A unique bed and breakfast located in the Historic Old Northside of Indianapolis, Indiana. Built in 1885 by Herman C. DeWenter, a German immigrant who became a prominent Indiana Industrialist, this unique brick residence is considered the prime example of Romanesque Revival architecture in the city. The mansion has been renovated in an elegant European turn-of-the-century motif to retain its warm ambiance with the original maple slat flooring and incomparable hand-carved cherry and mahogany woodwork. The present owner has also imported European craftsmen and artists to restore the parlor's sculptured ceiling and hand painted murals on the walls and ceilings. The Old Northside Bed & Breakfast is located on the periphery of downtown Indianapolis in the Historic Old Northside. The inn is within walking distance or a short drive to The President Benjamin Harrison Home, Morris Butler House, Monument Circle, Circle Centre, RCA Dome, Indiana Convention Center, and the Conseco Fieldhouse. While in Indianapolis, you may want to also visit the Indianapolis Zoo, catch a baseball game at Victory Field or visit the many attractions that Indianapolis has to offer. Just two blocks away, Interstates I-70 and I-65 make all other Indianapolis-area destinations a short drive. Our location combines the very best of historical and convenient Indianapolis.
Massive canopy, Queen size bed with a custom-made fireplace along with the double Jacuzzi and glass shower are a dramatic yet subdued pastel setting for this room visited by so many honeymoon and anniversary couples. The rest of the world simply disappears. And then, it’s up to you.
The largest and the only guest room on the main floor features a stained glass window along with a luxurious double Jacuzzi tub, king-size bed, separate shower, ample closet space and beautiful fireplace. Art Deco pictures adorn the walls. The perfect combination of old and new for your comfort.
You are laying on your luxurious Queen size bed on a stage behind the lace curtain gazing at the glamour photos of your old friends Clark Gable, Gary Cooper, Errol Flynn, Joan Crawford, Marilyn Monroe, Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Ava Gardner, Jimmy Cagney, Audrey and Katherine Hepburn and a plethora of others remembering the great old days! While taking a leisurely bath in the whirlpool tub, you view the decoupage of genuine World War I sheet music on the walls along with other memorabilia of those times.
Named for Indianapolis industrialist Herman Dewenter who constructed the mansion in 1885 with incomparable woodwork still in its original condition, this room also features a brick wall, reminding visitors that this is the only brick structure in a neighborhood of frame houses. The queen-size bed, single Jacuzzi tub and warm fireplace add to the ambiance. For our history lovers, 100 year old photographs of the family and house adorn the walls.
The turn of the 20th century in America was the Golden Age of Indiana with literary greats including James Whitcomb Riley, Booth Tarkington, Lew Wallace, George Ade, George Meredith and many others. This room is decorated to be reminiscent of that time with several works of these authors available to visitors. Also featured is an antique slate fireplace restored by the owner, a large Jacuzzi bathtub for a gilded baron and baroness, as well as a King size bed!
Rose Garden has a king bed with private bathroom.
This suite of rooms combines the best of the old and new with an elegant Old World ambiance provided by hand-faux-painted walls, genuine antiques, a library of books and a working gas fireplace. The separate bedroom houses a very comfortable Queen size bed and the stunning large bathroom boasts two gold sinks, a glass shower and a large double Jacuzzi tub. This is the newest and largest guest accommodation in the mansion.
5 on August 13, 2014
Loved it, what an awesome home & host! Gary was very kind & generous. \We'll definitely stay again & highly recommend the Inn!! The food was delicious, heck the cookies and free drinks/refreshments are worth the trip... Thank you.
3.4 on August 01, 2014
Nice neighborhood. Charming house. Innkeeper was very nice, as well, and boy does he know his musical theatre! Other B&B's have set the bar high for meals, though, and I just wasn't impressed by the "Buffet Style" breakfast experience. Don't get me wrong - the food was good. We've just become more accustomed to a "full-service" breakfast.
5 on June 06, 2014
Great host and lots of movies if you want to watch one of over 400 titles. Food was outstanding and the home made cookies were the best
4.2 on January 01, 2014
Very relaxing, quiet, evening and morning. Tressa was a delight to talk with. She made the excellent breakfast fun. Beautiful woodwork in the nearly 130 year old home.
5 on October 27, 2013
Very friendly owner. Rooms were great, roomy and comfortable to stay in. Definitely will be returning.
4.8 on August 05, 2013
We just stayed in the Literary room on 8/3/13. This was only the 2nd time I have stayed at a B&B. I was truly impressed! I want to go back already! Our room has a King size bed that slept very nice and we had the largest jacuzzi. It was very comfortable for two people. The room is just decorated beautifully, matter of fact the entire B&B was. The service was impeccable. The 24 hr snacks and movies on hand is a great personal touch for the guests. I would HIGHLY recommend this B &B if you are in Indianapolis. We will be back!
4.2 on July 09, 2013
The innkeeper Gary, is awesome and made us feel right at home. The food is amazing and well worth the stay!! It's close to downtown and all the great restaurants Indy has to offer. Do eat as many cookies as you can, because you'll miss them after you leave. Thanks for a great getaway!!
4.6 on January 22, 2012
This was my husband and my first time staying in a B&B. It was a gift from his parents for our one-year wedding anniversary and it couldn't have been more perfect! Gary was hospitable, friendly, and never intrusive. We happened to be the only ones in the B&B that night so it was incredibly peaceful and quiet. In the morning, Gary certainly didn't hold back at breakfast! For just two of us he made omelettes, pancakes, set out fresh fruit, orange juice, coffee, tea, and cereals. It was above and beyond our expectations. During breakfast we invited Gary to tell us more about his story. What an amazing man! He has done a great deal with his life and you should definitely ask about it. The B&B is close enough to downtown and in a great Indianapolis area. As Hoosiers, ourselves, we loved getting a different perspective on a city we already love. We highly recommend it!
4.2 on June 16, 2011
Gary and his B&B are a delight. We recently stayed at his B&B for a long weekend in Indianapolis. Gary was a gracious host making us feel extremely welcome and accommodated. His inn is well kept with a wonderful collection of original art. We would definetly stay at the Old Northside Inn again!
4.2 on February 10, 2011
We booked the Old Northside B&B for our wedding night before heading to South America. The location is central and greatly accessible to the city. The outside of the building does not give justice to the inner charm and exceptional service. Gary was really helpful. He thinks of everything without being intrusive or awkward. You could talk to him about everything from traveling, currency and history, or he can just let you enjoy the beautiful historic house without you even noticing that he is there. Intimacy and comfort were a concern and really important for us when choosing a B&B.. and the bridal room was perfect for our goal with it's hot tub and private parking and entrance. The bed is a bit squeaky. :)
Indianapolis, IN (IND) 10 miles
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Antique Shopping, Aquarium, Beach, Historical interests, Museum, Nature area, Circus, rodeo, concerts, theatres, sports, within 1 mile, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Zoo
Bed and Breakfast, Historic Inn
BBQ grill, Board games, CD player, Computer, Copier, Fax Machine, Internet Service, Library, Piano, Videos, Wedding Facilities, Wet bar , Masseuse-on call
Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Bath robes, DVD Player, Desk, Fireplace, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Ironing Board, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, VCR, Wi-Fi
Bicycle riding trails, Billiards, Canoeing, Cross-country ski trails, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Horseshoes, Hunting, Cirlce City Centre Mall, Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming, Swimming pool, Table Tennis, Tennis courts, Tennis racket rental, Video Arcade
Low fat , Vegetarian