Midwest Living Review
Located within sight of the Bill Emerson Memorial Bridge over the Mississippi River, the Rose Bed Inn is actually a complex of four buildings that includes a conference center, long-term stay rooms, spa and art gallery. It's remarkable what the owners have done with this property. This was a condemned building in a really rough part of town; today, the entire block is a showpiece. The primary building dates to the early 1900s and has lovely woodwork and stained glass windows. The three guest rooms and four extended-stay rooms have fireplaces, oversize hot tubs, wireless Internet, a microwave and a refrigerator, but be sure to ask for a room on the south side of the house. Our room on the east side stands near a busy intersection, and it was noisy. The room was beautiful, but the creaky bed was lumpy and uncomfortable. It was the one drawback of our stay. For breakfast, our first course was a bowl of raspberries picked from the bush outside the bedroom window just minutes before and covered with a lovely creamy topping. The coffee was the inn's special vanilla blend, and the orange juice was fresh squeezed. Then we tried scrambled egg whites mixed with asparagus, mushrooms and peppers and served with a cheese-crusted tomato on the side. The dining room is an open two-room space, but the tables were arranged so that people feel comfortable about their privacy or engaged in conversations. From $125.