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“Sleep Where Lincoln, Grant and Douglas Slept”
Review of DeSoto House Hotel

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DeSoto House Hotel
Ranked #4 of 11 Hotels in Galena
Certificate of Excellence
Tennessee
Level 6 Contributor
182 reviews
67 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 171 helpful votes
“Sleep Where Lincoln, Grant and Douglas Slept”
Reviewed November 3, 2010

When visiting historic Galena there is only one place to stay and that's the Desoto House.

The "oldest continually operating hotel in the state of Illinois" is located right on the main street in the center of the "action," if you consider "action" as antique and specialty shops, restaurants and historic sites. Like the area in which it's located, the Desoto was built in Galena's hay days...1830-1870. Lincoln and Douglas really did sleep there...perhaps on multiple occasions, but at least once when the two were touring the state in 1858 for their 12 famous debates. Grant, of course, called Galena home just before he was launched into history for saving the Union.

Take time to wander around the hotel to view dozens of historic photos. Also, there's a small lounge/library where a contually operating movie histroy runs. Inside parking is free, but you can't get a pickup truck in the garage. Other free parking is a short walk away.

For a great lunch/dinner try Fritz & Frites, a German-French restaurant just two blocks away on the main street.

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  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Chicago
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Reviewed November 1, 2010

This was the DeSoto Houses second haunted dinner and since we enjoyed last year, we made the trip again. We all enjoyed ourselves. The addition of a real coffin and occupant made the hair stand up on the back of my neck.

As for Galena, the streets were alive with costumed adults. The parade was great.

There is something magical about visiting the DeSoto House and Galena.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled with friends
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Dublin, Ireland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1,004 helpful votes
Reviewed October 5, 2010

I arrived late and as there were rooms empty, I got a good deal. Full marks for reducing as an empty room can never be sold again. I liked this hotel. My Lucy (Harley Road King) was safely tucked up in the hotel garage a few yards up the street. The entrance and reception area is old worlde. I got a warm friendly welcome from the girls on reception. My room was great. Big, roomy , clean and bright. The restaurant is just lovely. An open atrium which floods it with light. A class act! As you are right on the main street everything you need in this bustling, tourist town is right on the door step. Location is as perfect as you can get. I stayed 1 brief night but could find nothing wrong. Yes. I liked this hotel.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled solo
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Illinois
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
Reviewed October 2, 2010

We stayed at the DeSoto House last weekend. We picked this weekend specifically for the dinner/ dance package that was offered. We greatly enjoyed it. The Band was amazing for such an intimate affair. We hope the hotel offers such a package again. We would certainly be interested. The rest of the weekend was equally enjoyable as usual. And all of it just a short walk from the DeSoto.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed September 29, 2010

It was OK, but definitely not worth the $150 per night (including taxes) for a standard room with no breakfast. We only stayed here because we were given a gift certificate for Christmas. The location is perfect, right in downtown Galena, and the parking was included. However, the room was smaller than average (and yes, I get this is an old hotel) and it is not like any amenities make up for the hefty price tag. It was mediocre. It was equivalent to staying at a Motel 8, overall. Serviceable, but nothing to write home about and nothing I'd go out of my way to recommend to friends. I think next time I'll stay at a B&B with more personal service.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Madison, Wisconsin
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Reviewed September 27, 2010

We spent two nights in this lovely historic hotel on Main Street, convenient to all this picturesque town has to offer. Great amenities - free parking and wi-fi, in-room conveniences, and good restaurants on-site. The staff were remarkably friendly and accomodating. The highlight of our stay was the dinner dance - best dance band we've heard (River City Six), excellent food and lovely setting - hope the DeSoto House repeats this event. We'll be back!

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled on business
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Illinois
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Reviewed September 27, 2010

We just returned from a long weekend in Galena and absolutely loved our stay at the DeSoto House! The location and the free, no hassle parking alone would make this the place to stay, but nothing else disappointed. The lobby is always bustling with activity and there is great people watching. The front desk staff were welcoming and friendly and we were able to check in early before hitting the shops. Our large room was very clean and comfortable. I was surprised by how tall the ceilings are especially considering people were much shorter when the hotel was built! The bed looked somewhat old and "lumpy" but was actually very comfortable. Speaking of old, the history of this hotel is amazing! Looking at the pictures from the 1800s taken of the balcony right outside our room was neat and a little eery. The character of this hotel is priceless. I can't wait to visit Galena and stay here again.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled with friends
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Property: DeSoto House Hotel
Address: 230 S Main St, Galena, IL 61036-2227
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Location: United States > Illinois > Galena
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Galena
#1 Best Value Hotel in Galena
#3 Romantic Hotel in Galena
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 55
Also Known As:
Desoto Hotel Galena

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