The Mad Carpenter Inn

353 North 8th Street , Laramie, WY 82072 USA (Show map)


Our inn arose from a shabby rental property a half block from the UW campus, a great source of cultural events. The interior architecture of the home and the cottage is fairly detailed but not stuffy and (according to guests) is warm and welcoming. We only offer three rooms plus one separate guesthouse because we prefer more involvement with fewer guests-quality over quantity. Our facility includes a well-equipped game room with pool table, ping pong, foosball, air hockey, darts, and a fine piano.



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  • Guest room4.9
  • Service4.7
  • Value4.9
  • Cleanliness4.9
  • Onsite Dining4.9

Wonderful visit

5 on August 31, 2016

Pictures do not do justice to the Mad Carpenter Inn. What a delightful place. My husband and I were traveling with my father and his wife and we found the Inn to be so homey that we almost forgot to pay!! Please don't hesitate to stay. It's like visiting a great friend.

Feels like home

5 on October 01, 2013

What a great way to spend our anniversary! Lawrence and Danny are so welcoming and the breakfasts make you feel like royalty. Beautiful wood work and very elegant furnishings make you feel like you are in the Victorian era. We enjoyed our stay along with some WYO football! A perfect fall getaway!


5 on July 31, 2013

We were very fortunate to stay here and it was just lovely. Lawrence and Danny were so kind, definitely plan to visit again!

Mad Carpentter Inn

5 on April 16, 2012

This is a delightful place to stay! I have stayed many times in the Doll House and love it! I have stayed in many bed and breakfast places and this in at the top of my list. Great breakfast and conversation with the owners! KC Brigham City UT

A true GEM!

5 on August 04, 2011

We stayed at Mad Carpenter the last week of July while we visited Cheyenne and Frontier Days. We chose to stay there because it was less expensive than regular hotels and offered more - and it looked so darned cute! The drive from Denver was about 2.5 hours, from Cheyenne, an EASY 45 minutes or so. Danny and Lawrence could not have been more gracious, more fun, or any nicer. The rooms were immaculate and cute - the pictures don't do justice. Our hosts we accommodating - whatever we needed they would have helped us with. They are experts on the area and are wonderful cooks. The breakfasts were SO fabulous! I would recommend staying here prior to any other place I saw in the area. It is in a residential area, but Laramie is small enough that shopping and restaurants are an easy drive or walk away. There is hiking and horseback riding within 30 to 60 minutes drive. Seriously - stay here if you can!!!!!! Nancy

An Oasis of Hospitality

5 on July 13, 2011

Some B&B’s are just that: a bed and a breakfast, sometimes little more than a motel style continental breakfast. The Mad Carpenter, however, provides that extra something that we all crave. From the moment yous tep through the door, an air of ambiance welcomes you. Beautiful woodwork and trim details, cleanliness fit for the Queen of England, and every convenience you might desire await your visit. The linens are both satiny and lush. The rooms are cozy and exquisitely appointed, with everything from bathrobes to wi-fi and books about the area. The bathroom is even more accommodating with every imaginable toiletry. If you ran away from home empty-handed, this would be the place to run to. Family-style breakfasts are served with freshly ground coffee and homemade temptations like berry cobbler and apple-walnut waffles, in addition to healthy standards like fresh fruit, cereal, and toast. But the best part of breakfast is conversation with proprietors, Danny & Lawrence, and their guests. The Mad Carpenter is truly an oasis of hospitality in a mad world.

A welcoming place

5 on July 10, 2011

We have stayed with Lawrence and Danny many times and enjoy every stay, since they make you feel totally comfortable. The game room is a wonderful place to entertain, especially if you have a student at the university. The breakfasts are filling and enjoyable. It is so nice to have a place to stay that my daughter and friends are welcome. The Mad Carpenter has set the standard that we compare other B & B's that we visit.

Nice place in a nice town

4.0 on June 01, 2010

My sister and I stayed in the Dollhouse. It was very comfortable. Breakfast in the main house was wonderful! And the carpenter isn't really mad - maybe just a little shy! If ever I'm in Laramie again, I'll stay there!

great B&B

5 on August 14, 2009

We were delighted to find such an excellent B&B in Laramie. The rooms were clean, comfortable, and beautifully decorated. there is a nice sitting area with good books on local history and activities. most impressive of all was the outstanding breakfast. Pleasant to stroll through the nearby U of Wyoming campus

Better than home

5 on August 04, 2009

The house is located in a residential area directly adjacent to the University of Wyoming and a short walk from Laramie's small downtown area (which is very nice). The house is a restoration of a roughly 100 year old home. The work, done by a master carpenter, is almost beyond belief and is of the highest quality. The room was small, but very comfortable and the private bathroom was adjacent. The mad carpenter and his wife are wonderful people and made us feel thoroughly at home. The breakfasts were first rate- we asked for recipes; they are not only delicious but are also well suited for the health conscious traveler. I recommend this B&B to anyone traveling to Laramie, but especially persons visiting the University.

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Location Type

Block from University of Wyoming


Cheyenne, WY (CYS) 45 miles

Directions to property:

From the east, take Grand Avenue exit through town to 9th, turn right (north) and proceed four blocks to Clark St., turn left (west) one block to NE corner of 8th and Clark. From the south (Hwy. 287) take 3rd St. to Clark, turn right (east) to 8th St. From the west take Snowy Range Road exit east into town over the overpass to 8th St.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Historical interests, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, Ski area

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Inn Details

On-site amenities

Amenities Basket, Board games, Parking, Piano

Room amenities

Alarm clock, Bath robes, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, DVD Player, Desk, Fridge, Hairdryer, Ironing Board, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, VCR, Videos, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Pool, Ping-Pong, Foosball, Air Hockey, Darts, Board Games, Piano

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  • Check In:: 3 pm
  • Check Out:: 11 am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: No
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Accepted payments VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Cancellations: If we are notified 48 hours before 3 pm check in, there will be no charge. Otherwise, charge will stand.
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Lawrence and Danny Rue Thomas

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About the innkeepers

We like to entertain guests in our home. We don't mind traveling, but we're homebodies. We like to garden inside and out. We are both readers and one of us likes to write. One of us likes to cook and one likes the woodshop. You guess who.

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Continental Plus

  • Time Served: Guest Choice of Time
  • Serving Location: Breakfast/dining area

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