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“Great Place to Relax” 5 of 5 stars
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538 North Randolph Street, Macomb, IL 61455   |  
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Ranked #1 of 2 Macomb B&B and Inns
Thomasville, Georgia
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“Great Place to Relax”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2012 via mobile

Super nice owner. Great accommodations. Nothing but nice things to say.

  • Stayed June 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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Cantrall, il
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2011

One of our friends gave us a gift certificate for a one night stay at the Inselhaus as a wedding gift. My wife and I are both in our mid 20's and had never been to a B&B before and honestly we always though we were too young to enjoy a B&B. However since we received the stay as a gift we figured we would give it a shot. Dorothee quickly changed our mind about B&Bs the moment we walked in the door! She was very inviting and made us feel right at home. We stayed in Room 1 and the room and private bathroom were very nice and clean! Our certificate included the strawberry and champagne, rose petal turndown, and breakfast in bed. When we first arrived Dorothee brought up chocolate covered strawberry and small bottle of champagne. The strawberries were dipped in chocolate and were very delicious and fresh. She asked what our plans were for the evening and we told her about a couple restaurants we though about trying. She gave us suggestions on which ones she preferred and then told us that she had tickets to a charity wine tasting event at Western Illinois University. She had two tickets that she was not able to use and offered them to us! We had never been to a wine tasting before but had recently been getting into wine so it was perfect. After the wine tasting we went to the restaurant she suggested (Shiloh's) and had a wonderful meal. Upon returning to our room our bed was covered in rose petals that was a part of our package. She also set out another plate of chocolate covered strawberries and gave us another small bottle of champagne! The certificate was just for one set of strawberries and champagne so we were pleasantly surprised by this. The next morning she brought us breakfast in bed and everything was very delicious! Dorothee is a great hostess and she changed our mind forever about B&B's. I would definitely recommend Inselhaus to anyone, whether it is your very first B&B or 100th, you will not be disappointed!

  • Stayed February 2011, 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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Ozark, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2011

All year long, there are fine art and cultural events at Western Illinois University in Macomb, Illinois. The town square is full of interesting shops, two really excellent restaurants, and a tall and elegant courthouse in the center. We would never have gone to Macomb, which is in far West Central Illinois, except that we heard about the fine European hospitality at Inselhaus Bed & Breakfast. Our experience there surpassed our expectations, and German native Dorothee Gossel is a truly professional innkeeper. We arrived in late afternoon, and enjoyed fresh baked goodies and wine in the parlor of this fully renovated 110 year old mansion. The other guest and innkeeper provided erudite and sophisticated conversation before it was time for dinner. We dined on Macomb’s square with a bird’s eye view from the second floor of Shiloh restaurant, and the gourmet offerings were surprising, delicious, and beautifully presented. After lingering over dinner and enjoying a cool summer evening, we arrived back at Inselhaus to a bed covered in rose petals, champagne, and two glasses by our bedside. What a lovely night, and the bed and room were so comfortable and tastefully decorated. Every room at Inselhaus has its own scrupulously clean bathroom with new gleaming fixtures and luxury bath products from Gilchrist & Soames of London. Breakfast was served in bed at 10AM, and included eggs benedict, juice, and a fresh fruit cup with yogurt and granola. Since Macomb is so near the Iowa border, we crossed the Mississippi River to Iowa and enjoyed a tour of Keokuk and Fort Madison. Dinner was at Magnolia’s the second night, which is in another beautifully restored building on Macomb’s square with a Southern flair gourmet menu. We passed the evening in the enchanting company of our innkeeper and then retired to our lovely room #1. Coffee was served on the second story balcony and an early breakfast to accommodate our schedule was just as well-prepared as the previous morning’s meal. We learned that Dorothee makes gourmet breakfasts to go for visitors who must catch a plane or train very early in the mornings. Inselhaus is walking distance from the train and downtown Macomb, so Amtrak travelers won’t need a car at all. We also learned that the B&B is the preferred residence for visitors to Western Illinois University. We enjoyed the rest, romance, gourmet repast, rose petals, and Dorothee Gossel’s special brand of European hospitality!

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Wausau, Wisconsin
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2011 via mobile

I stayed here for one night in june 2011. I was on campus for an interview and couldn't have been happier to stay at the Inselhaus House. Dorothee was wonderful and the place was well kept up and very charming! She gave me some homemade deserts when I arrived and brought coffee to my door in the morning. I would highly recommend the place if staying in Macomb!

  • Stayed June 2011
    • 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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Chicago
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12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2011

Dorothee is remarkably welcoming, and the Inselhaus is lovely and charming. Having traveled a lot recently, I was tired of the usual hotel, and wanted something a little more cozy. I found Inselhaus, and read other TripAdvisor reviews - and they're all true.

Even travelling for business, this was absolutely perfect. We arrived, were welcomed, shown to our rooms, and Dorothee went over breakfast plans with us. She also gave us some recommendations for dinner locations, which we, by chance, ended up taking!

When we got back, Dorothee invited us to the parlor for a glass of wine. Before long, some friends of she and her husband's joined us, and we had a lovely evening of conversation by the fireplace.

Breakfast was a wonderful asparagus strata, with warm blueberry muffins, yogurt and granola.

Inselhaus was truly above and beyond my expectations, and really so much better than any hotel I've ever stayed at.

Should I return to the area, I will most definitely rest my head at Inselhaus!

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled on business
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2009

The Macomb hot air balloon rally weekend was a fun time in a small town.
The Insulhaus B&B provided a beautiful comfortable stay: the helpful innkeeper provided a wonderful breakfast in a well appointed quaint dining room ( we could have chosen breakfast in bed).
We watched the balloons lift off, and followed some of the chase trucks. When one landed we hopped out of our car and helped bring the balloon to rest. We later shopped around the period square -- where there were non-chain store gift shops, bookstore, coffee shop, restaurants and an upscale resale store -the Classy Closet.
We decide to have Dim Sum for lunch. An odd choice for a small midwestern town. We were happily surprised by the high quality and variety that the owners had prepared at the Yen Ching restaurant.
The Balloon glow was advertised for the evening so we headed over to the field. There all the balloons were tethered to the ground and we were allowed to mingle with the friendly, enthusiastic, balloon owners and sightseers. When an air horn sounded, all burners on the balloons were turned on and the glow of the colorful balloons filled the night sky. It was a glorious sight.
Our evening ended at Vitales; another local restaurant where we were treated to a tasty dish of lasagna and their own tiramisu. YUM!
The next morning we woke early to do one last balloon chase. When we found a balloon that was setting up, the owners asked if we would like to help set up the balloon. We became part of that morning's crew. It was a rousing good time.
Overall it was a fun, affordable weekend.

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Austin
2 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2009

We stayed at this wonderful B&B for three nights and felt completely pampered. The old home was beautifully restored, the owner attentive to every detail, the food outstanding. We couldn't have had a more lovely stay.

  • Stayed July 2009
    • 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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Address: 538 North Randolph Street, Macomb, IL 61455
Location: United States > Illinois > Macomb
Amenities:
Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Macomb
Number of rooms: 6

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