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Historical Traveler Reviews Golden Haug Bed and Breakfast Iowa City
Perfect Stay in Iowa City
My husband and I stayed at the Golden Haug this past weekend. Our suite had a separate living area with a small kitchen and a very lovely bathroom. The layout was perfect with all the requirements that are so often lacking in a B&B. There were many "haugs" used as decoration which could have been kitsch, but definitely was not -- the room was very nicely decorated and the central location is perfect. Breakfast was delicious and Nila and husband, Denny, are just delightful. We highly recommend the Golden Haug -- you will not be disappointed!!
Perfect Place to Spend the Night (or even host a Bridal Shower)!
Nila allowed us rent out the entire first floor of the B&B for my friend's Bridal Shower. The Golden Haug provided the perfect backdrop for the shower, offering a comfortable "home-like" setting. The rooms are decorated very nicely and Nila has done an excellent job of renovating the old home. I recommend the Golden Haug for anyone looking for a unique Iowa City experience - I am even coming back next month!
Home Away from Home
This is one of those best kept secrets. If you love the feeling of the cozy comforts of home and savoring delicious homemade breakfast recipes like your family always made, then take the Iowa City exit off the interstate and head to the heart of town turning in at the Golden Haug Bed & Breakfast. This vintage house couldn't feel more like home. The management welcomes you like a family member they've known for years. They are also kind enough to give you ideas and suggestions for exploring this quaint university town with its many shops and one of a kind restaurants. Their attention to detail leaves you feeling pampered, relaxed and refreshed. Our suite was especially roomy and even included a mini kitchenette to make morning coffee or tea. Every detail is well thought out. I strongly recommend you book yourselves for more than one night because I don't think you'll want to leave. I'm so glad I had the opportunity to discover and enjoy the Golden Haug Bed & Breakfast and look forward to future visits.
A True Gem
This is hands down an incredible bed & breakfast. Both my parents and my boyfriend felt that it was an excellent establishment at an excellent price.
Decked out with creature comforts, the rooms we stayed in were jawdroppingly extravagant while at the same time rather kitschy in that fun, postmodern way (We definitely reccomend the slightly pricier, more thematic rooms). Breakfast was delicious, especially the quiche on our first morning. Nila Haug, the hostess, is attentive and personable without being overbearing--as can sometimes happen at b & b's. The wine set up and personal jacuzzi in our room took the edge off of a moderately stressful graduation weekend!
The Golden Haug's location is an ideal staging area to explore Iowa CIty. It's a mere two blocks east of the heart of Iowa City, chock full of restaurants, cafes, and cocktails. Plus, my favorite grocer in Iowa City is right across the street--New Pi. Best bread in town.
Although we live far away on the West Coast, and have little motive to return to Iowa City, we are tempted to book a return trip just to revisit the Golden Haug!
No place else to consider in Iowa City!!!!
The host (Nila), location (right on Iowa University campus), the room (I stayed in the basement suite), everything was great. I wouldn't consider staying any place else in Iowa City. Breakfast was great. Left the place feeling better than when I got there!!!
Charming & Great Breakfasts!
I just spent two nights, for the second time, at this charming B & B while visiting my college student daughter. Proprietor Nila is warm and gracious -- and oh -- those breakfasts are fantastic, and served with coffee made from freshly roasted, hand sorted beans from a local purveyor. You may even get to have tea and homemade biscotti with Nila in the afternoon. The rooms are lovely and comfortable, and the location is perfect -- just two blocks from the center of town. I plan to stay there whenever I visit Iowa City in the future.
A Golden Experience
Nila Haag, innkeeper of The Golden Haag, also owns the guest house next store offering private rooms above The Red Avocado, a vegan restaurant. This June, I stayed at the guest house in Claire's Room, which offers internet access, a private bath, adjoining living room, kitchen (and food co-op across the street), laundry room, access within walking distance to town and the University of Iowa campus, and absolutely delightful guests whom I met each morning for breakfast at The Golden Haag. I couldn't have been happier with the mix of privacy and companionship I enjoyed while I was in Iowa for a week for the Iowa Summer Writing Festival. A great front porch for sharing a bottle of wine with a class mate, the smell of honeysuckle from the vine growing close by, and lightening bugs, which I hadn't seen since I moved from the Midwest many years ago, added to the xperience. Nila is as much a lovable character as her B&B. I wouldn't consider staying anywhere else when I return to Iowa for next summer's writing festival.
Best B&B in the Midwest
The Golden Haug was the best B&B I've stayed in within the past 15 years. Not only was the accomodation excellent, Nila (runs the B&B), was a very gracious and accomodating host. I would highly recommend this place to anyone considering making a trip to Iowa City in the near future. It is much nicer than some the 'bigger hotels' in town and the breakfast was top notch! Give it a try and I guarentee you won't be disappointed.
Golden Haug is the best!
I have stayed at The Golden Haug on several occasions and it keeps getting better and better! Nila is a great hostess, the conversation fun, the food is delicious, the B&B is immaculate, and she is always making changes to keep the surroundings fresh. Plus, Nila knows all the great places to visit if you want to spend money or just browse. This is the absolute best B&B.
Humor and Home Cooking
Magnolia blossoms were strewn on the front steps and forsythia was blooming in the garden when we arrived at the Golden Haug. The local was ideal for us, three blocks from all the shops and restaurants downtown and the University campus. If you have a sense of humor, and enjoy down home comforts, with a unique twist, this is a fun place to stay. Arts and crafts style furnishings are enlivened with Nila's whimsical collection of pig-related knick knacks. A lively and hands on host, who likes to bring guests together, Nila treated us to a heavenly breakfast with fresh squeezed orange juice, and homemade quiche, which we shared with a couple from Oklahoma City.Right across the street is the local co-op grocery store where you can buy organic tangelos and bulk pistachios and lavender bath salts. Next door is a wonderful vegetarian restaurant, The Red Avocado. Only a few blocks further are the lively streets of downtown: art galleries and restaurants and bead markets, with a movie theatre in the process of being restored.Or you can sit quietly out in the garden and read a book and watch the magnolia blossoms drop and cardinals flit from branch to branch. Either way, you'll feel right at home.
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