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“The ONLY place to stay near Galena, IL”
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The View Motel
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Elizabeth
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed September 4, 2013

We spent the Labor Day weekend at The View with Andy & Joyce. This is by far the BEST motel that I have ever stayed at. True customer service and caring that can not be faked and has nothing to do with profit. This couple really cares about the people who stay with them, from the complimentary glass of wine when we arrived, the excellent advice (that was always spot on) about where to go for fun, food, and whatever, to the S'Mores that Joyce brought out as we sat around the fire, for the couple who arrived late with a small child, I can not recommend this motel more! The rooms are spotlessly clean and you can see the attention to detail and true pride of ownership all around. You will be very pleasantly surprised and find yourself wanting to return again and again. We are already making plans to go back and enjoy more of the The View and bring our friends and family too. Forget all the big corporate hotels and motels and go to The View for a true relaxing vacation. Can't say enough about how wonderful our weekend was at The View!

Room Tip: They are ALL great rooms! We had the Anniversary Suite and it was lovely.
  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 3, 2013 via mobile

My husband and I were lucky to score a room for a night as The View is usually booked up during weekends and holidays.

Andy (the owner) was helpful during our stay. He offered advice and gave us his suggestions for where to go to eat, etc. We shared stories with him on travel and he gave us ideas for where to stay on our next trip to Mexico.

Upon arrival we were offered a glass of wine or beer gratis and that set the mood for our whole stay - knowing that we were at a relaxed and fun place.

We sat out back on some adirondack chairs on a hill overlooking the area while sipping our beverages. A great view, definitely and very relaxing spot.

Later that night we joined in with Andy, Joyce and many of the other guests for some drinks and good conversation. Andy & Joyce have set up an area in the front of the motel with chairs, more adirondack chairs, bench tables, a fire pit and tiki torches for all the guests to come and get to know one another if they feel so inclined. A little bit of good background music, a couple of drinks, the beautiful nighttime sky, and new friends. What else is travel about if not getting to know people and learning things about others you never knew before?

On the day we checked out Andy came to our room to share pictures of himself & Joyce on one of their trips. It really meant a lot to us to have someone really care so much about the guests and take such pride in what they do.

As for the rooms - they are clean and provide you with what is needed. We had a basic room but you can book their 'honeymoon suite' if you desire a little upgrade from your usual room. I had no complaints about our room. The bed was comfy and clean, the room spic & span, hot water from the shower, nice flat screen tvs, just about all things that you really need.

In the end we decided we'd come back and perhaps bring family too. Everyone we've told is already wanting to plan a getaway to Galena,IL and stay at The View, which is just 10 mins from Galena.

  • Stayed: August 2013
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Reviewed August 15, 2013

My husband and I were looking for a decent priced place to stay during our honeymoon to Galena. We came across this one while researching lodging on google and decided to stop here first. This is by far the best motel that we have ever stayed in. Not to mention the amazing view. Andy and Joyce were very personable and more than willing to make sure we were comfortable during our stay. We bought a bottle of wine and it was chilled for us, and then delivered to our room on a tray with pretzels. Would definitely recommend this place to anyone who asks and are planning to return soon!!

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Mindy877
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Reviewed August 9, 2013

My wife and I went up north to Galena for our 5th wedding anniversary. I made reservations at a nice little motel that looked very personable in Elizabeth just 15 minutes south of Galena. From the moment that we arrived it was the best experience that we have ever had. The owners were so welcoming and invited us to attend the social gathering around the fire pit that night. We meet some great people and listened to great music. The view is the perfect name for this charming motel. The rooms are clean and nicely decorated and the service from the owners was wonderful. We cant wait to go back!

Room Tip: Room number one is the Essex room and is for couples looking for a romantic time.
  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 4, 2013

Truly caring about your guest's needs can NOT be taught... it has to be lived... Andy/Joyce understand that concept. Even to a small thing of leaving drive lights on to make entry easier because they noticed we had not returned for the night. As a former Hospitality industry employee I think I can see behind the "Profit before people concept"... take care of others and you will also be taken care of. Andy/Joyce you may have been from a large met. area, but you have embraced the small town attitude... keep up the good work. Stop in... meet them... sit out and chat with them.... they will leave the lights on for you. You helped make our 45th class reunion a successful and enjoyable trip.

Room Tip: Just talk to Andy or Joyce and they will help in anyway they can.
  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank Bill53959
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Reviewed August 1, 2013

Great people and great location! I stayed there for a business meeting. Andy gives great recommendations on places to eat. It is beautiful scenery out there and downtown galena is close. The room is great to crash in after a long day of conferences and provides the simple pleasures and hospitality that you don't see in motels anymore.

Stayed: July 2013, traveled on business
Thank Adam L
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Reviewed August 1, 2013

I had originally intended to have our antique car club stay at the View but the response to the tour was so large that I had to move our party to a bigger facility so that we would all be together. Nevertheless, Andy and Joyce asked us to stop by on our tour, and when we did he really rolled out the red carpet for us. He had the table and chairs set out, got some music playing, and even brought out a cooler and ice for us to use! And keep in mind not one of us was staying there - this is just the way Andy and Joyce roll. Andy started up his restored Farm-all tractor, and gave me some good restaurant advise (he used to be a chef). Andy showed me a typical room that hadn't been checked into yet and it was spotless. It suffices to say that the next time I'm in Galena we'll be at the View! And thanks Andy and Joyce for hosting us!

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank Bob S
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Additional Information about The View Motel

Address: 2500 US Highway 20 W, Junction of Hwys 20 & 84, Elizabeth, IL 61028-9481
Location: United States > Illinois > Elizabeth
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Elizabeth
Price Range: $59 - $115 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 11
Also Known As:
The View Hotel Elizabeth
View Hotel Elizabeth

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