Aldrich Guest House

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

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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

Nice Place to spend your 35th Wedding Anniversary.

4.8 on June 22, 2016

My wife and I had been to Galena many times. Great little town. We decided to stay at a B & B for the first time. It was great. Robert and Douglas gave us the best service. The food was excellent. I highly recommend staying at the Aldrich House if you are ever in Galena. We will definitely stay again!!!!!!!!!

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for making us your first visit to a bed and breakfast and for sharing your excellent review! Our goal is to continually raise the bar and we do that through many ways, not the least of which is by providing professional, intuitive, yet unobtrusive service as well as breakfasts that, we've been told, rival many of the restaurants in Galena! We look forward to seeing you both again the next time you're in Galena and thanks for celebrating your anniversary with us!


The best in the area!

5 on June 22, 2016

Spending a weekend in Galena for a birthday getaway, I booked Aldrich House based on the picture from their website and their promise of "no doilies". We were not disappointed when we arrived. We were greeted at the door by both Robert and Douglas and they gave a tour of the house and took our luggage to our room for us. Upon booking (months prior) I briefly mentioned to Douglas that we would be celebrating a birthday the weekend of our stay. When we arrived in our room after a night out we found chocolate covered strawberries with a happy birthday note for the birthday girl! What a pleasant little treat! I was so shocked he remembered. The room spacious, the house is over 100 years old and the beauty of the architecture is simply amazing. The private bathroom was furnished with the original clawfoot tub and the goat milk soaps smelled like heaven. We both would have loved to spend the entire morning in the comfy robes provided, but the town is so cute we had to explore. The house is a 5 minute walk into downtown, which is vibrant with shops and restaurants. Robert and Douglas really helped make this weekend very special. Breakfast both mornings was simply AMAZING. I can't say enough about how fantastic Aldrich House is. We will be back.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for sharing your very flattering review with us and your fellow travelers! It's an honor to be able to be part of celebrations, and we're glad that we were able to make the birthday trip a little more special. By combining a style that highlights the architecture of the 171 year old house (yes, that means no doilies or fake flowers or creepy baby dolls all over!) delicious breakfasts, and little touches like top of the line bath amenities and robes we are the next generation of bed and breakfasts. We're so pleased you enjoyed your time away so much and we certainly look forward to seeing you again soon!


Setting and service shine

5 on May 02, 2016

A wonderful wedding weekend was made all the more memorable by our stay at Aldrich House. Robert and Douglas' warmth and kindness elevated the entire trip, showcasing their beautiful home and restful experience. Their flexibility in accommodating our group was exemplary, providing a level of care and consideration well beyond our expectations. A heartfelt thank you to our hosts.

Innkeeper Response
Wow! Thanks for the great review - our goal is to always go beyond our guests' expectations through the decor that highlights the historic architecture, to being able to accommodate our guests individual needs, and most importantly to our unique style of intuitive yet unobtrusive service. We had a wonderful time having you and we hope to see you again soon!


Fantastic Stay at this Lovely B&B

5 on April 29, 2016

This is a beautiful home from the mid-nineteenth century, but with modern conveniences. Everything was sparkling clean! Douglas and Robert are fantastic hosts, who are easily engaged in conversation and clearly love talking about their home and Galena. The hosts and the home induce feelings of calmness and relaxation. Breakfast and Wine at 5:00 provided time for great conversations with other guests. We spent two nights at Aldrich Guest House, and breakfast both days was fabulous. Douglas and Robert were helpful with suggestions for restaurants, shops, and places to visit. We enjoyed the location and beautiful surroundings - in a quiet area, but only a short distance from the main street. This was our first time in Galena, but we will be back and will definitely stay at Aldrich Guest House again!

Innkeeper Response
Wow, thanks for the wonderful review and for staying with us during your visit to Galena! We're very pleased to see that you enjoyed yourselves and your time with us from the calm, relaxing energy of the house, to the more elegant decor, and to all of the delicious food! Mostly, we're glad to see that you enjoyed the service as much as you did - personal and individualized yet unobtrusive. All of these combine to create the next generation of bed and breakfast that is Aldrich Guest House and we can't wait to see you again soon!


Wonderful Experience

5 on April 16, 2016

We stayed overnight on 4/9/16 and had a wonderful experience. Our hosts were very welcoming. The room was extremely clean and comfortable. Happy hour was very nice and breakfast was superb. We would definitely stay there again!

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for staying with us and for sharing your experience with all of your fellow travelers! We had a wonderful time having you and we're so pleased to see that you enjoyed your visit from the cleanliness to the breakfasts and wine and hors d'oeuvres, and mostly the intuitive personalized service. All of this combines to create the next generation of bed and breakfasts and we can't wait to welcome you back again soon!


Fantastic!

5 on April 04, 2016

Douglas & Robert have hospitality down to an art. They have thought of everything. Aldridge Guest House is absolutely gorgeous! It's obvious when you step through the front door that its restoration has been a labor of love for these gentlemen. Breakfasts were beyond delicious, and coffee and scrumptious cookies were always available. We truly couldn't be happier with our stay.

Innkeeper Response
Wow, thanks so much for the excellent review! With over 40 years of hospitality and service industry experience between the two of us, we're proud and humbled to see your great feedback! We're also glad to hear how much you loved the renovation, decor, the breakfasts, and the coffee that is roasted just for us right on Main Street - can't wait to see you again soon!


Sets a new bar for B&Bs

5 on March 06, 2016

Robert and Douglas were amazing hosts. What they have created at The Aldrich House sets a new standard for B&Bs! We had a wonderful time and will definitely be back the next time in Galena.

Innkeeper Response
Thanks for the great review! We enjoyed meeting you and we are proud that we've met our goal of creating a new standard for the next generation of bed and breakfasts - can't wait to welcome you back the next time you're in Galena!


Great experience

5 on February 02, 2016

We stayed three nights at the Aldrich House with four other couple friends. We all considered the experience to be exceptional. Although the facility is unique and well maintained, the real difference between other available B & Bs was the personal service that both Robert and Douglas provide.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for the excellent review! We had a wonderful time with you and your friends and we're so thrilled that you all enjoyed yourselves as much as you did! Mostly, we're proud to hear the word 'exceptional' as that is what we aim to provide for each of our guests, and we truly believe that it is the personalized, individualized, yet unobtrusive service that we provide that elevates a visit to Aldrich Guest House to a higher standard. We can't wait to see you again soon, and thanks again!


Bright and Cheery with Great Hosts

5 on November 22, 2015

We picked this B & B for its bright and cheery rooms. The rooms were very clean and fresh appearing. Both Robert and Douglas were great hosts as they catered to every need. The wine and appetizers were perfect for a relaxing evening. The breakfast was gourmet and delicious. Couldn't ask for a better stay. Would highly recommend.

Innkeeper Response
Hello and thanks for sharing your experience with us and your fellow travelers! We're glad to see that you enjoyed our renovated rooms as we aim to highlight the craftsmanship and architecture that the house was built for 170 years ago. It's amazing how elegant the bones of the house are when you strip away all the 'fluff'! We're also pleased that you enjoyed all of the food and mostly we're proud that you were able to experience what sets Aldrich Guest House apart from the others - the intuitive, professional, yet unobtrusive service. We look forward to seeing you again soon! Robert and Douglas, Innkeepers


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!


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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, and relaxing, this room features a queen size antique white iron bed, walnut dresser, a loveseat for two, a fireplace and private bathroom with a walk-in shower.

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

Nightly Rate: $165 - $180

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: $175 - $190

Room 3 - Cyrus Aldrich

Featured in the original part of the house, wide-plank pine 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 over 170 years ago. Seating for two, a private bath with claw foot tub, vintage brass shower, and ceramic pedestal sink await you in this quiet room.

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

Nightly Rate: $160 - $175

Room 4 - Clara

Wake up to views of the gardens in this 'newest' part of the house - built in 1862 as opposed to the original part built in 1845 . You have a walnut dresser, a queen size bed with a beautiful carved headboard, seating for two, and full private bath with walk-in shower.

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

Nightly Rate: $145 - $155

Room 5 - R.H. McClellan

The largest in the house, this luxurious room features an elegant 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: $185 - $200

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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:: You tell us!
  • Check Out:: 11:00 am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only Per state regulations.
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Yes
  • Suitable For Children: Limited Please call for details.
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: Weekends during the peak season and some holidays require 2 night minimum stay.
  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: Deposits required for full house bookings and special events. Call for details.
  • Cancellations: Multiple room and full house reservations require a 30 day cancellation notice prior to arrival. Single room reservations require a 10 day notice. Within those timeframes, cancellations will be charged unless the room(s) is/are able to be re-filled. Day of cancellations due to winter storm warnings issued by the National Weather Service will not be charged.

Innkeepers

Name(s)

Robert and Douglas Mahan

Languages spoken

English, French

Resident Pets

About the innkeepers

Having nearly 40 years of hospitality and customer service experience between the two of us, we wanted to get to the heart of hospitality. We couldn't think of a truer way to do that than by having people in our home. By providing professional, intuitive, yet unobtrusive service, which is what sets us apart from many others, we're able to create a memorable and special experience for all of our guests.

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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.


Signature Dish

Dutch Baby
You've not lived until you've had one of Aldrich Guest House's Dutch Babies! Puffy, golden, with a crispy outside, we've put a savory twist on a unique dish. Simple (but sometimes fickle!) in their preparation, this dish is sure to impress as well as fill even the healthiest of appetites without being heavy or overdone. We look forward to sharing these with you!


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