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Best Western Designer Inn & Suites
Ranked #7 of 11 Hotels in Galena
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yorkshire
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283 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
“Nice room, nice pool would stay again”
Reviewed September 26, 2012

This motel is situated on the outskirts of Galena in a commercial area. There are patios / balcony's to most rooms, although the first floor rooms are mainly suites. There is no lift to the 2nd floor. I had a king on the 2nd floor which was spacious and good value.Impressive indoor and outdoor pool which are linked and a patio area. A hot / continental breakfast is provided but not impressive. There is a fast food outlet next door but if you want more for dinner you will have to go into town about a mile away where there are many good restaurants.
A good overnight stay

Room Tip: Rooms at the back have afternoon sunshine for the balcony
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
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East Troy, Wisconsin
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Reviewed September 24, 2012

Bill and I travel as the Odd Couple. Maybe it is because we like being a little corney, and a little bit crazy with having fun together. Either way, we really had a fantastic time in Galena visiting family, and intereacting with Amy. Amy works at the front desk, and her personality blends in with ours, leaving time only to laugh and talk about all the things we did during the day of visiting Galena, Dubuque, and Potosi. Amy always was there for advice, and ideas of things to see. Best of all was the large rooms, clean rooms, quiet surroudings, and good breakfasts. The pool and jacuzi were just what we needed after long days vacationing. Thank you, Best Western, and perfect representative, Amy! We will be back sometime before the snow flies! The Odd Couple, Bill and David

Room Tip: Ask for a quiet area..like away from the lobby.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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Bettendorf, Iowa
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Reviewed September 24, 2012

Slightly overpriced for what you get. I expected the room to be a little nicer. They were clean, it just looked more like a $99 room than a $177 per night room. We stayed one night for a wedding we attended in Apple river, IL, which was about 35 min away. Our friends stayed in the Irish Cottage which was a little more, but a lot nicer. Overall, I would pick a different hotel to stay in next time.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed September 20, 2012

Nothing fancy.. but simply decorated.. and cleanliness goes a long ways! Our room was exceptionally clean and spacious. I liked the idea of having a sitting area to just chill out and watch TV after a long day of shopping down Main Street. The patio was a nice bonus too. The breakfast they offered was your basic continental breakfast along with a different hot breakfast selection every morning. They had french toast one morning, biscuits and gravy the next, make your own waffles.. and so on. There was always hot coffee, even in the evenings. Everyone was very helpful and polite. The price on the rooms here just can't be beat. Very good experience. We will stay there again next fall.

Room Tip: Definitely ask for a room in the back with a patio overlooking the woods.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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Cary, Illinois
Level 6 Contributor
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed September 20, 2012

This is a great hotel to use if visiting Galena. For the price, you get a clean and fresh hotel room. The beds were average but acceptable. The pool was a lot of fun. Both and outside and inside pool connected by a small doorway of sorts. Hot tub. Workout room. Lobby with coffee at all times and games to play by the fire. Very friendly/helpful staff and so close to Galena, your are downtown in less than 5 minutes.

The only downfall was thin walls. We had a rather noisy neighbor that kept us up all night. Cant blame the hotel itself for other peoples rude behavior.

Plan to stay here again!

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
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Minneapolis
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Reviewed September 15, 2012

Stayed here 1 night on the way to Mississippi. There are a lot of quaint, charming, expensive places to stay in Galena which could be a good option for a weekend stay but I was on a road trip and looking for reasonable price and adequate accommodations so this place was perfect. Room and furnishings were fine, nothing special but all clean and functional.

Do need to call out the desk clerk for great service though. There was major road construction on the main thoroughfare through town and the only way back across the river to the old downtown where I wanted to go for dinner. I asked him for an alternative route and he suggested a place I could park across the river from downtown and walk across the pedestrian bridge, skipping the drive across. Worked out perfectly, plus I discovered a corner of Galena I might not have seen otherwise!

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled solo
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Hammond, Indiana
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed September 10, 2012

Very close to Main St. we enjoyed the best western very much. Right on US20; it had a nice little pool, excellent breakfast (try the sausage) and a very spacious room. There are 2 places to eat within 1/2 block of the motel ( a pizza place and an Irish restaurant/lounge). There is also a gas station/store right next to the hotel. Even though the hotel was very small it was the perfect place to spend an evening or 2 when heading to Galena. We will be back.

Room Tip: some rooms have balconies looking into the woods; next time we will ask for one of them
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Property: Best Western Designer Inn & Suites
Address: 9923 W US Route 20, Galena, IL 61036
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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 Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Business Hotel in Galena
#6 Romantic Hotel in Galena
#7 Family Hotel in Galena
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Best Western Designer Inn & Suites 2.5*
Number of rooms: 40
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Newly remodeled large rooms! Newly remodeled bathrooms! New lobby and new hallways! Located 1/2 mile from downtown Main Street Galena. Free hot breakfast with stay. ... more   less 
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