Smiths' Bed and Breakfast

314 Brown St. , Iowa City, IA 52245 USA (Show map)


Smiths' Bed and Breakfast is a bright, comfortable 1890's home on Iowa City's Historic Northside. Downtown Iowa City, sports venues, and Hancher Auditorium are all easily accessible. Two spacious bedrooms on the second floor share a sitting room and large bathroom. A ground floor room with its own entrance has a private bath and cable TV.

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Innkeepers: Mark Smith & Beth Smith



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

Always Adorable

5 on May 23, 2016

I moved from Iowa City and return to see friends and old sites. The Smith B & B is one of the reasons I keep coming back to town. The rooms are uncluttered, simple and smart looking. The Smiths are gentle and bright. As others have said- the breakfasts are incredible: fresh fruit and more prepared beautifully. There a peacefulness at the Smiths that takes the stress out of traveling.


4.6 on June 06, 2015

This is my 4th time to stay at Beth and Mark's B & B and I am looking forward to returning to a place with warmth, invitation and gracious welcome. I go to the writer's conference and this home provides great space and energy to do my homework projects. It also provides a nice little walk to the campus which is good since there is a lot of sitting time during the week. The breakfasts are great and healthy besides delicious. Looking forward to it. Becky


4.2 on June 08, 2014

I spent 2 nights at Smith's Bed and Breakfast back in April and I couldn't have been more satisfied by my experience. The house is lovely. The room I stayed in was simple but very cozy and spotless. The owners were extremely welcoming. Breakfast was delicious, and I had very interesting conversations with Mark. The B&B is well located, in Iowa City's historic neighborhood (beautiful houses!) but close to the downtown area where you can find many dining options. I definitely recommend staying here!

Wonderful experience

4.8 on November 06, 2013

I recently stayed at Smiths B & B (10-29- thru 11-1-2013) I was extremely happy with my experience. Each morning I had a fantastic breakfast and visited with the host's. They were extremely accommodating. The room was incredible. I stayed in the downstairs room. I had my own bathroom and private entrance into my room. The grounds were very nice and the neighbor was beautiful. The B & B is close to the university and downtown. I was able to walk to both locations easily. I come to Iowa City usually once a year and I will stay at Smiths B & B each time. Thank you for a great experience.

Wonderful home in Iowa City

4.6 on April 04, 2013

I have stayed at Smith's B&B three times and wouldn't think of choosing any other B&B of hotel in Iowa City. From the moment I met Mark and Beth they made me feel right at home. I especially love the cozy, lovely basement room. Absolutely no need to look elsewhere.

Great B&B in Iowa City Iowa!

5 on February 22, 2013

The Smith B&B is quite simply beautiful!! Besides a bit of confusion around the price of my room I enjoyed my stay immensely! The Smith's are wonderful people and very gracious hosts! The breakfasts were definately 'something to write home about' with creative and varied fritatas and an assortment of fresh fruit, homemade bread, and homemade granola!! Thanks to these wonderful hosts and I look forward to staying again sometime soon! Sincerely, M.J. Mann-Harding

Excellent Hospitality!

4.0 on February 14, 2012

We have been staying here since May 2010, and wouild never consider going anywhere else. Quiet, nice and clean, Amazing breakfast! Love the granola. Thanks, for guys are great!

first time now every time

5 on November 06, 2010

The breakfasts, the accomodations, the conversations, the comfort. One cannot ask for more. I will stay here every time I am in Iowa city. James

If you're in IC, definitely stay at Smiths' B&B

4.8 on September 07, 2010

The Smith's B&B was the perfect place for us to stay on our recent trip to Iowa City. The room was nice and big, the bed was super comfortable and Mark and Beth were an absolute pleasure. The location is perfect, just a short walk to downtown, but not in the noisy student area. Definitely recommended!

south review

5 on January 19, 2009


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Location Type

University town, Historic district


Burlington, IA (BRL) 20 miles

Directions to property:

From Highway 80, take the Dubuque Street exit. Turn south. After the first stop light, turn left up Brown Street.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, University

Inn Details

On-site amenities

Air conditioning, Bike rental, Board games, Computer, Hairdryer, Ironing Board, Library, Piano, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, VCR, Videos, Walk to mass transit, Washer/dryer, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

Room amenities

Alarm clock, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, Desk, Radio, Telephone

On-site activities

Bicycle riding trails, Billiards, Bird watching, Boating, Cross-country ski trails, Golfing, Hiking trails, Sailing, Shopping, Tennis courts

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  • Check In:: by arrangement
  • Check Out:: by arrangement
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No
  • Drinking Allowed: No
  • Suitable For Children: Yes
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No

Terms and Conditions

  • Accepted payments Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: One night's deposit is required.
  • Cancellations: Please cancel 24 hours in advance.



Mark Smith & Beth Smith

Languages spoken

English, Spanish

About the innkeepers

Mark is a massage therapist with an office on the premises. He in interested in international affairs and racketball.

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  • Time Served: according to our guests' needs
  • Serving Location: Dining Room

Special meal options

Low fat , Vegetarian