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“The Olden Days” 5 of 5 stars
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The Steamboat House
605 S. Prospect Street, Galena, IL 61036   |  
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Ranked #13 of 34 Galena B&B and Inns
Lake Zurich,IL
1 review
“The Olden Days”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2009

Walking into The Steamboat House took us back beyond my parents. Elegance of my Grandparents. The breakfast was to dye for. The service by both the Innkeepers was pampering and a touch of making us feel royal. We will be returning next year to be treated like royalty. Thank you Glen and Char for a fabulous weekend.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled with family
    • 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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  • Location
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  • Rooms
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iowa
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2009

This is our 6th trip to the Steamboat House and we would never think of staying anywhere else. After the 5pm welcoming wine and cheese gathering enjoy an evening meal within walking distance ranging from delicious "pub grub" to fine steaks and seafood. After a night on a very comfortable bed, prepare for an exquisite breakfast which will carry you over until the evening dinner! Owners Glen and Char will delight you with stories and local history of the house and surrounding area. After your visit you are part of their family.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled with friends
    • 4 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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eastern iowa
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2009

We're not world travelers but have stayed at B & B's in the states, also in Ireland and England. I can say without a doubt that the Steamboat House in Galena is the best B & B we've ever stayed at. The owners of the B & B (Glen and Char) are most cordial, and we get pampered quite a bit (as we should). The facilities are outstanding and the breakfasts they serve are the best. They are most helpful when asked about area events, places to see, and things to do. We've stayed at this B & B several times and I would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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New Berlin, WI
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2009

My husband and I just spent a wonderful weekend at The Steamboat House in Galena, Illinois. The old victorian house is beautifully and tastefully decorated. The 5 bedrooms each have there own personality. The breakfasts are delicious! The table is set with beautiful china and crystal, very elegant. The food is very pleasing to the eye as well as the pallet, and plenty of it. And of course, the hosts, the Carlsons are warm and delightful people. We will certainly return to this haven of comfort and delight.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 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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LaPorte, IN
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2009

This was our second visit to Galena and our first to stay at the Steamboat House. There were six of us and our stay at The Steamboat House was one of the best part of our stay. The innkeepers Glen and Char took wonderful care of us. They have renovated their inn to some of the original charm of a bed and breakfast. It was so much fun to explore their home. They were very helpful on giving us ideas about restaurants, etc. Their breakfasts were great and Char was willing to share her great French Toast recipe with us. They made us feel a part of their family for the weekend. We met others that stayed there that weekend and enjoyed their company as well. We have told our friends and family about our stay and that we would definitely stay again at the Steamboat House. If all goes well we hope to return this summer. We all love history and going to new places, and of course shopping, so the charm and history of Galena and Glen and Char means we will return again and again. Thanks,
Jim & Bonnie Purcell

  • Liked — The Innkeepers kept their home immaculate and they were available to help at any time
  • Disliked — I honestly can't think of anything
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Central Illinois
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2009

Owners Glen and Char at the Steamboat House in Galena are wonderful hosts in their beautiful Victorian Bed and Breakfast. Our room was very comfortable and clean with a much appreciated private bathroom and shower. Glen and Char were there to greet us when we arrived with our friends on our motorcycles and even provided covered shelter for our bikes. They gave us a tour of the house and told us to make ourselves at home in all of the rooms. Breakfast was wonderful in the formal dining room served with fine china and crystal. After we checked out, they offered to let us keep the bikes there while we spent the day in the downtown area. You won't be disappointed with your stay at the Steamboat House!

  • Liked — Clean, Comfortable, Friendly, Great Food
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Home
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2009

The Steamboat House was a delightful introduction to Galena and our first stay and a B&B. It could not have been more perfect. We were graciously greeted and given a tour of the beautifully restored Victorian. Our room was large, comfortable, and impeccably clean. Five lovely guest rooms surround a parlor where morning and evening beverages and treats were provided. We were encouraged to use the downstairs parlor as well and a wine and cheese party was held in the late afternoon. A wonderful breakfast was served and prepared by the hosts and featured some of the local products. Glenn and Char are delightful hosts and it was a pleasure to meet them. After this experience we not only will go back there, but are now willing to try more B&B's!

  • Liked — Everything
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed October 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about The Steamboat House

Address: 605 S. Prospect Street, Galena, IL 61036
Location: United States > Illinois > Galena
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #13 of 34 B&Bs / Inns in Galena
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Experience the romance of historic Galena in the extraordinary mansion built by legendary steamboat captain Daniel Smith Harris in 1855. A walk-to-town location, evening wine and cheese hour, heirloom antique furnishings, and gracious surroundings provide guests with the very finest bed and breakfast experience."Galena's favorite bed & breakfast" is a destination in itself. The Steamboat House showcases architectural excellence with its grand foyer, billiard room, parlors, library and formal dining room, all meticulously restored for guests to enjoy. ... more   less 
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