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Butler House on Grand
Ranked #3 of 4 Des Moines B&B and Inns
Washington DC, District of Columbia
Level 3 Contributor
24 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Home away from home”
Reviewed 9 July 2012

The Butler House is situated in the lovely surrounds of the Des Moines Art Center and "Grand" Avenue perfectly situated for long walks, cycling, and exploring Des Moines which is a fine city in which to dine, enjoy music, art, cultural events and sports. Our room was very comfortable, beautifully appointed, quiet, and every comfort was attended to. The breakfasts were delicious and our hosts were gracious. This was our first visit and we plan to return.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with friends
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 April 2012

We visited Des Moines in the spring of 2012 and stayed in the Cooks Quarters(we needed a walk- in shower for my disabled husband) at the Butler House B&B. The trip was to attend a wedding. The best part of the trip was the way Clark, the host, greeted us and explained everything. He was gracious, helpful and thorough. He is the Clark "Kent" of the B&B's I've been to. Great hospitalty.Lauren was down under the weather but returned to hostess before we left.
Everything was clean and beautiful.
The first morning was my favorite breakfast with eggs and ham and fruit and sweets.
My only three complaints: the bed was way too soft, the water bottles were too small( no ice ) and baked fruit is not my cup of tea.

Room Tip: Don't choose the Cooks Quarters if you like a lot of room.
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Des Moines, Iowa
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68 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 November 2011

The Butler House on Grand B&B is a beautiful old tudor mansion, located across the street from the Des Moines Art Center. The downtown area, the east village and Valley Junction shopping areas are just minutes away. Great restaurants are close by too. For a relatively small city, Des Moines has a lot of cool things going on.

The Smiths are incredible hosts. They make you feel welcome from the moment you walk in. They helped us plan our weekend and were attentive anytime we had a question. The morning breakfasts were delicious.

Each room is uniquely decorated. While we didn't see all of the rooms, those we did were very well appointed.

Would highly recommend the Butler House on Grand for a work stay or for a weekend/shopping getaway.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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4 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 November 2011

We frequent Butler House on Grand everytime we visit Des Moines and it is our favorite B&B anywhere! The rooms are fantastically clean and unique in decoration and design. Each room is a completely different experience but all cozy, comfortable, and relaxing. Lauren and Clark are incredibly hospitable - both friendly and respectful with attention to detail but never in an awkward way. They have the warmth and cheerfulness made famous by the midwest. Breakfast is a wonderful experience and you'd be hard-pressed to find a better meal in the morning. The historic setting and proximity to downtown makes this B&B a must for anyone staying in the area.

  • Stayed November 2011
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Evanston, Illinois
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Reviewed 13 November 2011

Situated on a gentle hilltop in Des Moines, this exquisite English Tudor inn, and innkeepers Lauren and Clark, offer heavenly hospitality! The Butler's Master Suite features gorgeous handmade furniture by Sticks, Inc. Each piece is unique, and the room could not be more luxurious. The breakfast was just delicious! We can't wait to return to Des Moines, and the Butler House. Don't miss this gem!

Room Tip: Each room is uniquely designed; we toured the entire house and each room is more gorgeous than the n...
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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Iowa City, Iowa
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Reviewed 11 November 2011

We have been going to the Butler House for the past few years. It is a beautiful building with wonderful room decorations-the rooms have custom furnitures from Sticks, each room is decorated on a different theme. The B & B stand on a hill with a panoramic view of the Des Moines Art Center.
We really enjoy talking with Lauren and Clark, they are simply wonderful people-friendly, helpful, and a treasure trove of information whether it is a restaurant, another hotel, a specific even, they are very knowledgeable.

We are looking forward to our next trip=-well done Lauren and Clark

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Belmar, New Jersey
Level 6 Contributor
128 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 October 2011

My husband and I spent one night at the Butler House before we leaving for his HS reunion. The house is very nicely decorated and very relaxing. Lauren was very friendly and a pleasure
to talk with. The breakfast consisted of fresh fruit, juice and coffee or tea, stuffed french toast and Iowa sausage - very yummy! The bed was very comfortable and we had a great night's sleep. Being that the house is as old as it is, the plumbing and electric were not up to
today's standards - but that helped to add to the charm. The price was reasonable, it was centrally located, and we would highly recommend staying here over the typical hotel chain.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Butler House on Grand

Property: Butler House on Grand
Address: 4507 Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50312-2401
Region: United States > Iowa > Des Moines
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in Des Moines
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are the oldest B&B in Des Moines. We have been featured in the New York Times, Des Moines Register and many other publications. We enjoy making your stay in Des Moines memorable. Please come and stay! ... more   less 
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Butler House On Grand Des Moines, Iowa

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