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Aldrich Guest House
Ranked #2 of 32 Galena B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
GreenLeadersSilver level
Illinois
2 reviews
“Total Attention to Details”
Reviewed 17 August 2006

Jim and Marie provide the best bed and breakfast experience I have ever had. They give attention to every detail of your stay, and by the time I left, I felt as though I was leaving good friends or family. On top of that, the flower gardens Jim has planted are absolutely beautiful and provide a wonderfully peaceful sanctuary for visiting, reading, or just enjoying. Last, but not least, are Marie's gourmet breakfasts. Served with different place settings every day, the multi-course meals are divine. Marie also has mastered the ability to make all the guests feel comfortable during the wonderful dining experience. It was a very enjoyable visit, and I plan to return.

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Chicago, Ill
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Reviewed 31 July 2006

I stay in Galena every year and the Aldrich has proven to be the best. Marie and Jim were very friendly hosts that made the stay very enjoyable. Even though the room to fit 3 people is not the biggest, it was decorated very nicely and was comfortable. It is located in walking distance of downtown Galena, which is very useful. The grounds are gorgeous and make you want to swing away on their glider for the full day. This is a definite must for visting Galena.

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  • Disliked — Small room
  • Stayed July 2006, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 14 May 2006

We stayd at the Alrich House as a gift from our daughters as a 25th year celebration. Ji, and marie were fantastic I had no idea this heritage was so close to us and the roots dated so far back as they did to here It was a great time

  • Stayed May 2006
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Portland, Oregon
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Reviewed 8 May 2006

We stayed at the Aldrich Guest House on our way to the east coast for a reunion and enjoyed our stay so much we stayed there again on our way home.
Jim and Marie are wounderful hosts full of interesting local historical knowledge. Located on a quiet street walking distance to Main St., Grant's house and many historical sites. It is the perfect place to stay.
The common areas are tastefully and beatuifully decorated. We stayed in the RH McClellan room and the J Russel Jones room. Both rooms were well decorated and had comfortable beds and funiture. My daughter, Violet would love the J Russel Jones room with it's violet floral decor.
Jim does a superb job of making the splendid grounds gorgeous. We were there in early spring and the tulips were truly magnificent.
Marie is a talented cook serving delicious breakfasts. Sitting on the screened porch with drinks and snacks is delightful. I loved watching the squirrels and birds.
I would recommend to anyone wanting to stay in Galena to not pass up the opportunity to stay at the Aldrich Guest House. I know we won't.

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Minneapolis, MN
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 November 2005

This was our second stay at the Aldrich House and it was even better than the first. Jim and Marie are wonderful and interesting hosts and have a wealth of local historical knowledge in addition to such things as where to go, what to see and do and the best places to eat.
Speaking of eating - there are a number of very good restaurants in Galena but none have better meals than those that Marie fixes for breakfast. The 'Shirred eggs', a personal favorite, are wonderful. The menu varies with the season but there is always a great variety (and quantity) of interesting and tasty food.
The rooms are well decorated with comforatble beds and furniture. We have stayed in the McClellan room on both of our visits and find that it suits our needs perfectly.

I don't think that you'll find a better place to stay in Galena.

  • Stayed November 2004
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Reviewed 12 November 2005

Take it from the Reagans, owners of a B&B themselves...the Aldrich Guest House is a very fine lodging establishment indeed. My husband and I were given the grand tour of Jim & Marie's wonderful B&B, and what a delightful property. Jim has very green thumb (a good thing) and attends to the exquisite grounds. Certainly the most talented chefs would have a challenge keeping up with Marie! My husband, the cookie expert, devoured more than his share of Marie's delicious cookies and polished off her tasty lemonade. Guest rooms and common areas are tastefully decorated with comfort in mind. The location is on a quiet street in close proximity to Grant's Home, with a beautiful park next door. Civil War enthusiasts would be interested to know that Grant and Lincoln spent time in this historic Galena home and on the grounds. The property is magnificent, and a perfect choice when visiting Galena. You can't go wrong chosing Aldrich Guest House, where hospitality is number one. It was definitely our loss, that we were just passing through and were not able to stay in August 2005, when we visited with Jim & Marie. We plan to stay at the Aldrich when we have a couple days free, maybe during our early spring season.

  • Stayed August 2005
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San Francisco, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 July 2005

Stayed at the Aldrich Guest House a few weeks ago and fell in love with the charming decor and lovely innkeepers! The rooms are all named after historic figures that once lived in or spent time at the house years ago which is fun... and are all very private and cozy. Lastly, the location just can't be beat! Right accross the river from Main St., the perfect distance for a scenic summer night stroll after dinner. I would definitly stay here again next time I'm in the Chicago area.

  • Stayed June 2005
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Property: Aldrich Guest House
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 (Based on Average Rates): £££
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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