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Stone Soup Inn
Ranked #11 of 18 Indianapolis B&B and Inns
Reviewed 23 May 2007

we stayed at the stone soup inn the weekend of the Indy mini marathon. This was our first half marathon and our first stay at a bed and breakfast. We loved both experiences. It was more like staying at a friend's house than it was a motel. The caretakers made us feel very welcome and were very helpful but unobtrusive. We stayed in the carriage house the first night and the nw loft the second. Angie recommended the Milano Inn for dinner - very good food and great service! saturday we ordered pizza from Donato's - best veggie pizza I've ever had! the stone soup inn is a wonderful turn of the century home with modern updates in a nice quiet neighborhood just North of the center of downtown Indy. We loved our experience and we'll definitely be back next time we come to Indy!

  • Stayed: May 2007, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 January 2006

I have not stayed at this specific property, but my wife and I stayed at the Looking Glass Inn in July 2005 for 1 night to attend the F1 Grand Prix in Indianapolis. This property is run by the same owners also manage two other nearby Indianapolis properties, The Villa and the Stone Soup Inn.

The Looking Glass Inn is a nice B&B in a good area close to downtown. I have no complaints about the accommodations or service we received during my stay.

In fact, we were open to the prospect of returning for another stay, but this is where our problem occurred.

We decided to again attend the F1 race in Indianapolis in July 2006. We contacted the Looking Glass Inn in December 2005 (six months in advance) and made a reservation, received a confirmation email, and had a deposit charged to our credit card. Several weeks later we received a call indicating they were canceling our reservation because they were deeming the F1 weekend a special event weekend and were now requiring a 4-night minimum stay at rates higher than they publish on their website.

We were very upset by this because we had a reservation and had paid a deposit. The owner was not very apologetic. She did offer to contact other hotels for us in the area, but ultimately did not follow up with us leaving us without a place to stay.

I would encourage strong consideration before booking with any hotel or bed and breakfast that treats returning guests this way. I will not consider staying at the Looking Glass Inn or any of their other properties again.

Stayed: July 2005
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Urbana, IL
Reviewed 28 February 2005

We stayed at Stone Soup for our anniversary the weekend of August 20, 2004 and it was very relaxing to say the least. We stayed in the Northwest Loft on the third floor and we felt we were separated away from it all, which was what we wanted. It was very private with a large bath and very comfy bed perched on top of a loft which could be reached by a ladder.

I had also purchased a gift certificate for my fiance and I to dine at The Villa, which we were seriously underdressed for, but the food was fantastic. We went WAY over the amount of the gift certificate but it was worth it! My fiance had the filet with crumbled bleu cheese and I had the salmon with the best potatoes I have ever had.

We also spent some time at the Easley Winery where we had the chance to sample several wines and in the end we purchased 4 bottles!

The breakfast the next morning was quite good and the owners were friendly. I didn't hear a peep out of their child as it is mentioned in earlier posts. I felt like the owners were around when we needed them and they were out of our hair when we wanted privacy. It was perfect for us.

I think sometimes people are just too picky. This is a great B & B to try!

  • Stayed: August 2004
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Reviewed 24 January 2005

After reading the other reviews on this page I worried about my stay in Indianapolis. After all - what I had been looking for was a hotel near downtown that wasn't nearly 200 bucks a night.

What I found when I arrived was a friendly welcome, a warm and comfortable house, outgoing fellow-guests, a nice daily breakfast and an amazing alternative to the shoe-box hotel life.

Perhaps, I thought as I snuggled down under a warm down comforter on the comfortable double bed in the Stone Soup Inn's Craftsman room, the other reviewers were expecting the anonoymity of a chain hotel, not the experiences of a B and B?

Maybe, I thought the next day, as I settled in a cozy common room with my computer and finished setting up the internet connection provided by the folks there, as I started to do my evening's work - they were looking for something less personal?

Possibly, I decided as I folded the morning's newspaper and set my coffee cup in its saucer, these other reviews were just ... Wrong?

Yep - completely wrong.

I was in Indy for a working week. How sad to have gotten stuck in an expensive shoe box when instead I could end my day in the beauty of a well-restored home, in comfort. I truly felt like an appreciated guest, welcomed by my hosts.

I was encouraged on a couple of occasions (once by each person) to take advantage of the spa at the Villa (unfortunately my schedule didn't permit) and when I planned, instead, to at least indulge in a long hot bath in the (really gorgeous) shared bathroom before dinner, they made sure I had some bath salts.

All in all a dreary week of work away from home was both effective work-wise and provided me with a surprise bit of pampering. I was able to stay downtown for the price of an economy hotel near the airport. A special thank you to the proprieters for their professional care during my stay there. Everything was consistently marvelous.

If one is looking for a chain-hotel stay, don't stay in a bed and breakfast. Ever. If you travel often, however, and want to find a comfortable alternative, if you're open to a bit of whimsy and have even a touch of imagination, I heartily recommend the Stone Stone Soup Inn.

  • Stayed: January 2005, travelled on business
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Indianapolis, IN
Reviewed 6 May 2004

Spent one night here and would never recommend. I felt like I was on display walking through a room with all lace curtains in a downtown residential setting. I put my robe on each time I walked to the bed. The furnishings were attractive but afraid to use because they were antiques. The bed was uncomfortable and we barely slept. The place was empty the night we stayed here which should've been a red flag. Only one other couple was present on this weekend night.

My fiance bought a gift certificate (without checking with me) while staying here for $143. The management refused to allow me to substitute for anything else but the "Spa" which they actively promote. My fiance tells me that they "sold" him on the manicure, pedicure, and massage as what he needed to achieve the "total experience." I get my nails done elsewhere and am not at all interested in the other services they provide. I never even asked for a refund, just to substitute for something else.

The owners of these facilities are VERY rigid and will not budge even in the interest of customer service. I suppose I'd known this if I'd read Trip Advisor before I made the reservations.

We also listened for nearly 30 minutes while the other couple tried to rouse someone to answer the locked doors to check in. They went from window to window, door to door. We didn't let them in because this neighborhood used to be a bad one and neither of us knew what they wanted until the nexst day at breakfast. We apologized but they were upset with the owners for not being present to check them in when they told them they would be arriving.

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Reviewed 5 January 2004

My fiance and I stayed at the inn while visiting friends in town. What a wonderful respite! We booked the Craftsman room, a spacious room decorated in authentic antiques and soothing wall colors. The room's crowning feature was a huge bay window with window seat. A sitting room adjoined the 2nd floor rooms, and was stocked with games, magazines, and comfortable seating. Children will love the balcony, accessible via a tall window. Nearby, a small alcove held snacks, a microwave and small refrigerator - in case guests are hungry during the night.
Although we had to share the bathroom with another room, we did not find this a difficulty. The owner was friendly and gentle. We saw his son, a child of perhaps 3 or 4, from afar, but never heard him, other than some morning banter with his parents in the adjoining kitchen. The breakfast was good, if unspectacular. Overall, we found this inn to be a pleasing experience, and we would happily return!

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Reviewed 31 December 2003

Don't EVER give this place your credit card number (also owners of the Looking Glass Inn and The Villa)! They have charged my credit card thousands of dollars without my permission!!!!! This was absolutely the most unprofessional establishment with which I have ever come in contact. I could go on, but it probably wouldn't be fit for print.

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Address: 1304 Central Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46202-2616
Region: United States > Indiana > Indianapolis
Kitchenette Suites
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Ranked #11 of 18 B&Bs / Inns in Indianapolis
Price Range: £83 - £131 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Stone Soup Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We look to welcome new visitors to our city and have created a warm, friendly environment - a home away from home - where travelers can relax by a fire, share their experiences and sleep in comfort. Located in the heart of the historic Old Northside, the Stone Soup Inn offers all the beauty and comfort of an upscale turn of the century home. After stepping into the large foyer, relax by the baby grand piano in the living room or cuddle up with a good book in our library. All of these rooms contain beautifully detailed woodwork and hardwood floors. Breakfast will be served in our distinctive dining room or, weather permitting, on the large, wraparound porch. On the second floor, share stories with other guests in the sitting room or outside on the spacious balcony overlooking the front garden and Lilly pond. Decorated with a combination of Mission-style and Victorian-era antiques, guests will find a comfortable, convenient place to stay as they explore nearby historic sites and downtown attractions. ... more   less 
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