Midwest Living Review
The choice of whether to stay at a bed-and-breakfast or a hotel in the Amanas can be difficult, but Zuber's Homestead Hotel offers guests the best of both worlds. With only 15 rooms, the property has a cozy feel, but you don't have the awkward intimacy of staying in someone's home and eating breakfast with strangers. Each room has been carefully decorated to a corresponding theme, the name of which can be found on the room's door. Examples include The Clubhouse (golf themed), Glimpse of Amana (tasteful white and blue) and Sweet Water Lilly (delicate florals). Rather than tacky, the themes here are understated and classy. The building is from the 1850s and is the standard Amana redbrick with green vines. It's best known as Bill Zuber's Dugout, a restaurant (opened by a professional baseball player from the 1940s) that operated until 2006. The now completely restored hotel opened in 2007 and provides guests with free Wi-Fi, TVs and a Continental breakfast in a common room called The Woodshed Gathering Place. It's a cozy, lodge-style room with multicolored wooden tables, dumpy green sofas and Americana decor. The food is heartier than most Continental breakfasts. Guests dine on homemade egg casserole -- with cheese, onion and green sweet pepper -- slices of Canadian bacon, apple bread and fruit. The hotel is near train tracks, which might disturb some guests' slumber, and a few regular hotel amenities are lacking, such as guest room telephones, but overall Zuber's is a charming place to spend a night, with weekend rates starting at $94 (rates can be higher during Iowa Hawkeye home football weekends).