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Anderson, Indiana
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2 reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We paid for my daughter and son in law for two nights, bought the Sparkling package for $50 which was to include wine, no wine ever appeared, just two small chocolate cakes, two massages booked at $100 each were not scheduled by them and could not be changed, no refund, no negotiation, no service basically. Room was lovely but chilly,... More 

Thank sandidobie
Villa I, Owner at Looking Glass Inn, responded to this review

Our breakfast on the morning in question consisted of Brandy Pumpkin Pancakes accompanied by sausage patties and our full breakfast buffet (cereals, oatmeals, boiled eggs, fruit selection, yogurt, teas, coffee, juices and breakfast bars). Our guests all raved about the special seasonal menu that morning. Our innkeeper is a graduate of culinary school and gets fabulous reviews on her food.... More 

San Juan, Puerto Rico
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265 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 October 2016

This is a quaint bed and breakfast in an interesting neighborhood that is living on its past reputation. There was no heat in the room and the outside temperature was in the 50's. We were told to close the bathroom door, really? The are no shades in the room, only shear curtains so you are up with the sun. The... More 

2 Thank RusPat_704
Villa I, Owner at Looking Glass Inn, responded to this review

Please rest assured that all of our rooms have heating and cooling. At this time of year (Autumn) temperatures vary greatly from morning to evening. We are constantly adjusting thermostats for our guests comfort. Please let us know in the future if you are uncomfortable and we will see to it that everything is done to accommodate you. Our rooms... More 

Sarnia, Canada
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 September 2016

We stayed at the Looking Glass Inn for 3 nights in September to celebrate an Anniversary and attend the Colts game on Sunday. We really enjoyed our stay in the Crimson Room. The room included a recently updated bathroom with good water temperature and shower pressure, a flat screen TV with Cable TV/DVD player and a very comfortable bed. The... More 

2 Thank myoung30
Villa I, Owner at Looking Glass Inn, responded to this review

Taking the time to write us such a glowing review is much appreciate! Come back and visit again soon. More 

Lancaster, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 August 2016

A couple of days before we arrived, we were emailed to check our arrival time and asked about any special arrangements we wanted, which was a nice touch. We were a couple of hours early, but this didn't seem to be a problem. On arrival, we got a key so we could come and go as we pleased, and a... More 

1 Thank Alis0n_Mark
Villa I, Owner at Looking Glass Inn, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to review us and share with our future guests! More 

Quarryville, Pennsylvania
Level Contributor
7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviewed 2 August 2016

Maybe our expectations were too high after reading the reviews, but we were disappointed. First the good ... the inn keepers were very accommodating, the check-in was effortless, we were given a "key" to the house to enable us to come and go without disturbing anyone. Now the disappointments ... our room simply was not clean. The cream-colored carpet was... More 

Thank MoooCow
Villa I, Owner at Looking Glass Inn, responded to this review

Our housekeeper have deep cleaned everything! We apologize for anything that was overlooked. As you can see from our many great reviews about cleanliness, this isn't our norm. We hope you see you again when visiting Indy. More 

Houston, Texas
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23 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 July 2016

We really enjoyed our weekend in Indianapolis and were very pleasantly surprised with teh Looking Glass Inn. Both of us had lived in Indy (20+ years for one and 5.5 the other) and neither of us new of this hidden treasure. Off the busy streets, but so close to the Massachusetts Ave shops and restaurants. An easy trip into downtown... More 

1 Thank Daniel M
Villa I, Owner at Looking Glass Inn, responded to this review

We think it's a 'hidden treasure' too! See you next visit. More 

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71 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 July 2016 via mobile

We were going to Indy for a concert and found the Looking Glass. We were very impressed. We arrived on Saturday afternoon and were greeted by the owners. They introduced themselves, showed us around, then showed us to our room (Willow). The room was large with plenty of drawer space. The Inn has some nice amentities, pop, ice machine, snacks... More 

2 Thank Bill L
Villa I, Owner at Looking Glass Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for the generous compliments. We have had our maintenance man make adjustments to the shower control. Our smoke detectors are there but are white and might have blended in with the freshly painted ceiling. Let us know when you will be in town for the next concert - would love to visit with you again! More 

Hot Springs, Arkansas
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40 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 June 2016 via mobile

Great experience in the Looking Glass Inn. One night in town and the Inn offered the best value and location. Beautiful older home in an amazing neighborhood of 100+ year old homes, all restored with pristine lawns and gardens. Comfortable and quiet room, gracious and friendly hosts. Woe stay avian if through again.

Thank John D
Villa I, Owner at Looking Glass Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for sharing your experience! We hope to see you again in the near future. More 

Shaftesbury, United Kingdom
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141 reviews
61 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 June 2016 via mobile

We stayed 2 nights in the Green room. Was beautifully furnished and well equipped with a jacuzzi bath. Access to a small kitchen on the same floor where there was a drinks machine, snacks and cold drinks available at all times. We were made to feel very welcome as soon as we arrived. We mentioned that we were feeling hungry... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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47 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 May 2016 via mobile

Nothing wrong just not as nice as others we've stayed in. Location is great, very close to most tourist attractions. Beautiful old neighborhood, we felt very safe walking around, as we walked to dinner about 3 blocks away. Only negatives, no one stays in the house so you have to call them if you need anything, Ice we couldn't find... More 

1 Thank Misadventurz
Villa I, Owner at Looking Glass Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback about our Inn. We did want to clarify that there are 2 innkeepers who live on-site. They were out for the evening and the innkeeper at our sister property next door was covering. We do apologize for any inconvenience or confusion this may have caused. We are happy to provide any... More 

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  • Free Parking
  • Free Breakfast
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Built in 1905, The Looking Glass Inn is located in the heart of the city’s Old Northside; an area that was home to the principal leaders of Indianapolis during the turn of the twentieth century. It was Elizabeth Gates, wife of a wholesale grocery merchant, who erected this Free Classic style mansion while living here until 1907. The Inn boasts 7 fabulous guestrooms all with private baths. A complimentary Butler's Pantry stocked with snacks and beverages is offered with every room as well as breakfast daily. The Looking Glass Inn opened its doors in February 1999 after the Life family purchased, fully renovated and tastefully redecorated the home. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Looking Glass Inn

Address: 1319 N. New Jersey Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202
Region: United States > Indiana > Indianapolis
Price Range: $162 - $256 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Looking Glass Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 7
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“Do not stay here in cool or cold weather”
 of 5 bubbles RusPat_704, 3 Oct 2016 | Read review
“they offer a great break room with access to free water, coffee, soda and snacks throughout the day and evening.”
 of 5 bubbles J6207ORdanielm, 30 Jul 2016 | Read review
“wIlliow room was lovely but shower fiddly”
 of 5 bubbles DebsGYorkshire, 20 Mar 2016 | Read review
“The ground floor room was good, there is no elevator.”
 of 5 bubbles Rosie988, 1 Jul 2015 | Read review
“We had a front room, the Willow room which was in the front, no noise from the street. A quiet neighborhood.”
 of 5 bubbles ewhite0640, 21 Jan 2015 | Read review
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