Alice's Snyder House Bed and Breakfast

1000 Third Street , Galena, IL 61036 USA (Show map)
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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 room4.7
  • Service4.9
  • Value4.7
  • Cleanliness5.0
  • Onsite Dining4.9

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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4.6 on November 08, 2017

Alice's is on the east side of the river, allowing for a beautiful walk to Grant's home and also to the walk bridge (in Grant's park) to take you across to downtown Galena. Such a pretty view from the east side! Joan was gracious, hospitable and kind! The breakfast was outstanding! Truly a gourmet experience. Well done, Joan! And, thanks for sharing ALEXA with us while we drank our coffee! Cheers! John & Alena

Relaxed environment

4.6 on November 02, 2017

Joan was a very sweet hostess. Her breakfast is one of the best I’ve tasted. She and her friend Emily gave us a nice background and history of Galena. Very close to town and very near exhibits. We’ll go back and enjoy their Cozy home. As they say “ the hostess with the mostest”.

charming historic B&B full of character

4.4 on October 30, 2017

I wish I could have stayed longer . As I booked the room in October at short notice it was already fully booked on Friday on Saturday. When I arrived on Sunday afternoon I was immediately made welcome by Joan and and supported in many different ways: free coffee and cookies were provided, I was allowed access to her PC when I needed to print out my boarding pass etc. I had not expected the ample and obviously typical cooked American breakfast, though as a German I could not manage the meatsauce, sorry Joan! Thanks for a lovely stay. I hope to come back again.

Alice Snyder House

4.6 on October 29, 2017

Beautiful historic home, clean and welcoming. Joan, the innkeeper, is lovely and full of hospitality. The home cooked breakfast meals are delicious!!! We enjoyed our stay very much and look forward to staying again soon!

Feel right at home!

5 on September 18, 2017

We are first greeted by day with a warm smile by Dave, great conversation and a tour of the home. We stayed in the family room love the brightness connected bathroom slept comfortable. Did have to wear air plugs because I'm such a light sleeper her. Gave us suggestions on where to sightsee and Galena. The next morning for breakfast was excellent. I had sent a request stating I was good and free and she accommodated my breakfast 100%. It was amazing pancakes with strawberry compos with whip cream, a French toast Roll with cream cheese in the middle and some sugar on the outside, egg bake, fresh fruit, coffee, tea, fresh orange juice, and mango peach juice. Also told us about the horseshoe Mound that gives you a panoramic view of Wisconsin Illinois and Iowa. Absolutely worth the drive it was beautiful would highly recommend this B&B.

Great Stay in Galena

4.8 on September 13, 2017

Had a great visit with the innkeepers, breakfast with amazing,the location was perfect

Informative and delicious!!

5 on September 06, 2017

The breakfast Joan fixed for us was truly a feast and I was delighted she prepared mine with a meat substitute so I could enjoy the 'same' breakfast as the others - a 3 part meal including dessert! Fresh cookies on arrival, 'help yourself' beverages, and a fridge to store our own ice packs/food from previous nights camping-a relief. The decor was perfect, the eco-friendly toiletries (in dispensers to avoid plastic consumption) was most appreciated, and we were delighted to learn some history of the home and area. Highly recommend.

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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

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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

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  • 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.
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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

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