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“Excellent Staff and Unique Guesthouse. A must for visitors to Galena” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Abe's Spring Street Guest House

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Abe's Spring Street Guest House
Ranked #9 of 33 Galena B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Rock Island, Illinois
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3 reviews
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“Excellent Staff and Unique Guesthouse. A must for visitors to Galena”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 April 2014

My wife and I spend the weekend in Galena and stayed at Abe's Spring Street Guesthouse. We stayed in Albert's Glen. It was a very unique guest room, but it was very spacious and comfortable. The room had everything we needed for a relaxing weekend. We loved the seating area and the cozy fireplace. We also loved all of the wonderful bronze work and tile that was all done by the owner. It made the place one of a kind. The guesthouse was also very close to downtown and on the main road going out to Walmart. I know, you think what, why Walmart... We found this convenient because they had a redbox and could rent a movie for the evening and curl up by the toasty fireplace. Breakfast was excellent. Sandy made an amazing feast for us each day and we really enjoyed visiting with her in the mornings while she cooked. She shared the history of the guesthouse, which was the Brewery in Galena back in the day. We didn't get to meet her husband, but visited their pottery store next to the guesthouse and bought a couple of wonderful pieces. We loved this place and will definitely stay there again.

Room Tip: There are only two rooms. We stayed in Albert's Glen and it was great.
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 April 2014 via mobile

Based on the previous Tripadvisor reviews, my wife and I decided to try this B & B. All of the reviews are true. This place exceeded our (already high) expectations in every way. Great room, wonderful hosts. A great value in Galena. We will be back.

Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 February 2014

My wife and I stayed at Abe's Spring Street House this past Valentine's Day. The room we stayed in was awesome! It was almost completely decorated by artwork made by one of the owners (Charles). We had dinner served to us in our room by the owners (Sandy and Charles) which was excellent and exactly what we were looking for in a B&B. The next morning we were served an outstanding home made breakfast and enjoyed speaking with fellow travelers and the owners. Finally, we bought a bunch of wonderful artwork for family and friends from the Stone House Pottery & Gallery--which is owned and operated by Sandy and Charles. We had a great time and highly recommend both the B&B and the Gallery to anyone looking for a weekend get away in the upper midwest. Galena and the surrounding area is also very beautiful with lots of activities (shopping, skiing, hiking) to do near by.

Room Tip: Ask for Albert's glenn room...
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Normal, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2014

"Surprise me," I said when he asked about Valentine's Day. A drive north ended in Galena, with snow-capped steeples and lintels beckoning me to get out and walk. "Later," he said. We pulled into the drive of a historic limestone building on the main drag, and the real adventure began.

Innkeepers Sandy and Charles devoted elbow grease, love, and superb artistry when they converted a historic icehouse into a romantic hideaway, one of only two suites. Talk about privacy!!! The town's famous stairs unfold in this amazing property, as do collector-worthy bronzes, paintings, and sculptures. The Abe's Spring Street experience includes gourmet breakfasts, a private Jacuzzi/sauna room, and tete-a-tetes with a noteworthy local artist and retired schoolteacher who'll query you as to your preferences and tailor your trip accordingly.

Cost-conscious guys like my husband appreciate Abe's Spring competitive pricing and bang for the buck. Oh, the details! You'll find me relaxing in that spa or hand-crafted king-sized brass bed, thankful for folks that labor so MY holiday will shine.

Room Tip: We stayed in the old ice house but hope to try the higher-level suite on our next visit!!!!
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Davenport, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2014

We have been visiting Abe's about once a year for the past 5 years, and it's always a pleasure. Sandy and Charles provide top-rate hospitality, and Sandy's breakfasts are truly spectacular. Plan on a light lunch! My husband and I love the hot tub and the sauna - the sauna room is absolutely beautiful and peaceful. There are so many artistic details everywhere you look. The Christmas decor is lovely as well (but not over the top).

As mentioned by another reviewer in our party, Sandy and Charles absolutely went the extra mile in terms of attention to the grounds and our safety when we stayed before Christmas along with a bit of a winter storm. The first day we had ice, and the second snow - Sandy and Charles worked tirelessly to clear both, and in the morning when the snow was still falling, Sandy brought breakfast to us.

We love Abe's in Galena - it's the perfect place to relax, and we will certainly be back!

Room Tip: Abe's is the perfect place to stay as a party of 4 - one couple downstairs and another in the up...
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Toledo, OH
2 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 December 2013

We stayed here for two nights before Thanksgiving. My husband and I had a wonderful relaxing time. Sandy and Charles are lovely hosts. The breakfast each morning was delicious and filling. Our room was so cozy and quiet. We would love to visit again.

Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Champaign-Urbana, Illinois
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 December 2013

We arrived for our return visit to Abe's Spring Street Guest House just as a heavy winter snow did the same. This is relevant because Charles worked tirelessly to ensure as safe and slip-free an experience for us as humanly possible. One of our party is mobility limited, so it really mattered. And what can you say about Sandy's breakfasts? Simply divine! The rooms are well furnished and all the necessary appliances and comforts are available. Parking is adequate in quantity and right by your door. The free wi-fi is a nice touch, though the signal is a just a little bit weak in the "upper" section of the building. Reservations, check-in, check out are all no-hassle events. The original art incorporated into the decor is pleasing and impressive. The beds are clean and firm - you'll sleep well. Abe's isn't cheap, and it shouldn't be. It's a first-rate B&B. So if you want cheap, try Motel 6. Sandy and Charles are genuinely nice people who will give you an outstanding vacation experience you'll remember with pleasure long after check-out. I expect to return again and again!

Room Tip: They book well in advance. Don't count on a last-minute reservation. This place isn't exac...
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Abe's Spring Street Guest House
Address: 414 Spring Street, Galena, IL 61036
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Region: United States > Illinois > Galena
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Ranked #9 of 33 B&Bs / Inns in Galena
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A unique B&B rich in history and artistry. Built originally in 1876 as an ice house, this B&B has been lovingly rehabbed into two of the most comfortable and spacious suites each with a private entrance, private bath, king bed, sitting room with TV, VCR & DVD and fireplace. Separate spa room available with six person hot tub and six person sauna. Gourmet breakfast served each morning. ... more   less 

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