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The Steamboat House

605 S Prospect St, Galena, IL 61036-2519
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#14 of 31 B&Bs / Inns in Galena
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
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
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Non-smoking hotel
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Air conditioning
Flatscreen TV
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Non-smoking rooms
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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
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
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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Mumu B. D. wrote a review Jan 2021
3 contributions2 helpful votes
This will be our second stay at this house. Love the spacious rooms and the spacious lobby, it has few room, library, pool table, piano room and dinning room. Plenty to lounge in. Beautifully decorated for the holidays. Carol is always such a gracious, sweet and wonderful host, the breakfast was exquisite each morning. We were eager to have it. Cheese, wine, cookies, coffee, tea, are set up accordingly by the rooms or lobby. I can not say enough great things about this Inn. Would definitely recommend and be back!
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Date of stay: December 2020
Room Tip: The Viola room is very spacious and quiet. Overlooking the river, and some woods. Very peaceful,...
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Response from Carol Gebelt, Owner at The Steamboat House
Responded Jan 9, 2021
Thank you for this great review. We are glad you enjoyed your stay! We appreciate your business and hope your new year is happy, healthy and safe!
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Matthew B wrote a review Dec 2020
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My wife and I were seeking a Christmas getaway to Galena for our anniversary and found The Steamboat House for our weekend stay. The house is absolutely gorgeous and has a ton of history behind it (from future presidents, women's rights activists, underground railroad, etc). Not right on Main Street, but only a few minute walk away and away from the bustle. Carol was extremely welcoming, hospitable, and took COVID precautions very seriously. She gave us great local advice and recommendations for exploring the town! And the daily breakfast was incredible- so delicious! Highly recommend to anyone looking to stay in Galena.
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Date of stay: December 2020
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Response from Carol Gebelt, Owner at The Steamboat House
Responded Dec 16, 2020
Thank you for taking time to write a review. We are happy you enjoyed your stay. We strive to assure our guests are safe and healthy in these uncertain times. We appreciate your business and hope your holidays are safe, happy, and healthy!
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momakoz wrote a review Nov 2020
Highland Park, Illinois11 contributions12 helpful votes
Exquisite Victorian, well located property close to Main St, Belvedere mansion and adventure rental. Beautifully renovated and decorated for the fall season. Large rooms, fireplace. Plenty of communal space indoors and out. Outstanding breakfast served on gorgeous china in the formal dining room. No small detail overlooked. Thank you Carol for making a “big” birthday memorable.
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Date of stay: November 2020Trip type: Traveled with family
$217 - $226 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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), P.T. Murphy Magic Theatre (0.4 miles), and Great American Popcorn Company (0.4 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 Fritz and Frites, Otto's Place, and Fried Green Tomatoes.
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 Washburne House State Historic Site (0.3 miles).