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“One of the truly great small hotels”
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The View Motel
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Elizabeth
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed September 28, 2013

One of the best small motels I have seen. Loved the decor, and the service. This is not one of those places that looks different when you arrive, the pictures on their website are a clear representation of their establishment. I would not hesitate recommending The View.

  • Stayed: September 2013
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Reviewed September 27, 2013

This is the type of motel that you stayed in when you were a kid on a family vacation. Andy and Joyce do a great job, and make you feel like a valued guest. They go out of their way to make your stay enjoyable. It is 13-14 minutes from Galena. There is some traffic noise, but does not distract from the views and hospitality.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 23, 2013

Stayed here for the first time and enjoyed our stay. Andy and Joyce are everything everyone has written about them. The accommodations are very clean and they go out of their way to make you feel welcome. A complimentary glass of wine or beer as you arrive, bonfire in the evening complete with music and towels just for your motorcycle to wipe down in the morning. If you want a weekend reservation though, call early because they can book up a month in advance. Have been coming to the Galena area for over 30 years and this place far surpasses any other motel in the area.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 8, 2013

Wonderful stay on Labor Day weekend. Clean, comfortable and very affordable. Andy and Joyce are REAL people that want you to enjoy your stay. The recommendations we were given for breakfast and dinner were perfect. This was my first stay at The View but it won't be me last!

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Mark S
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Reviewed September 7, 2013 via mobile

Just outside the town of Elizabeth and 10 minutes before you get to Galena on Highway 20,is the delightful motel called The View. It is run by Andy and Joyce, a couple who truly know and exhibit the meaning of customer service. Whether its extra pillows or recommendations for places to eat, Andy and Joyce are always on hand to help. The shower is excellent (strong), there is superb WiFi, each room has an AC unit, and flat screen TV. The rooms are meticulously clean and great
value. There are Adirondack chairs out back to relax in and in the evening, Andy has an outdoor fireplace and tiki lanterns going. My husband and I stayed three nights and met some of the other customers as well as sampled Andy's homemade fries at the fireplace! There's also the always open Room 6 which had tourist info, brochures, a refrigerator, and microwave for customer use. Would I recommend The View to my friends and family? I already have!!!

  • Stayed: September 2013
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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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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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