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!



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  • Guest room4.6
  • Service4.9
  • Value4.6
  • Cleanliness4.8
  • Onsite Dining4.7


5 on February 20, 2018

Robert and Douglas were excellent hosts for our overnight stay. Property was clean and inviting. Far enough away from the downtown but easy to walk to you. Thanks for a great weekend!

Innkeeper Response
Thanks for visiting with us and for sharing your excellent feedback! It was great meeting you and being part of your time in Galena Country and we look forward to seeing you again soon!

- Robert and Douglas, Innkeepers (innkeeper)


5 on December 11, 2017

My daughter and I stayed at this amazing bed and breakfast for a girls only trip. As a mom my biggest concern is cleanliness. Our room was spotless! But the Aldrich House goes above and beyond in so many areas. The owners are so kind and attentive. The food was amazing! Every room was meticulously decorated and beautiful. We felt at home and loved every minute of our stay!

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for spending your mother/daughter time together with us! We're glad to see that our attention to detail did not go unnoticed! Thank you for sharing your feedback with everyone and for allowing us to be your home away from home - see you next time!

- Robert and Douglas, Innkeepers (innkeeper)

Amazing place and hosts!

5 on November 25, 2017

We have stayed at several b&b’s in Galena, but this is our new favorite! The hosts are very attentive. They take time to tell you the history of the House. The wine time was wonderful with many wine choices and homemade snacks. Breakfast was incredible and a great way to start your day. To top things off when we left to go home they gave us homemade marshmallows! Wonderful place I highly recommend it!

Innkeeper Response
So glad to hear that we're your new favorite! From the award-winning homemade food to the intuitive yet unobtrusive service, we are proud to be the leaders of the next generation of bed and breakfasts and we're even more proud to know that you had such a great time with us!

- Robert and Douglas, Innkeepers (innkeeper)

Beautiful home & great hospitality!

4.8 on July 07, 2017

Douglas & Robert ensured we had everything we needed. We are a delicious breakfast, had a clean and beautiful room & extras like stainless steel water bottles for our stay & a water bottle refilling station available 24/7. They have wine & cheese at 5 (which was delicious) and treated us as guests, rather than customers. We even got some great local recommendations!!

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for sharing your excellent review with everyone and for making us a part of your time in Galena! We're pleased to see that you enjoyed yourselves so much from the design to the homemade food to the environmentally friendly steps that we take and mostly to our unique version of intuitive yet unobtrusive service. All of these are what have made us the leader of the next generation of bed and breakfasts. Looking forward to seeing you the next time!

- Robert and Douglas (Innkeepers)

A wonderful, relaxing holiday weekend at Aldrich

4.8 on June 05, 2017

My partner and I had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend break in Galena, and a lot of our fun, relaxing time was because we stayed with Douglas and Robert at their Aldrich Guest House. The guys are excellent hosts with great eyes for detail. The room and its history was wonderful and their breakfasts! Well, you really should try spending some time there if you're ever in Galena.

Innkeeper Response
It was great having you celebrate your holiday with us and we're thrilled that you enjoyed yourselves so much! We're also glad that you enjoyed the tasty homemade food that we actually won 1st runner up in a national competition for! Thank you for sharing your review with everyone and we look forward to seeing you again soon!

- Robert and Douglas (Innkeepers)

Beautiful place to stay!

5 on May 29, 2017

We had an amazing weekend. Robert & Douglas are fabulous hosts, great cooks & their home is beautiful! Our rooms were beautiful, clean, comfortable & we would go back in a minute. The location is fabulous. A short walk through the park & across the bridge allows you to not worry about parking downtown. Highly suggest you put Aldrich House on your list!

Cozy and comfortable B & B

5 on December 08, 2016

Douglas and Robert provided the perfect getaway for us in Galena. My husband and I enjoyed the beautifully renovated historic home, the elegant holiday decorations, the comfortable room and the delicious breakfast. I would definitely go back!

Innkeeper Response
It was great meeting you both and having you visit with us! Thank you for sharing your time with us and for the wonderful review - we're pleased to see that you enjoyed every aspect of your stay from the renovations which create an elegant yet livable atmosphere to the classy holiday decor to the homemade breakfasts. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

- Robert and Douglas (Innkeepers)

Anniversary Geraway

5 on November 28, 2016

We arrived Friday night and were greeted with a tour of the historic Aldrich Guest House. Our bags were taken to our room and we were given a few tips about local places to visit. We stayed until Sunday at 11am. Breakfast Saturday and Sunday were amazing (dough babies and pumpkin baked french toast). The house was immaculate and the hosts were sweet. I would stay here again in a heartbeat.

Innkeeper Response
Thanks for the great review and for letting us be a part of your anniversary! We are glad to see that you enjoyed the homemade breakfasts as well as the house itself and most of all our professional and intuitive yet unobtrusive service. We are excited to see you the next time you visit Galena!

- Robert and Douglas (Innkeepers)


5 on October 17, 2016

Fiancé and I decided to stay at Aldrich for a short weeknight stay and couldn't be happier. From the time we were greeted at the door to the time we were helped back to the car, Robert and Douglas were the warmest, friendliest, and most sincere hosts we've ever met. Everything was perfect from the historic house, to the room, to the breakfast (ham and cheese Dutch baby with scones and locally butchered sausage). They have a lifelong customer in us for our future visits.

Innkeeper Response
It was great meeting you and having you both with us! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review - we're pleased to see that you were able to enjoy so many aspects of Aldrich Guest House from the food to the elegant decor and mostly the service. All of these combine to make Aldrich Guest House the next generation of bed and breakfasts and we can't wait to see you both again soon!

- Robert and Douglas (Innkeepers)

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!

- Robert and Douglas (Innkeepers)

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Rooms & Rates

Room 1

Located in the front of the house, this room is flooded with light and very airy. Look through the windows and you can see Jones’ masterpiece, the Belvedere Mansion, which he constructed after building part of the Aldrich Guest House. This room has a queen sized bed, a loveseat for two, a large electric fireplace, and a private bath with a stand-up shower.

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

Room 3

A quiet room featured in the original part of the house with original wide plank floors and angled ceilings. An antique oak dresser, and a queen size bed greet you with memories of the original style that Mr. Aldrich himself built. This room reflects the classic elegance that the house was built for. Featuring original art, a private bath with claw foot tub, vintage brass shower, and pedestal sink.

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

Room 4

In this room, you will wake up to views of the gardens in a classic and refreshing space. Enjoy a Victorian walnut dresser, a queen size bed with a beautiful carved headboard, and full private bathroom with stand up shower.

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

Room 2

With a park view, this room is bright and sunny and has a large seating area with beautiful views plus a slide-out twin sized sofabed as well as a queen sized bed making it perfect for families or friends traveling together as it can accommodate up to 3 guests. You will also find an oak dresser, small electric fireplace, and large private bath with a tub/shower combo as well as a vintage ceramic sink.

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

Room 5

The largest in the house, this luxurious room features an elegant ambiance including a queen sized bed, a sitting area with two wing back chairs in a bay window at the front of the house with views of the Washburne Home and our gardens, a large electric fireplace, an extra large private bath with original claw foot tub and vintage brass shower, a pedestal sink, and two plush robes to add to your relaxation. 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

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Location Type

Countryside, Downtown, Small town, Wine country


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

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Inn Details

Establishment type

Historic Inn, Boutique Hotel

On-site amenities

Board games, Coffee/Tea facilities, Conference Rooms, DVD Player, Fireplace, Fridge, Library, Movie library, Parking, Private entrance, Radio, TV, Telephone, Videos, Wedding Facilities , We can accommodate most dietary restrictions and food sensitives with advanced notice. We also provide wine and hors d'oeuvres daily at 5pm in addition to complimentary homemade cookies, 24 hour coffee, tea, and soda service, snacks, DVD player, a large screened in porch, and nearly half an acre of manicured lawn and gardens.

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, Ceiling fans, Hairdryer, Ironing Board, 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, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Ski rentals, Snow shoe trails, Swimming, Tennis courts

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  • 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.
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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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  • 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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