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“Lovely hotel, attached bar/restaurant, and day spa...how could you go wrong?!” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Irish Cottage Boutique Hotel
Ranked #1 of 11 Hotels in Galena
Certificate of Excellence
Crete, Illinois, United States
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42 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Lovely hotel, attached bar/restaurant, and day spa...how could you go wrong?!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 9, 2012

We visited the Irish Cottage to celebrate our 10 year anniversary. I chose the hotel because my husband likes different kinds of beer and the attached bar/restaurant has many different Irish beers to try. I also loved the idea of the day spa that is located on the lower level of the hotel. We absolutely loved this place! It was quiet, clean and had everything we were looking for during our trip to Galena. We ate at the restaurant and the food was delicious! The sandwiches are made on a pretzel bun that was to die for...and the free hot breakfast was very good as well. Our room overlooked the valley behind and the place was extremely clean. It is literally a couple minutes outside of downtown Galena which is a great location and close to all the touristy things Galena has to offer. We also had a couples massage in their day spa before heading home and it was fantastic!! It was pricey but my husband and I both really enjoyed it. Great stay and would definetely stay here again next time we are in Galena. Highly recommend, especially for those wanting a quiet place to stay. The bar was never that busy and just a really calm nice place! Loved it :)

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
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Macomb, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 9, 2012

Four couples from Macomb IL spent a delightful three day weekend in Galena at the Irish Cottage Boutique Hotel from October 6-8. My husband and I rented the Brian Boru Suite and our other friends stayed in deluxe king guest rooms. The rooms were spotless. The mattress in our suite was a tad too hard for us and a word of warning, the bed is high and hard to get into. (Ask my friend, Jeannie, how hard it was to get into) John Mazur, the general manager, does an EXCELLENT JOB as well as the front desk staff. They never failed to recognize us and greet us as we came in and asked what we planned to do for the day. The hot breakfasts were delicious and you will love the scones! We all appreciated the wonderful staff in the restaurant, especially the hardworking gal named Gail. We really liked the Irish dancers in the pub as well as Noel Cooney, the Irish balladeer who performed at 8 pm while we ate dinner. The pub does not have a good sound system and we could not hear him very well from the middle of the room, so try to get a seat up front. Be sure to book ahead at the Galena Day Spa. They do a great job. We are planning to stay at The Irish Cottage again next year. Steve and Eileen

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank leenie01
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Chicago
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69 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2012

We recently stayed at the Irish Cottage for one night. The room we had (king) was very clean and spacious. The rates were a tad high ($180-ish a night) but it was a holiday weekend (Columbus Day) and the Country Fair was happening that weekend as well.

Our stay also included 2 hot breakfast meals in the pub which was very nice (sausage omelet, strawberry crepe, fruit plus choice of juices, coffee, milk as well as scones and English muffins). There was also complimentary coffee in the vestibule outside the check-in desk.

The hotel also had a spa and an indoor pool/hot tub (neither of which I utilized). I found that the hotel was conveniently located from the downtown area, it was only a few minute drive to Main St. I enjoyed that the hotel wasn't on Main St. because it was less congested.

I would definitely consider staying here again on a future visit.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Susan B
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washington
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5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2012

Why haven't we heard of this place before? First of all, amazingly friendly staff. Very clean. Very quiet - our room was near the elevator - didn't hear a thing (and we are picky). The weekend complimentary breakfast was beyond our expectations. The live entertainment was so much fun! The atmosphere was inviting, peaceful, relaxing and that pub. . . so great! Also, we had massages one morning that were amazing! We found out that a wine tour will pick you up at the front door for a day of touring wineries. We plan to go back and take advantage of a tour in the future!

Room Tip: Valley view room was very nice.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank cocoasWashington
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Marion, Iowa
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 23, 2012

Every year we take turns going on a surprise outing with our good friends. A year ago my husband and myself were in Galena and had seen the Irish Cottage. We said many times we
must go stay there. Much to our surprise that is where we stayed for our surprise weekend with our good friends. The Irish Cottage is one of the cleanest, fun,best employees around. I cannot
say enough good things about this place. The bar has Irish dancers, great entertainment on
the weekends and to top it off the food was excellent. It also includes a wonderful breakfast.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank BobKarenMarion_Iowa
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Williamston, Michigan
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2012

I have stayed at many hotels but the Irish Cottage will be on my stay again and again list. Very clean, great food, nice rooms, nice work-out equipment. The jacuzzi and pool were great, price was very good and walking distance to down town. Best of all was the employees of the hotel and bar and restaurant were so kind, friendly, and pleasant. Stayed on the street side and had absolutely no issues with noise and we slept with the windows open. My parents had stayed here years ago and said it was nice. that is a understatement.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Greg K
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Beloit, Wisconsin
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2012

We loved this quaint Hotel. Very Clean, beautifully decorated, spacious rooms, great food and great staff. Cant wait to book this hotel again and I Highly recommend this hotel!! This hotel is just outside the city of Galena.

Room Tip: Are room was by the busiest part of the hotel and it was still very quiet, so pick any room and I am...
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about Irish Cottage Boutique Hotel

Property: Irish Cottage Boutique Hotel
Address: 9853 W US Highway 20, Galena, IL 61036-9186
Location: United States > Illinois > Galena
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Galena
#2 Family Hotel in Galena
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Irish Cottage Boutique Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 75
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