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The Steamboat House
Ranked #17 of 33 Galena B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Chicago, Illinois
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39 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Fantastic!”
Reviewed May 1, 2013

My boyfriend and I stayed here last weekend, along with another couple. All of us had a wonderful time and absolutely loved this place. The owners, Glen and Char, were very welcoming and accommodating, the house is beautiful, and immaculately clean! We loved having a fireplace in the bedroom, and the decor in general. It's a bit like stepping back into time, which fits Galena so well. The owners are very knowledgeable about the history, antiques and of course the area in general. The b&b is just a block or so away from Main Street, making for an easy walk to downtown.

Breakfast both mornings was great, featuring two courses. I couldn't have asked for a better breakfast! The wine hour each evening was also enjoyable. It was so relaxing to grab a glass of wine and just relax on the front porch.

I am already planning our next trip back to the Steamboat and would recommend it to anyone!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 21, 2013 via mobile

My adult daughter and I have been coming for several years to the Steamboat House and we won't stay anywhere else in Galena! To begin with, the hosts are fabulous. When you stay in a B&B, so much of your stay depends on the hosts and the atmosphere they create. Char and Glenn are exceptional at creating an environment where you feel like part of the family. They go out of their way to make guests feel comfortable and cared for. They are constantly looking toward the comfort of their guests, from the details of the amenities to the tips and suggestions they give about the town. Breakfast is fantastic, well-thought out and delicious. Char has a beautiful array of china and each morning, you will see a different and delightfully prepared table and linens waiting for you. "Wine time" is every day at 5:00 pm and is something all guests look forward to with cheese, crackers, and different wines. The rooms of the house have been beautifully appointed with the guest's use and comfort in mind. Amenities include a pool table, DVD library, grand piano, outdoor gardens, and DVD players, private bathrooms, and built in blow dryers in each room. The location is the best of all the B&B's because it is the closest walking distance to Main Street shops and restaurants. Each of the 5 guest rooms and all of the sitting rooms are individually and tastefully prepared to surprise and delight their guests. Beautiful home, wonderful inkeepers. Why would we stay anywhere else?

  • Stayed April 2013
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Plainfield, Illinois
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed March 9, 2013

My girlfriend and I stayed at the Steamboat, the weekend of Feb. 15th. The hosts made us feel at home. The room was very comfortable, and beautifully decorated. The breakfasts were absolutely out of these world. And the fact that all the guests ate at the same time and at the same table made the meal seem more like a family get together. The evening wine and cheese gathering was also a nice touch. We will definately return to the Steamboat House.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Naperville
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed November 20, 2012

My husband and I frequent Bed and Breakfasts quite often and our stay here was wonderful! Upon arrival we were warmly greeted by the owner Glen and given a tour of the beautiful house (the pictures on line do not due the house justice). The house is classy, impeccably clean, well maintained, warm and inviting. The owners are not only kind and personable, but love their home/job which is evident by their charm and welcoming attitude. The location is great-blocks away from the main drag through downtown. The bed was comfortable, the fireplace was romantic (although we could have done without the timer) and the room was spacious. The shower was a tad small, but the bathroom was fully stocked (lotion, shampoo, face cloths), extremely clean and well maintained. Breakfast was wonderful and the added touch of afternoon wine and cheese in the parlor, hot chocolate or tea in the evening, and fresh coffee in the morning-both just steps outside our room-was great. The owners Glen and Char were great to chat with, but also gave you privacy if you so wished. If you are looking for a nice (and romantic) and relaxing place to get away I would definitely recommend The Steamboat House!

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed November 4, 2012

This is a wonderful period style bed and breakfast, if you love antiques then this would be a great place for you to stay.
We really enjoyed Glen and Char, they were very informative about the area and had some great stories to tell about the house's history.
The one wish we have for our next stay, and, yes we WILL be back is that they would provide a healthy option (fruite, granola, ect) along with the wonderful home cooked/baked options they provide (don't mistake anything the breakfast was wonderful).

This is a great place to stay in Galena, Il

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 15, 2012 via mobile

Stayed three nights and enjoyed every minute. Terrific hosts (friendly, helpful), good breakfasts, nice conversation, very interesting house, clean and comfortable bedroom, terrific porch, close to downtown. Recommend highly!

Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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West Dundee, Illinois
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed September 9, 2012

We just recently stayed at The Steamboat House this past weekend. When we were planning our weekend start in Galena, we weren't quite sure of which bed and breakfast to choose in Galena. I reviewed several online sites and decided to also reach out to the owners to ask a few additional questions. Glen made our decision even easier, and I could tell they took a lot of pride in their B&B.
House: Stunning!! Well decorated and each room was unique in its own way. Loved the antiques and decor that were displayed throughout the house.
Rooms: VERY Clean!! My wife is very particular when it comes to room cleanliness and she was very pleased with the room, as well as the entire house. We enjoyed our room choice and would definitely stay in the 'Elsie' room when we book a future visit.
Owners: Glen and Char really made our stay enjoyable and comfortable. They were available and ready to assist when needed, but also made it possible for us to enjoy their place without feeling like they were always right there(seen this at other B&Bs). Thank you for making us feel so welcome and we appreciated your outstanding hospitality!!
Location: Walking distance of downtown. Good location!

Thanks for the great breakfast Glen and Char and we appreciated your insight and recommendations to dining and stores in the area.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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Property: The Steamboat House
Address: 605 S Prospect St, Galena, IL 61036
Location: United States > Illinois > Galena
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #17 of 33 B&Bs / Inns in Galena
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Experience the romance of historic Galena in the extraordinary mansion built by legendary steamboat captain Daniel Smith Harris in 1855. A walk-to-town location, evening wine and cheese hour, heirloom antique furnishings, and gracious surroundings provide guests with the very finest bed and breakfast experience."Galena's favorite bed & breakfast" is a destination in itself. The Steamboat House showcases architectural excellence with its grand foyer, billiard room, parlors, library and formal dining room, all meticulously restored for guests to enjoy. ... more   less 
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