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Irish Cottage Boutique Hotel
Ranked #1 of 11 Hotels in Galena
Certificate of Excellence
La Grange, Illinois
2 reviews
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“Great weekend in Galena!”
Reviewed 18 April 2014

We had a great experience here, the room was great (booked the King Suite with valley view), bed was comfortable, room was always clean. Complimentary breakfast every morning was delicious, and the bar was great in the evening because you could enjoy a couple (or few) drinks and just crawl back to your room. Also had a great experience getting a couples hot stone massage. Overall a great weekend and would highly recommend to anyone! Yea, it's a little pricey than your typical chain hotel, but well worth it when compared to other "boutique" hotels in Galena.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Western Springs, Illinois, Usa
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Reviewed 17 April 2014

We have stayed at the Irish Cottage in Galena a number of times before. We keep coming back because of the Staff and the feel of being at a B&B in Ireland.
This visit was scheduled in part due to the Irish Music Festival held over the weekend of April 11 & 12, 2014. The music was great, and the Irish instrument workshop on Saturday afternoon was personal and informative.
Once again, the Staff & Owners, Joy, Gail, Kathy, John and Jack, all made us welcomed and feel at home. They welcomed us by name and extended a warm hospitality to us that we made us feel sincerely a part of their family.
And the food was great in the Frank O'Dowd Pub. From the full Irish Breakfast to the Shepherd's Pie and Salmon, it all was very tasty and very Irish.
With our trips to Ireland, the only thing that might be missing at the Irish Cottage is the smell of Turf burning from the electric fireplaces in the rooms!

Room Tip: The Glendalough Plus rooms come with a spa tub and a valley view. Well worth the price.
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 15 April 2014

We discovered this place two years ago while staying at a neighboring motel, We enjoyed the food and friendly service. This visit to Galena, I surprised my wife with an "Eat, Drink and be Merry" weekend package at The Irish Cottage to commemorate our recent 52nd Wedding Anniversary. She has been delighted with our accommodations in the Glendalough Suite and the entertainment at the Irish Céilidh. Our dining experience at Frank O'Dowd's Irish Pub and Grill has been delightful. We will share our stories and photos of this special weekend with our family and friends when we return home. We will definitely recommend it to others!

Room Tip: We were delighted with our accommodations in the Glendalough Suite. Very comfortable. Great appoin...
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Moline, Illinois
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Reviewed 15 April 2014

Only way our stay could have been better was if we'd stayed longer. Great amenities, friendly and accomodating staff. Family-oriented pub with Friday/Saturday Irish dancing and live music. Varied menu. Breakfasts were memorable on thier own.

Room Tip: Lower level rooms open directly to parking area.
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
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New Berlin, WI
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Reviewed 13 April 2014

We spent a much needed girls' weekend in Galena and were very pleased with the Irish Cottage. We had a double queen room which was very clean and the tub/shower area seemed recently updated. It did overlook the parking lot but that was not an issue for us. We remarked several times how quiet our room was. We enjoyed the Irish dancers and singer in the pub and the Irish breakfast. Reception staff was very friendly and even held our luggage while we went into town until our room was available. This is a great hotel for a girls' weekend away or for a romantic weekend away with your significant other.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 13 April 2014

We are spending our 40th wedding anniversary at The Irish Cottage. Both our parents were born in Ireland and we have enjoyed spending many holidays over there. Since we were unable to make the trip to Ireland at this time, we chose The Irish Cottage in Galena. As you drive up to the hotel, you would think you are pulling into a town in Ireland and as you walk through the front doors, you do think you have stepped inside Ireland. We were lucky to come during the week-end with Irish entertainment and a full Irish breakfast. We were entertained by a wonderful group of Irish musicians while eating the best Shepherd's Pie. We upgraded to a Glendalough Suite overlooking the countryside as if you were looking out onto the Irish hillsides. The location is right down the road from Main Street in Galena where there is shopping, tours and great restaurants. Besides the decor and entertainment being "spot on", what makes the Irish Cottage so very authentic are the people. Each employee from the front desk to the kitchen to the bar to the housekeeping greets you with a warm Irish welcome. Kathy, the Manager, truly knows how to make you feel special. We definitely recommend this hotel and we will be back.

Room Tip: All the rooms are clean and decorated with traditional Irish furnishings, but would recommend the Gl...
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Downers Grove, Illinois
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Reviewed 8 April 2014

The young lady was very pleasant and helpful when we arrived. She provided us with area information and got us checked in quickly. Our king room was clean and spacious with fridge and microwave. Bed comfortable with lots of fluffy pillows made for a good night's sleep. However, for $150, in off-season, the negatives were: the parking lot view, the small pool/whirlpool (always enjoy a decent sized pool for a good swim and sauna always a plus in my book), and the breakfast. Actually the breakfast was possibly the worst we have experienced in all our travels (both hotel/B&B). Sugar, sugar and more sugar! Since the hotel is called boutique and breakfast is provided by restaurant service we expected more. Scones, muffins & variety of toast along with orange juice, milk & coffee are self-serve. When server brought our plate out it was a "quiche like" muffin and a slice of french bread with strawberry preserves, whip cream and loads of sugar sprinkled on top. Two tiny pieces of fruit (cantalope/pineapple) decorated the plate. Being diabetic this was a true nightmare....nothing but carbs and sugars.
A yogurt/granola parfait would have been nice instead of scones/muffins if they plan to serve more bread for breakfast. A very poorly planned breakfast for anyone, not just diabetics and kids.
Hotel was adequate, best thing was the spa visit. The one other negative was we called in morning to inform front desk (different girl) that we had spa appointments and requested a late check-out (on a Sunday when hotel emptied out) only to be given a generous 1/2 hour extra. To be honest, we would stay elsewhere on our next visit.

Room Tip: Ask for a room with a view of rolling hills.
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Irish Cottage Boutique Hotel

Property: Irish Cottage Boutique Hotel
Address: 9853 W US Highway 20, Galena, IL 61036-9186
Region: United States > Illinois > Galena
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Galena
#2 Family Hotel in Galena
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Irish Cottage Boutique Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 75
Also Known As:
Irish Cottage Hotel
Irish Cottage Galena

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