Honestly, I wasn't expecting much but this is a very nicely kept up hotel, especially because Hillsboro is a somewhat remote area of the state. I had problems trying to book a room using the hotel's very clunky website but a phone call accomplished a reservation. The place definitely has kept the look of a 'Sleep Inn'. All of the area B&Bs, camp grounds, cabins or ranches were booked or required a 2-night stay so we opted for the Hotel Hillsboro as a relatively inexpensive alternative.
Our surprisingly large room was very clean, nothing fancy, but had everything we needed. We enjoyed the indoor pool and whirlpool and basic continental breakfast. I believe the hotel was close to being fully booked on the Friday night we stayed. There was a good cross-section of ages staying there from families to elderly couples to Harley-riding folks.
We did not have much luck finding good places to eat in the area (neither Hillsboro or Wonewoc) but were surprised to find a very lively and nice bar/restaurant called Breezers tucked away right inside the hotel. The place was jumpin'! Head out to their comfortable outdoor deck to enjoy the night sky and fireflies.
One word of note, Breezers is open until 2:00 am and many of the hotel's rooms along the back face the outdoor deck so I'm not sure if noise would be an issue. Our room faced the parking lot which isn't a beautiful view but our room was very quiet.
We were visiting the area for its beautiful scenery and events in the Kickapoo River Valley Reserve. Amazing drives through Amish farms, down lots of little 'rustic' roads with cyclists. Canoeing, cycling and hiking are big here. Don't miss visiting the Kickapoo Visitor's Center to learn more about the Reserve and area. Also stop by Organic Valley Coop's national headquarters in LaFarge.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Hotel Hillsboro, a locally owned independent hotel. The hometown pride and commitment by the owner and staff makes sure our guests are provided with the best quality, comfort and services available. We have 44 rooms, including 3 whirlpools suites. Our staff is here 24 hours a day to accommodate your needs. Wake up each morning to our continental breakfast including cereal, bagels, muffins, toast, freshly made cinnamon rolls, yogurt, boiled eggs, juice, coffee and tea. Our breakfast is served until 9:30 a.m. during the week and 10:00 a.m. on weekends. Enjoy our heated indoor pool and spa. Hours are 6:30 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. Take a stroll down the hall for a delicious meal or cocktail in our attached bar and grill. Beezers has a full menu including breakfast on Saturday and Sunday. Along with great accommodations we have Beezers Bar and Grill. We have an attached bar and grill providing the finest food and atmosphere in town. Enjoy an evening with no need to drive or walk uptown, everything is right here. Geared toward the sport-enthusiast, with eight large TVs. Plenty of room to meet for your party or gathering. Ask for group rates and services we can provide for your event. Check out Beezers. ... more less