IOWA GHOSTS FOR RENT
The Mason House Inn
100 East First Street Bentonsport, IA 82565
Mason House is the oldest steamboat hotel on the Iowa River. Built in 1846, it was in the
Mason family for 99 years, and many of the family’s original antiques remain in the hotel.
The hotel was graced by Abe Lincoln and Mark Twain, among others. The hotel has been
upgraded with private baths, biut some of the history is unusual and fun. While the inn has
long had a reputation for being haunted, sightings have occurred both during the day and
at night. Rooms 3 and 9 get knocks on the doors, and lights go on and off. The ghost is
said to be that of Mary Mason, one-time owner of the hotel, who died in 1911. She is said to
manifest in the hallways.
Renaissance Savery Hotel
401 Locust Street, Des Moines, IA 50309 800-514-4706
The 86-year-old Renaissance Savery Hotel is in a Georgian Revival building that is listed
on the National Register of Historic Places. It is an elegant architectural landmark in the
heart of downtown Des Moines. The hotel has hosted guests from presidents and
presidential candidates to generals. With history dating back to prohibition and guests
from every walk of life, it’s no wonder guests think the hotel is haunted. Phenomena
includes moving objects, lights that come on and off, and cold spots.
The Blue Belle Inn
513 West 4th Street, Saint Ansgar, IA 50472 641-713-3113
Built in 1896, this Queen Anne Victorian features fireplaces, wood floors, tin ceilings,
leaded glass, and crystal chandeliers. Rooms are decorated in fairy tale themes from
children’s literature, and are more than reasonable priced. The hotel is beautiful.
Hauntings are strange. One tale is that of the original floor plans to the house, which were
mistakenly taken to the dump, only to reappear later in the attic. Rooms mysteriously lock
themselves with no one inside.
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