Old Northside Bed & Breakfast

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


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 room4.5
  • Service5.0
  • Value4.5
  • Cleanliness4.5
  • Onsite Dining4.7

Great stay

5 on October 06, 2016

Gary was a great host. The room was charming and comfortable room and had an electric fireplace and jacuzzi; the breakfast was full and delicious and served in an elegantly appointed Victorian dining room; the homemade white chocolate chip cookies at arrival were scrumptious; and the conversations with Gary were delightful. Our stay was an all around delightful experience.

Best Place to Stay in Indy!

5 on August 12, 2016

My sister and I stayed here for Gen Con and it was miles better than staying at one of the hotels attached to the convention center. Breakfast was awesome, the bed was super comfortable, and the tub was a great place to relax after a long day of walking around. Gary is friendly and will make you feel at home. Will def. be back next year!

Problem with our reservation.

5 on July 23, 2016

Checked in last night to find out our reservation was unable to be honored for our second day. The owner was unable to explain why it had happened but he was super apologetic and made sure he found us a room nearby. The accommodations he located were actually considerably higher in cost but he covered everything! I feel he went above and beyond. I highly recommend this B & B. Not only was the service excellent but the accommodations were also great! Thanks for a great night.

Long Weekend in a New City

4.8 on April 24, 2016

We had never visited Indianapolis before and our host was so helpful with touring and dining tips. Breakfast was pleasant, cold cereal options, a changing hot option, fruit, waffles, and bagels. What was special was the freshly baked banana bread every morning and canisters of freshly baked cookies available all day long. The kitchen seemed to always have the aroma of fresh baking. The location was great, easy access to the main sites and within walking distance of a nice restaurant and the Harrison House. The neighborhood is close to--but a bit away from--the downtown and the street is lined with beautifully kept grand old houses. Our room was quite comfortable and inviting and the public spaces were as well. We would definitely stay here again.

Very quaint and pleasing

4.8 on January 18, 2016

As with many bed-and-breakfast this is a very unique establishment. Loved the decorations and woodwork. One the great things about a bed-and-breakfast is making new friends with other guests and we hit a homerun here. We will definitely be back.

Old Northside Inn

4.6 on August 20, 2015

The host, George Hofmeister, is gracious and makes everyone feel at home. He's a great communicator but doesn't dominate the conversation. All in all, a great experience!

Loved our stay at Old Northside

5 on June 25, 2015

What an interesting old home! We had a wonderful overnight in Indy for our 44th anniversary. Would recommend Old Northside for outstanding hospitality.


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.

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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

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