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“Great Location for your Galena Getaway” 3 of 5 stars
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Ranked #3 of 11 Hotels in Galena
Chicago
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45 reviews 45 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Great Location for your Galena Getaway”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2012

I would say that the best reason to stay in this hotel is location, location, location! The history of the building adds to its charm but it is pricey for the accommodations alone. The convenience is what you are paying for. Like other reviews have mentioned, you can step right out the door to the many shops, restaurants, historical sights and parks. You don't even need your car once you arrive. Free multi-level parking is available in their private lot. Our room was spacious and had plenty of room for a roll away bed in needed. We never ate in the hotel so I can't speak of the food.
Even if you don't stay here you can stop in and do a self guided tour of the place. Pick up a brochure at the counter in the lobby and read the signs posted by all the pictures on the wall. There are two videos that run continuously explaining the history of the area and the hotel in the hotel quiet room on the second floor. Be sure to check that out too.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • 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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Apple Valley, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2012

We went to Galena for the weekend and stayed at the DeSota on the recommendation of another couple we were traveling with and were not disappointed. The location was perfect for hitting the shops. We could shop awhile stop back at the hotel and then go out again. The hotel was also handy for all the great restaurants located downtown. The history of the hotel was amazing and made it more interesting and fitting with our Galena stay. The parking ramp was appreciated and convenient to the rooms. Everyone at the hotel was friendly and helpful. The wait staff at the Courtyard eating area were extremely friendly and made us feel very welcome. We would definitely stay here again.

Room Tip: When you request a street view room confirm that it is main street not a side street.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Chicago, Illinois
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4 hotel reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2012

This was our 2nd time staying here and again it was fantastic! Friendly staff and a lovely room! We stayed in a parlor suite which was nice because in the morning I get up earlier than my husband so I could go tot heparlor, shut the door and not disturb his sleep. The great location and parking only make it better!!! We wll be back here for our next Galena weekend trip!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Stirling, Scotland
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103 reviews 103 reviews
87 hotel reviews
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82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2012

We really appreciated the heritage of the DeSoto Hotel when we stayed for 2 nights at the start of September; but more than that we enjoyed the comfort of this traditional-style hotel, the great location with all the enticing restaurants and shops of Galena's characterful main street on the doorstep, and the exceptionally helpful front desk staff who went out of their way to provide assistance as we prepared for our return journey back to Scotland. There was ample parking in the garage block convenient to the hotel, and the package which we had chosen was especially good value as it included breakfast and a sightseeing tour of Galena. A wonderful experience.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cresent city il
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2012

We took a motorcycle ride to Galena and stayed at Desoto House 9/11/12. Great place to stay, great people,and great history. The room was very clean and modern for a 1855 hotel. The bed was great and the room was quiet for sleeping. A little area of wallpaper was peeled back next to the shower but not a problem for us, plus the ghost never stopped by, slept great. Staying in Galena, be where the history is at, at a great price

Room Tip: Didnt use a fitness center
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2012 via mobile

Wife and I stayed here one night. It has all the charm of the 1855 hotel but also has all the modern amenities you would expect. Parking in the adjacent garage is convenient. Reception was very courteous and expedient. The room had decor that you can imagine was there in 1855, but also had modern bones, with decent air conditioning and double pane windows. The room had a flat screen tv, coffee maker, hair dryer, and the bed was comfortable. Outlets were adequate in quantity; the lamps were an older style for great charm, but it would have been nice to have outlets right in the lamp for phone charging. The shower was good, but I'm glad I ran it through the tub spigot first because it took time to dial in the temperature. We had the breakfast, which tasted great. I had the country benedict, which had sausage patties and biscuits & gravy instead of hollandaise & English muffins, and it was very good. My wife had poached eggs and English muffins, which she said was also very good. Overall it was a great experience, and we will definitely come back.

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Oak Lawn,il
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2012

The room was large, comfortable...modern . The room faced the courtyard which I did not mind. It is just that one could not see the outdoor weather conditions. Also the room upstairs had someone either with very heavy footsteps or the floors are not well insulated as we could hear them pounding around 2 a.m and 6 a.m. The staff was friendly and helpful. Free parking and central location was perfect.

I was not aware there was a fitness room or pool. Was that advertized?

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 230 S Main St, Galena, IL 61036
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Location: United States > Illinois > Galena
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Galena
#2 Family Hotel in Galena
#3 Romantic Hotel in Galena
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 55
Also Known As:
Desoto Hotel Galena

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