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Cloran Mansion Bed & Breakfast
Ranked #5 of 33 Galena B&B and Inns
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Reviewed August 8, 2013

My wife and I love to come to Galena for it's charm, the Main Street, the quirky shops, the area, but one can experience all of these things in one day; there aren't a lot of "must-dos" in Galena. But if you want time to relax, to get reacquainted with your loved one, to meet people at breakfast, to sit in a whirlpool, to enjoy some privacy, then the Cloran Mansion is enough reason to come to Galena. We also enjoy the area for bike riding. Carmine and Sheryl are great hosts and they make sure your needs are taken care of. We stayed in Ann's room this time (we stayed in Sara's Suite before. We liked Ann's room since it was more private than Sara's Suite (Sara's Suite is larger, but the room is right next to the front door and across from breakfast), we enjoyed the mansion much more due to this room. The bathroom and the whirlpool are the highlights of this room. We will come back, and we may request Ann's room again

Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 31, 2013

This was our second stay at Cloran Mansion and we stayed 3 nights. We stayed in Ann's room this time. It was a nice room, but the bathroom was the star of the show. It is set off from what looks like an old converted porch. But don't let that fool you. The bathroom is HUGE with beautiful sunlight streaking through the windows. The windows are very tastefully decorated with shades so that there is ample privacy. There is a window that is in the bathroom door, however, so if you don't like that, then this room is not for you. The whirlpool bathtub is fantastic! Huge and big enough for 2 people. The breakfasts were huge, as usual, as was the conversation around the table. If you leave the table hungry, it is your own fault.

Sheryl even had a special fruit dish set aside just for me because I had told Carmine the day before that I don't like strawberries. She had a big dish of strawberries and bananas in a delicious yogurt sauce for everyone else, but for me, she served only the bananas in the same sauce. I thought that was very nice of her. Carmine offers eggs to everyone, along with whatever Sheryl is fixing for that day. Each day consisted of orange and grape juices, water, coffee (decaf or fully-leaded), some kind of potatoes, some kind of sweet dish, such as pancakes, and some sort of meat (sausage, bacon, or ham). That is on top of the fruit and eggs! I have never had a bigger or more satisfying breakfast at any other B & B.

I found the bed to be comfortable and so did my husband, who has back problems. The only mild beef I had this time around consisted of temperature of the room. There is no way to regulate the temperature in the rooms individually, and it got quite warm in there sometimes. But there was a fan in the closet that we were allowed to use (but didn't), as well as an overhead fan right above the bed. The overhead was enough to keep us from being too warm.

I would stay there again, but this time I would only make it two days, instead of three. The reason has nothing to do with Cloran Mansion, Carmine, or Sheryl. It has to do with Galena. If you are not a shopper, then Galena really isn't for you. My husband and I found very little to do while staying. In fact, we got so bored, we stayed in the room one whole day and just vegged in the hot tub. We found one thing to do near Dubuque, IA, a cave tour, which was nice. But overall, after a day of shopping, we found nothing else to do that wasn't expensive (we were trying to cut costs where we could). So, we will be back, but, unless Galena comes up with more interesting things to do besides shop or see Grant's house, then we will only stay 2 days.

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Reviewed July 26, 2013

If you want to unwind in beauty and quiet, this is the place to go. It is a short one mile drive from here to downtown and is easily accessed from I20. The immaculate grounds beg you to come outside and sit awhile, either in the gazebo, or by the fire pit. Carmen and Cheryl have gone to great lengths to make sure that anything you could think to want is readily available. Breakfast was wonderful! Stuffed pancakes one day and a great french toast the other. Yum! We stayed in Ann's Room. The bed is very comfortable! The whirlpool tub is getting a little tired, but that is a minor knock. We would stay here again in a minute and recommend you go there, too. Thanks for a great visit, guys!

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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cloran, Owner at Cloran Mansion Bed & Breakfast, responded to this reviewResponded July 27, 2013

Thank you for such a wonderful review. Your input is always appreciated. The tub in Ann's Room does need addressing and has already been scheduled for re-finishing. The Mansion is an older house, but a great house but as all older homes everything needs to be addressed from time to time. Thank you again and hopefully we will see you in the future. Have a wonderful Summer.

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Reviewed July 24, 2013

We stayed in Antonio's Cottage for a weekend. It was such a quaint, cozy cottage and very relaxing. Cheryl and Carmine had me sold on the place from the get-go because they had the fridge stocked with Pepsi products and had a huge bowl of M&M's when you walked in! But besides having my favorite products, the bed and breakfast was fabulous. There isn't a kitchen in the cottage just a small fridge and sink but it was great. There is also a really nice hottub next to a fireplace but the fireplace was turned off and we didn't sit in the jacuzzi since it was mid July and very hot out. If I went back though I would want to make sure the fireplace was turned on because it would be very relaxing to sit in the hot tub next to it. Cheryl and Carmine were very nice and cooked AH-MAZING breakfasts!!! Seriously the french toast was one of the best french toasts I've ever had. They also made you feel right at home and made it such a comfortable stay. Seriously my husband and I haven't felt that relaxed in what feels like months. We had a fire each night at their fire pit too. All I can say is it felt like being at home, except we were able to relax because being at home you always find things to do like laundry, clean, etc. and out there all you could do was relax. It was perfect. We will be going back!

Room Tip: Antonio's Cottage allows pets so that is why we chose that room so we could bring our dog. It w...
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

This was our first B&B stay anywhere and we could not have been more pleased by the hospitality from Carmine and Cheryl. We felt more like guests in someone's house than customers. The mansion has a very homely feeling to it and is very comfortable. The area around is very quiet, away from the Main St. chaos. It is just a quick drive down one street to downtown. Behind the mansion is a farm field where we watched deer graze in the evening.

We spent two nights by the fire pit with another couple. It was so relaxing. Their gardens and gazebo are great as well. I am a breakfast hound and the breakfast was awesome. Having a full stomach for breakfast is a perfect way to start a day in Galena.

Carmine keeps a great DVD movie library if you feel like staying in. My wife watched three movies while we were there. You would easily find something you like.

If we ever make our way back to Galena, this is where we will stay.

Room Tip: John's room was a nice all-around room. Ann's room (I think it was Ann's) would be the...
  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 17, 2013

Wonderful hosts! Excellent gardens and tranquil environment make this a perfect place to stay while visiting Galena. Beautiful historic mansion with charming rooms.
Breakfast amazing that will sustain you through out the day.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 16, 2013

This was our second time staying at a Bed and Breakfast and we will be coming back here every year! It was my Birthday weekend and when we arrived to Antonio's cottage late Friday night, there was a Birthday cake and card waiting for me. The cottage was amazing and very relaxing. Carmine and Cheryl are so wonderful and personable! The breakfast was AMAZING!! When we came back on Saturday afternoon from visiting the town, there were deserts waiting for us in our cottage. The gazebo and pond are so beautiful and relaxing. Carmine and Cheryl exceeded our expectations and we highly recommend the Cloran Mansion!

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Address: 1237 Franklin St, Galena, IL 61036-1309
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Location: United States > Illinois > Galena
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #5 of 33 B&Bs / Inns in Galena
Price Range: $138 - $198 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Cloran Mansion Bed & Breakfast 3.5*
Number of rooms: 6
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