This was the last stop in a line of B&B's on a cross country trip for us. Definitely stood out! To me a B&B should be judged on three things: a unique room, an exceptional breakfast and a relationship with the innkeeper. This one nailed all three.
We stayed in the Dynasty room on the third floor. It had a very nice large jacuzzi tub that we used and liked very much. The room was nicely decorated and comfortable with a nice bed, lots of towels, a soft heavy extra blanket and a beautiful unique vanity. The soap for the room was homemade soap made just for the inn. It smelled amazing like citrus and spice. A very nice touch. Also to be noted were the soft, textured pink towels unique to the room instead of the traditional white ones you see in most hotels.
From the minute we arrived the owner, Lauren, engaged us. We went to sit by the fire in the living room, a nicely appointed room, and she came and sat down with her cup of coffee and chatted with us. A very intelligent, interesting woman who seemed to really want to get to know us! It almost seemed liked she drew the most enjoyment in her work out of meeting and getting to know her guests. She has likely met thousands of guests in her 14 years and we felt like we were the first. Like meeting us was WHY she loves what she does! She had great recommendations for local places to eat. We went to eat and when we came back our bed had been turned down and some salted caramel truffles were left on the pillow. They were yummy!
At breakfast we met the hubby. Just as nice as Lauren. I love that the family lives on site. Their living area is on the bottom floor, separate from the inn but the kids grew up with the business. The inn and home don't intermingle to the point where you feel intrusive (a problem sometimes with B&B's) but just enough to warm you through pictures of the family, pet bunnies in the living room and jack o lanterns on the front steps to remind you that you're in someone's home as a welcome guest.
Breakfast was a baked apple with yogurt and granola, pumpkin pancakes with cinnamon whipped cream and pork sausage. All excellent!
In peeking into other rooms I would like to stay in the Cook's room or the suite that was next to the Dynasty room on the third floor on our next visit (not sure of the name of this one). The latter looked so cozy! It had a bathroom seperate from the room that was beautifully decorated and locked for the sole use of the room's tenant.
We will definitely return! This a family who has met their calling and fallen into their perfect line of work. A beautiful thing.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Butler House On Grand Des Moines, Iowa