Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Dine, Stay, Relax in an Indy Historic Home: The Villa!

We've driven by it many times and finally we went in!  Located near 16th and Delaware in Indianapolis, the Villa Inn-Restaurant-Spa is a great place that celebrates a piece of the past while offering a spot for a great meal and relaxation from the hustle and bustle.

This great find is located in an old home that was built in 1906.  It was a residence until the 1930s and then became a corporate venue with many owners until it's current owner's purchase in 2001.  DM Irish dined in the restaurant and enjoyed a fabulous Italian meal.  After dinner, they gave us a tour of the entire space, except the kitchen!

What an elaborate foyer and a great first impression!

The current dining room was the actual dining room then.  It's anchored by a huge, elaborate fireplace on the far left of the room.  It has 15-foot tall ceilings, an ornate chandelier, and a walk-in safe that once housed strategic plans during WWII.

This is one of four guest rooms in the Bed and Breakfast where the rates start at $200 a night.  Each room has its own private bath and character features.

Original doors, door hardware, trim, and hardwood floors make this quite the place to visit!

This former ballroom is now partially used as the salon/spa part of the experience.  The other half of the ballroom is being used as the bar.  Pedicure and massage services are offered in the basement rooms as well.  What an amazing use of space!

We enjoyed a birthday dinner and had the choice to dine inside or outside on this gorgeous October evening.  We chose to eat inside to take in the features of the home.  We plan to make a trip down again for all the services they offer.  If you enjoy historic architecture as we do, this will be one place you'll want to visit!

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