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“A unique place to stay”
Review of DeSoto House Hotel

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DeSoto House Hotel
Ranked #4 of 11 Hotels in Galena
Certificate of Excellence
Boston, Massachusetts
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35 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“A unique place to stay”
Reviewed 28 April 2012

galena is a very nice small town with lots of charm. The DeSoto house is an historic hotel where US Grant had his campaign headquarters and Abe Lincoln and other famous folks came to stay. The hotel is very well preserved. Rooms are large and well decorated. Staff is very friendly. The free breakfast was outstanding with a large menu and waitress service. A really nice place to stay.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 24 April 2012

We try to get to Galena once a year (from southeastern WI). Each time, we've stayed at the De Soto House. It's always a great time! We LOVE the food - always excellent. We have eaten at The Green Street Tavern, The Generals Restaurant, and The Atrium - all have been excellent.
The hotel is comfortable, clean, and just plain fun!

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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Chicago, IL
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 April 2012

Stayed at the Desoto House Hotel with 2 of my best friends for a long overdue Girl's night away. Location is absolutely perfect in relation to shopping, restaurants, and bars. We stayed in Room 315 - Tom Thumb Room. Very large corner room with 3 large windows. Plenty of room for 3 women and all their luggage and shopping bags, etc...to still be comfortable to move around the room with ease. The hotel is very charming and the history behind the hotel is incredible. Beds were very comfortable. We did have an odd experience in our room during the early morning. Heard very loud footsteps pacing around the room coming from inside our room. ??? We would definitely come back and stay at the Desoto House Hotel again the future.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with friends
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Chicago
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Reviewed 11 April 2012

Having stayed at the DeSoto House many times before, I looked forward to our early Spring return. We stayed in the General Grant Room, with a view of both Main and Green Streets. The room was comfortable and nicely appointed with a nice King bed, which could probably use an updated mattress. The stay is always pleasant, and I tend to favor the local restaurants outside the hotel for a wider selection of menu choices, and generally more attentive service. All in all, it's always a pleasant stay at the Desoto House, and I'll be back.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Peoria, IL
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Reviewed 10 April 2012

This hotel is in a great location, especially if you want to explore all of the stores and bars/restaurants downtown Galena, without being too far from your room. Parking is right off Main Street, which is easy and convenient. The hotel staff is friendly and helpful. We did not eat in any of the restaurants (there are 2 - the 3rd is closed for renovation), but we did have a drink in the Green Street Grill, and the service there was very good. Our room was near the elevator, which meant a little extra noise Sunday morning when people were on their way to and from breakfast or to check out. The room was an interior room, which looked over the Courtyard Restaurant. We did not notice extra noise from that, though. The room was large, clean and comfortable, but dated. I think they are trying to go for a "vintage" look with the decor, which is fine, but the carpet still needs replaced and the wallpaper was peeling. The hotel clerk told us that renovations have recently begun, so there will be some updating. We would definitely return to this hotel. If you want to be close to the action downtown, this is a great place to be. But, if you are looking for a luxury hotel with a spa or skiing/golf, etc., this is not the place for you.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Wisconsin
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 April 2012

Staying in a historic hotel built in 1855 could have some surprises. They have kept the nostalgia and romance alive in this wonderful old hotel located in the middle of old Galena. The free parking garage is adjoining the hotel and is very convenient.
The room was clean, roomy and quiet. It had great water pressure and was hot when we wanted hot. The thermostat was easily adjusted to suit our preferences. The front desk staff was very friendly. We ate breakfast in the Courtyard. The servers were efficient and friendly. The food was made to order.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 March 2012

My husband and I have been to Galena numerous times, and truely view it as our little get away haven. We've tried several types of housing, and enjoyed them all....but, there is something special about the DeSoto. This was our return visit to them. The whole atmosphere transports you back in time. Love how everything is maintained well and still keep the history alive. The convenience of the parking garage is a big plus. Rooms are spacious and comfortable. The Courtyard breakfast is fantastic and service was wonderful. Also ate a late dinner at Green Street and it was great, as well. Keep up the good work....we will be back!

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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DominiqueCross, General Manager at DeSoto House Hotel, responded to this review, 24 March 2012
Thank you so much for your kind words! I'm glad that you enjoy the Hotel, and Green Street Tavern, too. See you soon!
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Additional Information about DeSoto House Hotel

Property: DeSoto House Hotel
Address: 230 S Main St, Galena, IL 61036-2227
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Region: United States > Illinois > Galena
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Galena
#1 Family Hotel in Galena
#3 Romantic Hotel in Galena
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 55
Also Known As:
Desoto Hotel Galena

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