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605 S Prospect St, Galena, IL 61036-2519
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#14 of 28 B&Bs / Inns in Galena
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4.9
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4.9
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4.8
Value
4.7
Experience the romance of historic Galena in the extraordinary mansion built by legendary steamboat captain Daniel Smith Harris in 1855. A walk-to-town location, evening wine and cheese hour, antique furnishings, and gracious surroundings provide guests with the very finest bed and breakfast experience."Galena's favorite bed & breakfast" is a destination in itself. The Steamboat House showcases architectural excellence with its grand foyer, billiard room, parlors, library and formal dining room, all meticulously restored for guests to enjoy.
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Free parking
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Free breakfast
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Non-smoking hotel
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Non-smoking rooms
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Jerry M wrote a review Aug 2022
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The Steamboat House was really nice. Comfortable room, beautiful decor, great breakfasts, and pretty convenient, despite a major road project going on for months in Galena. Highly recommend. Carol was a great hostess.
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Date of stay: August 2022
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Mike R wrote a review Jul 2022
Lakeville, Minnesota167 contributions48 helpful votes
Everything about our stay met our expectations and more. Carol is a wonderful host, with treats provided afternoon and evening, as well as a scrumptious breakfast. Beautiful garden yard, and the interior is beautifully decorated. The road construction didn't impact our stay at all. Would stay here again.
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from Carol Gebelt, Owner at The Steamboat House
Responded Jul 30, 2022
Thank you for the wonderful review. I'm happy you enjoyed your stay and that the road construction was not an issue. Katie and I appreciate your business and hope to welcome you in the future!
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upnorth300 wrote a review Jul 2022
Chicago, Illinois20 contributions16 helpful votes
Beautiful B&B however it was a very uncomfortable nights sleep due to mattress being old and worn out. The mattress was lumpy and uneven to the point where I would almost roll off of the bed if I didn’t sleep towards the middle of the mattress. I believe that one of the most important things in a B&B is the comfort of the bedding, and this B&B completely missed the mark. Another issue was that the only bed coverings were the sheets and a very old scratchy quilt bedspread laying over the sheets with no regular blanket. The scratchy quilt and no blanket even made the bed more uncomfortable, and I for one do not like to sleep under old bedspreads as I have to question if they are laundered after each stay. On another note, some of the decor is a bit overkill and not needed. There is not a consistent theme here. For example, the strange Knick knacks such as old creepy dolls and other miscellaneous stuff all over the place are really not needed and take away from some of the ambiance. It just makes it a seem a bit cluttered. This is a beautiful mansion with amazing history, but it truly needs more attention to detail in order to be considered a premium B&B.
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from Carol Gebelt, Owner at The Steamboat House
Responded Aug 4, 2022
I regret that your stay did not meet your expectations. We strive to provide a clean, comfortable environment for our guests. I appreciate your feedback and will use it to make any needed improvements.
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Getouttatown wrote a review Jan 2022
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The home was build in the late 1800s and is filled with charming details, which are kept very clean. There is a pool table for guests to play and a well stocked library with games, music and books. Communication was good and prompt, the host offered wine and cheese at 5pm and cookies at 8:30pm. Coffee was available at 7:30am and breakfast was served at 9. It was nice to awake to the smell of coffee and bacon! Our room had a gas fireplace in it with a timer which was nice - just turn the knob and there is your fire. there was a TV in the corner. The bathroom was modern and had a nice supply of soap/shampoo etc. There is off street parking in the rear of the building and a lovely gazebo in the front, located just in front of the huge porch - I'm sure it is nice in the summer months. Town is about a 7 minute walk away. The bedding was comfortable however, I didn't love the spring mattress, I'm not used to that type. Otherwise, the experience was lovely. The host is fully vaccinated and she said mask wearing was our choice.
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Date of stay: January 2022
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Response from Carol Gebelt, Owner at The Steamboat House
Responded Jan 22, 2022
Thank you for the great review! We're happy you enjoyed your stay. We plan to replace our mattresses this year and are considering those containing memory foam. We appreciate your business and hope to see you again!
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Liv4Vacation898 wrote a review Sep 2021
Illinois25 contributions1 helpful vote
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The Steamboat House is tranquil and absolutely lovely. The house is filled with beautiful antiques, and is currently adorned with decorations for fall and Halloween. We were pampered with delicious breakfasts (served in the formal dining room), wine and cheese social hour, and evening beverages with sweet treats. Who could ask for more? The experience was immersive and a perfect way to spend our wedding anniversary. Carol, and her daughter Katie, should be crowned the 'Breakfast Queens of Galena! Wish I had asked Carol for her recipe for cheese puffs - or maybe for a couple more of them for snacking! We also appreciated having a nice parking lot for our vehicle, versus other properties with limited parking on the street. Yes, it was definitely a million miles from Monday!
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: The 'Elsie' room was spacious and quiet. The room does face the parking lot. However, we were in...
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Response from Carol Gebelt, Owner at The Steamboat House
Responded Sep 16, 2021
Thank you for the wonderful review! I'm happy you enjoyed your stay and our Halloween decorations. Please send me your email address and I'll happily send you the recipe for the cheese puffs. I'm pleased you liked them! Katie and I appreciate your business and hope to see you again!
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Mark K wrote a review Sep 2021
Wilmette, Illinois25 contributions10 helpful votes
We had a great time staying at this lovely B&B. It's a beautifully restored 19th century mansion in a quiet neighborhood, but it's just a short walking distance away from downtown Galena. Carol is a wonderful, friendly host. In addition to a delicious breakfast, there's wine and cheese at 5pm and warm cookies at 8:30pm. It's a pleasure to spend time at the home, but the historic sights of Galena are just steps away-so sightseeing is super easy. We loved every minute of our stay and look forward to a return visit!
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Date of stay: September 2021
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Response from Carol Gebelt, Owner at The Steamboat House
Responded Sep 11, 2021
Thank you for the great review. We're happy you enjoyed your stay. We appreciate your business and look forward to welcoming you again!
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Janet P wrote a review Jul 2021
7 contributions4 helpful votes
Favorite Bed and Breakfast we have ever stayed in. Decorated with exquisite detail. Several large rooms to play pool, piano, board games, read magazines and books. The owner is so sweet and hospitable . She had a wine and cheese hour, warm cookies and hot chocolate in the evenings, gourmet home cooked breakfast. Bedrooms are very large and comfortable. Beautiful gardens. Would definitely stay here again.
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from Carol Gebelt, Owner at The Steamboat House
Responded Jul 17, 2021
Thank you for the great review! We strive to assure our guests are safe and comfortable, and we're happy you enjoyed your stay. We appreciate your business and hope to see you on your next visit to Galena!
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lynne p wrote a review Jun 2021
Hobart, Indiana444 contributions124 helpful votes
We've never stayed at a B&B before, and this was a TRUE DELIGHT! It was like stepping back in time to the Victorian era. The house is from late 1800's. It is very clean, cozy, attractive and decorated like the era. Carol (Proprietor) is a kind woman and runs a very nice place. There's so much décor to look at in so many public rooms. There are 5 guest rooms. We stayed in the "Bess" with out own balcony. We had a private bath - very modern/efficient. There was "wine/cheese" time at 6, cookies/coffee/tea at 8 PM, and breakfast at 9 in formal dining room. All was delicious and inviting. We loved the billiard room. Relaxing to sit on front porch or on our balcony. I would definitely recommend this to someone who wants to get away from hustle and bustle or city life and from busy hotel. It was relaxing and elegant. Wish someone had played piano as would've been lovely to listen to and even have a sing-a-long. Love all the rabbits/eggs interspersed in the decor. Can't say enough how lovely this B&B is and how nice everything was!
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Date of stay: June 2021
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Room Tip: Take the room with the balcony! Enjoy the cheese/wine time!
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Response from Carol Gebelt, Owner at The Steamboat House
Responded Jun 17, 2021
Thank you for the wonderful review! I love all things Victorian and decorating for the period. I am delighted you enjoyed your stay and hope to see you again!
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Kathleen E wrote a review May 2021
9 contributions1 helpful vote
We loved our trip to Galena and especially our stay at the Steamboat House. Carol and Katie made our stay so pleasant and comfortable. The mansion has a wonderful history and is located perfectly for exploring Galena. It is filled with charming artifacts and furniture along with modern conveniences. Great breakfasts! (Ask Carol to make cheese puffs.) Thanks, ladies!
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Date of stay: April 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Rooha and Vince wrote a review Mar 2021
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Literally one of our favourite experiences!! We LOVED the atmosphere and feel of staying in this historic mansion, the hospitality throughout our stay, the detailed and intricate antique decor, the uniqueness of each room, and the hosts!!! It felt like we were guests being hosted at a friends home and it was such a lovely time! The breakfasts and coffee were delicious, and the afternoon drinks and cheese and evening cookies was an added treat. We miss it so much and wish we had stayed longer! Seriously some of the most wonderful hosts we’ve interacted with! We’ll definitely be returning!!
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Date of stay: February 2021
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Response from Carol Gebelt, Owner at The Steamboat House
Responded Mar 6, 2021
Thank you so so much for the kind words, I really enjoyed meeting you both and the great conversation!! We look forward to your return!! Katie
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$266 - $293 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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NUMBER OF ROOMS
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Steamboat House
Which popular attractions are close to The Steamboat House?
Nearby attractions include Psychic Medium Chris McBrien (0.3 miles), Root Beer Revelry (0.3 miles), and River Bend Gallery (0.2 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at The Steamboat House?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and free parking.
Which room amenities are available at The Steamboat House?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a fireplace.
What food & drink options are available at The Steamboat House?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at The Steamboat House?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Steamboat House?
Conveniently located restaurants include Otto's Place, Embe Eatery and Lounge, and The Generals' Restaurant.
Is The Steamboat House located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.2 miles away from the center of Galena.
Are there any historical sites close to The Steamboat House?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Ulysses S. Grant Home (0.5 miles), Root Beer Revelry (0.3 miles), and Dowling House (0.5 miles).