Jail Hill Inn

319 Meeker Street , Galena, 61036 USA (Show map)
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About

Prominently situated to overlook Galena and its countryside, Jail Hill Inn offers gracious lodging for your perfect getaway to Galena. The 135 year old, 4-story brick building that served as the county jail for nearly 100 years has now been completely renovated in 2015 with amenities that will thrill any traveler. With 45 windows (some 9 feet tall), 14 foot tall, curved brick ceilings, original 4th floor beams and unique valued ceilings, the detail and architectural significance in the building is significant. The inn also features a 3rd story back deck and yard to enjoy a glass of wine and relax after a busy day in Galena. Each Jail Hill Inn Suite offers a luxurious king size bed with fine linens and pillows, ornate gas fireplaces, all Kohler bathrooms with either a steam shower or bubble massage tub and wet bars with small refrigerators, microwaves, and Keurig coffee systems. When you stay at Jail Hill Inn, you will enjoy a wonderful reception of wine and cheese on your arrival, in your suite, you will find champagne and chocolates chilling for you. After a great night’s rest, you will enjoy a 3 course, gourmet breakfast, that can even be delivered to your room! We look forward to welcoming you soon to Galena’s newest lodging property. Let us pamper you.

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  • Guest room5
  • Service5
  • Value5
  • Cleanliness5
  • Onsite Dining5

A remarkable property.

5 on August 24, 2016

We recently spent an evening at the Jail House Inn. The service is absolutely remarkable. Do not miss out on the breakfast!! It was incredible. Three full course featuring all home made dishes that rival any 5 star hotel. For the price you will not get a better experience anywhere. Be warned once you visit this place once you will certainly find yourself planning a return. I am very much looking forward to a return visit and cannot say enough positive things about my experience.


great historic and romantic getaway

5 on April 29, 2016

Jail Hill Inn, not only has historic and romantic value, but it is also close to downtown and excellent food, with hospitality from Matthew, we are anxious to return to experience the other rooms. Great job, Matthew


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Rooms & Rates

Suite 201

Located on the second floor of Jail Hill Inn, Suite 201 used to be the floor the sheriff or jailer and their family resided. Today it features 6, 9-feet tall windows and 14 feet tall, curved brick ceiling. Truly a unique lodging experience. The views from Suite 201 will be of the neighboring property and a front view looking at our stone courthouse across the street.

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

Suite 202

Located on the second floor of Jail Hill Inn, Suite 202 once housed the county sheriff and family until 1977 when a new jail was built across the street. Today Suite 202 features massive 9 feet tall windows and a curved brick ceiling, 14 feet tall. The natural stone fireplace and built in window/bench seat is a guest favorite. Views from Suite 202 look at the courtyard and of the downtown Galena area. If this suite had a kitchen, you could move in!

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

Suite 301

Located on the third floor of Jail Hill Inn, Suite 301 once housed a block of 6 jail cells. The front windows have the carvings from the prisoners names preserved. The fireplace hearth is the original cement floor, which was a security measure, so the prisoners could not escape or get below to the sheriff's quarters. Views from Suite 301 are of downtown Galena and the neighboring property. Grab some of the Inn?s board games, crack open a bottle of wine, order in pizza from downtown and enjoy a quite night in this suite.

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

Suite 302

Located on the third floor of Jail Hill Inn, Suite 302 once contained a block of 6 jail cells for prisoners. Today you can see the fireplace hearth is the original cement floor, which was a security measure so prisoners could not escape. Today, Suite 302 features 7 windows that look out three sides of the building, including downtown Galena, the surrounding countryside and onto the back deck and courtyard of the property. Forget about work, deadlines and smartphones and enjoy each other's company while overlooking all of Galena from this suite.

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

Suite 401

Located on the 4th floor of Jail Hill Inn, Suite 401 once housed female prisoners at the Jo Daviess County Jail. Notice the angled ceiling which is part of the red mansard roof that is visible throughout the Galena area. Suite 401 features a unique aged brick fireplace and an open floor plan that nicely showcases the suite. The beams in the suite are original and all lead to the middle of the building that has one giant beam, that support the roof. Views from Suite 401 include the neighboring property and the back yard of Jail Hill Inn. Grab a book, catch up on movies and relax is this beautifully appointed suite.

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

Suite 402

Located on the 4th floor of Jail Hill Inn, Suite 402 once housed female prisoners and once had a giant water tank on this floor that was used for indoor plumbing. Today it features breathtaking views above the tree line of the Galena countryside and back yard. The recessed cove lighting is a beautiful evening feature of the suite to create unique mood lighting. Relax and unwind all day and night in this stunning suite.

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

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Location

Location Type

Small town

Airport

Dubuque, IA (DBQ) 22 Miles miles

Directions to property:

Travel from Dubuque, Iowa east on U.S. Route 20 towards Galena, Illinois. The property is located at 319 Meeker Street, Galena, IL 61036

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Eco-tourism, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Museum, Nature area, Night life, Picnic area, River, Ski area, Tours, Vineyard, Winery

Inn Details

Establishment type

Historic Inn

On-site amenities

Electric vehicle charging, Parking, Wedding Facilities

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Board games, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, Desk, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Ironing Board, Kitchenette, Microwave, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Wet bar, Wheelchair access, Wi-Fi

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Policies

  • Check In:: 16:00
  • Check Out:: 12:00
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Yes
  • Suitable For Children: No
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access Limited

Terms and Conditions

Innkeepers

Name(s)

Matthew Carroll

Languages spoken

English

Resident Pets

About the innkeepers

Having been born and raised in Galena, I am so pleased to share this community, this area and my home, Jail Hill Inn, with my guests. I purchased the property in January 2015 and began an intense schedule of acquiring permits, architectural plans, bank financing and actual construction to open in less than a year. It was close as we welcomed our first guests on December 26, 2015. How exciting it is to be able to follow my passion in such an incredible location.

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Meals

Breakfast

Free

  • Time Served: 9am-10:00am
  • Serving Location: Breakfast Room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian Gluten Free, Vegan


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