Stillman Inn is a nice B & B. The outside of the building is beautiful and feels like stepping back in history. It’s immediately next to the Ulysses S. Grant Home and a ten minute walk from downtown Galena across from Grant Park. No driving is necessary especially when coming back from one of many of Galena’s live music pubs. The innkeeper is extremely nice and assures that everyone at the Inn is conversing at the breakfast table. Breakfast is filling. I must admit, that I felt a little awkward when the inn keeper tried to engage us in a long conversation every time he crossed paths with us.
Unfortunately, when I first walked into our room I felt underwhelmed and disappointed. It is clear that the photos on the website don’t accurately represent what actually is being provided. Most of the amenities and the interior facilities need to be updated. Many of the bathroom fixtures are plastic with colors from the 70’s and 80’s. There is definitely evidence of rust here and there. The wood floors are old and stained. The carpets have gone dull and flat a long time ago as did many curtains. The arm chairs lost the bounce in the springs probably fifteen years ago. Even the TV’s in the dining room are tube TV’s and our TV in the room had poor reception.
Given the location and the historical aspect of the building I would give this place 4 stars, but all in all, the Inn is in need of serious interior renovation and at this juncture should cost about 90$ per night.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Romantic and Historic 1858 French Italiante Bed and Breakfast. Awarded "Best Breakfast In the Midwest" and "Best Innkeeper" among others. We look forward to serving you and helping you get the most out of this attractive destination. ... more less
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