So, it's a bit tired, the old place. But, what a gorgeous setting!! Nestled at the top of the mountain above the Mississippi, spring is a perfect time to appreciate the view from this resort. We had the place practically to ourselves! The staff seemed happy to see us (perhaps lonely?) since they told us it's packed during ski season, but really tapers off come spring. The lounge area has a beautiful view, great appetizers and a friendly staff. Perfect for a late afternoon cocktail. Kids loved the mini golf, right on the grounds, although the popular alpine slide wasn't open yet. The pool was refreshing as was the hot tub, but the hot tub didn't seem too pristine (lack of use?). The room was a bit musty at first but fresh air did the trick. The room was huge with plenty of room for five. Best of all, this place was a bargain. We tried to go during ski season but it was either booked or had expensive packages attached to it. This is a good, very inexpensive way to see if you like it enough to come back to ski. I think we will. But you really can't beat it for the price. Great for a weekend getaway from the Chicago area.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Chestnut Mountain Galena
- Chestnut Mountain Hotel Galena