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Queen Anne Guest House
Ranked #28 of 32 Galena B&B and Inns
Reviewed 25 January 2014

This was my first experience staying at a B&B and it exceeded all of my expectations. When we called to make our reservations, Mike was accommodating on the phone and answered all our questions. We also got a great mid-week deal. Since we stayed 3 nights we got the 3rd at only half price. Upon our arrival Mike gave us a tour of the entire house and of our room. He was very friendly and welcoming, letting us know that the downstairs of the home was ours to enjoy. There were also DVDs, CDs, and games to play downstairs or take to our room if we wanted. He even let us borrow a small part of the fridge for leftovers. He told us about a parlor party that he puts on every day at 5. It sounded very fun but we weren't ever able to make it since I'm a photographer needed to be out getting my best light of the day at that time. As it was mid-week during the off season the whole town was quiet and peaceful. We were the only ones staying in the B&B! We stayed in the Queen Anne room at the top of the stairs. It had a big bay window with a lovely view of the woods. The bathroom was big with space to hang our clothes and a pink claw-foot tub. Sooo cute. There was a fireplace that let us turn up the heat to make it extra cozy and also a flat screen TV. It was great to relax on the big four-post bed and watch some DVDs, and yet when the TV was off the Victorian ambiance was still intact. For being an old home built in the late 1800's with such high ceilings, it was always warm and there was always plenty of hot water. Speaking of hot water- Mike made sure to set up a tea cart with mugs and hot water every morning and evening. There was cider, hot chocolate, tea, and coffee to pick from. We loved that! It really made it feel like home for us. I also liked how (since we were the only ones staying there at the time) he left all the doors open upstairs so that we could peek into each individual room. He also let me photograph them. Each room has been decorated beautifully and uniquely. The Sir William and Prince George rooms were both very big with space to walk around. The Lady Ashley is the smallest room in the home but has the biggest bathroom with a jacuzzi tub AND a fireplace in it. If we return we will be booking that room for sure! I've read that a few people were quite displeased with the size of the room but I wouldn't judge it based on those reviews. YES the room is small but there is sill plenty of space for you and your things (unless you're towing in 2 tons of luggage). From what I observed, each room has been decorated with skill and care. The color schemes are all lovely and personal touches from Mike and Anita have been added throughout. There is an amazing amount of natural light that fills the whole house via countless, tall windows. One of my favorite things about the Queen Anne room is that every morning golden light from the hallway's stained glass window would seep in under our door. There is honestly only one negative thing I could say about the place- the mattress in our room seemed a little on the older side and was kind of hard. This might be just a preference thing though, as I have a soft mattress at home. I believe that a couple of the rooms have softer mattresses though, and Mike would gladly tell you which ones they are. Needless to say the downstairs common areas were just as gorgeous. Every night I sat downstairs and read. The location of this B&B couldn't get any better. It's on a corner lot of a dark, quiet street. There is plenty of room to park your car. It's only blocks away from a foot bridge that takes you right into Historic Downtown. But perhaps the most impressive part of our stay were the breakfasts! My fiance has Celiac Disease. It's a serious challenge finding places for him to eat. And Mike modified every single breakfast perfectly. We woke up at 8 every morning to the smell of cooking and headed downstairs at 8:30 for the most wonderful food. Mike made things like steamed pears with caramel sauce, butter rum grapefruit, huevos rancheros, bacon with lentils, and omelets with wild mushrooms that he picked himself! Every morning the dishes and linens were different. And Mike was so friendly constantly serving us more tea and juice with a chef's hat and slippers on! He had lots of jovial and inspiring stories to tell. It was obvious he truly enjoyed having us there as his guests. He wasn't just going through motions. And as far as modifying food goes, he can make delicious meals for vegetarians and vegans as well. We felt we really hit the jackpot when we picked this guest house. I can't imagine there are too many people that would go through so much trouble to make sure their guests are comfortable and happy. I hope to return someday. Maybe in the Fall when all the leaves are changing colors! We had a wonderful stay at the Queen Anne. I would highly recommend this B&B to anyone. :)

Room Tip: Queen Anne- pink, feminine, romantic, corner unit, bay window, best view! Lady Ashley- smallest roo...
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  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 January 2014

This was our first time staying at a B&B so we had no idea really what to expect. The first thing we noticed and one of the main reasons we chose the Queen Anne was the amazing deals they had, we stayed for 3 nights and only paid half price for the third night. Honestly, we were both blown away by the whole experience. First and foremost having Celiac disease makes eating while vacationing difficult but Mike made sure to ask about any food problems we might have and once I told him about my disease he said it would be no problem to accommodate for it. His accommodations, by the way, were some of the best breakfasts I've ever had in my whole life. On to the room which was a gorgeous corner unit, The Queen Anne room, and it was beautifully furnished, had an amazing view and a huge bathroom with a claw foot tub. The last and probably one of the best parts about this experience was Mike himself, not only was he full of all sorts of interesting bits of wisdom regarding the town and the area, he was a passionate person with love of life and getting the chance to have breakfast with him every morning was a delight. While Anita couldn't be there we could tell that he carried her with him in the way he talked about their love and their home. When these two do finally sell their home it will be a loss for both Galena and the Bed and Breakfast world.

Room Tip: We looked through every room and they were all great.
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  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 January 2014

Every year we choose a bed and breakfast in Galena for Luminaries weekend. It is not as important to me the location but the Christmas decor inside highlighting the beautiful architecture. Its Christmas and I want to be surrounded by the season. The location of this inn is great, though is extremely dark. It's easy to miss if you arrive at night. We stayed in the Ashley room, the most expensive of the guest rooms. It was so small that we had no place for the luggage except the bathroom. The abundance of pillows on the bed that had to be removed for sleep took all the floor space. No closet, no shower. A large pitcher on the whirlpool for washing your hair.
The food was good, but not as nice as other places in Galena. Mike and Anita were pleasant hosts, and their hospitality was great. I wish regular coffee had been offered instead of flavored for breakfast. Ugh! I missed some of the nice touches that I've seen in other inns. Some thing in the bedroom to make it feel festive. One inn keeper had a few red carnations with baby's breath with some pine branches. It was small, but thoughtful.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 December 2013

Lady Ashley very small not enough room to walk around bed with luggage on floor.Not enough space to hang garments.Not enough hot water to use hot tub,run out of hot water before jets were covered.Website said wine and cheese at 5:00 ,was offered juice no wine Host Mike was not welcoming Mike made a comment if we didn't show up by 5:15 parlor party would be cancelled, seemed like he did not want us for guest,we felt unwanted.The B&B is for sale we now understand way.The breakfast was OK for what there was for food ,did not look like pics. JoAnn

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 September 2013

We stayed for a Thurs/Fri nights. It was a wonderful experience. The amenities were great with us staying in the Queen Anne room. We had good wifi, lots of cable channels (we didn't really use it much though), among other things. The hosts, Mike and Anita, were very knowledgeable about the area and gave us some great tips and insight to make the most of our stay! Breakfast was wonderful both days and the conversation usually went on long after breakfast was finished. They had a lot of great touches and made us feel right at home! I would highly recommend staying here.

Room Tip: The only thing about this room was that the water pressure was low, but it's to be expected with...
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  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 August 2013

After reading many reviews we stayed at this place because a trip advisor review mentioned that it had air conditioning. That was important. The location of this B&B is superb. You can park your car and walk to everything. Owners were very knowledgeable in restaurants, activities and history. Food was delicious. Rooms are moderate size and romantic. VERY quiet for a B&B. I would highly recommend this place.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 July 2013

We have stayed at the Queen Anne Guest House B & B on two separate occasions, and we were thoroughly satisfied both times. The first time was just my husband and me, and the second visit included our teenage son. The home itself is so beautiful that it makes a lovely feast for the eyes just to wander around within the house. It is decorated with period pieces throughout, and the guests have access to most areas of the home during their stay.
The proprietors, Mike and Anita, are so very kind and genuinely caring that you feel like you are relatives or old friends visiting, rather than guests staying just overnight. They hold an early evening "Parlor Party", where you are able to enjoy a light appetizer and beverage and have an opportunity to meet other guests who are staying. We took advantage of this perk both times, and we were so happy we did! The other guests were so fun to get to meet, and it gave us a greater opportunity to get to know Mike and Anita.
We have stayed in two different rooms, and we were very happy with both! The rooms are done in antique decor, and while they are not huge rooms (most Victorian homes did not have large bedrooms), the rooms were nonetheless very lovely and well-furnished.
Breakfast at the Queen Anne is THE BEST! Mike makes the homemade breakfast and it is better than what you would get at any hotel, for sure. Anita helps to serve, and the guests all sit around the large dining room table, again giving the feeling of being with family and friends. Wonderful conversations mix with wonderful food, leaving guests feeling so happy and satisfied! Mike fixes gourmet-quality breakfasts: our first visit included an apple compote followed by an egg with asparagus main dish, and the recent visit started with fresh fruit with Queen Anne sauce and then some pecan French toast that was just to die for -- yum!!
The Queen Anne is just across the bridge from the downtown Galena shopping area, and it's near a walking path so you can even walk to shop if the weather is nice. We would recommend this bed and breakfast both to couples and to families -- a wonderful place to stay and relax!

Room Tip: Look at the pictures and specifics for each room -- there is just one room that as a daybed if you a...
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  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Queen Anne Guest House

Address: 200 Park Ave, Galena, IL 61036-2306
Region: United States > Illinois > Galena
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Hotel Style:
Ranked #28 of 32 B&Bs / Inns in Galena
Price Range: £46 - £89 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are an award winning bed and breakfast in historic Galena, Il. Awards include Best Breakfast in the Midwest, Best Small Hotel in Midwest, Best B&B in Great Lakes Area (just 3 of our national awards). We are in walking distance of Main St, Grant's Home & Park and Galena River Trail. ... more   less 

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