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The Oliver Inn
Ranked #1 of 6 South Bend B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
California, Maryland
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103 reviews
34 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Lovely, Lovely, Lovely!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 June 2014

I can't say enough about our experience here. First of all, even when we approached the home, we noticed it was surrounded by beautiful lawn and gardens. It is a huge old Victorian home that has been restored with love and taste. Decorations take you back in time. We stayed in Gertrude's Dressing Room - and it was adorable. There was a queen bed (very nice sheets!), and private bathroom with an absolutely wonderful BIG Jacuzzi, and shower. The room still has the original architecture, showing the division of the closet where dresses were stored, and the dressing area with 3 big beveled mirrors where the lady of the house would try on her gowns. Felt I was in a time machine and living a Victorian dream. Alice made us feel at home immediately. When we asked for a dining recommendation, she recommended Tippecanoe Place - which was right next door within walking distance (you must consider eating there) - it was fabulous. When we came back from dinner, Alice reminded us that there were fresh baked cookies in the butler's pantry and coffee/tea if we would like some. If it had not been raining earlier we would have taken the cookies and coffee to one of the many outside sitting areas. When we went up to our room, there were chocolate medallions waiting for us on our pillows! After a very pleasant night, we woke up to wonderful breakfast smells. Oh my - breakfast was served in the very beautiful dining room - be sure and look up at the ceiling! We were served german pancakes, and had a nice buffet with sausages, fresh fruit, home made bread and chocolate croissants! Talk about feeling spoiled! We plan to come here again on our way to and from Des Moines. Absolutely one of the best B&Bs I have ever stayed in, and the close by restaurant makes this a tough combination to beat!

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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English first
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2014

If your travels every bring you to South Bend, IN we absolutely recommend you consider staying at the Oliver Inn. Over the 10 plus years we've been going to visit out kids during their tenures at ND we've been very fortunate to be guests of Alice and Tom's beautiful, warm and extremely "homey" B&B. Everything is first rate from the ample parking, clean/comfortable rooms, delicious (actually gourmet!) breakfasts and even fesh baked cookies in the afternoons. Both Tom and Alice are natural hosts who go out of their way to make your stay comfortable and provide you with above and beyond service.

Room Tip: Tom and Alice can also cater a dinner or other parties in the B&B and their living spaces are av...
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Merrillville, Indiana
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7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 May 2014

We go to many bed and breakfasts across the country and this one was no dissapointment. Tom and Alice are very nice and we came in about 7 ish because we decided last minute. We were shown our room Clem Studebaker which i was not dissapointed with. One thing that alot of bed and breakfasts miss on is the drinks and snacks part.. this is a small step that can have huge impact on the way a couple or individual looks at an inn. This in offered just that; the butler station had available got tea or coffee and drinks all night. also we love watching movies when we go to a bed and breakfast so it was nice they had a little selesction of movies. The bed was beyond comfortable-o-m-g, i didnt want to get out! But then again i did because the quiche and breakfast items were so good! i had to pace myself. The yard is beautiful too, the swingset and flowers surrounding the yard and B&B are a great touch :)

Room Tip: we loved the clem studebaker but usually we like rooms with hottubs so it depends on what you like
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Christina R
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Scottsdale, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 May 2014

Tom and Alice are very dedicated hosts. During the first night of our four night stay the power went off in a large area of downtown South Bend, including the Inn. Tom rose at 2am to light fireplaces and place flashlights in strategic locations so his guests could see. He also secured a large generator to restore power to the Inn within 24 hours, even though the city's power grid remained down for over 3 days. The inconvenience to the guests was minimal. Meanwhile, Alice went to a nearby kitchen with power to bake items for breakfast. Now that is teamwork and dedication to the comfort of their clientele!

Room Tip: All rooms seemed good and very well appointed.
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Griffith, Indiana
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2014

Stayed in the James Oliver room, LOVED it. All the wonderful reviews I read about this place were accurate, I will definitely be returning. Breakfasts prepared for us each morning were fantastic, the environment is very clean and welcoming and comfortable!

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2014

I spoke with Alice to make the reservation and she came to know that I was the featured speaker at a professional meeting. Upon arrival, she quickly recognized my professional colleague from South Bend, and greeted both of us. Soon, as I was checking in, my baggage disappeared (Tom helped spontaneously.) to my room! Very friendly ambiance of a home, with clean and comfortable rooms. She enabled breakfast very early next morning for me and my local colleague with my dietary restriction in mind, though Tom and Alice had to leave for a community meeting.

Very pleasant and welcoming stay, and I would strong recommend The Liver Inn for any visitor to South Bend, Indiana!

Room Tip: Leave it to Alice!
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Michigan
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87 reviews
21 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 March 2014

Spent the weekend with family at this gracious inn in South bend. Quaint rooms and pleasant company. Knowledgeable hosts about history of inn. Good breakfast and snacks available all day. A bit pricey for a bed and breakfast. Many rooms have whirlpools and separate showers. Discounted cards available for the Tippecanoe Restaurant next door- and you will want to take advantage of this card if you are eating there- it is good, but expensive as you can guess.

Room Tip: There are rooms both the second and third floor- and of course, no elevator. Some rooms are rather s...
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Property: The Oliver Inn
Address: 630 West Washington Street, South Bend, IN 46601
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Region: United States > Indiana > South Bend
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 6 B&Bs / Inns in South Bend
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Oliver Inn 3.5*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This lovely Victorian 25 room mansion was built for entertaining. Guests may choose from one of nine large and beautifully decorated guest rooms, some with fireplaces, private balcony, claw foot tubs, marble sinks or Jacuzzi. Lovely landscaped one acre estate with lawn swings, gardens, gazebo and fountain. The Bavarian style Carriage House is an archetectural gem, totally unique to the area and has been newly renovated into a two bedroom, two bath suite. ... more   less 
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