I've read the other reviews and some have merit, but you have to remember that this is a ski lodge and wear and tear are going to be a given. When you go ask for a room that faces the Mississippi and that has been recently remodeled. The hotel is situated on a hill and is surrounded by mature trees. You can see the river and can even walk down to it. The personnel was very friendly and accommodating. This has been our 8th stay. We have gone alone and with the kids. The Alpine Slide is great fun for them and they loved riding back up the hill on the chair lift. They have a room with video games and a huge indoor pool, whirlpool and sauna. They also have a very modest (as compared to the ones in the Dells and other tourist attractions) mini-golf course that is complimentary. It's just one more thing for the kids to do. Dining options are limited but what they have is good. All restaurants offer the view, but if you go at night, you can't see much. We usually go on the weekend of the Country Fair, but this year went later in the season. We had the place to ourselves and it was great. They are pet friendly, but be advised, that the "pet" rooms are pretty bare bones and old fashioned. It makes sense, but if you take your dog/dogs beware that the trade off will be an older room. We had no fridge/no coffee, though continental breakfast and coffee was served in the dining room and was complimentary. Good news for pet lovers, they charge no extra for pets. We took our 2 collies with us. They missed home. Wish we had gone without them. Takes snacks and pop, they used to have a gift shop with treats, but they expanded the restaurant and it is gone. The vending machines are just too expensive.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Only in the Midwest will you find such an unexpected diamond in the rough. High above the Mississippi, tucked nicely in the hills near historic Galena, Chestnut Mountain is a premier Illinois. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Chestnut Mountain Galena
- Chestnut Mountain Hotel Galena