We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

“Wonderful!!!!!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Bernadine's Stillman Inn

Lowest prices for {0} - {1}
Enter dates for lowest prices
Check In mm/dd/yyyy Check Out mm/dd/yyyy
Prices are for 1 room, 2 adults
Show Prices
We check up to 200+ sites for the lowest hotel prices
Bernadine's Stillman Inn
Ranked #6 of 33 Galena B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
1 review
“Wonderful!!!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 11, 2012

We went for our 10 year wedding anniversary and we were very pleased. Dave and Bernadine are wonderful people! It's your home away from home!!! We can't wait to go back. It's within walking distance to town. We enjoyed our walk everyday through grant park and past Grants home everyday we went to town. Dave and Bernadine go above and beyond making you feel welcomed and comfortable during your stay.

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank Jayandangie
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

610 reviews from our community

Traveler rating
    516
    62
    19
    9
    4
See reviews for
30
485
10
6
Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Traveler tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (119)
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Any
English first
CHICAGO
Level Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 2, 2012

My partner and I greatly enjoyed this B&B. It's close to downtown and just isolated enough to be relaxing. Lots of parking, snacks, wine, etc., and the price was right. The breakfasts were particularly good and both the staff (owners) and the other guests were very friendly.

Room Tip: The downstairs suite is huge and worth the money.
See more room tips
  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank Bottorff
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Glenview
Level Contributor
51 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2012

I have stayed at many B&B's over the years and I fully admit that I am quite picky. To summarize what I have detailed below, if you are looking for Victorian opulence this is not the B&B for you, but if you are looking for an clean room with a happy and helpful host Bernadine's Stillman Inn fits the bill.

The positives: 1. Dave was exceptionally nice and very helpful with dinner reservations and local sights (he genuinely seems to love what he does). 2. locaton: a few blocks walk to downtown 3.. the property was clean 4. Breakfast and Snacks were a nice touch 5. other guests seemed genuinely happy

The negatives - this is a grand old property that was not very nicely restored 1. the room we stayed in (ROMANCE ROOM) still had baseboard heat that was very noisy 2. the decor was a weird mix of antique and tacky neo-victorian reproductions 3. the bathroom badly needed renovation (it appeared to be a 1970's remodel complete with plastic avocado shower surround)

Other: AT&T has bad service in this area (Edge coverage at best). This is not property specific, but is something I would have wanted to know before traveling to Galena.

Room Tip: Ask about heating and air in each room prior to booking
See more room tips
  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
1 Thank Spunkykiki
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Bernadinedave, General Manager at Bernadine's Stillman Inn, responded to this review, October 18, 2013
So glad you had a nice time and thanks for the input. We are happy to say we have just completed upgrading all of the bathrooms with new cabinets and are they sweet! Sorry about the noisy hot water baseboard heat. Never heard about that before but we have checked into it!
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Lake Villa, Illinois
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2012

Bernadine and Dave, along with their staff, made everyone feel at home. They go the extra mile to make sure your accommodations are to your specifications. Most Bed and Breakfasts serve a Continental Breakfast. Not Bernadine's Stillman House..... they have a hot cooked breakfast every morning in a elegant dining room setting in a beautiful, well maintained, and clean Mansion. Just short of 1 mile from downtown it's the best option for a Bed and Breakfast in Galena, Illinois

Room Tip: All the rooms are PERFECT!!!
See more room tips
  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
1 Thank Phyl D
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Bernadinedave, Owner at Bernadine's Stillman Inn, responded to this review, October 6, 2015
That means a lot to us. Thank you and we hope to have you back again. Don't forget to mention your 10% returning guest discount!

Bernadine
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Saint Louis, Missouri, United States
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2012

Okay I have to admit that I have never stayed at Bernadine Stillman Inn, but my experience with the owner, Dave Anderson, was one I will never forget. I booked a weekend at the Inn for my wife and I about 1 month before our scheduled vacation. However due to our decision to adopt a child, my wife and I decided that it would be in our best interests to save the money we planned for vacation to put towards the adoption. I called Mr. Anderson two weeks prior to our trip to cancel the reservation. While on the phone, he asked if there was something they did for us to cancel. In one of my worst moments of judgment, I felt the need to tell a horrible lie as to why we couldn't make it. I have no idea why I did this other than I felt bad for cancelling.

After hanging up the phone I had a horrible feeling come over me for telling the lie that I did. My wife, being the good woman that she is, didn't allow me to escape that feeling either. So I decided to call Mr. Anderson back to let him know the truth about why we were not coming. I have to say that the understanding and compassion that he showed me was nothing short of amazing. You can tell that he is truely a good Christian man. This experience has taught me an invaluable lesson. I can only hope that one day I will be able to pay this experience forward.

My wife and I will, without a doubt, stay at the Bernadine Stillman Inn one day. Anyone that can handle a situation (the way he did) like the one I put him in has to be a great person to rent a room from. I could sense that he has a deep caring for all his guests, even the ones that cannot make it. Based just on that experience I would recommend him to anyone that asks.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
2 Thank Sean C
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Ankeny, Iowa, United States
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2012

My girlfriend and I had never been to a B&B, and chose the Stillman because of the many wonderful reviews we found online. Dave was a wonderful host. He provided us a map that was helpful to get us started in Galena, and he got us dinner reservations on very short notice to a very busy restaurant. We are currently planning our second trip to Galena, and we haven't considered staying anywhere else. We can't wait to get back to the Stillman! Scott S.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
1 Thank Scott S
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Westchester, Illinois
Level Contributor
21 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2012

What sets the Stillman Inn apart from other B&B in Galena is the fabulous service provided by Dave & Bernadine & their staff. My wife & I just finished our fourth visit there and we will definitely be back for a fifth visit. My wife and I have become not just guests but actual true friends with the owners Dave & Bernadine. At most B&B's you do not even meet the owners let alone become their friends. The Stillman Inn is a true gem in Galena.

Room Tip: 1st floor rooms are larger and quiet.
See more room tips
  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank Paul C
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hotels you might also like...
Travelers also viewed these Galena hotels
2.4 mi away
Ramada Galena Hotel and Day Spa
2.3 mi away
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Galena IL
1.3 mi away
Stoney Creek Inn
Stoney Creek Inn
#2 of 11 in Galena
4.5 of 5 bubbles 813 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
0.2 mi away
Aldrich Guest House
Aldrich Guest House
#2 of 33 in Galena
5.0 of 5 bubbles 459 reviews
0.6 mi away
Jail Hill Inn
Jail Hill Inn
#1 of 33 in Galena
5.0 of 5 bubbles 119 reviews
4.3 mi away
Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Been to Bernadine's Stillman Inn? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Bernadine's Stillman Inn

Property: Bernadine's Stillman Inn
Address: 513 Bouthillier St, Galena, IL 61036-2703
Phone Number:
Location: United States > Illinois > Galena
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 33 B&Bs / Inns in Galena
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Bernadine's Stillman Inn 4*
Number of rooms: 7
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 
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Hotels.com and Travelocity so you can book your Bernadine's Stillman Inn reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing