Alice's Snyder House Bed and Breakfast

1000 Third Street , Galena, 61036 USA (Show map)


Alice's Snyder House was built in 1856 and was featured on the 2016 Tour of Historic Homes in Galena. You are encouraged to step back in time by enjoying the parlors, dining room and front porch which are decorated in an eclectic style with numerous antiques. The bedrooms each have their own unique personality and whether you enjoy Traditional, Oriental or Homespun there is the right one for you. Each room has a Smart TV with access to free Netflix. Wireless internet is available throughout the property. Wake up to the smell of fresh baked breakfast pastries and enjoy hearty portions of breakfast classics and "something new". Cookies are available 24/7 as is complimentary coffee, soft drinks and bottled water. Located in a residential neighborhood, Snyder House is surrounded by the historic Washburne House, Belvedere Mansion and a short walk to Grant's Home. Main street with its numerous restaurants, wine tasting rooms and unique shops is a five minute walk away. Innkeepers Joan and Dave have your comfort in mind along with making your stay in Galena memorable. Visit our website for more details and availability.



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

Galena's finest

5 on May 01, 2018

Lovely home - great hosts - excellent breakfasts - fresh cookies every day with a variety of hot and cold drinks - all within walking distance of downtown Galena. We had a wonderful visit with family and met new friends. We will definitely return!!

Weekend away

4.4 on April 09, 2018

We love to stay at B&B's when we travel and chose Alice Snyder's Guest House. It was lovely! The owners were friendly and full of information about the area. And the breakfast was phenomenal! Definitely recommend staying here!!

A wonderful place to visit

4.8 on April 08, 2018

This is a great example of why we love Bed and Breakfast. Joan met us at the front door and her husband was there complete with cowboy hat. He kept us company as we ate the lunch we brought in their beautiful dinning room on China they provided. Joan has a real eye for antiques decor and how to bring it all together. We happened to be the only guests so they both joined us for breakfast for enjoyable conversation, they gave a full tour of the house. We have to say every room was as beautiful and put together as ours was.

Definitely Met Expectations!

4.6 on April 04, 2018

Alice's definitely lived up to expectations! Our room was clean, comfortable and beautifully decorated, with lots of welcoming touches like chocolates, homemade cookies, a refrigerator stocked with bottles of water, cozy bathrobes and free Wi-Fi access. The hosts were friendly and welcoming. Breakfast was fabulous! I would definitely return to Alice's and would recommend others to stay here here as well!

Early Spring visit was great

4.4 on March 24, 2018

Our March stay was great. We arrived to Dave's friendly greeting and quickly get settled into our comfortable room. Delicious hot breakfast's were freshly served each morning. It is conveniently located to the many sites in Galena. We walked to everything and never had to use our car in two days. It is located right next to Highway 20 and some of the road traffic might bother a light sleeper. But we would still recommend Alice's Snyder House as a good place for a get away.

Beautiful B&B, Excellent Hospitality

5 on March 21, 2018

The B&B was beautiful, conveniently located, and the hospitality was top notch. Joan & Dave’s first priority was our comfort. We just loved them! The breakfasts were delicious and rooms clean. We enjoyed the decor and comfort of the B&B. We couldn’t have asked for a better experience. We would definitely return, in fact, likely will this fall.

Very nice B&B

4.6 on January 16, 2018

Nice bedroom, dining room, and parlor. Owner is very friendly and informative regarding history of the house and Galena in general. The breakfast was fantastic!

Great lodging in Galena, IL

5 on January 04, 2018

We stayed in the Alice's Snyder House Bed and Breakfast for a night short after Christmas. It was atmosphere of Alice's Snyder House which made our winter trip to Galena very special. If you like history and "travels in time" then the Alice's Snyder House is a great choice . Staff was very friendly, very hospitable and provided a great portion of information about the history of the city and house. In the scale of one to five, it was definitely 5 for this trip. We will be back again !

Outstanding experience

5 on January 02, 2018

We stayed in the Alice's Snyder House Bed and Breakfast for a night short after Christmas. It was atmosphere of Alice's Snyder House which made our winter trip to Galena very special. If you like history and "travels in time" then the Alice's Snyder House is a great choice . Staff was very friendly, very hospitable and provided a great portion of information about the history of the city and house. In the scale of one to ten, it was definitely 10 for this trip. We will be back again !

What a Treasure!

4.0 on December 18, 2017

We recently spent one night at Alice's Snyder B & B. We don't usually stay at B & B's but thought it would be fun to try one. As we drove up we noticed right away that the property is very welcoming and well cared for! The house was decorated beautifully for the holidays and Joan, the inn owner, greeted us as we came inside. Joan showed us around and there were cookies, chocolates, water, coffee, tea, and hot chocolate in the parlor. Our room was very clean and even though the room we choose was one of the smaller rooms, it had an area outside the bedroom where we could put our bags. The bed was quite comfortable and we both slept well. Joan fixed a fantastic, huge breakfast for us which was delicious! We sat around the table and Joan answered a lot of questions and we talked about the history of the house, which was quite interesting. We will definitely stay here again and willrecommend this B & B to our friends.

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Rooms & Rates


Fannie's room is a bright sunny yellow and filled with vintage handiwork including a quilt collection in the attached sitting area. There is a Queen bed and antique "Gentleman's" dresser. The sitting area has a spindle butler's bed and lots of vintage sewing memorablia. Don't miss reading the companion prayer to "Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep". The bath has a walk-in shower.

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


Alice's room is decorated with an Asian theme and includes a Japanese Kimono brought back to the States by a WWII veteran. It has a Queen bed, 2 comfy chairs and black lacquered dressers. The bath has a large walk-in shower

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

Lucretia Suite

The Suite is perfect for family or friends traveling together. The rooms have views of the historic Washburne House and Bellvedere Mansion. The larger room has a King bed, 2 wingback chairs and a walnut dresser. The smaller room has a full bed and is furnished with 1860s carved walnut furniture. The bathroom has a double jacuzzi tub and a seperate walk-in shower. Cozy terry robes are provided for your use.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King , 1 Double

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Location Type

Countryside, Downtown, Small town, Wine country


Dubuque, IA (DBQ) 18 miles

Directions to property:

From Chicago, take Highway 20 into Galena, turn left at Third Street, you have arrived. From Dubuque, take Highway 20 east, cross the Galena River, take a right at Third Street we are on that corner.

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, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Ski area, Tours, Vineyard, Winery

Inn Details

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On-site amenities

Board games, Coffee/Tea facilities, Fridge, Library, Microwave, Parking

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Ceiling fans, Hairdryer, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Wi-Fi

Check Dates


  • Check In:: 3:00
  • Check Out:: 11:00
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only Per state regulations, outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: No
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Diners club, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Cancellations: We require a 10 day notice of cancellation prior to the day of arrival. If you cancel within 10 days and room is not rebooked, you will be charged for the reservation. If more then 1 room is booked or your stay is during a holiday or event, a 30 day notice is required. All cancellations are subject to a $25.00 service fee.



Joan Hudson and Dave Hawks

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  • Time Served: 9:00
  • Serving Location: Dining Room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian ,Gluten free