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“Charming, Relaxing, Classy”

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Cloran Mansion Bed & Breakfast
Ranked #5 of 32 Galena B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Chicago, IL
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“Charming, Relaxing, Classy”
Reviewed 10 August 2008

Overall, this place was awesome! WE WILL DEFINITELY BE BACK!

This was our first time in a B&B, and Carmine and Cheryl couldn't have made it a more wonderful time! We stayed in the Tower Suite, which has a King size bed, private bathroom (w/ shower), and a private 2 person jacuzzi in the cupola of the mansion.

The room was excellent--the room was stocked with pop and water, we had satellite TV, there were rubber ducky's and bath salts in the jacuzzi, and a very comfortable room overall!

Service was quality too--the owners were there to greet us even though we got in a little later than standard (around 5pm), and made certain we knew where everything was. They provide a full library of DVDs and CDs, and coffee/tea/cookies are available in the library at all times!

Breakfast was delicious--the owners claim it is not 'gourmet' because they don't use crazy ingredients like at some frou-frou restaurants, but the first morning we had craisin French Toast, Hashed browns, bacon, cook-to-order eggs, and fresh juice and coffee; the second morning was delicious Apple Pancakes, sausage, cook-to-order eggs, hashed browns and juice/coffee. They serve breakfast LATE (from 9:00-10:30am), so you can sleep in if you like. It means a slightly later start to the day, but makes it MUCH more relaxing!

It's a close drive to the downtown of Galena (less than 5 minute drive), which has a lot of fun shopping and history. There's also a screened-in gazebo, koi pond, garden, and fire pit on the grounds that are perfectly enjoyable. Good times!

The only things I didn't like: The room had a lot of old pictures of bride/grooms, which in my opinion made it feel a little cluttered. Some of the wallpaper above the shower was bubbling out--probably too many steamy showers. :) And there was no temp control in the room, so we had to rely on the ceiling fan, which was fine. Those are all VERY little points in the grand scheme of things, and this place ranks a 9.5 out of 10 in my book!

  • Stayed August 2008, travelled as a couple
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Des Moines
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Reviewed 4 August 2008

We have just returned from a 3 night stay for our anniversary. We stayed in Antonio's Cottage which was a private romantic retreat. We also had access to everything located in the house. It was better than expected. We started our stay with a couple's massage on the premises and followed it with a private candle light dinner provided by the B&B in their romance package that was simply amazing! The host Carmen and hostess Cheryl were absolutely charming, wonderful people and they cooked the best breakfast ever. We often could not eat until dinner because we were so full from the unbelievable 6 course breakfast. They were very full of knowledge about the area and gave us great recommendations regarding sites to see. The pictures do not do this place justice, it was great to see that the rooms were better than described and shown in pictures. We can't wait to go back next year as it will now be one of our traditions!

Jake and Mandy, Iowa

  • Stayed August 2008, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank mankoe
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Chicago, Illinois
1 review
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Reviewed 6 July 2008

We went to Galena and the Cloran Mansion for a quick get away. Carmine and Cheryl (the owners), could not have been friendlier or more helpful. They helped us pick out a wonderful place for dinner in Iowa on Saturday evening.

The room we stayed in had a warm feeling and had more than we needed, including a dish of candy by the bedside! There was a DVD player in the bedroom and a library of DVDs and books available to us. The breakfast that Carmine and Cheryl cooked was unbelievable. There were so many choices from eggs (any style you wanted), to out of this world french toast to potatoes to fruit. The breakfast was served on beautiful china - we felt like royalty!

Carmine and Cheryl were more than happy to answer questions about how they got started with their "bed and breakfast". It felt more like visiting old friends who gave you all the privacy you wanted!

  • Liked — Clean, Wonderful breakfast
  • Disliked — N/A
  • Stayed July 2007, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank mjtse
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Mundelein, Illinois
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 30 June 2008

The Cloran Mansiion in Galena, Il is absolutely a top notch bed and breakfast. We have been going there a number of years for a three or four day getaway. They have a dog friendly cottage so we can bring our Yorkie. Each year there are improvements and with the attention to detail it makes the stay perfect. But probably the most important feature are the owners Cheryl and Carmine. We actually feel like we are visiting close relatives. They always find time to talk with us and when we leave we always look forward to going back.

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  • Disliked — there were no negitives
  • Stayed June 2008, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank bgronke
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Chicago
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 29 June 2008

The Cloran Mansion was absolutely stunning. My boyfriend, who was rather skeptical of an old mansion bed and breakfast, was immediately impressed by the large pond and fish, fire pit, huge dvd collection, and wonderfully comfortable bed. The decor is Victorian and very lady-like, so the Cloran Mansion appeals to both sexes, while remaining romantic. The hosts, Carmine and Cheryl, were extremely pleasant and helped us figure our way through town and offered their standing reservations at delicious restaurants. The breakfast served was absolutely delicious, with creative twists on classic recipes. Almost immediately after we arrived, we were already making plans when to come again. The Cloran Mansion has found two new life-long friends and customers.

  • Liked — The hosts, food, and decor
  • Stayed June 2008, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank MelRy1
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illinois
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 14 May 2008

We had a very relaxing time and it is a wonderful atmosphere! The "Tower Room" was very enjoyable. Fabulous food and
genuine hospitality. We highly recommend it!

Stayed May 2008
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1 Thank travel6969
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Chicago, IL
1 review
Reviewed 5 May 2008

My boyfriend and I stayed there for my birthday celebration. Carmine and Cheryl are wonderful hosts. I must say that we have found our favorite place and we will be back many times! The name really does apply, it’s a Mansion. We were upgraded no charge to a nicer room but all rooms are great! The rooms are decorated beautifully and the bathrooms have a large two person whirlpool, completed with bath salts and soft, plush robes. There is also a mini-refrigerator with complimentary water and soda and a gas fireplace. TV with satellite dish and DVD player. The main living area has a large DVD library, along with coffee maker, popcorn, homemade cookies, board games and a laptop with Internet access.

The breakfast was excellent, no need for lunch after that! We had French toast that was to die for…..eggs made to order, ham, and the potatoes were delicious. Cheryl and Carmine are excellent cooks. All served in a beautiful dining room, with fine china, and linens. The grounds are well cared for, there is a beautiful screened in gazebo and a pond with fish. You can also make a fire in the firepit. Overall a very romantic weekend; I am already recommending this B & B to my friends.

  • Liked — How comfortable Carmine and Cheryl made us feel.
  • Disliked — Nothing, everything was great
  • Stayed May 2008, travelled as a couple
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Property: Cloran Mansion Bed & Breakfast
Address: 1237 Franklin St, Galena, IL 61036-1309
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Region: United States > Illinois > Galena
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 32 B&Bs / Inns in Galena
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Cloran Mansion is a luxurious Galena, Illinois bed and breakfast inn and wedding venue. ... more   less 
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