Aldrich Guest House

900 3rd St , Galena, IL 61036-2627 USA (Show map)

About

Welcome to Aldrich Guest House where you are encouraged to make yourself at home in the spacious double parlor, library, dining room, or screened in porch, or feel free to stroll through the gardens of this historic home that used to be visited by both Ulysses S. Grant and Abraham Lincoln. Experience the livable elegance that is created when intuitive yet unobtrusive service meets luxurious surroundings. We are located on a quiet, tree-lined, residential street with plenty of parking and only a 5 minute walk from dozens of Main Street restaurants and shops. We're also a short drive to Chestnut Mountain and many National and State Parks. You will enjoy a full breakfast, as well as 24 hour coffee, soda, and water service as well as cookies that are homemade daily, plus wine and hors d'oeuvres at 5pm every day. Visit our website for more details and availability. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Reviews

Overall
4.7

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  • Guest room4.6
  • Service4.8
  • Value4.6
  • Cleanliness4.8
  • Onsite Dining4.7

Wonderful Stay at This Beautiful Inn!

5 on April 17, 2015

Last weekend, six of us spent a girls' weekend celebrating our Mother's birthday and couldn't have been more pleased with our experience. Robert and Douglas are the perfect hosts, welcoming us the minute we arrived and looking after our every need throughout the weekend. They are professional, fun, witty, charming, genuine and down to earth. Their passion for their inn is evident in their fine service and all the improvements they have made since purchasing the inn last year. The house is filled with history and, upon arrival, we all enjoyed learning about the life of this stately house from Robert. All of the newly renovated rooms are light and airy and thoughtfully decorated with gorgeous colors, fabrics and artwork. It will be hard to choose which one we will want to stay in the next time we visit! The common areas are filled with lovely pieces of furniture and the dining room was beautifully set for breakfast each morning. Breakfasts were tasty and nicely presented. Each afternoon, Robert and Douglas host a cocktail hour with wine and hors d'oeuvres. The weather was beautiful on Saturday so we all gathered for drinks in the charming screened-in porch overlooking the grounds. The location of the inn is perfect... away from the busy downtown but within walking distance. Robert and Douglas gave us excellent recommendations for restaurants and sightseeing. The Tri-State Trolley historical tour was great. We highly recommend this beautiful inn and wish Douglas and Robert much success and the very best of everything. We can't wait until our next visit! Kate & Julie

Innkeeper Response
Hello Kate and Julie! It was so wonderful having you celebrate Ruthie's birthday with us! We loved getting to know you and your family and to be able to provide a home base for everyone to be able to enjoy Galena and everything it has to offer. Thank you for the wonderful review and we're humbled to read how much you enjoyed all of the details from the renovated rooms to the gardens and to the service. We're looking forward to seeing you again in the near future!


Beautiful B&B with Expert Hosts

4.8 on April 15, 2015

Robert and Douglas are welcoming and professional hosts, and you can see their attention to detail and their passion for running their gorgeous B&B in every corner of this amazing house! We went for a mamas' night away and had the entire house, and they truly made us feel at home. They were so welcoming when we arrived and shared their detailed and interesting knowledge of the history of the house and the area while giving us a tour of the house. Each room is styled with respect to the history and comfort of modern conveniences and tastes. The little extra touches (fresh-baked cookies, wine happy hour on the porch, recommendations on area attractions, etc) were much appreciated. Breakfast was elegant and delicious, but not at all stuffy. Such a treat! The house is an easy walk to downtown shopping, restaurants, and historic sites to see. Lovely overnight at a lovely B&B!

Innkeeper Response
Thank you so much for sharing your experience with everyone! It was wonderful having you and your friends for a getaway and we're thrilled that you were able to enjoy yourselves so much. It's great to hear how much you enjoyed the little touches and the details that we believe make all the difference. Thank you for staying with us and we look forward to welcoming you all again soon! Robert and Douglas


Perfect Getaway

5 on March 04, 2015

If you're looking for an escape from the fast pace and relentless noise of Chicago (or any big city for that matter), you have to check out Galena and Aldrich Guest House. Everything about this experience was top-notch and catered to all of our needs. I'm a list maker, so here's a list of my favorite things about The Aldrich Guest House: 1. The history of the house is incredible, and Robert and Douglas do a great job of sharing the stories of past owners. It's sobering to realize that you're staying in the same house that 2 former US Presidents have set foot in, and the hosts have done a fantastic job of preserving the history while seamlessly weaving modern amenities and decor into the fold. 2. Robert and Douglas are excellent conversationalists, and the wine and hors d'oeuvres at 5pm was a great start to both evenings. If you're not into that, there was no pressure. We had the house to ourselves and really enjoyed visiting with them each evening. 3. The breakfasts were both fantastic. Nutella-stuffed pancakes with local pork sausage patties one morning, and baked eggs with Canadian bacon the next morning. Two very different dishes but both were cooked and served impeccably. The Dining Room is beautiful and breakfast was just an all around great treat. 4. Last but not least, the service. From the moment you walk in to the moment you leave, Robert and Douglas take care of you, even thinking of things you wouldn't have thought of yourself. Their experience in the hospitality industry really shines through. Upon arrival, Robert took us around the house to show us the amenities and gave a brief history lesson. During this time, Douglas took our pretty darn heavy luggage up to our room for us. The morning we left, Robert brushed the snow off of our car. I mean, who does that!? Sometimes I do it for my wife, but only sometimes, and I really love her a lot. That's how intuitive and conscientious these guys are.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you so much for not only taking the time to share such a flattering review, but for staying with us during your visit to Galena! We very much pride ourselves on our intuitive and unobtrusive service and we're glad that you both were able to enjoy it so much. Hopefully we'll see you again very soon...perhaps when the weather is warmer and instead of brushing off your car, we can have wine on the screened in porch! Robert and Douglas


Outstanding B&B

5 on September 13, 2014

Amazing home, wonderful breakfasts, and fabulous host and hostess. Staying at the Aldrich House was one of the high points of our stay in Galena. The home is beautifully furnished, meticulously maintained, and the hosts make you feel very welcome.


Complete B&B Noob - Outstanding Experience

4.8 on September 03, 2014

Have never stayed at a B&B, wanted to try it out with my wife during our 20th anniversary. Our trip to Galena (first time as well) was only improved by this excelent house and the warm friendly service from Fran & Brain. Well worth every penny and we stayed in the RH McClellan Room


Outstanding

5 on August 10, 2014

Fran and Brian are wonderful hosts. Their house is so well kept and welcoming. We had a great time and didn't want to leave!


Great stay

5 on July 15, 2014

The hosts were very friendly. Would always engage in conversation. The house was very clean and beautiful inside and out. The food was delicious and you got more then enough. We will definitely being coming back. P.S. They were very helpful on things to do during our stay.


Best bed and breakfast stay!!!

5 on June 30, 2014

Friendly host, great room, very tastefully decorated, clean,,,,and the food was fantastic!!


Ghostly Weekend

4.0 on June 30, 2014

We had a lovely weekend & once you arrive all you have to do is park your car & enjoy Galena. You can walk to where ever you want to go. The owners are great & very friendly & will help with any questions.


A fabulous weekend

4.8 on May 27, 2014

Our group of three couples met in Galena for a long weekend. I was born in Galena many years ago and spent a lot of time there as a child at my grandmother's (we moved when I was 4) running around town with cousins. So I was taking my wife and four friends down memory lane. The Aldrich House was simply perfect for our weekend. We were able to walk over to Main Street very easily; the breakfasts were terrific; and the proprietors were friendly and very helpful. All six of us were extremely pleased with everything and we would return there in a heart beat.


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Rooms & Rates

Room 1 - J. Russel Jones

If you look through the trees, you can see Jones' masterpiece, the Belvedere Mansion, from the windows. Bright, open, and airy, this room features a queen size antique white iron bed, walnut dresser, fireplace and private bath with shower.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $135 - $155

Room 2 - Dr. Edward Bench

Great for friends traveling together, you'll have an experience that is sure to relax and rejuvenate. With large sitting area, a queen size brass bed, oak dresser, fireplace, and a slide out twin sofabed for a third person, this room is bright and sunny with a park view, large private bath with a tub/shower combo as well as a vintage ceramic sink.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $145 - $165

Room 3 - Cyrus Aldrich

Featured in the original part of the house, plank floors, angled ceilings, and antique oak furniture including a queen size bed greet you with memories of the original style that Mr. Aldrich himself built 170 years ago. A private bath with claw foot tub, vintage brass shower, and unique oak sink await you in this quiet room.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $130 - $150

Room 4 - Clara

Another recently renovated room, you will wake up to views of the gardens in this classic yet energetic part of the house. Enjoy a Victorian walnut dresser, a queen size bed with a beautiful carved headboard, and full private bath with stand up shower.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $115 - $125

Room 5 - R.H. McClellan

The largest in the house, this luxurious room features Victorian ambiance with an oak canopy queen-size bed, a bay window with a view of the Washburne Home, a fireplace, a large private bath with original claw foot tub and vintage brass shower, a pedestal sink, and a sitting area with two wing back chairs. This room rightfully served as the Master Suite during the time that the McClellans owned the home.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $155 - $175

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Location

Location Type

Countryside, Downtown, Small town, Wine country

Airport

Dubuque, IA (DBQ) 18 miles

Directions to property:

Highway 20 east from Dubuque. Cross Galena river, take a left turn on Third Street. Travel 1 block to end of street. 900 Third Street. From Chicago, take Highway 20 into Galena. Turn right at Third Street. We are at the end of the block on the right.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Aquarium, Art Galleries, Casino, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Night life, We are listed on the National Register of Historic Places and are only a 5 minute walk to Main Street as well as Ulysses S. Grant's home., Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Ruins, Ski area, Tours, Vineyard, Winery

Inn Details

Establishment type

Historic Inn, Boutique Hotel

On-site amenities

Board games, Coffee/Tea facilities, Conference Rooms, DVD Player, Fridge, Ironing Board, Library, Movie library, Parking, Private entrance, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, Videos, Wedding Facilities , We can accommodate most dietary restrictions and food sensitivies with advanced notice. We also provide complimentary homemade cookies, 24 hour coffee and soda service, snacks, DVD player, a large screened in porch, and nearly half an acre of manicured lawn and gardens. Military and senior discounts are available (restrictions apply).

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, CD player, Ceiling fans, Fireplace, Hairdryer, Radio, Wi-Fi, iPhone docking station

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Bird watching, Canoeing, Cross-country ski trails, Downhill Skiing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Hunting, Kayaking, Mountain Bike trails, Croquet, Bean Bag Game, Bocce, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Ski rentals, Snow shoe trails, Swimming, Tennis courts

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Policies

  • Check In:: 3-6 p.m.
  • Check Out:: 11 a.m.
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only Smoker's bench is located in the yard.
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Yes
  • Suitable For Children: Limited
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: Two night min on weekends in high season. Call for single night availability.
  • Accepted payments Other, AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Cash
  • Cancellations: 10 day cancellation policy. If cancellation occurs less than 10 days before registration date, full room charge will be incurred unless the room can be re-rented. Multiple room and whole house reservations have a 30 day cancellation policy with additional stipulations.

Innkeepers

Name(s)

Douglas and Robert Mahan

Languages spoken

English, French

Resident Pets

About the innkeepers

Between the both of us, we have over 25 years of hospitality/customer service experience and we are truly passionate about providing a luxurious and memorable guest experience.

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Meals

Breakfast

Free

  • Time Served: 8:30 a.m.
  • Serving Location: Screened in porch! , Dining Room, Guest room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian , Most dietary restrictions and food sensitivities can be accommodated with advance notice.