Iowa House Ames

405 Hayward Avenue , Ames, IA 50010 USA (Show map)
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• Built in 1924 as the Delta Chi Fraternity house. • Became a small hotel in a massive renovation in 2007-2008. • Guest rooms have private baths, most with whirlpool tubs. • Breakfast (included) is served in our dining room 7-9 am weekdays and 8-10 am Saturday and Sunday. • Free wireless high-speed internet. • Free off-street parking. • Great for campus visits, reunions, small weddings, family gatherings and business travelers. • Located in the "Campustown" area of Ames, convenient to Central Campus, restaurants and shops, Jack Trice Stadium, Hilton Coliseum, Iowa State Center, CY Stephens Auditorium, Fisher theater and The Lied Recreation Center.



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  • Guest room4.6
  • Service4.5
  • Value4.4
  • Cleanliness4.7
  • Onsite Dining4.5

Best place in Ames

4.4 on January 17, 2018

We had another great stay at the Iowa House. The staff is friendly and the breakfast was very good. It feels like home with the spacious living area with a fire in the fireplace.

Very charming place!

5 on December 27, 2017

A very easy going and charming place to stay. Also its near the Iowa State University's campus!

Cozy and charming

5 on December 25, 2017

Needed a place close to Iowa state campus and this turned out to be the ideal location!! Convenient location,cozy and charming atmosphere, very clean, spacious rooms, delicious breakfast, and extremely friendly and helpful staff. I highly recommend the Ames Iowa House!!!

The Company You Keep

5 on November 13, 2017

Where else but at a university town B&B can you linger over breakfast coffee and discover what you have in common with a software engineer from New York and a musician from Michigan? The excellent management of this B&B made it all possible.

Another awesome stay at The Iowa House

4.4 on November 12, 2017

Quiet comfortable rooms! great breakfast, love the snacks, love the charter room! close to campus.

Love the Iowa House!

5 on November 01, 2017

It's the only place I stay when I come to Ames. Everything about it is perfect.

Lovely home in Ames

4.4 on October 09, 2017

We have stayed here a number of times and enjoy it each time. Plenty of room and such attractive common areas, too.

A Must Stay in Ames!

4.6 on September 28, 2017

I travel in the Ames - Des Moines area as part of my job and always make Iowa House a priority on my where to stay list, especially if I am in the area for a few days. I am an ISU Alum, and am very much at home in Ames. Iowa House is a cozy retreat, in the Campus Town area. It is an easy walk/drive to nearby restaurants and local entertainment. The neighborhood is quiet, as well as scenic. The rooms are clean, inviting and peaceful. It is a charming retreat at the end of the day. A definite must stay!

Football weekends in Ames

3.4 on September 26, 2017

This is the 5th or 6th time that we have stayed at Iowa House. Love the location and quirkiness of the house. We stayed in Room 203, which I will say is not my favorite - just because I am not a fan of having the sink in the bedroom area. Otherwise a very roomy pleasant room. The breakfast was tasty but the portions seemed a little skimpy compared to other B&B's. That being said - there were muffins, cereal and fruit if you are still hungry. It was very noisy on Friday and Saturday night but that's to be expected when you staying across from frat houses on a football weekend. By contrast, Sunday was so quiet, we wondered if everyone left town. All in all, I would recommend Iowa House. It's alot more fun than staying at one of the chain hotels, especially if you are Alumni. Go 'Clones!

MN traveler

4.6 on September 04, 2017

Wonderful place. Beautiful, quiet neighborhood very close to campus. Loved it.

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Rooms & Rates

Room 100

This former fraternity housemother's lower level room has a private outside entrance and handy access to the Chapter Room.

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

Room 101

Spacious main floor room 101 has beautiful hardwood floors and a large accessible bath. It connects to spare bedroom room 102 to make a two-bedroom suite.

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

Room 201

Popular second floor corner room at the head of the stairs; has north and east facing windows.

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

Room 203

Spacious second floor north-facing Rm 203 features ISU's George Christensen black & white photo art. Microwave-Fridge combo and large wardrobe make this room an extended stay favorite.

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

Room 206

A great feeling corner whirlpool room with south and west windows for a perfect sunset at the end of a beautiful Iowa day. Gourmet Country Breakfast served from 7-9 AM weekdays and 8-10 AM on Saturday and Sunday.

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

Loft Suite 301

Unique loft suite with a high vaulted ceiling. A spiral staircase takes you up to a loft with full-sized futon. Spacious bathroom with beautiful ceramic tiled shower. Includes flat screen cable TV, wireless high-speed internet, hair dryer and a great Gourmet Country Breakfast.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Room 302

An absolutely delightful third-floor southeast corner room with lots of quaint roof pitches.

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

Loft Suite 303

This King Bed Loft Suite is simply spectacular! Its spiral staircase leads up to the well-appointed loft with accomodations for two additional guests, total of four. By adding the connecting spare bedroom room 305 it creates a large suite that will accommodate a total of six persons.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Beds 1 King

Room 304

A soothing third floor room with south facing windows and a view of the Iowa House grounds

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 2 Twin

Room 306

A quaint, relaxing southwest corner location with lots of roof pitches gives a great view of the ISU southwest athletic complex

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

Room 202

Spacious southeast corner setting with east and south facing windows in both room and bath. Large wardrobe makes it great for extended stays.

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

Room 205

A spacious second floor whirlpool room on the northwest corner overlooking ISU's Southwest Athletic Complex and Arboretum. Includes flat-screen cable TV, wireless high speed internet, mini-frig and hair dryer. This room can accommodate one extra person using our Frontgate E-Z Bed.

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

Room 204

A beautiful whirlpool room with windows facing both south and west, overlooking the Iowa House grounds. Watercolor art is by Iowa artist Ken Smith.

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

Spare Bedroom 102

SPARE BEDROOM, HAS NO BATHROOM. It can only be used in conjunction with another room with bath. Connects to room 101 to make a two-bedroom suite. Please call to book this room. It is furnished with a Queen-sized bed and features an 1856 Iowa map over the desk.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Beds 1 Queen

Spare Bedroom 305

This spare bedroom has a full-size futon and can only be reserved in conjunction with any other room, as it does not have a bathroom. When used with loft suite 303, interior connecting doors can be opened to create a suite that sleeps six.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Beds 1 Queen


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  • Maximum Capacity: 1

Chapter Room

Lower level multipurpose room for small gatherings. Maximum capacity is 20 persons. At innkeeper discretion the Chapter room can be rented for day / evening use. Limited in 5 hour blocks from 10am to 9pm. MAY ONLY BE RENTED VIA PHONE NOT ON WEB

  • Maximum Capacity: 24

504 Ash

A newly remodeled single family house on the corner of Ash Avenue and Graber Street, about 5 blocks south of ISU/Lincoln Way. It is fully furnished; master bedroom has a king bed and day bed with trundle, two bedrooms have queen beds; sunporch has a sofa sleeper

  • Maximum Capacity: 10

Dining Room

Main floor multipurpose room for small gatherings. Maximum capacity is 20 persons. At innkeeper discretion the dining room can be rented for day or evening use. Limited in 5 hour blocks from 10am to 9pm. MAY ONLY BE RENTED VIA PHONE NOT ON WEB.

  • Maximum Capacity: 20

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Location Type

Small town, Urban


Burlington, IA (BRL) 42 miles

Directions to property:

Driving north OR south on I-35: • Take Ames EXIT 111B to US HWY. 30 west toward Iowa State University (ISU). • Take UNIVERSITY BLVD EXIT 146 toward ISU. (about 6 mi west of I-35). • Exit RIGHT on to UNIVERSITY BOULEVARD and GET IN THE LEFT LANE. • At the first traffic signal turn LEFT (west) onto MORTENSEN PARKWAY. • When MORTENSON becomes two lanes [about 0.8 mi] look right for HAYWARD. • Turn right on HAYWARD AVENUE (near ISU Cross Country signs). • Go about 0.5 mi and look left for 405 Hayward Ames, IA 50014 (large “Iowa House” sign). • Turn LEFT on Knapp Street and LEFT into the parking lot.

Area Attractions

Art Galleries, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Iowa State University, Jack Trice Stadium, Hilton Colosseum, Cy Stephens Auditorium, Reiman Gardens, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Winery

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Inn Details

Establishment type

Historic Inn, Boutique Hotel

On-site amenities

Board games, Coffee/Tea facilities, Computer, Conference Rooms, Copier, DVD Player, Fax Machine, Fireplace, Ironing Board, Parking, Telephone, Walk to mass transit, Wedding Facilities, Wired internet

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Desk, Fridge, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Microwave, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bicycle riding trails, Bird watching, Hiking trails, Iowa State University Activities, Iowa State Alumni Association, Shopping, Sight-seeing

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  • Check In:: 3 p.m. - 11 p.m
  • Check Out:: 11 a.m.
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Limited We welcome well-behaved children under adult supervision.
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access Yes

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: Some special events may require a two or three-day stay
  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: We require a deposit equal to 100% of the quoted rate plus tax. You may use a credit card to book and pay online.
  • Cancellations: If you give us 15 or more days notice, we will cancel your reservation(s) and refund your deposit(s), less a $25 cancellation fee per room. If you cancel within 14 days and up to two days before your arrival date we will refund the balance of your deposit less the $25 per room fee if we are able to re-rent the room at the same rate. If you cancel after 4 p.m. two days prior to your arrival date, you will lose your deposit for the entire stay. Early departures and No-Shows are regarded as cancellations.
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Gourmet Country Breakfast

  • Serving Location: Dining Room

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