-$7 each trip which was well worth the hassle of driving downtown and finding a place to park. No worries about having too much to drink & driving back. The Inn keeper was so friendly & attentive. He served us breakfast in the dining room each morning and it's not just the typical "continental breakfast". There was a hot breakfast each morning as well as cereal, fruit, bagels, etc. We will, without a doubt, be coming back for another visit.

Pleasant stay

5 on March 21, 2016

We had a great stay, and would absolutely stay there again. We stayed in the Garden Room, and there was plenty of space. The room was clean and in good shape.

Better than home

4.8 on January 24, 2016

The innkeeper was very accommodating. First, she welcomed me warmly, although my arrival was almost two hours past the time I had hoped to check in. Next, I was on a very restrictive diet and the innkeeper went out of her way to make certain I had a variety of fresh fruits to

Wonderful old Victorian!

5 on December 10, 2015

Only spent one night during the Big Ten Championship, but it was a wonderful stay. Greatly decorated rooms, quite and comfortable, and within walking distance of downtown (about 2 miles). Great stay!!


4.0 on November 20, 2015

Our stay here was exceptional and we really enjoyed this Inn. The Inn Keeper was very nice. A few suggestions we have are : the linen on the bed was inadequate- just had a thin sheet and silky bedspread, we were cold. Also found dirty socks under the bed from a previous guest which made us wonder how well the room had been cleaned . The food for breakfast was not so good- coffee was cold and hot coffee is really important. Location was great!!

Home Away From Home

5 on November 08, 2015

I booked 9 rooms for a family weekend and we had a blast. Each room was special. The living room spacious and den cozy. We are going back in the spring and hope to enjoy the porch. Owner was sweet. Breakfast delicious. So happy to have found Stone Soup Inn.

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Rooms & Rates

Looking Glass Inn - Rose Room

A romantic setting ~ Decorated in deep rose tones and Victorian-era antiques, the spacious Rose Room includes a decorative tiled fireplace . A favorite with newlyweds and anniversary couples. Features: King-size bed or 2 twin beds & a 2 person Jacuzzi tub and shower.

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

Looking Glass Inn - Willow Room

Dramatic luxury ~ decorated in deep blues and crisp whites, this room features Empire-style antiques and beautiful floral bouquets with Willow ware china decorating the walls. Features: Queen-size sleigh bed & shower.

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

Looking Glass Inn - Gold Room

A majestic room ~ Decorated in rich reds and golds, this room features beautiful empire-style antiques. Features: Queen-sized bed & and shower.

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

Looking Glass Inn - Green Room

Relax in comfort and luxury ~ vibrant greens refresh the spirits in this room decorated with wicker and pine furnishings. Features: Queen-size bed & 2 person Jacuzzi tub and shower.

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

Looking Glass Inn - Hideaway

Spacious and comfortable ~ 900 square feet of living space, the Hideaway suite (once the ballroom) is the entire third floor of the Inn . Perfect for a small group or family. Features: King-size bed or 4 twins, kitchen and bath w/clawfoot tub & shower.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Beds 1 King

Looking Glass Inn - Portrait Room

Step back in time ~ this charming room is decorated with Victorian-style antiques and turn of the century portraits. Conveniently located on the 1st floor. Features: Queen size bed & bath w/clawfoot tub & shower.

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

Looking Glass Inn - Crimson Room

Newly renovated in 2016. Charming, hidden gem! Boasting of plenty of natural light this bright second floor spacious corner room features a tile floored private bath, two large windows providing cheerful ambiance, a beautiful antique oak dresser and bed, making for a very comfortable setting for your stay in Indy. Quiet,and perfect for relaxing at the end of the day!

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

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Location Type

Old Northside Historic District, City, Downtown


Indianapolis, IN (IND) 5 miles

Directions to property:

Travelling north or south on I-65; take Exit #113/Pennsylvania & Meridian Street exit; turn left on Pennsylvania; left on 11th Street; left on Delware Street; right onto 13th Street; left on New Jersey Street; the address is 1319 New Jersey Street.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Fountain Square, Old Historic Northside, Broadripple Village, Mass. Ave, Indiana Ave., Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Winery, Zoo

Inn Details

Establishment type

Other, Bed and Breakfast, Urban Inn, Historic Inn, Spa

On-site amenities

Board games, Copier, Fax Machine, Fireplace, Videos, Wedding Facilities

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, DVD Player, Desk, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Internet Service, Ironing Board, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, Turndown Service, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

On-site activities

Bicycle riding trails, The Canal Walk, Conseco Fieldhouse - Indiana Pacers, Lucas Oil Stadium - Colts, Victory Field - Indianapolis, Shopping, Sight-seeing

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  • Check In:: By Arrangement
  • Check Out:: 11am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Yes
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access Limited

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: A minimum night stay is required for a select few special events each year.
  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: 50% deposit required.
  • Cancellations: A 50% deposit is required to make a reservation. Cancellations made 7 days in advance will be refunded less a 15% handling fee (of the 50% deposit). Cancellations made less than 7 days in advance will be refunded only if rooms are rebooked less a 15% handling fee. Special events are non-refundable!



Elaine and Jeneane Life

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About the innkeepers

Mother-daughter team. Renovating historic buildings. Jeneane has travelled extensively and lived in Europe and Asia. Elaine retired from decades of service in education.

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Continental Plus M-F, Full Breakfast Sat.&Sun.

  • Time Served: Weekday 7-9am/Weekend 8-9:30am
  • Serving Location: Breakfast/dining area