at the College Inn Bed and Breakfast

The College Inn Bed and Breakfast offers warm, inviting Hoosier Hospitality and combines to be the best value and location for all your stays when coming to this area. Our Marion, Indiana inn features 10 distinct rooms creating an upscale boutique-hotel atmosphere without sacrificing the charm and appeal of an intimate Inn.

College Inn is not your typical bed and breakfast; it is a place where memories and friends are made, and you can expect a unique experience with superb value and good, old-fashioned hospitality.

Guests can expect the best beds this side of heaven, each room with a private bath, flat screen TV, and cozy bedding and decor.  Visitors also enjoy snacks and access to drinks in the fridge, along with campus and area maps, and even bicycles for when the weather is good.  Special menu considerations are also given; all you have to do is ask. 

People come to College Inn for various reasons. Parents and grandparents, Board members, VIPs, guest lecturers, faculty candidates, administrative candidates, and consultants are among those who have enjoyed the first- class service and excellent life experience in the inviting College Inn Bed and Breakfast.

From job interviews and business meetings to wedding or graduation celebrations, sporting events, and even family reunions, we want College Inn to be your home away from home.  God has a way of bringing special people together, and it often happens at College Inn. We have captured some of these moments in our “Inn”terviews (on our YouTube Channel,) where brave guests have agreed to help us record some memories.  Follow the fun and subscribe to our channel! If you have a story to tell, please let us know, and YOU can be next!  

The unexpected blessing of College Inn has been the relationships we have made over the years. 

A Little History

After being an award-winning band director and principal for many years in secondary education, Jack Gardner began pursuing his dream of owning a bed and breakfast by purchasing the first house at the corner of 39th & Washington and beginning extensive renovation, doing most of the work himself.  Creativity was a must as closets were converted to bathrooms, and each room took on its own personality. Grand opening was in 2008! The “breakfast porch” was a popular place for wonderful breakfasts and ‘strangers’ who became friends.  

For the first few years, Jack continued as a school administrator while some amazing Innkeepers gave us our start.  College Inn became so popular that in 2014 Jack retired from education and began running the Inn full time, purchasing the house next door and (in 2015) expanding to the 10-room Inn you see today.  The next year, JAX Cafe, featuring delicious coffees and teas opened and became the center for guests to eat, relax, unwind, and make new memories.

We are grateful to the Innkeepers who ran the Inn while Jack was still a principal and to the many who helped with housekeeping and construction as we expanded. The last four years also have been filled with challenges as Jack has fought a significant battle with cancer and faced the tragic death of his son in 2017.  There have been countless guests who have become warriors with us and supported us through these often difficult days. Many times, our College Inn guests have been unexpected angels in our journey.

Ultimately, while our location, comfortable amenities, and commitment to excellence in service and experience for guests makes staying at College Inn a must, it is the wonderful people you will find here who make College Inn extra special.  

From former IWU Chief of Staff, Larry Lindsay, Through the years it has been my pleasure to bring guests to College Inn or to join them for breakfast and observe the hospitality, service, and welcoming experience they enjoy during their stay.  “You, your wife, and your College Inn team are to be commended for the attractively inviting décor of each room and the kind and considerate service they receive. The emphasis you place upon relationships is a distinctive that our University guests delight in sharing with us as a result of their stay.