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230 S Main St, Galena, IL 61036
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DeSoto House Hotel
Ranked #3 of 11 hotels in Galena
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Brookfield, IL
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8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

For the price, the room could have been more modern and have greater amenities, e.g. frig, double sink bathroom, etc.. Maid service could have been more attentive. Restaurant food was good, but service was extremely slow.

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Mundelein
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Unfortunately about ten minutes out from the hotel we had a serious vehicle accident that totaled our car and sent us to the emergency room. Upon arrival and realization of our situation, the staff could not have been more helpful or caring. Diane at the front desk did all she could to help us manage through a difficult time. Mike,... More

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Algonquin, Illinois
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Second time we've stayed at the Desoto. Beautiful building, unbeatable location, free covered parking which in Galena is a huge plus all by itself. We got there a few hours before check-in, and they let us park the motorcycle in the garage right away, and even held our helmets and jackets in the office while we looked around until check-in... More

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Saint Charles, Illinois
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I celebrated our 50th. wedding anniversary weekend in Galena at the DeSoto House. 38 family and friends had a great time starting with the excellent historic guest rooms, a pizza party on Friday...our formal dinner party on Saturday(all four selections from our special menu were outstanding)...piano music added to the fantastic ambiance of a perfect evening. On... More

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Houston, Texas
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67 reviews 67 reviews
28 hotel reviews
150 helpful votes 150 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Besides being a renovated, super historical hotel (which is cool in itself), staying here lets you walk out the door onto Main Street's shops, cafes & other attractions. We walked in on a weekday and got a great room at a great rate, plus covered garage parking in a guests only garage. I'd stay again anytime.

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Avon, Illinois, United States
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 hotel reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You couldn't ask for a better location. You could walk 5 blocks either way and that's the strip. It's right in the middle of it all. So drink as much as you like because you can walk to your hotel. The parking ramp is a little intimidating. lol The people are very polite and helpful. The Sunday brunch is to... More

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20 reviews 20 reviews
5 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a fine place to stay in Galena. We were given a reasonable rate (during the week), spacious and comfortable room, quiet, great location right on the main drag, plenty of history, friendly and welcoming staff. Would definitely go back.

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Monmouth, Illinois
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

For the past 12 years, we have made annual trips to Galena, sometimes more than one, and about half of those times we stayed at DeSoto House. It was always a good experience and we liked the history, however our last trip there was really disappointing. On our last day of a 3 day weekend, we found that we had... More

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DominiqueCross, General Manager at DeSoto House Hotel, responded to this review

Sorry to see that you will never stay here again. I believe that the mishap with the complimentary certificate was sincerely an honest mistake. You mentioned that we responded immediately when you emailed about the original problem, and that is very typical for us. Guest satisfaction is very important to us, and I am confident that this will be resolved.... More

La Crosse, Wisconsin
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120 reviews 120 reviews
27 hotel reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you want to be in the middle of all the action, then this is the hotel for you. You can shop, bring your bags back to room, then shop some more. Front desk staff were superb. History behind the hotel is interesting and you can feel the ghosts of the past. Rooms are very large with high ceilings, very... More

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Plainfield, Illinois
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Stayed in a King room July 14 & 15. Included breakfast for my wife and I for both days as well as the historic trolley tour of Galena. It was my wife's birthday on the 14th. I mentioned this at the time of booking thinking nothing more of it. Upon arrival the room was decorated with a nice Happy Birthday... More

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Address: 230 S Main St, Galena, IL 61036
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Location: United States > Illinois > Galena
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Also Known As:
Desoto Hotel Galena

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