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Vrooman Mansion Bed & Breakfast in Bloomington, IL

Vrooman Mansion Bed & Breakfast in Bloomington, IL

Specialties

A full gourmet breakfast is included in an over night stay for all 7 luxurious guest suites. We also host Special Events such as weddings, showers, public teas, lunches & dinners and holiday parties.

History

Established in 1995.

Welcome to the Vrooman Mansion, a bed & breakfast inn, located in the heart of Bloomington/Normal, Illinois. The Vrooman Mansion is a historical estate situated in the quiet neighborhood of Dimmitt's Grove and offers the utmost in privacy and luxury. The Mansion was originally built in 1869, then added onto in 1900. It became a B&B in 1995.

The current owners purchased it in 2000 and continue to renovate the 10,000 square foot home. The first floor of the mansion can be used for special events as well. The original carriage house of the property has been purchased back and fully remodeled with two beautiful suites.

 

Company Info:

Rating: 5.00

Address: 701 E Taylor St, Bloomington, IL, 61701

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    Comments (10):

    1. Kelly M.
    I am writing this review based on the events that I have attended here.  I have never stayed over night here :)

    That being said, I have taught a cooking class here and catered on multiple occassions.

    The staff are attentive and know what they are doing.  We have seen many weddings here, and the people are always so happy.

    Their Teddy Bear tea is on Tuesday from 5-8, I think :)

    29/11/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    2. Kim M.
    We had our wedding here in 2002. The staff were very helpful and always reachable. The price was very reasonable. It was a unique experience in that myself and the wedding party got to get ready in one of the old bedroom suites.

    It felt very classy. Instead of walking "down the aisle" I got to descend the staircase.

    They were able to fit in the String quartet with no problems whatsoever. My vendors (flowers, etc) had no problems getting things set up and taken down.

    If you are like me and looking for a really unique place to get married, this is your place.

    03/04/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    3. K B.
    We will definitely stay here again if we're ever in Bloomington.  All in all, it was a fabulous experience.  My only complaint was that the radiator was not working in our sitting room, but I didn't say anything since we didn't spend much time in that room.  The breakfast was exceptional, the service was great and the overall experience of staying in an old mansion was fun.  Highly recommended.  Thanks.

    04/11/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    4. Jesse L.
    What a magical place for a B&B.
    We were doing a campus tour of U of Il and ISU. My honey decided that he was going all out to make this special for our little girl who have never been to a B&B and her first college tour. This place is absolutely everything that a B&B in a Historical Mansion should be. The inn keeper is wonderful! Great place to get away, lots of rich history. Plus their breakfast was so beautiful and delicious :)

    31/10/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    5. Jennie L.
    My friend had her wedding here and I stayed for the weekend. Everything was wonderful..the food, the staff, the settings. Couldn't ask for anything more perfect. Highly recommend this B&B to everyone.

    09/11/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    6. helena c.
    My friends and I, group of 5 in our late 20's, had a wonderful stay and a beautiful breakfast experience at the Vrooman Mansion.  We arrived later than expected (10pm, rather than 8pm as agreed upon) but they were so kind to accommodate us through it all, we really do appreciate it.  

    I arranged this visit for my friends visiting from Boston as a surprise and they didn't expect this kind of accommodation for the night since it was just a simple stopover between Chicago and St. Louis.  When we arrived at 10pm, the neighborhood was dark and we had to park on the street.  We had no problem with this but I think they were expecting a regular boring hotel so it definitely raised some eyebrows even before we stepped in.  We found our host patiently waiting in the foyer and everything unfolded nicely after that, from our beautiful rooms, over the top amenities, to an amazingly delicious breakfast with other friendly patrons.

    The Vrooman Mansion is a wonderful property with unbelievable service that will make your stay as enjoyable and relaxing as it can be.  It's definitely a necessary upgrade from the roadside hotel/motels for those that are hosting out-of-town visitors!

    We will be sure to book with them again if we are in the area!

    21/05/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    7. G W.
    My fiance and I stayed here for a concert in Bloomington and Vrooman Mansion far exceeded our expectations.  The house and the grounds are really beautiful and full of awesome bits of history.  The staff was very friendly, helpful, and made us feel right at home.  To top it off, the complimentary breakfast was incredible!  Compliments to the lady who makes the souffles, and to Brian, the innkeeper who was always sure to ask us if we needed anything but was never intrusive.  I would definitely recommend staying there if you have the opportunity.

    05/10/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    8. Ashley D.
    If you want a charming and beautiful stay away from home, complete with amazing breakfast and wonderful hosts, GO TO THE VROOMAN MANSION!  Here's our thank you note to the owners:  

    To Dana, Pam, and all of the Vrooman hosts/hostesses,

    We just arrived home from a 4-hr blustery and white trip from Bloomington to Oak Park, IL.  What a blizzard!  It was an anxiety-provoking and nail-biting trek, but now that we're safe and sound, we can think back on our stay with you all and the Mansion.  Our stay was by FAR the most luxurious and comfortable (and, might I add, delicious) B&B stay we've ever had.  Not only do you own and maintain an amazing piece of history, but YOU guys, the people behind the operation, made it just spectacular.  Everyone was so warm, inviting, accommodating and helpful during our entire stay.  

    Thanks to Trish for welcoming us in on Friday night, to Kate for looking up IDOT updates on Sunday before our commute home, and to Brian for his help shoveling our car out of the snow.  We enjoyed talking to Dana about the home and your story of acquiring it and all of it's beautiful furnishings.  Honestly, from top to bottom, everything was awesome.  

    Thank you for providing us with a memorable winter getaway weekend.  We'll love to return for a summer drink on the side porch!  

    Take Care,

    Matt T. and Ashley D.

    05/01/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    9. Yvonne S.
    My husband and I stayed here a few weeks ago and really enjoyed our visit.  We happened across this B&B by accident while searching online and were very glad we did! Walking thru this amazing mansion with the original fixtures and so beautifully kept ...it felt like we had gone back in time. Usually a place like this would be a museum with ropes up and signs saying don't touch. Instead, we were able to admire everything up close and enjoy the amazing detail wherever you looked. There are some different signs giving information and one of the owners showed us around and gave a little tour when we arrived as well.

    In the morning, we were really impressed by the complimentary breakfast. Instead of the usual fare set out on a sideboard, we were served by the owners at the original, elaborately carved dining table. Fruit salad topped with cream was followed by a souffle with bacon and handmade french toast type pastry squares which I'd never seen before.

    The owners were incredibly nice and relaxed and made us feel very welcome too. Basically, if you are ever in Bloomington, forget the cookie cutter hotels you find everywhere and try something well run and unique. The price was the same too when comparing to a lot of hotels in the area, you just get more. (This may sound over exuberant but we had a great time and we'd love this place to stay popular so we can go back again).

    19/08/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    10. Shairrie L.
    We stayed here Christmas week, 7 days.  It was fabulous!   Quiet, gorgeous, filled with antiques, a player piano, even period clothing pieces. We were transported back to the 19th century.  There were Christmas trees in EVERY room, decorated beautifully, so festive and charming.  Upon arrival we had a tour and learned some of the history and then made ourselves at home.  The breakfasts were generous and delicious with fresh fruits daily, an egg dish and French toast or crepe or other item.  There were beverages and homemade cookies and treats available 24 hrs.  We also toured the Davis mansion during our visit.  I can't wait to return,  the staff is great!!!

    21/01/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0