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Old Northside Bed & Breakfast

1340 N Alabama St , Indianapolis, IN 46202-2524 USA (Show map)

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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.



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  • Guest room4.4
  • Service5.0
  • Value4.4
  • Cleanliness4.4
  • Onsite Dining4.7

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5 on January 03, 2015

We stayed at the Old Northside Bed & Breakfast a couple weeks ago, and had a great time there. My wife and I had previously spent one night there a couple years ago, and this time we decided to stay for two nights so we could have more time to relax in our cozy room. Gary is a wonderful host. He's very helpful, and cooks delicious food as well. We will definitely be coming back again!

Nice place!!

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.

Great Location

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.

great host and great cookies

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

Pleasant stay

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.

Outstanding Place to stay

5 on October 27, 2013

Very friendly owner. Rooms were great, roomy and comfortable to stay in. Definitely will be returning.

Birthday Celebration!

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!

First B&B experience!!

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!!

Beyond our Expectations

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!

An exceptional host

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!

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Rooms & Rates

Bridal Room

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.

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

Tiffany Room

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.

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

Hollywood Room

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.

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

Dewenter Room

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.

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

Literary Room

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!

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

Rose Garden

Rose Garden has a king bed with private bathroom.

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

Library Wedding Suite

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.

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

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Location Type

City, Downtown


Indianapolis, IN (IND) 10 miles

Directions to property:

Visit our website for best directions. We are located at 1340 North Alabama, just northeast of downtown Indianapolis.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Aquarium, Beach, Historical interests, Museum, Nature area, Circus, rodeo, concerts, theatres, sports, within 1 mile, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Zoo

Inn Details

Establishment type

Bed and Breakfast, Historic Inn

On-site amenities

BBQ grill, Board games, CD player, Computer, Copier, Fax Machine, Internet Service, Library, Piano, Videos, Wedding Facilities, Wet bar , Masseuse-on call

Room amenities

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

On-site activities

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

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  • Check In:: 4-6 PM
  • Check Out:: 11 AM
  • 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 No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: Except special events
  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: Credit card required to hold room and charged upon arrival.
  • Cancellations: 7 day advanced notice required to cancel reservation. For special events, contact innkeeper for pricing and specifics.



Gary A. Hofmeister

Languages spoken

English, French, Spanish

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  • Serving Location: Breakfast/dining room

Special meal options

Low fat , Vegetarian


1340 N Alabama St , Indianapolis, IN 46202-2524 USA (Show map)

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