Plum Grove Inn

1208 Marcy St , Iowa City, IA 52240 USA (Show map)


Our home is a newly constructed energy efficient traditional-modern hybrid home with salvaged Iowan dark walnut wainscotting in the dining room and receiving area. Each quest room has its own private bathing and restroom suite custom designed by the host, owner and resident architect. Iowa City downtown is a 25-minute walk or 7 minute drive away.



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  • Guest room4.6
  • Service4.8
  • Value4.5
  • Cleanliness4.9
  • Onsite Dining4.9

Peaceful Friday night with an excellent breakfast!

5 on August 06, 2016

We enjoyed our stay in this beautiful, centrally located bed and breakfast in late July. The second story deck is an added bonus. For breakfast on the last day of RAGBRAI, Shelly made peach smoothies, cranberry scones that were still warm from the oven, tofu scramble with fresh herbs, and fresh fruit. Everything was delicious. We would recommend it and hope we get the chance to stay again some day!

Nice change of pace

4.8 on January 25, 2015

We traveled from St. Joseph Missouri to western Iowa and needed to say a night prior to arriving at a family members house. This was a nice treat, close to downtown Iowa City and a very nice home. The room was clean & cozy and the breakfast was amazing. Thank you Shelly!

the G's

4.8 on August 14, 2014

Plum Grove Inn is a beautiful place to stay with an old style feel to it, mainly due to the recovered hardwoods thru the house. Not just decor' alone though, the hosts are very welcoming and polite, a true pleasure of a stay.

Weekend Rejuvenation

5 on May 27, 2014

In Iowa City for a hectic graduation weekend and having Plum Grove Inn to return to at night was rejuvenating. Change in work schedule caused us to arrive late in the evening and Shelly was graciously accommodating about the change in our arrival time. Each morning we were served a breakfast that was palate pleasing and healthy. The presentation of the food was unique each morning. Well done Shelly!! Bedroom and bath are elegantly appointed and you feel like you are in a turn of the century home with modern amenities. The bed was created for restorative sleep which we appreciated. The home sits within a quiet and historic neighborhood. Easy to get to any area of Iowa City from the Inn. Thank you for a wonderful and refreshing place to stay. Paul and Linda

An true gem

5 on April 11, 2014

Shelly was an incredibly kind and giving host. Her breakfasts every morning were so delicious -- I could not believe it! She and her husband have taken great care to create a unique and special environment for guests.

The Perfect Writer's Retreat

5 on July 29, 2013

Don't miss an opportunity to stay at the Plume Grove Inn. Especially if you like to be treated like royalty every once in awhile. Not only will attendees of The Iowa Summer Writing Festival (just minutes away) enjoy the quiet and comfort of a 'home away from home," they can also take notepad or laptop (great wifi!) up to the roof patio to get some sun without having to resort to expensive coffee-shops with one-hour limits. Another point of value is the delicious, homemade breakfasts you'd be apt to pay $30 for in any restaurant, and the free street parking. Why settle for the usual motel/hotel continental offerings of dry bagels and cold cereal, and a daily $10 charge to park your rental car? The owner is kind and conscientious but not intrusive. The Inn itself is both contemporary in its construction, and detailed in its history. The Plum Grove Inn is just a very special place to spend some time, and worth every penny.

Bed & Breakfast Royalty

4.6 on July 18, 2012

My Thank You to the Innkeeper of the Plum Grove Inn read: "I wanted to thank you again for making our stay in Iowa City very memorable! Your breakfasts were sumptuous and made us feel like royalty."

Quick stay in Iowa City

4.0 on July 06, 2012

Very impressive gourmet breakfast in a comfortable, quiet B&B!

Will be back

5 on June 26, 2012

Our 3 nights at the Plum Grove Inn were very enjoyable. Very comfortable and conveniently located. The breakfasts were off-the-chart good.

April 14th stay

5 on April 23, 2012

Everything was lovely and incredibly clean. Breakfast service was above and beyond, and it was very private. I would stay there again.

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Rooms & Rates

Lydia's Room

Easterly located room with a Queen bed and full claw-foot bath and nearby access to roof patio.

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

Nightly Rate: $130 - $199

Sophie's Room

Westerly upstairs room with queen-size bed charming adjacent private full bath.

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

Nightly Rate: $130 - $199

The Architect's Suite

The "office suite" is for your use after 4pm till 11am the next day. A hand-tiled shower within a 3/4 restroom and ground floor access are the notable unique features for this architectural luxery. mini refrigerator in room.

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

Nightly Rate: $130 - $199

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Location Type

Plum Grove, Iowa City, University of Iowa, Small town


Chicago, IL (ORD-O'Hare) 325 miles

Directions to property:

Southeast side of Iowa City. One mile from downtown.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Casino, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Night life, Country Shops and Boutiques, Amana Colonies, Amish country - Kalona, Day trip to the Mississippi river 23 miles, Iowa Hawkeye Football, University of Iowa, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Sports venue, University, Winery

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Inn Details

Establishment type

Other, Homestay

On-site amenities

Amenities Basket, Coffee/Tea facilities, Computer, Conference Rooms, Copier, Ironing Board, Library, Telephone, Videos, Washer/dryer, Wi-Fi, Wired internet , Clawfoot tubs, Pillow-top Queen-sized Mattress, Roof top terrace, Steamed-pressed sheets, Fully tiled private bathrooms

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Bath robes, Board games, Hairdryer, Satellite/Cable TV, TV

On-site activities

Bicycle riding trails, Bird watching, Hiking trails

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  • Check In:: 3 pm - 6 pm
  • Check Out:: 10:30 am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: No
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access Limited

Terms and Conditions

  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: First night stay. Advanced notice must be made for late check-in and check-out. Subject to an additional $50.00 charge.
  • Cancellations: Full refund if cancelled 30 days prior to reserved date.
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Shelly Slaubaugh and Thomas McInerney

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About the innkeepers

Thomas is a licensed Architect (RA) and Shelly is a licensed Nurse (RN).

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Weekends only and continental weekdays

  • Time Served: 8 am - 9:30 am
  • Serving Location: Breakfast/dining area, Dining Room

Special meal options

Restrictive , Vegetarian

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