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Irish Cottage Boutique Hotel
Ranked #2 of 11 Hotels in Galena
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 16 May 2014 via mobile

The Irish cottage is a theme hotel. It probably wouldn't hurt to be Irish to get all the references to the Emerald Isle, as the owners take great pride in representing Ireland where ever you may search on the property. Nicely appointed rooms and very friendly staff made the two day stay very nice. A must see is the town of Galena where you are welcomed in every store and restaurant. Happy we went and would return to both the town and hotel.

Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 May 2014

The Irish Cottage is top notch. And very CLEAN. I found the staff to be extremely courteous and helpful. They addressed you more as a friend as the weekend went along. The dinners were paired perfectly with the wine. Wouldn't have tried half of what I did without a little help, but enjoyed it tremendously. I would do this again and have already talked to my hubby about a repeat trip.

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 6 May 2014

Chose this hotel based on reviews seen on various sites and followed advise to pay extra for the "valley view". This is where the disappointment begins and why our rating is not Excellent. We were placed in a first floor room which has a sliding door to a very very small patio (the two chairs provided do not both fit). In addition the door opening is small. Ok -- that much didn't bother us nearly as much as the fact that our "valley view" consisted of a parking lot with a hill behind it. When we did choose to open our curtains, we saw all the vehicles parked in the lot. Perhaps a 3rd floor room has a view and maybe a 2nd floor but definitely NOT 1st floor and NOT worth the extra $35.

There are no comfy chairs to sit in so you sit either on a table chair or the bed. Clean? absolutely; Comfy bed? yes indeed with plenty of pillows; Nice bathroom amenities? yep! However, I can get that in a Holiday Inn Express and earn points for a lot less. Had it not been for the friendly staff and enjoyable entertainment in the pub, I would not have rated this higher than a 2 because of the price of room.

We will probably stay here again IF we can get a deal on the price of room. But, we will NOT pay extra for a valley view room.

Room Tip: Do not pay extra for valley view unless they can guarantee a 2nd or 3rd floor. Also the air conditi...
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  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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gr82birish, General Manager at Irish Cottage Boutique Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 7 May 2014

Thank you for visiting the Irish Cottage Boutique Hotel. We were sorry to learn your disappointment with the view from the first floor suites. We encourage all of our guests at the time a reservation is made to specify a floor that best suits their individual needs. Some guests prefer the ground level suites while others enjoy the view from higher elevations. Our Web site provides details on all of the attributes of the various room types that are offered.

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Reviewed 4 May 2014

Two of my girlfriends and I stayed at the Irish Cottage for the weekend. We enjoyed time at the spa being pampered with massages and pedicures which was wonderful! The hotel was quiet and the beds were very comfortable. The double suite had all the amenities we all needed. The entertainment at the bar and restaurant was wonderful! I would recommend this hotel and look forward to returning.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 2 May 2014

From check in to check out, we had a great experience. The staff was friendly and the rooms were clean and comfortable. The pub is beautiful, and the food delicious. The night entertainment in the pub is a hit-and-miss, but that is the only improvement needed. The owners brought interesting and fun Irish folklore to the Inn with the Fairy Ring, the stone replica, and Queen Maeve's 'tomb'. I have never been to Ireland, but the staff did a great job of bringing Ireland to us! Another bonus is that it's only a few minutes from beautiful Downtown Galena!

Room Tip: This was a surprise from my sister, so I have no idea what the cost is. However, there are at least...
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  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 27 April 2014

The hotel was basically a themed out and above average Holiday Inn/Comfort Inn. The online photos were true to what you see however they were also a bit misleading. The room and hotel were clean and comfortable. We did stay in a king suite with a valley view...which is really a parking lot view with a valley behind it. I was expecting something more quaint and even historic based on the photos. This hotel is pretty new and just has been decorated to appear Irish. Overall, I would stay again as there are not a lot of choices in Galena but it was a little hokie and is NOT a boutique hotel.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 April 2014


It was a lovely place and a lovely time.

The staff was super-friendly and the food was wonderful--both at the pub and at the breakfast provided.

We had NO problems with our rooms, like at our last 2 hotels (HVAC, shower, toilet). And they were very clean and roomy, with a nice view. There are also 2 cozy rooms off the check-in area that are delightful and private--great place to read or talk.

I can't say enough good things about our experience. We are coming back to stay with our friends as soon as we can.

Only a mile from downtown. You will enjoy it!

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Irish Cottage Boutique Hotel

Address: 9853 W US Highway 20, Galena, IL 61036-9186
Region: United States > Illinois > Galena
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge 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: £69 - £140 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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