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BEALL MANSION An Elegant Bed & Breakfast Inn
Ranked #1 of 2 Alton B&B and Inns
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“Barmy, bonkers and bizarre (they are all good!)”
Reviewed October 3, 2012

Those words are all words we English use with affection, admiring as we do the eccentric. The doors of this handsome mansion were opened by a bow-tied and frock-coated Jim who ushered us into his lavish and museum-esque home. even the lilies were gilded and no surface was left free from interesting objet d'art. But if the detail was visually rich and slightly overwhelming it was also perfectly judged in the bedroom where for example burgundy coloured face cloths invited those wishing to remove make up to partake. Home made bath salts added pleasant smells to the whirlpool baths. Beds were lavishly festooned and about 4 foot off the ground. Downstairs a 24 hour chocolate 'gallery' provided easy temptation. Curiously less than 12 hours after standing saying our farewells to our attentive host in Bealle Mansion we are in Beale Street Memphis where loud blues music is only out-noised by the Harleys. Contrast or what?

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Lino Lakes, Minnesota, United States
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Reviewed October 2, 2012

Jim and Sandy made us feel like a king and queen the minute we stepped out of our car. The Beall Mansion is beautiful and the service was the best one could hope for. There are so many extras; a chocolate bar, special water in your room, wonderful shampoos and soaps, and I had my first brandy after dinner. Our room had a cozy private balcony which we really enjoyed and of course sleeping on a feather bed - what could be better. Next time we will spend an entire weekend!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Saint Thomas, Ontario, Canada
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Reviewed September 29, 2012

First class service, decadent facilities, and wonderful hosts are but a few to describe The Beall Mansion B & B in Alton, Illinois. Rivalling any 5 star accommodation in the country, The Beall Mansion provides old world charm and legendary southern hospitality. Added touches, such as a plethora of all you can eat chocolate's, is what sets this B & B from the rest. From the minute you arrive you are greeted with welcome arms, and throughout your stay you are made to feel special in every way. There are plenty of fine facilities in the marketplace, but none will produce the cherished memories that The Beall Mansion B & B can provide.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Ballwin
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Reviewed September 28, 2012

The Beall Mansion is truly an Elegant Bed and Breakfast and has elegant amenities such as chocolates, fireplaces, whirlpools and beautiful accommodations.

When we arrived we got a tour of the downstairs and were shown to our room. We reserved The Senator Edmond Beall Room where my wife and I stayed to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary. The bed was so comfortable; we slept like babies. We also selected the basic continental breakfast.
All previous reviewers' comments about Jim and Sandy, the chocolate bar, and the attention to detail are spot on. We wanted this get away to be one of the best we ever experienced and it was we thoroughly enjoyed the opulence.
This elegant place transported us back to the Victorian era and we felt like we were back in our 20s again. (Not the 1920s)
That evening we sat in one of the rooms downstairs, sipping on our coffee. Heaven!

The next morning we went outside to check out the front and backyard. The landscaping was beautiful, benches all around. The mansion and the grounds were incredibly picturesque.

We will come back here again for a two nights stay.
Thank you Jim & Sandy. See you soon!!!
NORM AND DODIE
BALLWIN, MO

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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St. Louis, MO
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Reviewed September 26, 2012

This was definitely the best bed and breakfast stay my partner and I have had. The owners are very gracious, always helpful and friendly, and offered a warm welcome. The house was beautifully restored (there are photo albums of the mansion's restoration process in the living room to look through).

The most memorable part of this B&B though, is the 24-hour chocolate bar. Oh man, that one was a stroke of genius! There are upwards of 20 types of chocolate candy out on the dining room buffet, ranging from peanut butter cups to chocolate covered espresso beans. They are all delicious, and such a fun idea. In addition, there are all sorts of hot chocolates and coffee that are always available. Very nice touches that really put the Beall Mansion a notch above the rest. We would stay there again in a heartbeat!

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 21, 2012

I visited the Beall several years ago and my stay was just a nice this time. I had the no frills package and stayed in the cheapest room for budget reasons. It was still very nice and service was great. I'm saving so I can go all out next time.

  • Stayed September 2012
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Horicon, Wisconsin
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Reviewed August 27, 2012

Just spent our 25th wedding anniversary at the Beall Mansion. Jim and Sandy really do take great care of their guests. They thought of everything right down to ear plugs for a snoring spouse! The house is amazing! The King sized feather bed was so comfortable and who can resist 24 hours of chocolate. We felt right at home wandering the house at our leisure and Jim sure knows his Alton history. We happened to be spending the last Saturday of the month in Alton so got to enjoy the block party which was awesome!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: BEALL MANSION An Elegant Bed & Breakfast Inn
Address: 407 E. 12th St., Alton, IL 62002
Location: United States > Illinois > Alton
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Alton
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — BEALL MANSION An Elegant Bed & Breakfast Inn 4*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Where do you want to stay: (a) another typical hotel / motel, or (b) a fully restored, historic mansion? Think outside the box - treat yourself to surprisingly affordable, award winning lodging at the Meeting of the Great Rivers All Around Alton, IL only 4 star property. Whirlpool ("Jacuzzi") and fireplace rooms. Enjoy Free Wi-Fi, Free "all you can eat" 24 hour chocolate buffet, and Free street and off street parking. Leisure, corporate, government, and extended stay hotel rates are available. Please visit the official website of The BEALL MANSION for Guaranteed Lowest Rates! Only 25 minutes from Lambert St. Louis International Airport and the St. Louis Gateway Arch. A "USA Top 100 Gold Inn and B&B" Award Winning Property. ... more   less 
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