Lamberson Guest House

113 S. Prospect Street , Galena, IL 61036 USA (Show map)


Located at the top of Prospect Street in Galena's scenic Historic District and overlooking the heart of Downtown Galena, our beautiful, traditional-style home is the perfect place for a relaxing getaway. Each of the 4 guest rooms and suites at the Lamberson Guest House have a unique personality that captures the historic charm of Galena. Thoughtfully appointed and decorated, our luxury accommodations feature custom hand-crafted king and queen sized beds topped with lavender rinsed sheets for a sound night's sleep. Stylish lighting and comfortable furnishings make our bed and breakfast the ideal place for relaxing and enjoying hospitality at its finest. Our 3-course breakfast is prepared from scratch with fresh ingredients. In addition to breakfast, there are freshly baked cookies in the main parlor all day, as well as coffee, tea, cocoa and soft drinks. What better treat than a glass of wine along with cheese before venturing into town for the evening? A wine and cheese reception is offered daily at 4:00 pm in the parlor or courtyard, weather permitting. When you do venture out, the Lamberson Guest House is just steps away from the shopping, dining, and unique attractions that make Galena such a wonderful destination.



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  • Guest room4.9
  • Service4.9
  • Value4.9
  • Cleanliness5
  • Onsite Dining4.9

Charming B&B

5 on September 02, 2018

My husband and I enjoyed every minute of this short time away. Having not been to Galena before we felt like we stepped back in time. The town, shops and restaurants were adorable. And Lamberson Guest House was a real gem. Michelle has everything top notch and her breakfasts were delicious. She made us feel like royalty. We sure look forward to returning.

Worth every penny!

5 on July 23, 2018

My mom and I spent a fantastic get-away weekend exploring the historic city of Galena. We definitely enjoyed the shopping but our favorite part was staying at the Lamberson Guest House. The home feels so warm and cozy and Michelle, the Innkeeper, spent time sharing history of the house and city. She truly is amazing and made us feel so comfortable. The house was spotless, clean and smelled fresh. The rooms were just breathtaking and tastefully decorated. The linens and bedding smelled of lavender and were of high quality. The three course breakfast was delicious and George’s coffee bar was a nice touch. The attention to detail wasn’t spared! This B&B is well worth every penny. Don’t hesitate to stay here, you won’t be disappointed. My husband and I will definitely be coming back in the future. I highly recommend, you’ll love it!

Great stay!

5 on April 06, 2018

Very clean. New and updated while being appropriate to the house. Friendly service. Good food.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you so much for taking the time to review your stay. Glad you enjoyed your stay and hope you'll be back soon!

- Michelle (innkeeper)

Love the Lamberson!

5 on March 31, 2018

My favorite place to stay in Galena. Michelle does an awesome job. Beautiful rooms, fantastic food and she pays such great attention to every detail. I try to get back several times each year and have recommended it to as many people as I can! Well worth the money for a fantastic visit.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you so much for checking in! I am grateful for all of your recommendations. You know I always want you to feel as if this is your home away from home. Looking forward to your next stay!

- Michelle (innkeeper)

Beautiful place

5 on March 31, 2018

We spent our weekend down there and loved it. Michelle is one of the nicest people and gave us ideas on what to visit while we were there plus the breakfast was so good. We're going back again this summer.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you so much for writing your review. I am so happy you enjoyed your stay and look forward to having you back soon...summer is just around the corner!

- Michelle (innkeeper)

Charm, beauty, warmth. Now #1 in Galena for us!

5 on March 29, 2018

My husband and I love to spend my birthday and our anniversary in Galena in March. This year we stayed at the Lamberson Guest House and had a marvelous time! The quiet setting on top of a hill overlooking the historic city is perfect and one can walk everywhere. The house has a grand presence and the inside is expertly restored. All the rooms are sparkling clean and elegantly appointed. The brightest part of the weekend was Michelle, our Innkeeper. As our very attentive host, she made sure that we had everything we needed and more! The breakfasts were a delight and the company even more so. We will definitely be returning!!

Innkeeper Response
Thank you so much for writing such a wonderful review. I loved having you and Phil here for your anniversary and your birthday! This house is so special to me and I love sharing it with everyone who walks through my door. I am constantly striving to make sure every guest has a 5-star experience. I can't to see you again next year!

- Michelle (innkeeper)

New Years Eve Getaway

4.4 on January 03, 2018

Michelle is the ultimate hostess who goes above and beyond for her guests. The accommodations are historically beautiful and comfortable. I would recommend staying here to anyone who would enjoy a relaxing getaway.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review. I am glad you enjoyed your stay and were able to see Galena in all of it's holiday glory. Hope to see you again soon!

- Michelle (innkeeper)

An Amazing Getaway!

5 on October 10, 2017

We spent three days at the Lamberson Guest House for our "Girl's Weekend. Michelle is the perfect hostess and attends to your every need. All four rooms are lovely. The breakfasts are amazing, Wine and cheese in the afternoon. Two sweet pups, Murray and Jack, for those who love their furry friends. You feel at home the moment you walk in the door. Most important to me is cleanliness and this house sparkles! This B&B is perfect in every way and Michelle is simply wonderful!

Innkeeper Response
Thank you so much for your wonderful review! I am so happy you chose to stay at the Lamberson Guest House. Your happiness was contagious. I try very hard to make sure every room is spotless and am so happy it made the difference. Hoping you will all be back one day!

- Michelle (innkeeper)


5 on October 01, 2017

My husband and I stayed at the Lamberson for our anniversary. The house was absolutely beautiful and our room was equally as great! Michele was so FANTASTIC! She made us feel right at home from the minute we arrived. She even left us chocolate turtles with a little note for our anniversary. In the late afternoon she served wine and cheese on the beautiful patio. Then in the morning she served the most delicious 3 course breakfast. Even the place settings were done to perfection. The Lamberson' s location allows for a beautiful view of Galena. My husband and I enjoyed just sitting outside on the front swing looking over Galena. Michele has a cabinet with dvds that you can take up to your room, games, magazines, and the newspaper. There is also a parlor that had coffe, tea, and cookies, plus a separate coffe/tea area upstairs by the rooms. We felt that Michele left no stone unturned. We would strongly recommend the Lamberson to anyone looking to stay in Galena.

Pleasantly surprised!

4.8 on August 06, 2017

We had never stayed at a B and B so really didn't know what to expect, or if we would even like it. We were definitely impressed and will absolutely do it again! Michelle was a wonderful host, very accommodating to our needs, respectful of our privacy, served wonderful meals and pays great attention to detail. Our room was beautiful, the bed was extremely comfortable and the sheets were the softest I think I had ever slept on. I would highly recommend this B and B for your next stay in Galena.

Innkeeper Response
I remember the first time I stayed at a B&B...and hope you will always remember yours, as well. Of course....from that time on it was my dream to own one, one day. Here I am. Thank you for writing. I hope you'll be back one day soon!

- Michelle (innkeeper)

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Rooms & Rates


This beautiful suite features separate living and bedroom areas, as well as a reading nook and a sofa-bed to accommodate an additional guest. Located on the 2nd floor, it's windows overlook all of Galena, and provide a stunning view of the historic former home of President Grant. The soft, champagne pink colored walls, along with the rich, antique-style King-size sleigh bed and large electric fireplace provide the perfect environment for a quiet, comfortable, and relaxing escape. From the plush linens to the large, beautiful bathroom with rainfall massage shower head and Lamberson Guest House spa robes, you can unwind amongst the finest comforts Galena has to offer.

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

Nightly Rate: $205 - $225


The Jessie guestroom is a cozy corner bedroom tucked away on the second floor of the Lamberson Guest House. For the early riser or the nature enthusiast, the Jessie features plenty of morning sun and a gorgeous view of the rolling hills that surround Galena. For the late riser and sleep enthusiast, the Jessie's queen-sized, cherry wood poster bed and room-darkening window shades make it the perfect place to spend the morning wrapped in a blanket. Whatever your passions and whatever your reason for vising Galena, the Jessie guestroom is the ultimate choice for an intimate, quaint, and comfortable vacation.

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

Nightly Rate: $175 - $185


The Mary carries an air of refined elegance. Its beautiful hardwood floors, antique style queen sized bed with turned posts and intricately carved cabriole legs and overlays, and view of the stately, quiet back gardens are enough to transport guests to another time. It's flat screen television, private bath with shower, and electric fireplace bring them right back into the twenty-first century and provide modern comforts in elegant, antique surroundings. The Mary Jr. Suite also offers a quiet reading nook with a plush chaise lounge in a private hall, providing an ideal place to lose track of time in a good book and a glass of wine.

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

Nightly Rate: $165 - $175


This 2nd floor room features a bay wall of windows offering one of the finest views the Lamberson Guest House has to offer,. The center window's leaded glass panel showers the room in rainbow light, which highlights this spacious room. Rich carvings and intricate veneer work highlight the magnificent King-size cherry bed for the ultimate relaxing getaway. The beautiful bathroom with massage and rain-heads will soothe you into complete relaxation. Unwind with a glass of wine in front of the lovely electric fireplace with remote control. Whatever your reason for visiting Galena, the Maud guestroom provides a comfortable, spacious place to rest and unwind.

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

Nightly Rate: $195 - $205

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Location Type

Small town


Dubuque, IA (DBQ) 23 miles

Directions to property:

Travel southeast on Airport Rd toward Jet Center Drive Turn Left onto Highway 61 S/US-61 N. continue to follow US-61 N. Turn slight right onto S. Locust St./1A-946 Turn Right onto Dodge St./US-20 E. continue to follow US-20 E for 14.72 miles Turn Left onto S. Dodge St. Take the 3rd Right onto Washington Street Lamberson Guest House is on the Left, just past High Street. Please park along the left side of Washington Street or in front of the white carriage house on High Street.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Live Music, Museum, Nature area, Night life, Picnic area, Religious Services, Ski area, Tours, Vineyard, Winery

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Inn Details

Establishment type

Historic Inn

On-site amenities

Board games, Coffee/Tea facilities, Copier, Fridge, Library, Movie library, Parking, Telephone, Videos

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, DVD Player, Fireplace, Hairdryer, Ironing Board, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Wi-Fi

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  • Check In:: Guests' choice
  • Check Out:: 11:00 am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Yes
  • Suitable For Children: Limited Well behaved children
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: 2 nights on weekends
  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Mastercard
  • Deposit Amount Required: Room is charged in full upon booking
  • Cancellations: A Bed and Breakfast stay is very different from a typical lodging stay. When you make a reservation with us we are committing to you a specific room on specific dates and will not rent that room to anyone else. The Lamberson Guest House is an exclusive property where every guest reservation is both important and special to us. If your travel plans change and you must cancel your reservation, please call us at least 10 (ten) days prior to your arrival date to cancel your reservation less your $50 deposit. In the unlikely event that you must cancel within the 10 (ten) day cancellation period, shorten your stay or check out early, you will still be charged for your entire reservation. If we can re-book your rooms, a full or partial refund will be made. Rates/policies are subject to change and vary during high impact periods and for special requests. A 30 day cancellation notice is required on multiple room bookings, whole house bookings, and for some holidays and special events. Old Man Winter Guarantee: Winter is a wonderful time to visit Galena. Whether you’re looking to relax and unwind, or to enjoy some of the exciting winter sports offered in Galena, book your stay with us and know that if a winter storm warning is issued that prevents you from traveling, there will be no penalty for last-minute cancellations, up to and including the day of your arrival.
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Michelle Heurung

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About the innkeepers

After purchasing this special property in July of 2016, our priority became rejuvenation & restoration of the structure and grounds to reflect our vision of warmth and refinement, while respecting the historical and regional character of the property. Having visited Galena regularly for decades, we are so happy to be permanent residents. Our passion for cooking, decorating and history are the foundation for our ongoing contributions to the legacy of the Lamberson Guest House.

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  • Time Served: 8:30 am
  • Serving Location: Dining Room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian

Signature Dish

Lamberson Potato Rolls
Served often with breakfast, these are the softest, most delicious rolls ever, served warm with butter and jam.

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