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“Time of my life!!!!” 5 of 5 stars
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1237 Franklin Street, Galena, IL 61036   |  
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Ranked #5 of 34 Galena B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Time of my life!!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

Carmine and Cheryl owners and operators of Cloran Mansion Bed & Breakfast are wonderful people. They were so warm and helpful. There were three couples including me who chose this B&B for our anniversary/New Years getaway. The food was delicious, and by far the best of any B&B that I have ever stayed at. I am so glad to have stayed there, and I can not wait to stay there again!!!

  • Stayed December 2013, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Springfield, Illinois
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32 reviews 32 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

This was our first trip spent at a B&B and we loved it! The hosts were very helpful and considerate and the room was spotless. Carmine was wonderful at explaining everything about the house and the room and what to expect (like the fireplace popping when it warmed up). We loved the fireplace (which quickly warmed our room on a night that got down to -9 degrees!).

The hot breakfast was great with Cinnabon pancakes, sausage patties, pesto hashbrowns, OJ, and fruit salad (not to mention eggs to order).

It's located outside of Galena but it's a quick drive to the downtown area. We would definitely stay here again when in town and will recommend it to others traveling to Galena.

Room Tip: The Tower Room was great with a special upstairs Jacuzzi. The stairs were a little hard to navigate...
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Poplar Grove, Illinois
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2013

I have traveled thru a large part of the USA and stayed at numerous hotels, motels and lodges. I am not sure that any of them could have exceeded our expectations to the extent that the proprietors of Cloran Mansion, Carmine and Cheryl, did for this special week-end. Amazing sense of welcome from the moment we walked thru the front door until the time we departed. Cloran Mansion was decorated tastefully for the Christmas holiday, with every amenity in each beautifully decorated room. The Wedding ceremony took place in the beautiful dining room next to the Christmas Tree, the dinner service was excellent and Carmine and Cheryl were attentive to anything of the guests needed. The breakfast was amazing the next morning and we could see why the Cloran Mansion has won awards for the best breakfast in the Midwest. Thanks again to Carmine and Cheryl for ensuring that the entire family will have a very happy memory of our stay.

Randy and Rose Nelson
Poplar Grove, IL

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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cloran, Owner at Cloran Mansion Bed & Breakfast, responded to this review, December 19, 2013
Thank you for such a wonderful review. It was our pleasure to host your daughters wedding and we're happy that everything turned out as nice as it did. Weddings are not only memorable for the Bride and Groom, but for the families and us as well.
Have a safe and Merry Holiday Season and we hope to see you all again

Carmine and Cheryl
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Chicago, Illinois
2 reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

First timers at Cloran and it was excellent. House and hosts were great, food was amazing, room was great as well, no complaints. Even the seasonal decorations were awesome. The only non-perfect comment (not really a complaint) is the location--if you want a short walk downtown, it's a mile or two away, but it's still very close and parking downtown was cake.

We peeked at the other rooms on our way out since we were the last to leave and all of them looked even better than the pics, which is always a bonus. The ONLY way this place wouldn't be perfect for you is if you want to roll out of bed and be downtown. Other than that, give this place a shot.

Room Tip: Ann's room was even better than the pics. Plenty of room, nice fireplace, huge bathroom with ve...
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Chicago, Illinois
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

We are return visitors. Enough said right there. VERY relaxing experience. The hosts are engaged and strive to provide a great experience for their guests. The rooms are well appointed and comfortable. The bed could have been a bit more firm, and may need to be replaced at some point soon. And a wee bit more attention to cleaning (especially by the windows...there were some outdoor insects that had expired by the window pane). Not a big deal, as this is the season for that kind of thing. Otherwise, all was just perfect!

The hot tub was delightful, as was the fireplace. The heated floors in the cottage were especially appreciated, as it was cold outside, but nice and toasty inside.

And the breakfast is truly a delight! Well prepared and delicious! And the dining room is SO gorgeous! This was a really great experience, as was our first stay. Highly recommended! When visiting Galena again, we will not hesitate to book the Cloran Mansion for our third stay.

Room Tip: Their cottage is pet friendly, and it is very comfortable!
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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cloran, Owner at Cloran Mansion Bed & Breakfast, responded to this review, November 14, 2013
Jerry,
Thank you for your kind words. You are correct, this is Box elder bug season. We will be certain to pay closer attention. The Feather bed topper on the bed in the cottage may make it fill lighter and less firm. On your next visit we can remove the topper and the bed will give you the firmness you re looking for.
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Elgin, Illinois
2 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

I can't say enough about how much of a great time my boyfriend I had in Galena this past weekend. We both had never been to a B&B, and I booked this weekend as a surprise for his birthday, a nice little getaway from the daily stresses of balancing school, work and family. Cheryl and Carmine were so friendly and were incredibly welcoming, although we didn't bother them when we were there, they made sure to let us know that they would be available should we need them at any time. We unfortunately didn't get to try the breakfast as the B&B was full this past weekend and the first morning there was no seats available at the table, and the next morning although there were two seats available, it was pretty packed in the dining area as people were also standing around the table talking, so for us it was a little awkward to take a seat in a room full of people and be able to actually enjoy our meal together. We definitely plan on going back sometime in the near future, and probably waking up a bit earlier so that we can be the first down there to try the food that many reviewers have been raving about. After our experience at Cloran Mansion, I have to say that my boyfriend and I have definitely taken an interest in B&B's but we don't think we'd ever want to stay at one other than this one.

Room Tip: We stayed in the Tower Room, it was very cozy and the two level bathroom was really nice feature. Hi...
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Elgin, Illinois
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2013

We experienced the Cloran Mansion magic for our ninth year in a row. After staying in John's room for a number of years, we have to stay in Sarah's Suite as it is on the first level and accommodates my semi-disabled wife. We love everything about this wonderful place. The food, the ambiance, and of course, Cheryl and Carmine. You truly feel like a guest in someone's home. Naturally, we have our 2014 reservations!!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Address: 1237 Franklin Street, Galena, IL 61036
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Location: United States > Illinois > Galena
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 34 B&Bs / Inns in Galena
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
1880 Italianate Victorian Mansion on an acre of beautifully landscaped grounds. Screen Gazebo, koi pond and fire pit. Five distinctive rooms and a secluded cottage. Fireplaces, private baths in all rooms with luxury double whirlpool tubs, CDs, stocked complimentary mini-fridge, TV/DVDs, A/C coffee service available all day. Full country-style breakfast served from 9:00 - 10:30 AM. DSL wireless. Cloran Condo at Longhollow Point does have a pool, sauna, exercise room and game room. ... more   less 
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Cloran Mansion Hotel Galena
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