Butler B&B is located in a magnificent house built in 1921. Larger than many B&Bs in which we have stayed, it features seven rooms, most (all?) of which must be reached by stairs. The ambiance is lovely, and the breakfast we had was excellent. The dining room was set with both a common table and a couple of individual couples' tables; when we were there, two people who had come down before us occupied the former, and we took the latter, so there was less conversation among guests than in some places. The living room serves as a common room; it is well appointed in both period and contemporary terms--antique furniture and flat-screen TV. There is a refrigerator with various drinks on the second floor. The WiFi works well.
Butler House is located just across Grand Avenue from the Des Moines Art Center (which, unhappily but unsurprisingly, is closed on Mondays, so we did not visit). You do have to be alert to find it, however, because there is no obvious sign on Grand Avenue. Coming from the east, we passed it, even though we had the street number. Perched on a rise, the house faces north, so you don't enter from the street. To the west is a driveway that the B&B shares with an adjacent apartment building. Drive past the apartment and park in one of the House's slots.
We stayed in the Cook's Corner room. It is very brightly painted, something like a child's room. It faces north, overlooking the lot. We would stay there again, but one should note the bathroom, which is extremely cramped and awkwardly laid out: the radiator and sink flank the toilet, which, consequently, is hard to rich, and the shower is small. This room would not be a good choice for larger people.
The staff is very attentive. Overall, Butler House is an elegant and comfortable retreat.
- 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