We had never stayed at a Bed & Breakfast like this, and we loved the historic quality and charm of The Ryan Mansion! We stayed in the Ryan Suite, which had a very comfortable, romantic looking bed. There was a whirlpool tub in the room as well, between the bedroom section and the separate sitting room. It was nice to have two separate sections. We were very happy with our room. The only drawback could be that the windows in the bedroom look onto a hall/walkway that leads to other rooms. It had thick, lace curtains that you could not really see through, and there were no guests staying in that section of the house, but if there were it may have seemed a little less private. The fireplaces are not in use, so if you are looking to use them, it's not an option. We didn't get to see all of the rooms because 2 of them were already occupied, but some of them are really small. If you're not planning to spend much time in the room, they would be just fine. The Ryan Suite was plenty spacious for us, however.
The house itself was decorated for Christmas, and it was such a warm, richly decorated space. It felt like you were going back in time! The owners are very passionate about the history and that time period, so I feel we got an authentic experience. Upon checking in, we got a tour of the house. The breakfast is served at 9:00 sharp (a meal was even made to accommodate my dietary restrictions) and it was delicious! We sat with 2 other couples everyone seemed really happy with the food. Just make sure you get to breakfast at nine, because the food will be waiting for you if you are not! The location isn't too far from Downtown Galena, but since the original owner of the house owned quite a bit of land, there are no other historic homes in the area. From downtown you have to drive past some non-historic places (like Walmart, McDonalds, and Piggly Wiggly), but I suppose it is nice to have close access to a store for any quick purchases. So you're not nestled in a historic area since you are actually sandwiched between 2 hotels and a gas station.
Overall, we were very happy with our stay and it certainly was more memorable than any hotel stay we've ever had! We would love to go back!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ryan Mansion Inn is a beautiful, historic accommodation located just 1 mile west on Hwy 20. We offer electric or gas fireplaces in every room, jacuzzi tubs in select rooms and a continental breakfast of coffee, juice, muffins/scones and fruit.. ... more less