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“reasonably priced hotel for a first visit to Galena” 4 of 5 stars
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3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   9853 US Rt. 20 W, Galena, IL 61036   |  
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Ranked #1 of 11 Hotels in Galena
Certificate of Excellence 2014
st. louis, mo
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16 hotel reviews
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“reasonably priced hotel for a first visit to Galena”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

My husband and I stayed for 2 nights at the Irish Cottage Boutique hotel to celebrate our anniversary. It is very clean and up to date. The room was perfect. We did have trouble with the toilet in our room so we called the front desk and they delivered a faulty plunger for us to use. The issue was not caused by anything we had done. They sent up a manager who admitted that the system in the area was "slow" and if things didn't improve overnight, they would attempt to fix it the following day while we were out. We never trusted it again, so found ourselves going down to the fitness center restrooms on the first floor. What an inconvenience... We also found it remarkable that there was no literature in the room telling us about Galena (activities, restaurants, shopping etc.). We had to go down town the following day and get brochures from the visitors center.
The breakfasts were certainly hearty, but we liked the scones, yogurt and juice option the best. This is served in the pub. We did stop in our first evening for dessert and to listen to the guitarist. I must say I was disappointed in the mile high strawberry cake. It was nothing more than 2 slices of Sara lee pound cake, bird's eye strawberries-thawed, 2 scoops of ice cream and Redi-whip cream. Not one thing was home made. I felt that at least the strawberries could have been fresh. I know it sounds nit-picky, but it did make an impression on us. However, for our brief stay, we found the hotel staff very friendly and hard workers. I would highly recommend the spa and will review that separately.

Room Tip: lots of bikers stay here and when they come and go, it can be noisy in a parking lot facing room.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    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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Peoria, Illinois
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013

We stayed at the Cottage and we enjoyed the extra room in the suite, ...we used the in-room jacuzzi tub and the hotel's in-door pool and hot tub. We did not get to use the in-room electric fireplace due to the temp outside, but it would be very nice to use in colder months.
We also enjoyed the hotel's (adjacent to lobby) pub. We sampled the Irish beer and an Irish whiskey. Although the "cottage" sits pretty much right on the parking lot (just off the road) and right next door to a modern quick-stop type pizza parlor... once inside, the innkeepers at the cottage do their best to create an ambiance of Ireland with the lobby, library and pub decor. The view of the hillside in the back is peaceful. I would have liked to have tried the spa services but we ran out of time.
The staff could not have been more friendly, inviting and helpful.

Room Tip: the rear view rooms of the hillside are more picturesque..
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2013

We recently stayed at the Irish Cottage for a long sisters weekend and we couldn't have been happier with our stay. The staff was very welcoming and accommodating throughout our whole stay. The breakfast that they serve on the weekends in the pub were fabulous and included with your stay. We couldn't stop eating the delicious scones they serve. The Irish decor and attention to detail throughout the hotel made it a fun little visit to our Irish heritage. Would definitely recommend this hotel for your stay in Galena.

Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Lewiston, Minnesota, Usa
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

My sister and I traveled to The Irish Cottage Boutique Hotel in Galena, Il on the 4th of July weekend to attend a wedding at the Galena Winery. Since our visit to your hotel we have done nothing but brag about your hotel. We have never checked in to a hotel where we were made to feel so welcome and you made us feel like we were your most important guest as we noticed your staff providing the same care
to other guests. Your staff is A+, our room was so clean, and the food at Frank O'Dowd was wonderful. We place another trip to Galena and there is no doubt as to where we will be staying. A special Thank You to Kathy, she's the best.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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hudson, ohio
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46 reviews 46 reviews
15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013 via mobile

From the evening we arrived (we'd forgotten to make reservation and it turned out they were sold out) they were helpful (found us a place to stay!) and, genuinely interested in our experience. The nice size rooms were very clean up to date, the breakfast was yummy, and recommendations/directions were spot on!

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Burlington, Iowa
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15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013 via mobile

We stayed just one night. I wish it was more. We had a suite for a special occasion but I'm sure their rooms were as nice. All of the staff were delightful. The library was incredible. We loved the fairy ring. The restaurant's food, Celtic dancers and show were all wonderful. If you want an experience to remember, and not just another room, this is the place to go. We will be back.

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 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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Saint Louis, Missouri, Usa
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2013

the service is awesome, the rooms are nice, reminds me of a normal hotel room but with an awesomely large bed(very comfy). the free breakfast was terrific! i loved being served breakfast and just getting my own drinks i want. made us feel important as a guest. the pool wasnt really big but was very nice and perfect temp! ad a great hottub and pretty nice workout room. the pub was nice and had great irish food! i had plenty of places i could stay but im really glad i chose this one!

Room Tip: check the fridge before puting food in. we had no clue it wasnt on when we did and food went bad. th...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Irish Cottage Boutique Hotel

Address: 9853 US Rt. 20 W, Galena, IL 61036
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Location: United States > Illinois > Galena
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Family Hotel in Galena
#2 Romantic Hotel in Galena
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Irish Cottage Boutique Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 75
Also Known As:
Irish Cottage Hotel
Irish Cottage Galena

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