Great location in the heart of downtown Galena. You can walk everywhere. And if you're in Galena to immerse in some history, the DeSoto is an ideal place.
Boxy and not especially eye-pleasing from the street (this is what Midwestern inns looked like 150 years ago), it has a warm, dark-wood, historic feel upon entering. You can park for 15 minutes in front while checking-in, then stow your car a half-block down. "Free Parking Since 1855", the sign proclaims.
Classic check-in desk and hospitable staff. A fun place to explore, with curious shops (including a root beer emporium) and the DeSoto's three eateries. The Courtyard restaurant is in a soaring atrium, with 19th Century light fixtures and clocks. Photos and lithographs of Galena history, U.S. Grant and Black Hawk cover every wall. Grant supposedly used it as his campaign HQ.
The rooms are named for either politicians or writers. Unlike many politicians and writers, the room was clean and efficient. Like many politicians and writers, though, our room was a little tight and had dark corners.
The "windows" in the room looked down into the atrium which was illuminated all night and had some loud breakfasters in the morning. Thin walls; heard a couple next door squabbling at 5 a.m. But it had a coffee-maker, cable, a great shower and a firm mattress, so we were fine. We would definitely stay at the DeSoto again.
- Also Known As:
- Desoto Hotel Galena