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Aaron's Cottages and Goldmoor Inn

9001 Sand Hill Road , Galena, IL 61036 USA (Show map)
4.4
206 Reviews
$265 - $385
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The Goldmoor, high atop the bluffs overlooking the majestic Mississippi River Valley, fantastic views and sensational sunsets. Our luxurious guest accommodations in a beautiful setting and the very finest in hospitality create the essence of The Goldmoor. We invite you to relax and enjoy the best The Goldmoor has to offer in any season. Your needs have been thoughtfully anticipated, beginning with our freshly prepared full gourmet breakfast and ending with the complimentary beverages found in your room. You will enjoy the pleasures that make us the top-rated Inn in the state of Illinois since 1993 and one of the top 12 most romantic inns in North America 2003 by bedandbreakfast. We're proud of our "finishing touches" that set us apart from many other properties in the Midwest. We offer a complete host of room amenities including French terry robes heated towel bars, hair dryers, iron and ironing board. Whether you're visiting Galena, Illinois for a brief getaway or a longer vacation, The Goldmoor staff is here to serve your every need. Solitude, fresh air, and magnificent scenery await you when visiting "Galena's Premier Country Inn".

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Overall
4.4

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  • Guest room4.6
  • Service4.5
  • Value4.0
  • Cleanliness4.5
  • Dining4.2

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Great weekend getaway from Chicago

5 on May 11, 2014

Made a last minute decision to get out of Chicago and go to Galena for the weekend. Know B&Bs aren't crazy about Saturday night stays only, when ideally they'd like you to stay Friday and Saturday if during the weekend, but they accommodated us since it's right before the busy season really kicks in and they weren't completely full. Recommend the Goldmoor experience package. It includes couples massage, champagne and keepsake glasses and a $50 dinner voucher. It was worth it. Our two massage therapists were top-notch! I would come back just for the massage, but there are plenty of other reasons to come back. We stayed in the First Lady Suite which was wonderful with plenty of comforts. The property sits sort of on a bluff with a view of the Mississippi River (it's not right at the river's edge but overlooks it). There are bicycles for anyone to use and some lawn chairs to sit and enjoy the views. The restaurant is open to the public for dinner besides guests. We had lovely riverside views in a booth. There was a good selection of entrees. Our dinner and wine were pleasurable as was the service. Breakfast was also tasty and filling, they don't skimp! We ordered breakfast in so we could stay in the big fluffy Goldmoor robes and continue lounging. There is also a little room off of the lobby that sells some retail items, wine, bottled water and has a drawer of I-forgot-to-bring toiletries. It is a great place to get away and relax. The main street of Galena isn't too far away if you want to shop or stroll. We recommend and will come back.

Innkeeper Response
So glad that you enjoyed yourself! Thanks for leaving a review, we love to hear how we are doing from our guests. We'll definitely be keeping the Goldmoor Experience Package. Have a wonderful day!


A slice of peace and heaven!

4.8 on September 18, 2013

We are repeat customers and we come to stay in the cabin every year with our dog. We look so forward to this getaway every year. The cabins are so fun and comfy and the property around them is so well groomed and beautiful. There is nothing like waking up early in the morning and sitting on the cabin front porch with a freshly brewed cup of coffee and having deer (and sometimes their off spring) run through the front yard. It's so amazing. We also enjoy our Saturday night dinner at the Goldmoor Inn in their awesome Gazebo being waited on by Sue who is just a wonderful addition to the Goldmoor Inn. She makes our dinner very special. Our experience at the Goldmoor Inn is nothing short of outstanding. Thank you! Randy & Mary Hutton


Nice place to relax

3.8 on August 23, 2013

My wife and I visited for our anniversay and found the Goldmoor to be very relaxing and peaceful. There are some newer rooms and some older rooms so be careful which ones you choose. The food was a bit pricey but well worth it.


Fantastic Getaway

4.2 on August 07, 2013

My husband and I went to the Goldmoore at the recommendation of some friends and we were pleasantly surprised. The view is gorgeous and the food was spectacular! We were hesitant at first, as our room had been recently deep cleaned and felt damp. They immediately let us choose another room and gave us a voucher for a free meal that valued $100! The new room was beautiful and the staff was so friendly and serving. The 20% off of your second stay is pretty good motivation for us to return someday.


The Goldmoor was glorious!

4.8 on July 01, 2013

We celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary at the Goldmoor Inn and everything exceeded our expectations. The charm of this place is hard to describe; modern elegance with just the right balance of seclusion and exposure to nature. It's also only approximately a 20 minute car ride to the quaint shops and dining establishments in Galena. We might have to think of another special occasion to celebrate and return there soon!


A wonderful experience.

5 on June 09, 2013

A truly wonderful experience. The food is great, the view is serene. The rooms are a incredible experience unto themselves.


awesome

4.6 on June 02, 2013

We had a family emergency and had to cut our stay short. The staff was very helpful and refunded us by giving us a gift certificate for another stay. We will definitely be making the trip up their again!!


Outstanding Honeymoon

5 on May 31, 2013

We just enjoyed a wonderful honeymoon at the Goldmoor Inn. The surroundings are gorgeous, the location is beautiful, the accommodations are first-class, the service was exemplary and the cuisine, for both dinner and breakfast, was delicious. We strongly recommend the Goldmoor Inn and will return for our anniversary.


Goldmoor stay

4.6 on May 20, 2013

Had a great stay. The service of all the staff members was incredible and the room was spacious and clean.


Outstanding visit!

5 on April 19, 2013

This was out first stay at the Goldmoor. It far exceeded my expectations. When we arrived for our breakfast in the dining room, the coffee was poured, and the muffins were on the table. Our room was absolutely beautiful, and romantic. The view of the Mississippi was breathtaking from our room. The spa was also great. We're looking forward to another trip there in the fall! Carol Ervin


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Rooms & Rates

Timberland Log Cabin

These grand deluxe accommodations are decorated in rustic luxury and enhanced with king size beds, double person whirlpool, full private bath, Franklin stove fireplace, galley kitchen with complimentary beverages and coffee maker and microwave, entertainment system with satellite. All stays include gourmet breakfast each day.

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

Mississippi Suite

Deluxe suite with oversized whirlpool over looking the river,limestone hearth fireplace, king size bed, sitting area, galley kitchen with coffeemaker and microwave,complimentary beverages, entertainment system with satelitte, full private bath, . Our most popilar for honeymoons and weddings. Gourmet breakfast each day.

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

Covington Suite

Grand deluxe suite with whirlpool overlooking the Mississippi River, fireplace, entertainment center with satellite. Sitting area and full galley kitchen with microwave, complimentary beverages and coffee maker. Full private with bidet, and tub and shower combination. English country manor decor. Gourmet breakfast each day.

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

English Country Cottage

Grand deluxe stand alone cottage with double whirlpool overlooking Mississippi River, custom bath with multi-head shower "room", Bose surround sound, entertainment system w/satellite. Galley kitchen with complimentary beverages. Galley opens to screened porch overlooking the river. Shares private grill and patio area just for the grand deluxe cottages' guests. Gourmet breakfast each day.

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

Irish Country Cottage

Grand deluxe with fireplace of river boulders that match the walk-in "waterfall shower". Double person whirlpool, full private bath, entertainment system w/satellite, complete galley kitchen with complimentary beverages. Private porch overlooking the river and access to private grill and patio area shared by deluxe cottage guests.

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

French Country Cottage

Grand deluxe cottage with French country decor.Double person whirlpool overlooking the Mississippi, king size bed, full private bath, entertainment center w/satellite, fireplace and complete galley kitchen with complimentary beverages. Screened in porch and access to private patio and grill are for the cottage guests. Gourmet breakfast daily.

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

First Lady's Suite

Luxury second floor suite in the main inn with king bed, two-person whirlpool, oak-mantled fireplace, and entertainment system w/satellite. Fully private bath and full galley kitchen area including microwave and coffeemeker,with complimentary beverages and coffeemaker. Gourmet breakfast daily.

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

English Garden Suite

Deluxe suite in the main inn, with custom polished limestone hearth, double perosn whirlpool, entertainment system w/satellite, king bed, full private bath,galley kitchen including microwave and coffeemaker and complimentary beverages. Gourmet breakfast included daily.

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

Veranda Suite

Deluxe suite in the main inn with king bed,double person whirlpool, full private bath, fireplace, entertainment system w/ satellite, full galley kitchen including microwave and coffeemaker, complimentary beverages. Gourmet breakfast included daily.

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

Nightly Rate: $255 - $295

Leafland Log Cabin

Contemporary log construction located across the meadow and backing up to the woods with king bed, Franklin stove, two person whirlpool, galley kitchen with microwave and coffeemaker, complimentary beverages,full private bath. Entertainment system w/satellite. Gourmet breakfast included daily.

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

Chef's Quarters

This grand deluxe Suite caters to the culinary enthusiast. Pass through the hustle and bustle of the kitchen to enter you private quarters. Experience the opportunity to receive complimentary seating at the Chefs tables in the culinary kitchen. Let the chefs tantalize your taste buds while creating a dish that is entirely unique or a new twist on something familiar. This second floor accommodation offers the highest elevation to a spectacular view of the Mississippi river. Create your own memories while sipping champagne watching the sunset or immerse yourself in an whirlpool tub.

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

Nightly Rate: $325 - $385

Turret Suite

Romantic two story suite with a mini-castle touch. View of the Mississippi, king bed, fireplace, two person private whirlpool, full private bath, galley kitchen including microwave and coffeemaker, cpmplimentary beverages, full entertainment system w/ satellite. Gourmet breakfast included daily.

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

Nightly Rate: $305 - $345

Arthur Suite

This grand deluxe suite offfers a view of the Mississippi River from the top floor of the Lodge. Accommodations include king bed,two person whirlpool, fireplace,full enetertainment system w/satellite, galley kitchen, microwave, coffeemaker, complimentary beverages and full private bath.Gourmet breakfast included daily.

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

Nightly Rate: $305 - $345

Elizabeth Suite

This grand deluxe suite has the top floor view of the Mississippi River with a two person private whirlpool, full private bath, fireplace, complete entertainment system w/satelitte, galley kitchen with microwave, coffeemaker and complimentary beverages. Gourmet breakfast included daily.

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

Nightly Rate: $265 - $305

Lancelot Suite

Grand deluxe suite on the main floor in the Lodge overlooking the timbered countryside from the balacony porch. View of the Mississippi River from the private breakfast area. King bed, private two person whirlpool, fireplace, full private bath, galley kitchen with microwave, coffeemaker and complimentary beverages, full entertainment system w/satellite. Gourmet breakfast daily.

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

Nightly Rate: $255 - $295

Gwenivere Suite

A grand deluxe suite in the Lodge. King bed, two person whirlpool, full private bath, fireplace, entertainment system w/ ssatelitte, galley kitchen with microwave and coffeemaker, complimentary beverages, balcony porch overlooking the timberland and a Mississippi River view from the breakfast area. Gourmet breakfast daily.

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

Nightly Rate: $255 - $295

Winston Suite

One of our only mega grand suites, a slightly larger space with a queen sofa sleeper in addition to the king bed. As with all accommodations, full breakfast is included every morning. Amenities include private two-person whirlpool,full private bath, fireplace, entertainment system, galley kitchen with complimentary soft beverages, water and juice, microwave and coffeemaker.

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

Victoria Suite

One of our mega grand suites, a larger unit offering a queen sofa sleeper in addition to the king bed. Private two person whirlpool, full private bath, fireplace, entertainment system, galley kitchen with microwave, coffeemaker and complimentary beverages. Gourmet breakfast daily.

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

Nightly Rate: $235 - $275

Location

Location Type

Rural location, Countryside

Airport

Dubuque, IA (DBQ) 20 miles

Directions to property:

Off Rt 20, take Blackjack Rd. six miles to West Sand Hill Road (right turn off only). Make right turn onto Sand Hill and go less than 1 mile to entrance.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Live Music, Museum, Nature area, Picnic area, River, Ski area, Vineyard, Winery

Inn Details

Establishment type

Country Inn

On-site amenities

BBQ grill, Board games, Conference Rooms, Copier, Fax Machine, Wedding Facilities , Fully stocked kitchen, Whirlpools, Hair dryers, Complimentary refreshments and fresh cookies, Complete entertainment systems with DVD, Complimentary bicycles

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, CD player, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, DVD Player, In-room internet, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Internet Service, Ironing Board, Microwave, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, VCR, Videos, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Bicycles, Bird watching, Downhill Skiing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseshoes, Mountain Bike trails, Massage services available, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Snow shoe trails

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Policies

  • Check In:: 3:00-6:00 p.m.
  • Check Out:: 11:00 a.m.
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only OUTSIDE ONLY
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Yes
  • Suitable For Children: No
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Prior approval required Small animal - Please call for specific accommodations.
  • Disabled Access Yes

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: 2 Nights on weekends
  • Accepted payments Other, AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: Credit card required at time of reservation. Card is charged 14 days in advance of stay. Payment by check must arrive 14 days prior to stay. Please call for other arrangements.
  • Cancellations: Unless a 14-days notice of room cancellation is given, room payment will be charged. If cancelled in the 14 days, we will issue a gift certificate for the full amount of that stay and is non-expiring and transferrable, subject to availability. When reserving three or more rooms, a 30 day notice of cancellation is required.

Innkeepers

Name(s)

Patricia and Tom Smith

Languages spoken

English, Spanish

Resident Pets

About the innkeepers

The Goldmoor, has a rich history stemming from the riverboat days and leading to its present day state as "Galena's Premier Guest Retreat." Since the mid 1980's Jim Goldthorpe has improved The Goldmoor to now be the "Top Rated Inn in Illinois since 1993".. The professional staff will cater to your every need and make you feel relaxed in the "slow pace" of Galena's small town atmosphere. Leave the world behind and let us make your honeymoon, romantic getaway, or vacation retreat a memorable one.

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Meals

Breakfast

Full gourmet

  • Time Served: 8:30 to 10:00 am
  • Serving Location: Breakfast/dining area, Guest room, On-site restaurant

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian


Signature Dish

Potato & Ham Supreme Breakfast
Mouth watering blend of diced seasoned potatoes, eggs and chopped ham with cheese all baked with a finely browned top served with a first course fruit and garnish. Homemade as are all of our breakfast items.


Recipes

Deals


Special Package

Culinary Classes

Fun and food! Learn how to cook fresh Salmon en Papillote or savory Beef Wellington in our world class kitchen with our highly-trained Goldmoor Chefs! Private cooking classes are held every Monday at 2:00 p.m. $65.00 per person or call for group rates -- a great idea for girls' day out or an inventive date idea! Reservations are required.

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Details

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9001 Sand Hill Road , Galena, IL 61036 USA (Show map)

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