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Aldrich Guest House
Ranked #2 of 32 Galena B&B and Inns
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Reviewed 8 June 2013

I had forgotten how pretty wallpaper can be. It's wonderful to stay in a house that is decorated like the grand old lady she is. The rooms I saw were all lovely and feminine without being frilly or overdone. The hosts were very friendly and helpful, and the gourmet breakfast was fabulous. I would definitely return.

Stayed: May 2013, travelled on business
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bayviewer, Owner at Aldrich Guest House, responded to this reviewResponded 12 June 2013

Thank you!
We hope to see you again soon!

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Reviewed 20 May 2013

What a find! The room was comfortable, the breakfast was exceptional, and we really enjoyed relaxing on the screened in porch. The home is walking distance from downtown and Grant's home is just up the hill. However, it is off the beaten path, which made it nice and quiet. We loved the fact that U.S. Grant and Lincoln had visited this home. The best part was the friendliness of Brian and Fran. I have a peanut allergy and another guest was a vegetarian, so they planned breakfast accordingly. And, there were nice little details like complimentary snacks and drinks. We will definitely stay at the Aldrich again!

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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bayviewer, Owner at Aldrich Guest House, responded to this reviewResponded 22 May 2013

Thank you Melissa & Steve;

We're so glad you had a wonderful anniversary celebration and enjoyed all that Galena has to offer.

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Reviewed 1 May 2013

B& B's are all nice for intimacy, uniqueness, and friendliness, but Brian and Fran go above and beyond! Gluten free cookies for my wife, wonderfully decorated Galena home, great food, and extremely accommodating hosts! Don't go for the wi-fi, I used my phone for a hot spot as the signal was too weak, but who cares, we were there to bike and shop!

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Thomas H
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bayviewer, Owner at Aldrich Guest House, responded to this reviewResponded 4 May 2013

Thank you for the review, we certainly enjoyed visiting with you and really glad it was warm enough to relax on the porch.
I wish you would have let us know you were having a problem with the wi-fi. We could have helped you out with it or let you use our computer.
Hope to see you again soon!

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Reviewed 22 April 2013

5 stars across the board... and we mean it! Everything I could review was exceptional, but the warmth and friendliness of Fran and Brian outdid everything else. (See our review here : https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=559445747429431&set=a.192060194167990.44022.191315524242457&type=1&theater)
We were told that once you stay at a B & B, you'll never go back to a hotel, but we never expected such pampering. This was our 15th anniversary stay, and they made us feel like kings. But the longer we traveled through town, the sooner we discovered that this was no secret to the merchants, as everyone had nothing shy of the highest admiration for Fran and Brian and their beautiful home. Everything was immaculate, tasteful, overly comfortable and amazingly affordable. But please, find out for yourselves the next time you're traveling to beautiful Galena. :)

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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bayviewer, Owner at Aldrich Guest House, responded to this reviewResponded 24 April 2013

Thank you so much for the wonderful review. An anniversary is a very special occasion and we're glad you spent it with us and in Galena.

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Reviewed 8 April 2013

Please note: We prefer B&B's and not hotels, so we're used to the quirks of the B&B style of staying somewhere. You cannot compare what you expect at a hotel to staying at B&B it's just going to be different -and we like that.)

We loved the Victorian style home and decor. Our room (The R.H. McClellan room) had amazing antique decor, the bed was so comfortable and cozy. We were chilly in the room at first but the electric fireplace warmed us right up. Our host and hostess, Brian and Fran were so delightful. They have a vast knowledge of the historical information about Galena and the B&B they own. The bathroom was huge! Loved the old clawfoot tub, the shower was so warm and we never ran out of hot water.The breakfast we had was amazing! Brian and Fran asked us if we have any food allergies or special needs. We requested GF (Gluten Free) and our pastry dish was made GF for us. There was ham, a strudel pasty of some sort, fresh fruit plate and yogurt, tea and coffee, water and juice. Everything was delicious and amazing! We ate enough to make us too full for lunch. All of the guests who stayed the night before all ate together at the same long dining room table. The room was formal, the setting was formal, but it was nice that everyone was dressed casual (jeans and tops), we liked that. It was fun to meet new people and find out where everyone was from and to hear what they were all doing in Galena. One couple was from Switzerland! Wow! That was so neat! Another group of ladies came for a friend's birthday. Oh there are no TV's in the rooms, but there is a TV room downstairs - but we were okay with that - it's nice to unplug -besides there was so much to do in Galena we didn't have time to watch TV.

We will come back to stay at the Aldrich house again for sure! Thanks to Fran & Brian for being such nice hosts! :-)

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  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 March 2013

It was our first time at a B&B and the experience was amazing. My daughter and I had booked only one night and decided to stay one more nigth. Fran and Brian are truly great hosts. I highly recommend the Aldrich Guest House. We love the history behind it, the decor, and it is very close to town. One piece of history which I enjoyed and will always treasure is that our Presdidents, Lincoln and Ulysses Grant are part of this home's legacy. Also Ulysses Grant's home is right up the hill from here, you can walk there. Also two houses down is the Elihu Washburne Home. We fell in love with Galena, it is a gem. (so nice to know it's close to home)

Room Tip: We stayed in the RH McClellan Room (beautiful) and the Cyrus Aldrich room, both highly recommended...
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  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled with family
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Thank ThePerezfamily
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bayviewer, Owner at Aldrich Guest House, responded to this reviewResponded 3 April 2013

Thank you both so much, we had so much fun hearing about your upcoming wedding!

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Reviewed 26 February 2013

What an enjoyable experience it was at the Aldrich Guest House. Everything was so clean, Fran and Brian are so friendly, and the food was amazing. When we visit Galena again, we will be sure to stay at the Aldrich Guest House. Thank you!

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled with family
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Thank Nancy H
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bayviewer, Owner at Aldrich Guest House, responded to this reviewResponded 14 March 2013

We enjoyed visiting with you and so glad your first stay at a Bed & Breakfast was an enjoyable experience.
There is so much to explore here in Galena that we hope to see you again soon.
Thank you!

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Address: 900 Third St., Galena, IL 61036
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Region: United States > Illinois > Galena
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 32 B&Bs / Inns in Galena
Price Range: £118 - £198 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Aldrich Guest House 3.5*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We invite you to experience the next generation of bed and breakfasts at Aldrich Guest House, Galena's premier boutique bed and breakfast. You will find the elegance and luxury of the mansion that the house was built for in 1845 perfectly blended with modern sophistication and unsurpassed professional, intuitive, yet unobtrusive service. Located just a 5 minute walk to Main Street, whether you're coming to enjoy the Galena Triathlon of "Eating, Shopping, and Drinking", to explore the stunning surrounding hills by hiking, biking, or skiing, or to simply enjoy time together with that special someone or even to have a friends or family getaway, Aldrich Guest House is the perfect home base. ... more   less 
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