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Chestnut Mountain Resort
Ranked #10 of 11 Hotels in Galena
Glenview, IL
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61 reviews
13 hotel reviews
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“It could have been so much more”
Reviewed August 7, 2014

We purchased unlimited....waste of money. The kids running the ride did not pace the ride well. We waited in line a long time, a run every 30+ minutes...We only went 2x. They would not refund out money. SO word to the wise, choose 1 or 2 runs and go from there. It was such a better deal. It has a beautiful view. It was lots of fun. My daughter with special needs could have loved it or hated it...but she LOVED IT. I do recommend going! Worth it.

  • Stayed August 2014, traveled with family
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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed July 29, 2014

This resort has been around a long time, and it definitely is a four-season facility. We were there on a Groupon, so it was a great value. We changed rooms at check-in to avoid going up flights of stairs, and paid a small premium for a recently renovated standard double queen. The room was nice, spacious and equipped with a small fridge and the usual stuff. It had a nice view down the ski slope to the Mississippi, and was quiet. The foodservice facilities on-site were nicely appointed, clean and the food didn't disappoint. In warm weather, the patios were nice for a cool drink under an umbrella, and the ski lifts were operating for a visit to the rivers edge. It is off the beaten track which is a benefit.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
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Des Moines, Iowa
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50 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed July 27, 2014

I was shocked to read poor reviews of this hotel. While old and rather out-dated, this hotel is EXTREMELY clean!! The lobby and restaurants have been updated. The room was nothing impressive, but very clean and comfortable. The staff was very friendly and helpful. The view is amazing!! We took a boat tour and enjoyed a ride on the ski lift.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
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Cottage Grove, Minnesota
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40 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed May 28, 2014

This hotel is very clean. the staff are very helpful. it could use a little sprucing up. The TV in our room was old-school, bad reception, generic remote didn't work most of the time. No coffee maker in the room. No free breakfast. Very nice pool and hot tub. Alpine slide was fun. Fabulous view of the Mississippi River. Sunset Grille restaurant in the hotel was very pricey so we didn't eat in there. we did eat at the bar and it was ok.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with friends
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Aurora, IL, USA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
Reviewed May 19, 2014

15 - 20 minutes south of Galena (take Blackjack Rd. south from U.S. 20 on east side of downtown). We stayed at Eagle Ridge Resort and drove down to Chestnut Mtn for breakfast on our way to Mississippi Palisades Park then drive back home to Chicago suburbs. We were lucky with a beautiful sunny morning and the view of the Mississippi River and islands is spectacular. The food was decent, the restaurant is large and comfortable. and the service was fine. We ordered off the menu but for $9.95 there is a buffet that looked real good. We stayed overnight several years ago, and judging by some of the recent comments here I just read, it seems that the guest rooms still need some refurbishing, as they did then. But, the restaurants and bar have wonderful views and our brief restaurant visit gave us another great memory for our weekend getaway trip.

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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Rockford, Illinois
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed April 28, 2014

Really needs an upgrade to this century. Horrible sleeping accommodations. Beds and sheets from the 1970s. More like dorms than resort amenities. Everything was kind of run down. Pricing should have been closer to motel pricing for the conditions. Might have been nice 30 years ago.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 21, 2014

Even though many restaurants in our area were offering Easter Brunch this past Sunday, we chose a trip to Chestnut Mountain Resort. It was well worth the drive! The selections were just right, ham, omelets and the rest of the traditional brunch fare. Seated along the slope side windows it was the perfect place to view Spring time arriving on the bluffs of the Mississippi while enjoying our meal. It is very obvious that the chefs and staff take pride in their offerings as all were prepared perfectly.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Chestnut Mountain Resort

Property: Chestnut Mountain Resort
Address: 8700 Chestnut Dr, Galena, IL 61036-8787
Location: United States > Illinois > Galena
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Ski-In / Ski-Out Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 11 Hotels in Galena
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Chestnut Mountain Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 119
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Only in the Midwest will you find such an unexpected diamond in the rough. High above the Mississippi, tucked nicely in the hills near historic Galena, Chestnut Mountain is a premier Illinois. ... more   less 
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