After other plans fell through, and even though the website said that they were full up, I called anyway. Charlie answered and we stayed in the Grace Suite. The mansion is beautiful, especially if you like 1860s architecture. According to Charlie, it was build "war proof" in case the Civil War got that far north (thankfully for Illinois it didn't) which means the outside and inside walls are super thick. Why do I bring that up? We didn't hear anything inside or outside of the house. The bed was comfy and I got 2 nights of great sleep.
Rita was also super nice, and the breakfasts in the morning were delish. On Saturday we got a history lesson of the mansion and Galena. Charlie and Rita also gave us a bunch of suggestions on what to do for our first trip to Galena.
The only caution I would have is that to get from the mansion to downtown Galena is a huge set of stairs - 192 stairs (about 14 flights). It's easy on the way down, but on the way back after eating a huge dinner... thank goodness there is a bench 1/2 way up!
Overall though, highly recommend Galena and the Victorian Mansion!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Experience the grandeur of a bygone era in a mansion set high on a hill in Galena, Illinois. The Victorian Mansion has over 1-½ acres of lawn and gardens, centurion trees and three porches. This Italianate Mansion has 8 guestrooms and 8 baths, 4 large parlors and a grand open foyer with a 3-story winding staircase. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Victorian Mansion Hotel Galena