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“Iowa Mont Rest Inn (an Incredible Stay)”
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Mont Rest Inn
Ranked #1 of 4 Bellevue B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 15 May 2014

Mont Rest Inn sits high on a hill in the quiet and friendly town of Bellevue, Iowa.This home and the many furnishings and period pieces in this home are magnificent. The Inn transports you back in time to the year 1896, but it also takes you to the present with its large whirl pool tubs, cable TV, guest robes, heated towel racks and a Jacuzzi on the outside upper deck. The friendly staff and owner of this bed and breakfast give their guests the full reign of this beautiful Victorian Mansion. In addition, each night you are treated to two of the best homemade chocolates that as a chocolate lover I have ever experienced and at 9 o'clock the next morning to a fabulous breakfast. (Thanks Naomi, both mornings your breakfast was absolutely phenomenal!!) We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Mont Rest Inn and intend to return.
Pat and AL

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  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 March 2014

Watched sun rise over Mississippi River Saturday morning. Saw some Eagles. We had breakfast at the Mont Rest B&B. Excellent. Will be there again later this year. Bellevue Iowa has Lock & Dam 12 plus antique shops and local social establishments.

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  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 March 2014

We stayed at Mont Rest on a cold wintery weekend, so the inn was the main attraction. We went for a Murder Mystery dinner with was great fun! The staff knows how to do these well and although we knew no one else in the group, we had a great time. Innkeeper Naomi went out of her way to attend to our food needs -- fixing vegan dishes and adapting our meals to our dietary needs. She is perfectly suited to her job, taking up the role of actress in the murder mystery, gourmet chef, and vivacious hostess. If you go, take time to read up on the inn's history on its website. It's worth the read! A fire in 1996 almost put Mont Rest (locals pronounce it Mount Rest) out of business, but the owner rebuilt, so almost every room as a built-in gas fireplace, giant jacuzzi tub and double shower. Very romantic! An added bonus was the wildlife. On Sunday morning, six giant eagles were perched in the trees right behind the inn and a herd of deer came down the bluff to forage for food. We also liked that guests were encouraged to use the house, gather in a cozy guest kitchen in the morning before breakfast or to play board games there with other guests

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  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 January 2014

We loved the casual and interactive experience at Mont Rest. Unlike some B&B's where guests stay to themselves, Mont Rest encourages guests to mingle and make full use of the home. It is a charming, somewhat eccentric experience that was delightful. Food was delicious and the Murder Mystery a great opportunity for entertainment. Walking distance from the downtown and great eagle viewing at the lock and dam. Even better were the eagles perched in the trees surrounding the estate. Worth a visit and we will return in the spring.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Marie709
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Reviewed 2 January 2014

Mont Rest Bed and Breakfast is the most comfortable and welcoming place we have ever stayed. It combines the beauty of the Mississippi River, an 18th century renovated and very comfortable home with the most welcoming and laid back atmosphere we have every experienced. The Mansion is located on a hill overlooking the Mississippi River in a wonderful little town of Bellevue, IA. Chris the owner and her partner Naomi are wonderful and the food is spectacular. Naomi always makes sure that we have food to accommodate our special dietary needs--gluten free and dairy free.

We have spent the last two New Year's Eve at Mont Rest. They offer a murder mystery where you are the suspects and the characters in the mystery. Chris writes the murders and they all take place at the mansion. They dress us in costumes for our parts and even accessories our outfits as the play progresses. We have always had a blast--laughing and meeting new friends. We then rang in the New Year with our new friends.

They offer others period dinners and luncheons where they dress you for the period or your part. If you are looking for a fun get-away and want something unique you need to check out Mont Rest Bed and Breakfast. It is a must do for anyone!

Room Tip: Any room in the place is wonderful.
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  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 1 January 2014

Our first trip to Mont Rest was in about 1991 and was fantastic. But our last two have been absolutely magical! We spent New Year's Eve 2012 and 2013 at Mont Rest, enjoying beautiful accommodations and amenities and a fantastic and fun-filled Murder Mystery. Food at the Bed and Breakfast, originally built in 1893 as a private residents was phenomenal for dinner and breakfast at both visits! Chris her husband Ralph are fun, enthusiastic and outstanding hosts. Chris's partner Naomi is an absolute gem, seeing to my gluten free needs and my friend's dairy-free needs and offering us special delights to tempt our allergic palettes! The rooms are top notch, amenities and ambiance top notch, and we cannot say enough for what Mont Rest offers to guests fortunate enough to stay at the Bed and Breakfast! Our two New Year's Eve trips have been with another couple, and we are thinking of making this a tradition in our friendship with this couple because we both had such a fantastic time both times we have visited together. Chris and Naomi--you are outstanding and Mont Rest is outstanding, too! We cannot say how much we have enjoyed our wonderful visits at this historic small town on the banks of the Mississippi River. Having several bald eagles in the tree outside our room at the bed and breakfast was just the icing on the cake for this incredibly fun trip! And since it was snowing and very cold outside, the wonderful gas fireplace in our lovely room was just the thing we needed to make a warm and cozy stay!

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  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 December 2013

Mont Rest Inn is more than just a bed and breakfast. Not only are the suites wonderful, the whole experience is top notch. Words cannot describe how good the food is. Our weekend was a surprise my husband pulled together and he left me speechless. Murder mystery dinner was so fun - Noami made the evening the best. Thank you Chris and your crew for a great time.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Mont Rest Inn

Address: 300 Spring St, Bellevue, IA 52031-1125
Region: United States > Iowa > Bellevue
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in Bellevue
Price Range: £118 - £133 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Mont Rest Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Built in 1893, Mont Rest is nestled halfway up a 9 acre wooded bluff overlooking one of the most panoramic views of the mighty Mississippi River. This historic Inn features luxury overnight accommodations with 2 person whirlpool tubs, fireplaces, heated towel bars, guest robes, homemade chocolates, flowers, and beautiful views. Special Packages include: Murder Mystery, River Cruise, Golf and Spa, Gourmet Dining, Honeymoon, All Grown Up Ladies PJ Package, Massages, Wedding, and Corporate Retreats. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Mont Rest Hotel Bellevue

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