Stone Soup Inn

1304 N. Central Avenue , Indianapolis, IN 46202 USA (Show map)


In the old children's story, '' Stone Soup'', three weary travelers in need of food and rest come upon a small village only to find the inhabitants wary and pretending to be in need themselves. The travelers convince the villagers they can make a soup out of stones. Enchanted by this marvelous claim, the villagers gradually contribute the food they had hidden away. Together, they make a wonderful soup and the whole village comes out to welcome the travelers with a great feast. Our bed and breakfast draws from the lesson of the story. We look to welcome new visitors to our city and have created a warm, friendly environment - a home away from home - where travelers can relax by a fire, share their experiences and sleep in comfort. Come join us and read the entire story in our library. Located in the heart of the historic Old Northside, the Stone Soup Inn offers all the beauty and comfort of an upscale turn of the century home. After stepping into the large foyer, relax by the baby grand piano in the living room or cuddle up with a good book in our library. All of these rooms contain beautifully detailed woodwork and hardwood floors. Breakfast will be served in our distinctive dining room or, weather permitting, on the large, wraparound porch. On the second floor, share stories with other guests in the sitting room or outside on the spacious balcony overlooking the front garden and Lilly pond. Decorated with a combination of Mission-style and Victorian-era antiques, guests will find a comfortable, convenient place to stay as they explore nearby historic sites and downtown attractions.



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  • Guest room4.3
  • Service4.2
  • Value4.4
  • Cleanliness4.6
  • Onsite Dining4.3

"Needs Work"

2.4 on July 04, 2016

The Garden Unit we had was fine, but nothing special. Comfortable bed but worn and dirty carpet; a bathroom door that didn't close; a bathroom drain stopper that didn't work; no hot water in the bathroom sink faucet; steps leading to the room, covered with dead leaves and dust; some kind of bugs in the room; etc. On top of all that, the man that checked us in seemed as though we were a nuisance - perhaps he had better things to do. The lady who made breakfast, and the breakfast itself, was lovely.

Wonderful Stay!

5 on October 09, 2015

My husband and I stayed here recently, and we absolutely loved it! The homemade breakfast and the unique character of our room was really quite lovely. We plan on definitely staying here again!

"Stone Soup Inn - not what I had expected at all ;( "

1.4 on April 02, 2015

I would have liked to know in my welcome email that the main door always remained locked so when we couldn't get in we weren't standing there for 10-15 minutes wondering what was up. When we so called "checked in" the welcoming was not warm or friendly, we were just given a key showed the main door entry access and told that we could have access to the butlers pantry and that breakfast starts at 8 AM. No locations of butlers pantry or brekfast room were explained. We had to find out room ourselves after a brief direction description. When we found our ground floor access garden room we meet a steep set of stairs that lead to a basement door. After entering the door we found a mini apparent which was average. We scoped out our private bathroom to find a pair of men's boxers laying I the tank of the toilet which made us question of our room was even cleaned. There were multiple hairs found on toliet and sink. There was something brown found half way up the wood wprk on the door, very visible. All I can say is thank goodness we had a trial size pack of clorex wipes in our bag. The rooms are very noisy, we could here the tv, the phone conversations, alarms, and etc. of the person staying next to us. The "windows" in our room which were located ground level to the parking light were not private at all. At night when a car pulled near you could hear the engine running and the headlights shined right in lighting up the whole room. I guess I know why there were no pictureen listed on the website for this room (I thought it was because it was "newly" opened), because it was not what they had listed in their description. Ohh and you could hardly lock the door to our room!!!

Wonderful stay!! Great innkeeper!

5 on March 18, 2015

Our first bed and breakfast experience, Tom was great! Very welcoming and great cook!

Wonderful place to stay

5 on October 28, 2013

Great price. Perfect location. Delicious breakfast.

Fantastic stay!

5 on September 20, 2013

Had a great stay. The welcoming atmosphere, clean and authentic style and wonderful hotel owner/manager (Tom) really made my stay in Indianapolis fantastic. I will certainly stay here again next time I visit Indianapolis. Tom is the best and they'll take great care of you at Stone Soup Inn!

Comfort away from home

4.6 on August 28, 2013

I was on a quick in and out trip to Indianapolis to attend a funeral and my stay at Stone Soup Inn was a comforting respite in the midst of chaos. The house is beautiful, the host was gracious about the fact that I'd forgotten about the time difference and needed to update my arrival time, and my room was much more spacious than I expected for one of the least expensive rooms at the Inn. I appreciated the healthy breakfast options that set me up for another long day of driving on my way home. My only regret was that I didn't have time to lounge in the public spaces or on the porch and enjoy a good book or walk around the historic neighborhood.

Very nice stay

4.4 on July 29, 2013

The rooms were amazing. Some of the lofts would be hazardous for older people, but they're very cool. Breakfast was delicious. We'll definitely be returning.


4.2 on July 14, 2013

We found this delightful spot after navigating many one-way streets and after that, the ambiance allows for total relaxation. We love period places and this property transports you to the early 1900's with antiques and formal pictures of your great great grandfather who will live on forever on the walls. The home is totally air conditioned during the hot weather, very neat and clean with numerous lounges and public areas. Off-street parking is plentiful and the host is entertaining.

Fantastic place to stay

4.4 on March 18, 2013

My friend and I stayed in the Craftsman room, the place was tidy, unique, the other guests were nice. It had an elegance to it. The bed was comfy. The window seat was amazing! Breakfast that morning was from a family cookbook. It was very enjoyable. Well worth it! And the cost was lower than most hotels we had been looking at down town. We walked into down town to attend an event and caught a cab back-less than 2 miles to get to the Lucas Oil Stadum.

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Rooms & Rates


Our Most Popular Room ~ This room features a sleigh bed, carved teak wood and a large bay window overlooking our lily pond ~ a perfect retreat for a romantic getaway. Queen-size bed & 2 person Jacuzzi and shower.

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

Nightly Rate: $145 - $0


Filled with exquisite Victorian-era antiques including a beautifully carved six foot high headboard, and decorative fireplace. Our most romantic room on those cold winter nights! Full-size bed & steam shower.

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

Nightly Rate: $125 - $0


The Inkeeper's favorite~ completely furnished with Mission-style antiques, Arts & Crafts stenciling and a welcoming bay window seat. Queen-size bed and shared bath.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $85 - $0


Painted in a High Victorian-style, this unique room will take you back to a more elegant time. Lace curtains and a decorative fireplace complete the ambience. King-size bed or two twin beds & shared bath.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Beds 1 King , 2 Twin

Nightly Rate: $85 - $0

NE Loft

Inspired by the Innkeeper's visit to France, this room is decorated in a bright European style. In addition to the Queen-size bed, there is plenty of room to stretch out on the couch watch tv and relax.

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

Nightly Rate: $105 - $0

SE Loft

You can experience the feel of sleeping in the clouds while resting on our very comfortable Queen-size bed. This room also features a private bathroom with a two-person Jacuzzi.

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

Nightly Rate: $125 - $0

NW Loft

This room was the original servants quarters to the house. It is the largest of the lofts and decorated in a eye-pleasing rustic style. The room has a queen size bed and a bathroom with a Jacuzzi tub.

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

Nightly Rate: $135 - $0

SW Loft

Complete with small kitchen, full size memory foam bed and private bathroom, this room has all the comforts of home. (Discount pricing is available for extended stays.) This room does not include phone or voicemail services

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

Nightly Rate: $105 - $0

Carriage House

A fully furnished apartment with large sleeping loft overlooking a comfortable common area. Room includes laundry facilities, digital cable, a full kitchen, and plenty of space to stretch out and relax.

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

Nightly Rate: $175 - $0

Garden Studio

Tucked into the garden with it's own private lower level entrance, the Garden Studio offers tranquil seclusion as well as a private bath. A heavenly queen bed, kitchen, desk and bistro table make this a serene escape for business or pleasure.

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

Nightly Rate: $100 - $100

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Location Type

City, Downtown


Indianapolis, IN (IND) 15 miles

Directions to property:

Traveling North on I-65, take the Pennsylvania St. exit; turn left on to Pennsylvania; left onto 11th Street; turn left onto Delaware St. and right onto 13th St. Continue four more blocks to the northwest corner of 13th and Central. Traveling South on I-65, take the Meridian Street exit which merges into 11th Street; from 11th Street; turn left onto Delaware Street and right onto 13th Street. Continue four more blocks to the northwest corner of 13th and Central.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Historical interests, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, Performing Theater, Religious Services, Winery, Zoo

Inn Details

Establishment type

Bed and Breakfast, Urban Inn, Historic Inn

On-site amenities

Amenities Basket, Board games, Fax Machine, Fireplace, Library, Piano, Radio, Wedding Facilities

Room amenities

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

On-site activities

Shopping, Sight-seeing

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  • Check In:: By arrangement
  • Check Out:: 11 AM
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Limited Some rooms Are not suitable for Children.
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: 50% deposit required for reservation.
  • Cancellations: 7 days advance notice required to cancel a reservation. Less than 7 days, will be charged for the full amount of scheduled stay. (We will make every attempt to re-book.) Early departures will still be responsible for the full charge. All refunds will incur a 15% handling fee. Special events are non-refundable.



Tom Bess

Languages spoken

English, German, Japanese

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  • Time Served: 7a-9a
  • Serving Location: Breakfast/dining area