Mont Rest Inn

$99 for a One-Night Stay for Two Sunday–Thursday at Mont Rest Inn in Iowa (Up to $199 Value)

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19th-Century Victorian-Style Inn Offering Modern Comforts

A little more than a century ago, this innocent-looking, Victorian-style mansion atop a wooded bluff was the setting for some high-society intrigue: wealthy men of stature would secretly meet in the cupola at the top of the building to risk their fortunes in high-stakes card games. At this very gambling den, the mansion's original owner, Seth Luellyn Baker, lost the deed to his own building in a poker match. Despite its sordid history, this den overlooking the Mississippi River is now known as "The Angelic Tower" at Mont Rest Inn. Today, the inn has also revamped its rooms with modern amenities but retains its tucked-away and old-fashioned feel.

Stained-glass details, lace curtains, oil portraits, and brocade upholstery lend to the inn's turn-of-the-century feel; modern comforts also furnish the rooms, such as a whirlpool tub and Egyptian-cotton towels warmed by a heated towel bar. Among the accommodations, the East room has a fainting couch set opposite an ornate carved-oak fireplace. Another room, the Boardwalk suite, overlooks Bellevue State Park and features its own private entrance to discreetly retreat from relentless birds offering timeshare rentals of their nests. To unwind, guests can sidle up next to the fireplaces during cold weather and enjoy complimentary chocolates and nonalcoholic drinks.

Each morning, a robust, complimentary breakfast spread features hot dishes such as omelets or quiches, complemented by muffins, juices, and coffee. For further indulgence, lodgers can treat themselves to an in-room massage or reflexology session (available for an additional fee).

Bellevue, Iowa: Wooded Bluffs and Historical Attractions on the Mississippi Riverfront

Seated on the shores of the mighty Mississippi River, the town of Bellevue—which translates to "beautiful view" in French—is dotted with towering wooded bluffs overlooking scenic vistas. Along the shore, the well-groomed Riverfront Path looks out to chugging barges and floating casinos.

Across the river in neighboring Illinois, the charming river town of Galena, about 40 miles from Bellevue, lures out-of-towners with a winding main street speckled with cozy boutiques, craft shops, and restaurants. The pre-presidential Ulysses S. Grant Home is one of numerous 19th-century structures in Galena that allow visitors to wade into the past without having to obtain a license to bend the space-time continuum.

What You Get

  • One-night stay for two with breakfast, valid Sunday–Thursday


  • Hot tub on observation deck
  • In-room jacuzzi whirlpools
  • Hearty hot breakfast provided
  • Working seasonal fireplaces
  • Complimentary nonalcoholic drinks in kitchen

The Fine Print

  • Not valid 2/10-2/12, 2/14, 2/17-2/20, 3/16-3/18, 4/6-4/8, 5/11-5/13, 5/25-5/28, 6/15-6/17, 7/4, 7/6-7/8, Fridays or Saturdays
  • Must complete travel by 8/1/12
  • Limit 2 per person, may buy 3 additional as gifts
  • Limit 2 per visit
  • 30-day cancellation notice or fee up to Groupon price applies
  • Not valid for Lachapelle Suite or private cabins
  • Not valid with reward points
  • 10% tax on the price of the Groupon not included.

Other Details

How to Book

  1. Purchase Groupon.
  2. Call Mont Rest Inn.
  3. Choose a date before 8/1/12.
  4. Mention your Groupon and provide your credit-card info.

Room Details

  • One king bed or one queen bed
  • Standard Occupancy: 2, including infants and children
  • Maximum Occupancy: 2, including infants and children
  • Adding occupants above standard: No additional occupants allowed
  • Working seasonal fireplace
  • Antique furnishings and unique décor
  • Jacuzzi whirlpool tub and heated towel bars
  • Egyptian-cotton towels and guest bathrobes
  • TV/VCR/DVD combo and access to a movie library
  • Complimentary handmade chocolates in room

Hotel Policies

  • Check in: 3:30 p.m.
  • Check out: noon
  • Parking: complimentary parking available
  • Rollaways: not available
  • Smoking policy: no smoking is allowed in the rooms; smoking is allowed at designated smoking areas outside the inn.
  • Pet policy: pets are not allowed inside the property; call for more details.
  • Accessibility: handicap-accessible rooms are available upon request.

What It's Worth

  • One-night stay for two adults with breakfast, valid Sunday–Thursday (up to $199 value)

Getting There

  • By plane: About 70 miles from Quad City International Airport (MLI)
  • By car: About 80 miles northeast of Cedar Rapids

Traveler's Tips

  • Innkeeper Christine Zraick sometimes hosts murder-mystery parties to heighten the historical ambiance of the inn.
  • Take advantage of the inn's concierge service for tickets, reservations, and other arrangements for local dining and attractions.

Customer Reviews

8 Ratings

Atmosphere and food!
Kristopher M. · December 31, 2012
The breakfasts were very good.
Jeanne L. · July 15, 2012
Very friendly and accommodating.
Bruce S. · June 24, 2012
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