Formerly known as Jumer's, this property was "the" place to stay or have your group event if you were in Galesburg. Unfortunately, that was 20 years ago. And although the current management has made great strides in bringing back the "glory days" of the facility, it still misfires in a few key areas that need to be improved in order to get there.
THE GOOD: From the front lobby to the remodeled rooms, from the spacious outdoor courtyard and "conversation pit" areas to the family-friendly pool scene and restaurant, the Prairie Inn has some very nice features. It was falling apart just a few years ago, and the new management (whom I believe is a local lawyer whose law practice is in the same commercial development area as the hotel) has done a great job in getting much of the property back up to snuff. Two sinks in the room, high speed internet is available, etc.
THE BAD: Some misfires that need to be corrected: Bathroom remodeling should have included curved shower curtain rods, as is now the industry standard. A light bulb was burned out in our room, it took 15 minutes for the staff to show up to correct it, and they didn't have the correct bulb for the fixture. This prompted me to wonder aloud just how many Prairie Inn maintenance workers it takes to change a light bulb. (Rim shot) Additionally (and this was really annoying), the hotel does not have wireless capability for the internet service and does not include a high-speed cable in the room (as, for example, Hampton Inn now does as a standard feature). It was inconvenient to go to the front desk to get one after driving for 7.5 hours that day. Finally, the 10% discount at the restaurant is nice, but you should just use the "buy one get one free" coupon in the local phone book... you'll save more on the total bill if you're not traveling alone.
THE VERDICT: A good place to stay if the Holiday Inn Express (which is also closer to the hotel and downtown than the Prairie Inn) is full, but management needs to start dotting i's and crossing t's in order to bring the property back to its former greatness.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Discover northwestern Illinois from the comfort of this quaint Galesburg hotel, just minutes from Knox College and Seminary Street. Conveniently located off the I-74, the BEST WESTERN Prairie Inn & Conference Center is just three miles from the heart of Galesburg, IL. Guests are just minutes from historic Seminary Street, offering shopping, dining and more. History and culture lovers delight in Galesburg's many well-known attractions, from the Orpheum Theatre to the Galesburg Railroad Museum to the birthplace of famed writer Carl Sandburg. A scenic self-guided car tour takes guests from this Galesburg hotel to many of these popular attractions. The hotel is a great choice for families visiting students at Knox College or Carl Sandburg College, both just minutes away. It's also a convenient spot for experiencing seasonal events, like Railroad Days and the Stearman Fly-In. This Illinois hotel also offers easy access for corporate travelers doing business at RFMS and BNSF employees. A full service Galesburg hotel with the only full service event location in the area, we offer the highest quality amenities. Our ballroom can seat up to 300 guests, making the property a perfect choice for your next meeting, banquet, reunion or wedding. The newly renovated rooms at the BEST WESTERN Prairie Inn & Conference Center include comfortable beds with quality linens and plush pillows. Newly installed 37-inch LCD flat-screen TV's have cable satellite & HBO(R). Select rooms offer a private patio entrance to our beautiful courtyard. Other amenities available at this Galesburg hotel include an indoor pool, exercise facility, fun games in our courtyard for the family, and free Wi-Fi access. Haldi's is our onsite restaurant & lounge, this offers authentic Indian dining. We serve an all American breakfast every morning. Make the BEST WESTERN Prairie Inn & Conference Center your home away from home during your next visit to Galesburg, IL. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Best Western Galesburg
- Galesburg Best Western
- Best Western Prairie Hotel