In an attempt to find a decent-priced room to stay in while visiting Galena, I came across this Ramada Inn. I wish I could afford a gorgeous bed and breakfast each and every time I come to town, but it's next to impossible with my upcoming wedding budget.
From a first glance, the hotel looks decent with a newly painted exterior facade and a backyard view of a quaint red barn, small pond and outside patio. Once you enter the lobby, that's when it begins to go downhill...fast. The lobby has hideous floral wallpaper, yet they made up for it with free afternoon coffee, tea and cookies.
I had requested a quiet and feather-free room in my reservation. While I did end up with the feather-free room, I should have reiterated the quiet part. I seem to believe we had the loudest Southern's next door because the walls sounded paper thin. Yet, is it necessary to ask for a clean room?! There were food crumbs that looked like cat barf in the corner of the room, a comforter with tears in it, globs of hair on the bathroom floor, a sink that took 10 minutes to drain, a shower head covered in a orange film, and two bottled drinks from previous guests under the TV. I was afraid to even look under the bed! A monster could have appeared and eaten me alive! I refused to drink water from the sink after reading over other reviews mentioning it reeking like iron. As a healthcare provider, all I could think about was receiving a letter informing me of a Legionnaire's outbreak during my hotel stay. I looked for a "welcome note" with the name of the cleaning lady, but there was none to be found.
After spending the first night under these conditions, I kept coming across more evidence that this room lacked cleanliness. I nicely handed a piece of paper with a list of all my room issues to the front desk. I backed it up saying that I'm usually not one to complain, but when it comes to cleanliness I found it necessary. She apologized explaining that we had been placed in an "overflow room" (still doesn't explain much when all rooms should be properly cleaned) and that the manager was available or in town. She mentioned that they recently switched over from well to city water, and that this is why the shower head appeared dirty (I hope they know that an easy fix is soaking it in vinegar). She then thought out-loud by saying "I wonder if someone used the room after it was cleaned??" Umm, I don't think so. I was offered to have the room cleaned with a discount, or to switch to a new room that had recently been vacated and had yet to be cleaned. I took the first offer and just reminded myself that I would be back in my bed at home in 24 hours. The hotel ended up paying for the hotel tax (a $11 discount). While the room was a bit better when we returned that evening, I still would not recommend this hotel or stay there again. A few other words of advice: The breakfast room is way too small for this size of hotel and the Wi-Fi was down the entire second day of our stay.
- Also Known As:
- Ramada Hotel And Day Spa Galena
- Ramada Galena
- Galena Ramada
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Close to Downtown Galena, Shopping and Dining. Our Ramada Galena Hotel and Day Spa was made for whatever occasion you have in mind, be it your wedding and reception, hosting a business event, or having a romantic getaway near Dubuque. Located on Highway 20 and situated on 10 well-manicured acres, including a catch-and-release fishing pond and beautiful gardens, our Galena, IL, hotel offers bed and breakfast charm in northwestern Illinois. Each room features standard amenities like free Wi-Fi Internet access, and you are invited to use the fitness center complete with 67-foot indoor heated swimming pool, whirlpool, exercise room and volleyball court. Savor in a full body wrap, hot stone massage or a manicure at our full-service day spa, then return to your room for a relaxing evening. Suites with hot tubs and fireplace, as well as handicapped-accessible rooms, are available at our non-smoking Galena, Illinois, hotel. After a refreshing night of rest, start each day of your stay with free continental breakfast. ... more less
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