5 on June 28, 2016
We stayed in the French Cottage, which was immaculate and equipped with everything needed for a delightful stay. The owners have done a wonderful job, and every request was met with courtesy and promptness. Couldn't ask for a better experience!
5 on November 23, 2015
We had another enjoyable and unforgetable stay at the Goldmoor. Thank You for ordering the beautiful snow during our stay, but more importantly thank you for allowing to carry-over our one night stay from our June fiasco of a flooded basement. We continue to appreciate your attention to detail and you have earned our trust in that we will always be treated as family when we stay with you both.
Thank you for your kind review and comments. We look forward to welcome you again soon.
5 on August 17, 2015
The Goldmoor Inn was absolutely wonderful! While beautiful in the pictures, it is even more stunning in person! Everything from the room to the gardens & landscaping was immaculately kept with attention to detail and so many special touches. We stayed in the Turret Suite which is amazing! The staff members were all friendly and helpful. The food was excellent and they were very accommodating (I have dietary restrictions). Looking forward to visiting again!
Dear Guest we are delighted that you enjoyed the Goldmoor experience and that we were able to contribute to an enjoyable stay. We are very fond of our surroundings and want to make sure that we share with all our guests the beauty of nature, the comfort of the Inn and ensure a great experience.
4.4 on August 08, 2015
We stayed in the English Cottage and were blown away by the size and comfort of the rooms. The restaurant served me the best steak I've ever had.
Dear Guest, thank you for your nice review, we are delighted that you enjoyed your stay and that we surpassed your expectations for your dinner choice.
4.8 on February 26, 2015
What a beautiful private place! A great romantic get away weekend with my husband! Cottages are amazing. Scenery beautiful! Food and staff wonderful! We will do this every year!
5 on May 11, 2014
Made a last minute decision to get out of Chicago and go to Galena for the weekend. Know B&Bs aren't crazy about Saturday night stays only, when ideally they'd like you to stay Friday and Saturday if during the weekend, but they accommodated us since it's right before the busy season really kicks in and they weren't completely full. Recommend the Goldmoor experience package. It includes couples massage, champagne and keepsake glasses and a $50 dinner voucher. It was worth it. Our two massage therapists were top-notch! I would come back just for the massage, but there are plenty of other reasons to come back. We stayed in the First Lady Suite which was wonderful with plenty of comforts. The property sits sort of on a bluff with a view of the Mississippi River (it's not right at the river's edge but overlooks it). There are bicycles for anyone to use and some lawn chairs to sit and enjoy the views. The restaurant is open to the public for dinner besides guests. We had lovely riverside views in a booth. There was a good selection of entrees. Our dinner and wine were pleasurable as was the service. Breakfast was also tasty and filling, they don't skimp! We ordered breakfast in so we could stay in the big fluffy Goldmoor robes and continue lounging. There is also a little room off of the lobby that sells some retail items, wine, bottled water and has a drawer of I-forgot-to-bring toiletries. It is a great place to get away and relax. The main street of Galena isn't too far away if you want to shop or stroll. We recommend and will come back.
So glad that you enjoyed yourself! Thanks for leaving a review, we love to hear how we are doing from our guests. We'll definitely be keeping the Goldmoor Experience Package. Have a wonderful day!
4.8 on September 18, 2013
We are repeat customers and we come to stay in the cabin every year with our dog. We look so forward to this getaway every year. The cabins are so fun and comfy and the property around them is so well groomed and beautiful. There is nothing like waking up early in the morning and sitting on the cabin front porch with a freshly brewed cup of coffee and having deer (and sometimes their off spring) run through the front yard. It's so amazing. We also enjoy our Saturday night dinner at the Goldmoor Inn in their awesome Gazebo being waited on by Sue who is just a wonderful addition to the Goldmoor Inn. She makes our dinner very special. Our experience at the Goldmoor Inn is nothing short of outstanding. Thank you! Randy & Mary Hutton
3.8 on August 23, 2013
My wife and I visited for our anniversay and found the Goldmoor to be very relaxing and peaceful. There are some newer rooms and some older rooms so be careful which ones you choose. The food was a bit pricey but well worth it.
4.2 on August 07, 2013
My husband and I went to the Goldmoore at the recommendation of some friends and we were pleasantly surprised. The view is gorgeous and the food was spectacular! We were hesitant at first, as our room had been recently deep cleaned and felt damp. They immediately let us choose another room and gave us a voucher for a free meal that valued $100! The new room was beautiful and the staff was so friendly and serving. The 20% off of your second stay is pretty good motivation for us to return someday.
4.8 on July 01, 2013
We celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary at the Goldmoor Inn and everything exceeded our expectations. The charm of this place is hard to describe; modern elegance with just the right balance of seclusion and exposure to nature. It's also only approximately a 20 minute car ride to the quaint shops and dining establishments in Galena. We might have to think of another special occasion to celebrate and return there soon!
5 on June 09, 2013
A truly wonderful experience. The food is great, the view is serene. The rooms are a incredible experience unto themselves.
4.6 on June 02, 2013
We had a family emergency and had to cut our stay short. The staff was very helpful and refunded us by giving us a gift certificate for another stay. We will definitely be making the trip up their again!!
5 on May 31, 2013
We just enjoyed a wonderful honeymoon at the Goldmoor Inn. The surroundings are gorgeous, the location is beautiful, the accommodations are first-class, the service was exemplary and the cuisine, for both dinner and breakfast, was delicious. We strongly recommend the Goldmoor Inn and will return for our anniversary.
4.6 on May 20, 2013
Had a great stay. The service of all the staff members was incredible and the room was spacious and clean.
5 on April 19, 2013
This was out first stay at the Goldmoor. It far exceeded my expectations. When we arrived for our breakfast in the dining room, the coffee was poured, and the muffins were on the table. Our room was absolutely beautiful, and romantic. The view of the Mississippi was breathtaking from our room. The spa was also great. We're looking forward to another trip there in the fall! Carol Ervin
4.6 on March 18, 2013
Excellent weekend. Service was outstanding and Restaurant was excellent.
4.0 on March 06, 2013
Very comfortable rooms. Good breakfasts. Close to downtown Galena. Helpful staff.
4.4 on March 06, 2013
I thought this was a perfect getway for just the two of us that just needed som us time. I will be back for a girlsweekend in the near future.
5 on February 28, 2013
The staff were the friendliest people we have dealt with. The rooms were so elegant comfortable. I just can not say enough about how wonderful our stay was. I am looking forward to staying here again. Thank you for a marvelous weekend.
5 on February 27, 2013
Third time back and enjoyed another special weekend getaway in the most peaceful relaxing setting. Had the most wonderful massage to start on Friday and an enjoyable dinner in the streets of old Galena, the town as well as the people at the inn were so gracious of hosts. The breakfast to start the days were more than enough and the plates were left clean as the taste was unbleievable. The Irish Cottage was to date our favorite stay with the stone waterfall in the shower and spacious room to help wind down ...thanks for a great peace of mind...
4.8 on February 27, 2013
This was a great place to get away too! We had a great view of the Mississippi river and surrounding countryside. Nice and quiet! Dining was excellent. Definitely recommend staying here. Will be back!
3.8 on January 23, 2013
The cabin and the area it is in was beautiful. We really enjoyed staying here and felt very relaxed!
5 on January 23, 2013
Our stay was wonderful as always. It's our 5 or 6 time staying here.
3.8 on January 05, 2013
Our stay was very nice. I loved the suite. We also ate at the restaurant and our meal was exceptional. Our waitress was new, but very sweet. She needs some training on the wine list and mixed up our beef wellington entrees. I thought the breakfast room service was a nice touch. Thanks for having handicap accessibility for my husband. My only recommendation is to keep the thermostat a little lower because when you run the fireplace and the jacuzzi at the same time it makes the room extremely warm. We opened the deck door to cool the room down. Also, keep a main light on when you first enter the suites. It was rather dark and the guest from the next suite was standing behind the door in the dark when we first entered. Lucky I am not frightened easily, but an elderly guest could have had an accident.
4.6 on January 02, 2013
We stayed in the Leafland Log Cabin for a weekend break. The cabin was bigger than expected and very comfy and warm despite the cold conditions outside. As a break away from a small baby we were very happy to just stay in the cabin and relax for much of the time, especially with the fantastic hot tub in the corner or the room. The staff were all very friendly and helpful throughout our stay and the massage ladies were very good. The only slight downside was the food which we felt was a bit too rich and heavy for our tastes and there didn't seem to be options for those wanting a lighter meal.
4.8 on January 01, 2013
This was our second time at the Goldmoor amd we truly loved our stay! This time we booked one of the freestanding cabins, and enjoyed the experience! Breakfast was lovely, and everything about the stay was comfortable! We hope to return!
4.4 on December 26, 2012
This was the best stay in over forty years of travel and countless accomodations. Every detail advertized was accomplished with a caring smile and genuine concern. All extra requests were fulfilled. A family emergency required a shortened stay and the staff helped us through that and provided a credit certificate for a future stay. They really didn't have to do that, but they did! We will return!
4.0 on December 20, 2012
All around wonderful experience. But for nearly $400/night I expect some Puffs Plus and Charmin Ultra Soft...not thinly sliced sandpaper.
4.6 on December 14, 2012
Loved the room, loved the view. Service was excellent. Great dinner. A great choice for our 20th wedding anniversary.
4.0 on December 10, 2012
Great experience, we will definitely be back again!
5 on November 28, 2012
Will definitely be back!!
4.6 on November 21, 2012
We had a great getaway vacation at the Goldmoor. We stayed in the covington suite and had a blast! Service was great along with the complimentary breakfast! We had dinner there the first night and it was the best meal I ever had!!
4.2 on November 12, 2012
Beautiful B&B and rooms. Innkeepers were very friendly. We will return and stay in the same room. Had trouble with the speakers over the hot tub and notified the front desk on two separate occasions. Not a big deal, but would have appreciated a response. Overall, we enjoyed our stay and will recommend the Goldmoor to our friends and family. Thanks!
5 on November 07, 2012
This was our first time at a bed and breakfast. We received the stay as a wedding gift. It was nice, quiet, cozy and very beautiful. We would definitely stay here again.
4.2 on November 05, 2012
We stayed in one of the rustic cabin and it was exactly what we were looking for. The service was outstanding and we were pampered and all of our needs were met. Thank you, Goldmoor Staff for a wonderful relaxing weekend!
4.4 on October 25, 2012
Very relaxing view of the Mississippi River as you dine. Staff extremely friendly and welcoming. We had the Covington Suite....you couldn't hear other people in the building. 20 minutes from town (at least with the detour) so a very country feel.
3.2 on October 24, 2012
This was our second visit to the Goldmoor. This time we stayed in the Gwenivere room, #15. The room was nice and clean, though the bed wasn't very comfortable. We'd preordered a meat/cheese/cracker tray with champagne, but it wasn't there when we arrived at 6. We had to call and ask for it and received it by 7:00 (and our bill was credited for the inconvenience). The current road detour was quite long, so we decided to stay and eat in the restaurant on site. We both had the beef wellington, which was very good. Service was slow, but we weren't in a hurry. The area is beautiful and relaxing. Despite being fully occupied, the inn was peaceful and quiet. There seemed to be less attention to detail in the services than when we'd previously stayed. However, the Goldmoor continues to be a favorite of ours and I'm sure we'll return.
2.4 on October 24, 2012
Very nice place, but it has a very "new" feel, and not the old/classy/rustic feel advertised. The perceived niceness is a bit contrived. Breakfast looked nice, but wasn't that great. Extraordinarily poor service for such a high class restaurant. Waters and wines were not offered to be refilled; we were told we'd get bread twice and we only got it after asking 30 minutes later. The waitress had a curt, hurried attitude and made us feel as if we were a burden. The meals were good, but just OK given the prices. Their flagship meal, the beef wellington, tasted like an unsalted/seasoned filet from TGI Fridays wrapped in a cheap pastry. Not special. Don't get wrapped up in the enchantment of this place. It was a nice place and food wasn't bad, but it's nowhere near being worth the money you pay.
5 on October 22, 2012
Goldmoor Inn made our 6th Anniversary so special! Everything was beautiful and definately to our satisfaction! We've been telling all our friends that they should check it out. We will go back there again for sure! Plus the food was AMAZING!
4.6 on October 17, 2012
The Goldmoor Inn was fabulous, the staff was helpful and courteous and really made us feel like they were there to serve us. The dining was amazing, the breakfast was fresh and delicious and our evening meal was amazing. The view from the Inn and our room was great, and to be honest our only complaint at all was that the mattress was probably a year or so beyond when it should have been used. It was very firm and not giving at all. Felt like sleeping on concrete. We spoke with the staff about this and they said most rooms had been replaced with new memory foam mattresses and they just hadn't gotten to our suite yet. I would highly recommend the Goldmoor Inn and we are already trying to decide what room/cottage we are going to stay in next. - Rich
4.8 on October 10, 2012
I wish I could give six stars to the staff. They were outstanding and friendly. My wife and I particularly enjoyed dining at the Chef's Table, and the food was great, too. We are already booked for next year.
5 on October 06, 2012
I absolutely love staying at the GoldMoor Inn/ Aarons Cottages. We always try to stay once a year for our wedding anniversary. I highly recommend. Rooms are amazing and so is the staff and food ;)
4.6 on October 03, 2012
My husband and I were looking to get away from Chicago without having to hop on a plane. The Goldmoor was perfect. The cabin we stayed in was private and quiet, but still had luxurious amenities like the fireplace and whirlpool tub in the room. It was so nice to lounge in the morning (they delivered breakfast to our room every morning) in the bathrobes provided by the Goldmoor. And the setting could not be more beautiful, especially in the Fall. Overall a great getaway without having to go too far away.
4.4 on September 30, 2012
Beautifull view. Very quiet. Excelant food. Worth the money.
4.4 on September 19, 2012
We originally booked a room, but then we were given the opportunity to upgrade to the French Cottage. It was very clean, and the service was great. Every morning we would call and order our breakfast and it would arrive withing in 15 minutes, usually faster. It is a little pricey, but the cottage is good size, has a microwave, refridgerator, a large great room, whirlpool and nice bathroom. It was a great place to stay and I would reccomend it to others as well as go back ourselves.
4.0 on September 18, 2012
Everything at the Goldmoor Inn is superior from the spacious, well appointed rooms to the gorgeous grounds and excellent cuisine. Staff is very gracious and accommodating. Have only heard raves from others who have stayed here, also. Will definitely return.
4.4 on September 16, 2012
The Goldmoor is a beautiful place for dinner, romance and reconnecting. My husband and I were delighed with everything and are looking forward to our next getaway.
5 on September 10, 2012
We stayed in the English Country Cottage for our 1 year anniversary. It was everything we expected and more. The staff was accommodating, extremely friendly and a pleasure to work with. The breakfast was amazing! It was a relaxing and incredibly romantic time for us. We decided going forward we will be returning for our anniversary yearly. Shawn and Jenna
4.6 on September 07, 2012
For our 20th anniversary, we stayed in the English Cottage with it's beautiful view. Enjoyed the hot tub and shower. Had the best ribeye ever in the dining room!
5 on August 31, 2012
I loved how they paid attention to detail...from the decor, to my entrance into my cotttage (they had a romantic song playing for my wedding anniversary stay), to the breakfasts. Staff really knows how to add those extra goodies, we even got fresh baked cookies left each day after the housekeepers cleaned. The most romantic view...this will always be the most memorable experience of my life and whenever we need a little getaway we will take it at Goldmoor Inn. Thank you all!!!!
4.8 on August 23, 2012
We had a wonderful time at Goldmoor Inn. The staff is so friendly and accommodating. The location is a short distance from town and the scenery is great. The food and staff at Goldmoor Dining is second to none. While a lot of people come for the the shopping, we came for the cycling and the canoeing/kayaking. The river valley, the roads, the Galena River and the Mississippi River are great exploring. We'll be back!
3.2 on August 22, 2012
We got out of the city when the air & water show was going on. What a lovely place to relax. The log cabin was very comfortable and we enjoyed the breakfasts on the terrace.
3.6 on August 21, 2012
We had a great time at the Goldmoor, definitely met our expectations. One issue that was surprising to us was how poorly the grounds at the Goldmoor are being kept. I understand that it's been a very dry summer, but the weeds and bushes near our cabin were very unkept...quite surprising.
4.2 on August 13, 2012
The room was very comfortable and gave us plenty of space. Breakfast was good. The use of bikes was nice as well.
4.6 on August 10, 2012
We celebrated our tenth anniversary at the Goldmoor. We had a wonderful time! The restaurant, room, staff and view were outstanding! Also, we enjoyed the restaurants and shops of Galena. A hot air balloon ride was an unforgattable ending to our stay. We will be back. :)
4.0 on August 09, 2012
My boyfriend and I stayed at The Goldmoor Inn in the Turret Suite (for my birthday). The suite was very quaint and great for couples. The separate downstairs area was perfect, because the bed and jacuzzi was placed on the upper level away from the kitchenette and restroom. The room had plenty of windows with beautiful views at every angle of the wooded area. When we arrived the place was very clean and the package my boyfriend purchased (flowers, champagne & strawberries) were placed perfectly. The staff was very gracious and made sure all of our questions were answered and provided us with bikes and downtown tourist information (since it was our first time in Galena). The resturant was clean, quaint and the server was very attentive without being overbearing. The food was delicious...just the right proportion. Overall; The Goldmoor Inn raised my expectation of a bed and breakfast and I plan on visiting them again in the near future.
4.4 on August 08, 2012
The room and place was beautiful. The only down side to it all was that there was a wedding going on that weekend and there were young kids running around. We could hear them stomping around upstairs for most of the day and night.
4.4 on August 04, 2012
The welcome basket I had ordered to greet us wasn't in the room when we got there but the front desk person "Kyle" quickly remedied the problem and we really appreciated his sincere concern.
4.8 on August 02, 2012
We have stayed at the Goldmoor Inn for the past three years for our special celebrations, birthdays and our anniversary. The rooms are romantic and the beds are so comfortable. It is peaceful and quiet tucked away in the country away from the hustle and bustle of town.The restaurannt has excellant food and presentation! You will love this bed and breakfast!
4.4 on July 25, 2012
I would highly recommend the Goldmoor Inn if you are looking for a relaxing quiet weekend.
4.2 on July 16, 2012
We spent a night at the Goldmoor for our 20 year wedding anniversary. Stayed in the Timberland Cabin, it was fantastic. Private, quiet, romantic, just what we wanted. The stars at night were spectacular. We walked the grounds, beautiful. No children policy makes this B & B extra romantic and quiet. Breakfast delivered right to our door. Hot and fresh. Immaculant housekeeping. We will definitely stay again!
3.8 on July 16, 2012
I found Goldmoor online while looking for a nice hotel in Galena where my 15-year-old daughter and I could stay with our little dog. We wanted a safe, quiet place and the themed cottage was appealing, so was the great, free daily breakfast! The description of "river views" is somewhat deceptive, but the whole area was in the middle of a drought, and its still sits on a nice bluff. Hosts are welcoming, staff is pleasant, but we didn't need much. Couple of things; the cottage had tons of earwigs, and we were constantly patrolling, removing them. Also, would have loved to rent the bikes and take my daughter for a spin but the roads around Goldmoor are far too dangerous for 'newbie bikers' like us (folks on their way to work in a hurry on a two-lane, winding road-blind corners, etc). As a runner, I quickly ran out of areas to explore, because Goldmoor is kindof on a bluff with not a lot of options, plus (as it the case for running in the country) the horse flies were relentless and biting. If you want a quiet getaway, a 'country' experience and top-notch foods, this is the place. We didn't mind the 6-mile drive into town, plus the views are so nice along the way!
5 on July 15, 2012
We loved the cottage, the view of the river and the friendly service. We also had bikes available to ride around the area. The breakfast was wonderful and delivered to our room minutes after ordering. I would recommend the Goldmoor Inn to everyone and would stay there again.
5 on July 13, 2012
This was our second visit to the Goldmoor, we had got married there a year ago and went back for our 1st anniversary. Nothing had changed, the service was fantastic, very welcoming and very friendly. we felt like we were at home. the rooms are very well appointed and very comfortable our had an amazing view across the Mississippi. don't miss the dining, the chef is very very good. our only complaint............. (and this is how picky we are) please can you get English Breakfast Tea for Breakfast.as well as all the gourmet teas ? Thanks for a great stay again, we will be back. Andrew & Jackie
4.8 on July 06, 2012
Our cottage was absolutely fantastic and the service was excellent. Gladly provide our highest recommendation. We will be back!
4.2 on June 29, 2012
The room was outstanding in most respects - view, size, porch, comfortable bed and furniture. The bathroom is dated, especially child height vanity and its cheap top. A screen was torn on the porch inviting the bugs in. Both of these shortcomings are in sharp contrast to the building exterior, grounds and nice dining room with even better food! Every person on staff and the owners were absolutely top notch!
4.4 on June 17, 2012
Our weekend get away was relaxing and peaceful. The room was clean and beautifully appointed. Breakfast served in the room was romantic and the creme brulee french toast was delicious! The highlight of the Irish Country cottage was the rock wall waterfall in the shower! and the gorgeous view of the river.
5 on June 15, 2012
Please understand that I do not get to have vacations very often, and when I do something invariably goes wrong. The weekend my fiance and I stayed at the Goldmoor was the exception. I have rated everything with five stars simply because I did see any problems, nor did I experience any issues during our stay. I am by no means a Bed and Breakfast connoisseur, but every other B&B that I know of is really more like a spare room in someone's basement. This goes WAY beyond that, and shattered every expectation I had. Obviously, dinner was expensive, but you wouldn't make a dinner reservation in a place like this unless you expected to spend some money. Even so, for the quality of food and service, the price was very moderate. The drive to and from Galena ended up being a little further than I anticipated, but is well worth it. Galena is a lovely town to spend a day or two in, with shopping, various types of dinning, and all kinds of activities that we simply ran out of time for. In short, the Goldmoor makes for a fantastic getaway, and I know that we will be going back.
4.8 on June 13, 2012
A perfect anniversary getaway! The grounds, lodging, food and staff were all fantastic. We enjoyed our stay very much and would return for a future visit.
4.8 on June 13, 2012
My husband and I stayed in the mississipppi room for the weekend and absolutely loved it! Gorgeous room, outstanding view, fabulous service. I didn't want what they offered for breakfast one morning so they offered to make me whatever I wanted! It was delicious. Ate dinner there the first night and the food and service was excellent. Dessert was yummy too! Would definitely stay there again!
3.6 on May 28, 2012
Beautiful room, breakfast was great. Will visit again to see more of the rooms!
5 on May 28, 2012
The Goldmoor is a fantastic place to stay. I would not go anywhere else in Galena. The rooms are spacious and luxurious. The food is exceptional! We started going there 8 years ago. I look forward to every trip. It has been great to watch it expand and add services. I truly hope it continues to flurish so we can visit for many years to come!
4.6 on May 02, 2012
Outstanding, I return every year. The beautiful view stays with you for many weeks.
5 on May 02, 2012
We wanted a nice weekend getaway from our hectic lives in Chicago and the Goldmoor Inn was perfect. Our room (The French Country Cottage) was exactly like it looks in the pictures, quaint yet spacious and had wonderful amenities. The views we spectacular and it was the quiet peaceful kind of place we were hoping for. We enjoyed our dinner at the Inn and the breakfasts we had were incredible. I would recommend staying at the Goldmoor to anyone and I look forward to our next trip there.
4.0 on April 29, 2012
I had never heard of the Goldmoor Inn. I was looking at the MW Quarterly one day and saw therir ad, went on to their website and poked around and said to myself this looks like a wonderful place for my wife and I to go and get away from the hustle and bustle. Right on target! The folks at the Goldmoor are absolutely wonderful. So very very nice! The room was beautiful and breakfast brought to our room the next morning was delicious. The grounds and views of the river are spectacular. A wonderful place to stay for a quiet get away.
4.6 on April 17, 2012
Loved the view of the Mississippi and enjoyed our stay. We went on a Tuesday and had to order a pizza because they do not have the restaurant open on certain days. They were very helpful in the front desk and provided us with a phone number of a pizza place that delivered. There were bikes available for us to use but were disappointed there were no hiking paths for us to follow.
5 on April 16, 2012
We very much enjoyed our stay at the Goldmoor Inn in early April. We will definitely return for another visit soon! The view was spectacular and the area so peaceful. The room was elegantly decorated. We especially enjoyed the gas fireplace, lovely kitchenette area, and comfy bed. The private patio looked inviting but it was too chilly to sit out. The breakfast was so delicious! Having just remodeled two bathrooms in our home, the only negative comment we have is that the small shower stall doesn't fit with the rest of that gorgeous bathroom and bedroom setting. We stayed in the Lancelot room and look forward to checking out the other rooms during future visits.
4.4 on April 14, 2012
We loved this place! We were not sure what to expect, but were happily surprised to arrive at our cabin. It was a spectacular room and we loved it! The food at the restaurant was delicious and everyone was warm, inviting, and courteous throughout our entire stay!
5 on April 09, 2012
We had a great weekend at the Goldmoor Inn. The cabin was very clean and beautifully decorated. The weekend was relaxing and exactly what we hoping for. We had a nice view of the river, and were close enough to drive to town. The staff was very helpful. The chefs at the Goldmoor Inn make delicious meals, and we were very impressed with our breakfasts every morning. Highly recommend staying at the Goldmoor Inn!
5 on April 05, 2012
This was a great place located in a quiet location. The room was nice but the set up wad a little confusing. The staff was great so that made up for any minor problems.
5 on March 29, 2012
I could not ask for a better getaway and the service was great. I will recommend this place to all of my friends and family.
4.8 on March 13, 2012
Just a wonderful and romantic place. Could not have been better. The people, the room, the dinner, the hottub. Just all of it was perfect.
4.4 on March 04, 2012
The quality of rooms and service at the Goldmoor Inn are exquisite. We stayed for a couple nights in the Chef's Suite, and everything was fantastic. Tom, Patricia, and the rest of the staff are kind and approachable; everyone did a wonderful job making us feel at home. Right after we checked in, we wandered around the grounds to explore, and Tom gave us a tour of the suites that had not yet been checked in. All the rooms are spacious and gorgeous. The decor is elegant and not over-the-top. Tom grew up in the are and provided some good information of the caves and notable features in the area, as well as some Galena restaurant recommendations. Chestnut Mountain is just a mile down the road, and downtown Galena is about 5 miles away. For anything that we wanted that was not immediately in the room, the staff was very accommodating. (e.g. there was coffee and hot chocolate, but no tea in the room, but a quick request to the front desk remedied that. +10 for Mighty Leaf brand teas.) Perfect for a romantic getaway or a family reunion. A wonderful balance of getting away and delightful divertissement.
4.0 on January 19, 2012
Hi there I stayed in the English Cottage in January 2012 I was looking for a place to get away and relax alone well I found it! The cottage is very nicely decorated and relaxing with a wonderful jacuzzi tub surrounded by windows with a view of the Mississippi river which I enjoyed a lot especially watching the sunset from it. The cottage has a fireplace a galley kitchen a dining table and sitting area all very cozy and convenient. The double head in the large shower was very nice and appreciated. I really enjoyed the breakfast served to my cottage the food was quite delicious! My check in was easy and quck and I was greeted warmly anytime I went to the Inn front desk.
4.0 on January 16, 2012
Everything about the Goldmoor Inn is exceptional. From the moment you turn into the drive and see the spectacular castle-like building, to the rooms, the food, the view over-looking the Missipppi River, and the hospitality and welcoming feel that everyone at the Goldmoor extends to you. And only a short drive to downtown Galena. An experience not to be missed.
4.8 on January 06, 2012
My husband and I have stayed here before and thoroughly enjoyed it. The rooms are gorgeous and have everything you need or want in them. Breakfast is fantastic and comes with the room which we love! We can start the day out with a great meal and hit downtown Galena for Christmas deals! Thank you Goldmoor!
4.6 on January 05, 2012
Quiet, secluded and very romantic getaway at the Goldmoor Inn in Galena, IL is just the ticket for New Years Eve or Anniversary. Its very clean and well kept. Lots of amenities in the room and complimentary breakfast in your room or in the dining area inside the Inn is very good.
4.6 on December 21, 2011
It was the perfect get away for my husband and I. The staff was so polite and helpful. I absolutely loved my spa experience. But the room...WOW. The room was tremendous, luxurious and absolutely perfect. We were trying to figure out when we would come back before we even left.
5 on December 08, 2011
We had our wedding at the Goldmoor a couple years back, and were thrilled to stay there again! It is a very calm, quiet, absolutely beautiful location, and would highly recommend this Inn to anybody. Everything about this place is amazing, from the room down to the service! We plan on staying there again at some point down the road, and hopefully it will be for a longer period of time!
5 on November 18, 2011
Beautiful place to stay, very relaxing, the room was spotless, we would recommend to anyone to stay at the Goldmoor Inn!
4.6 on November 15, 2011
Never been to a bed and breakfast before, but sure glad we did now! Absolutely amazing stay, and well worth the trip!
4.2 on November 07, 2011
My husband and I wanted a quiet getaway to celebrate our 11th anniversary and chose the Goldmoor Inn based on the website photos and it's vicinity to Galena. The curvy road through the colorful woods was picturesque, including the driveway to this B&B. As avid travelers, we have come to expect that the photos on the website show only the best views and reality is slightly less than the photos indicate but that just wasn't the case here. Everything appears just as it is in the photos; the grounds were breathtaking! On our second evening, my husband and I took a couple of wine glasses and a nice Cab out to the Adirondack chairs to enjoy the sunset over the Great Mississippi. I'm not sure anything could have made our stay better. One quick tip, if you have any intention on eating on site; make your reservations well ahead of your stay. The Goldmoor has the best food we could find, by far, and it's worth the forethought to enjoy it. Thanks for a memorable weekend!!
4.8 on November 02, 2011
What a wonderful setting for a relaxing and pampering getaway weekend! This was our second visit and we rebooked the Lancelot Suite as we found it comfortably elegant and cozy. The breakfasts provided a sumptuous start to our days and we were very impressed with the unique dinner menu. The Beef Wellington was especially delicious! We appreciate the care given to every detail of our stay and the entire staff could not have been more welcoming or efficient. We will definitely return.
4.0 on November 01, 2011
This was our 2nd time and the Goldmoor and it won't be our last. The Mississippi suite is extremely comfortable and spacious.
4.6 on October 28, 2011
The country side is beautiful and the accommodations are first class. We can not wait for our next stay!
5 on October 24, 2011
Once again, the owners, staff, and accomodations were fantastic. The Turrent Room was so romantic. The his/hers massage was excellent! If you have a special occassion or just want a special getaway, then check out the Goldmoor Inn. They don't disappoint. Enjoy :)
4.6 on October 20, 2011
We spent 3 delightful nights are the Goldmoor Inn. The inn and its staff exceeded our expectations in every category. Our only hesitation regarding a recommendation to others is our fear that they become so popular that they wouldn't have room for a return visit from us.
4.0 on October 17, 2011
a very nice time, everything was up to or exceeded our expectations
4.8 on October 16, 2011
We had a wedding ceremony at Goldmoor and it was beautiful. We were lucky with the weather, so our pictures are full of the best colours nature could give in October, bright sun and amazing scenery. Thank you for making this day unique!
5 on October 14, 2011
My husband and I stayed at the Goldmoor for our honeymoon 11 years ago and thought we would go back for our anniversary. We were in for a big surprise, because the small A-frame house that was there eleven years ago had turned into a castle. Our room had a view of the Mississippi which was beautiful, the staff was very accomodating, and the dinner that we had in the dining room was the best meal we had all weekend.
4.4 on October 10, 2011
Our suite, The Mississippi, was glorious! Our evening meal on Thursday, 10/6, was outstanding. The soups were particularly marvelous. The calamata-olive butter for the bread was a unique and wonderful touch. The bread is a little too soft for a true french type baguette. All in all we couldn't have been happier with our stay at The Goldmoor.
4.0 on October 10, 2011
We wanted a place with a romantic feel and didnt want the older small Bed and Breakfast. We had that and more.....The room was large and so pretty with a great view, hot tub and fireplace. We ordered appetizers for dinner in our room and they were beautifully prepared and tasted great. We also had breakfast sent to our room and again it was great. It is a short ride down a country road and only 10 min. from town. I say go , enjoy and relax....
2.6 on October 06, 2011
Thought it would be closer to the river. Hot tub was a treat, but could tell it still had some residue so wiped it down before we used it Coffee pot & sink were stained Hair dryer could have been wiped down to be cleaner Inside decor nicely done. Plants outside were withering. Nice stay overall, but nothing special. Drove to Chestnut Resort to get a better scenic view.
4.0 on October 02, 2011
We brought my parents to the Goldmoor this year when they were here on vacation, and they loved it. We truly enjoy the Goldmoor, and visit the 3 or 4 times a year. The view and the rooms are very nice, the food is wonderful, and the service is good. Pat the owner is very friendly and makes everyone feel welcome.
4.0 on October 02, 2011
Beautiful location, very nicely kept grounds, awesome rooms and very friendly staff.
4.8 on September 29, 2011
We spent our anniversary weekend at the Goldmoor in the Turret Suite. This hotel is phenomenal. The service is outstanding and the food at the restaurant is excellent. There is not one thing about our stay that didn't impress us. I would highly recommend a stay at the Goldmoor. It is worth the price, without a doubt!
4.6 on September 28, 2011
A beautiful atmoshpere inside and out, the cleanliness of the room is exceptional. You never want to leave, you feel so relaxed-beautiful room decor-cozy and luxurious. The breakfast is amazing!! You look forward to breakfast each morning, the french toast is like none other---so good! Complementary bikes were also a great addition to our stay. We are returning guests and can't wait to go back!
3.6 on September 19, 2011
our visit was very relaxing. Several days we stayed in our room and felt as though we were at "home. Breakfast wasn't our favorite, as we were only given 1 choice, which wasn't always something we liked. The portions though were filling.
4.8 on September 16, 2011
We stayed in the Irish Cottage for our 14th anniversary and loved it. They didn't overlook any detail! From the jacuzzi tub by the fireplace to the rock wall in the shower, it was beautiful and we felt so pampered. The breakfast we had in our private room was delicious! The views and grounds were fantastic and it took my breath away when we drove into the driveway. I definitely want to go back and get pampered some more!
4.6 on September 12, 2011
Loved the location and grounds. The hot stone massages we received were wonderful. The rooms were spacious, well kept, and the place was quiet...just what we wanted. Would definately go back.
4.2 on September 10, 2011
I attended a wedding over Labor Day weekend at the Goldmoor Inn. It was my first time staying there. I was looking forward to my stay based on what I had seen on the website. The Inn is every bit as charming and comfortable as it appears on the website. The wedding was lovely. The appetizers, main course and dessert were outstanding. I would definitely return to the Inn for a getaway.
4.0 on September 02, 2011
I booked a room for two nights to celebrate a one year dating anniversary, what an amazing time. The town of galena is beautiful and the main street is a fun time. The room was great and the breakfast was delicious. Highly recommended.
4.4 on August 22, 2011
The staff and food were outstanding. We had a wonderful weekend getaway and loved the cabin we stayed in. We will definitely be coming back. Thanks for a great time!!
4.0 on August 20, 2011
I was our 1st time there. It was one of the nices place we ever stay at. I told 2 other couples and they are going to book it.
3.4 on August 17, 2011
When we arrived on Friday afternoon the receptionist was not as pleasant as she should have been for Outstanding customer service purposes--We enjoyed our room and privacy. Internet was out for a day which was unhelpful.
3.6 on August 14, 2011
We first went to the Goldmoor in July, 1991 and enjoyed the Mississippi Suite for our honeymoon. We loved it so much we returned for our 1st anniversary and at the end of July 2011 we returned to the Mississippi Suite to celebrate our 20th anniversary. The Goldmoor has expanded greatly in the last 20 years and there have been many improvements. They now offer gourmet dinners and ours was wonderful - food and service. They treated us as though we were family. The breakfast is as well-prepared now as it was 20 years ago. Highly recommended.
3.6 on August 09, 2011
The Irish Cottage that we stayed in was very nice. We enjoyed the privacy.
3.8 on August 03, 2011
This was our second stay at the Goldmoon in the Leafland Cabin. We loved it both times & will be back again!
3.6 on August 03, 2011
Not there long enough to fully take advantage of the facility or dining room.
5 on July 28, 2011
The room was beautiful, the staff very pleasant, and the chefs outstanding.
3.8 on July 23, 2011
We have stayed here many times, usually for our wedding anniversary (summer). The cottages are beautifully decorated and have everything you need. No doubt you will say "Wow!" upon your first visit. The staff is very efficient and ready to assist at your call. Breakfast is always a special treat. The grounds are also beautiful. The location is about 5 miles south of the downtown area on Blackjack Road, which is a dark and winding treck at night - no walking please! You won't usually find children/families here. Each of the cottages and cabins have a jacuzzi tub, king size bed, full kitchen, nice shower (plus a waterfall in the Irish Cottage), small screened porch in English and French (larger porch without screen in Irish), and even a fireplace. All are luxurious.
4.2 on July 18, 2011
Every year all I ask for my Birthday in June from my husband is a weekend away. We try to stay at B&Bs whenever we can for weekend get aways. The Goldmoore in was by far one of my favorites! What a beautiful and relaxing place to stay! The room we stayed in was the Mississippi. I can honestly say that the room was exactly as pictured. It was nice and spacious and set up really nice. The bed was comfortable and the jacuzzi in the room was bigger than any I've ever had in a room. There's the perfect amount of things to do in Galena for the day and The Goldmoore is a wonderful place to go back to in the later part of the day. The rooms so relaxing and the scenery is beautiful! They even have a little bar there in the restaurant where you could have an after dinner drink. On top of that the staff throughout The Goldmoore was wonderful! It is pricey, but we stayed with a buy a night get a night coupon to save money. Now that I know how wonderful The Goldmoore is I would not hesitate to stay and pay for both nights! The only thing I would complain about is the breakfast choice. They only make one course and that is what you get, if you don't like it your other choice is cold cereal and fruit. I think it would be nice to have 2 different main items to choose from.
4.2 on July 18, 2011
The room almost took our breathe away it was so large and so lovely. The staff was very accommodating to all questions and requests. The Beef Wellington was done to perfection and breakfasts in our room at a well appointed dining table was just what a getaway demands. Can't wait to return.
4.6 on July 11, 2011
My wife and I were looking for a romantic place to celebrate our 25th anniversary in the Galena area for a weekend getaway. We are really glad that we picked the Goldmoor Inn. This is the first time we have stayed at Goldmoor Inn and will definitely come back again and experience one of the other rooms.
5 on July 11, 2011
My daughter in law and I came to Galena to celebrate her birthday and to shop in the great little boutiques that Galena offers. The Goldmoor Inn was the icing on the cake for our trip. The room was prettier in person than it looked online, the breakfast was great and the staff really nice. I will definitely continue to use the Goldmoor for future trips to Galena.
5 on July 08, 2011
We honeymooned here and the place could not have been more perfect. The maids were very respectful of our privacy and only came when we were away. The breakfast on the porch was terrific! We loved the nature and view from our cottage. We would definitely recommend this cottage to anyone and have been spreading a good report of Goldmoor Inn wherever we go!
4.2 on July 04, 2011
Had an awesome experience at he Goldmoor Inn. Amazing property! Very well maintained. Staff was very friendly and helpfull. Loved how secluded it was. Very quiet expect for the trains going by near the river which I did not mind. We stayed in one of the cottages. It was perfect. The only complaint I would have about the room was the bed was very hard it gave me a serious back ache. Food was very good. Well prepared. Didn't want to go home. We are already planning our next trip back.
3.8 on July 03, 2011
Always an exceptional place to stay...highly recommended for anniversaries and romantic weekends.....Will & Phyllis Safranski, Lombard IL
4.2 on June 20, 2011
Our stay at the Goldmoor was everything we hoped it would be. Our room was beautiful (as it was pictured) and the screened in porch as well as the small patio outside were wonderful for taking in the beautiful view and silence of the night. The service was great and staff was wonderful & accommodating. The grounds are beautiful. Highly recommended. Thoroughly enjoyed our stay and can't wait to return.
4.4 on June 20, 2011
My husband and I celebrated our 5th anniversary this past week at Goldmoor and stayed in the Timblerland Log Cabin. We absolutely loved it. The decor was lovely, the grounds were pristine and the massages were amazing. It's a perfect distance from town and enjoyed having a nice dinner and then retreating to our own little cabin. We wished we had mowre time to sit on the porch and soak up the scenery. We will definitely return.
4.6 on June 20, 2011
Service impeccable thoughout our stay. Very quiet location, beautiful garden, soothing atmosphere. Will return here on next visit to Galena.
5 on June 20, 2011
The Goldmoor Was such a quiet, relaxing place to stay. Wonderful views and grounds. Excellent service and food.
3.4 on June 15, 2011
Our room was a cabin overly decorated with fishing gear. Most of the knick-knacks were dusty, so better care to dusting should be noted. Too much "wooden dead fish" on tackle hanging around for my taste. Those were the only downsides to our room. The service was excellent; the breakfasts were delicious; the Innkeeper, Tom, tried so diligently to fix our TV problem. The grounds were gorgeous and well maintained.
4.4 on June 13, 2011
This is a very nice bed and breakfast located in a beautiful area of Galena. It was a wonderful trip and Galena is a beautiful area. The hotel staff were very nice and made our stay extremely enjoyable. Beware of the spa - the massage staff are not exactly the best, and don't exactly listen, it made our trip to the Goldmoor a little less enjoyable, but it was still nice.
4.2 on June 08, 2011
My wife and I stayed at the Goldmoor for our first two nights after getting married. It was truly wonderful. We were in the French Country Cottage, which was a beautiful suite, in a separate building from the main Inn. It was spacious, spotlessly clean, and had a fairly good view. The perk of being able to have breakfast sent to our room each morning was also wonderful. And I have to say, the food was great. We also had dinner at the restaurant, and it was also excellent. This isn't your average place to stay, and that means a higher price tag than a hotel. I can't afford places like this on a regular basis, but I wanted to do something special for the first couple nights of our honeymoon, and let me tell you . . . I wasn't disappointed. If you're looking for something a cut above, check out The Goldmoor.
4.6 on May 31, 2011
This was a very relaxing and enjoyable anniversary get away. We enjoyed meeting the chefs after a exceptional dining experience. We enjoyed walking around the grounds and sitting on the Adorondak chairs over looking the river. Looking forward to a return trip.
4.4 on May 31, 2011
My husband and I had a great getaway and will definitely being doing this weekend again!
4.2 on May 23, 2011
Stayed at Goldmoor for anniversary and we were impressed. The room was very nice, comfortable and extremely clean. Breakfast served each morning in our room was very good. The portions were large and service was outstanding. They said it would be delivered in 15 minutes and they were correct. Overall a great experience. Wonderful setting, beautiful grounds and a nice spot for a getaway. Would recommend to others and would definitely return.
4.4 on May 21, 2011
The English Cottage at the Goldmoor Inn was outstanding in cleanliness, decor and amenities. The service was outstanding from the fine dining to their breakfast. The view of the Mississippi was breath taking. We really enjoyed the peaceful, relaxing and serene environment. The staff is there to please their guests in every way. We would definitely return for another stay.
4.6 on May 12, 2011
This was our third visit to the Goldmoor and the best yet. We stayed in the Irish suite that has the deck looking out on the Mississippi River. We sat on the deck every morning to have coffee and enjoy the view, listen to the birds and inhale the fresh country air. Friends joined us for dinner our first night and it was excellent. The beef Wellington and scallops were delicious, as were our appetizers and desserts and our server was very attentive. Breakfast each morning was equally good and enjoyable. I had a massage Sat. morning that was very good. We enjoyed every minute of our stay and will return.
4.6 on May 08, 2011
If you want to be in town, this is not the place. But if you want a quiet romantic room, overlooking the river this is the place. We were there in late April. We bird-watched from our porch, seeing sandhills, american white pelicans and blue herons. Lovely quiet cottage, the Irish Cottage. Borrowed bikes and bikes along the river road.
5 on May 02, 2011
My husband and I spent our anniversary weekend at the Goldmoor Inn in February. We were so very comfortable thanks to the amazing staff.
5 on May 01, 2011
I booked this weekend getaway as a surprise for our wedding anniversary. I read previous reviews for the Goldmoor and felt confident in making the reservation. Upon our arrival, the hospitality was top notch. The women were very sweet and welcoming. Our room(the turret suite) exceeded our expectations. The pictures online truly did not do it justice. It was exceptionally clean and just beautiful. The view looking up fro your bed is just gorgeous. The grounds themselves were neatly maintained and landscaped. Overall we were thoroughly impressed and will be booking another getaway out there soon.
4.6 on May 01, 2011
My husband and I spent two nights in a cabin at the Goldmoor for our 25th anniversary. It was very relaxing. The cabin's decor was very homey and comfortable. I especially like the curtain rods made of fishing poles. The staff was all very nice and helpful. The food was delicious. We hope to be able to return. Thumbs up!
3.4 on April 19, 2011
We stayed there for our 30th anniversary. We was quiet and very peaceful. Dinner was delicious and the sunset over the Mississippi was beautiful. The hot stone massage for two was very relaxing. We would definitley go back and look forward to doing so some day.
4.0 on April 14, 2011
Recently stayed in the Timberland cabin and had a great time. The cabin is lovely and having breakfast delivered to the room was a great touch. The setting is perfect and I would highly recommend the Goldmoor Inn.
4.6 on April 13, 2011
Dining was exceptional! The room was extremely clean. We really enjoyed our stay and can't wait to come back!
4.8 on April 09, 2011
We stayed in the turret room and, true to the name, felt like royalty for the two evenings we were there. The owners, who we met, could not have been more gracious hosts. Breakfast, which was also quite exceptional, is included. The property is kept nicely and the views are great. It's a few miles south of Galena, which actually proved to be a bonus since we found a nice walking path that, for us city folks, was one of the nicest parts of the entire weekend. The pictures here don't lie. This is one of the nicest inns you will find.
3.6 on April 04, 2011
Beautiful atmosphere of both the inn and the surrounding area. Galena is a town that we were able to spend an entire afternoon in, just perusing the shops on Main St. The inn itself was kept up very well and provided a comfortable, relaxing atmosphere. The jacuzzi in the room was phenomenal as well!
5 on April 04, 2011
Robert & I enjoyed the two evenings immensely. We will be back.
4.6 on March 02, 2011
My husband and I stayed for a long weekend in February. It was homey with the fireplace, elegant with remarkable views of the surrounding woods and Mississippi River, and extremely quiet and peaceful. The complementary breakfasts were sensational! We had a couple's massage that was truly relaxing and the entire staff was kind and friendly and exceedingly helpful. We dined with our family in a private dining room and got to meet the chefs in the kitchen. We felt the cost for the weekend was appropriate in light of the real value we received. We had a truly memorable time and are already planning when we will return - next time probably in the fall as we are certain the views will be even more lovely then!
3.8 on February 13, 2011
Breakfast was mediocre, but dinner was amazing!! Our room was comfortable for the most part, though I prefer a bit softer bed. Wine and cheese and cracker tray in our room as requested. We had a couples massage, which was terrific. Very relaxing and we will be back again someday.
5 on February 03, 2011
This place took my breath away. My fiance and I stayed here in November 2010. We will be getting married here in June 2011. I loved it. Everything was wonderful and the staff was very helpful and friendly. The food was the best. I can't wait for June to come. I recommend this place to everyone.
5 on January 28, 2011
this was a honeymoon getaway for my husband & i. goldmoor was everything i was expecting and more: from the spaciousness of the suite and bathroom, to the cleanliness and order. i loved every minute, and can't wait to come back during the summer season! also, the staff was exceptional, and we wanted for nothing. thank you!
4.6 on January 19, 2011
We loved everything. Again. This is our 3rd visit and we love it more each time. The stay is too short. We need to stay one more day to relax and tour. This time we did one of the wine tours and it was great. The best part about Goldmoor is the relaxing beauty. The rooms are all wonderful. I think this is our favorite B&B. It's a "no worries" place. Enjoy, relax, eat, visit...I would highly recommend anyone to try this place.
2.8 on January 17, 2011
nice place, people were very friendly. I was disappointed that they forgot to put the champange and cheese tray that i had ordered for my wife in our room prior to us arriving, for the amount of money that we spent, my expectations were very high to start out.
5 on January 10, 2011
We thought the Turet sweet was incredible, as well as the dining. The food and the service were outstanding. The only thing we did not like was that the kitchen closed at 10 PM and we could not order food or wine after that time. We were also hoping the room would have wine or cocktails available, but it did not. It was too late and too dark to leave to buy a bottle of wine and there was nothing available in the room for us. That was a huge disappointment. If I would have known this we would have brought snacks and drinks with us.
3.8 on January 08, 2011
My husband and I stayed at the Goldmoor just before Christmas. What a beautiful place...and so quiet. Galena is also quite quaint. We received fantastic service and the food was excellent. Thanks, Goldmoor, for such a relaxing getaway.
4.4 on January 05, 2011
Would only suggest a small fitness room/center on the grounds for the opportunity of some work-out time during winter...beautiful grounds with plenty of space...service was incredible...
2.4 on January 03, 2011
We rented a cabin (Wonderful decor! Except for a few odd things like a bloody bandage under the chair.), but the fireplace did not work for the first night. We were offered several other rooms, but they were completely different from ours, and we did not like them at all. We were offered no other compensation for our nonworking fireplace. We had paid for a welcome package and mentioned that it was our 20th anniversary. No mention of our anniversary was made at any time during our say, and for $45, we got a bottle of nonalcoholic champagne and four strawberries that were left in our mini-fridge (There were supposed to be flowers, but we never saw any.). We attended a Christmas carol dinner (Literally the most expensive, but certainly not the best, meal we have ever eaten). The music was nice, and the courses leading up to the main one were pretty good, but the main course was just average (The Cornish hen was undercooked, and the prime rib was over cooked and served without dips of any kind.). The meal took 3 hours to eat (We sat for over half an hour at the start at our table waiting for a glass of water.). The 20% gratuity was included despite mediocre service, so much as a complimentary nonalcoholic beverage was not. For the amount of money we paid, we felt like we had been had.
4.6 on January 01, 2011
Really lovely and helpful staff, wonderful food, great to find a place you can take a dog that feels like a luxurious retreat instead of a dingy campground or 2 star hotel. Nice amenities and very comfortable!
4.6 on December 23, 2010
Delightful way to celebrate our 40th anniversary. Staff was very friendly and service was prompt. The Christmas Carol dinner was memorable!
4.4 on December 17, 2010
We never had a honeymoon when we married 13 years ago, so I figured now is as good of time as any. I had no clue what I wanted or where we wanted to go. I picked this one "out of a hat" and was so very impressed! I wanted something exclusive and remote, a place we didn't have to share space with strangers, and somewhere that we could forget about the hustle and bustle of the world. I never imagined we would get exactly what we wanted! Not only did we get what we wanted, but we ate like royalty. We enjoyed a magnificently filling, candle lit dinner complete with elegantly presented dishes and our own private view of one of the most beautiful Pine trees decorated with white Christmas lights. Before leaving the next day, we enjoyed a delicious breakfast delivered to our cabin! Wonderful time that I have and will share with many people. Thank you!
2.6 on December 15, 2010
The view from the cabins and the grounds are very nice. The cabins are also very nice. The staff was polite and helpful. Breakfast was not that good. The selection was poor and the food had been sitting around. The resort is very nice but you're 6 miles from downtown Galena on a winding gravel road, so winter visits to Goldmoore must consider that.
1.8 on December 08, 2010
Upon arrival the cottage was 42 degress and was 58 degress when we went to bed. We were given a cheap bottle of wine and an apology but were not compensated in any other way or offered other accommodationd. This was the first night that my wife and I were able to get away in over 10 years. Let just say it will be a cold day in hell before I would go back to this Inn.
4.0 on December 08, 2010
The view overlooking the Mississippi was phenomenal and with a fresh snowfall the night before made it even better. Very relaxing and very peaceful. My Wife and I are already trying to figure out when we can go back.
4.6 on December 02, 2010
We had a wonderful time at the Goldmoor Inn. The breakfast was amazing! (I want the recipes). We didnt have dinner there, but I'm sure that was good too. Our room was immaculate and they not only decorated the inn for Christmass - but the room too. We will definitely be returning
4.4 on December 01, 2010
We loved every minute of our stay at the Goldmoor Inn and felt like we were staying in a beautiful little castle! Our room was amazing and the staff was more than helpful! The grounds and views are breathtaking - we didn't want to leave!
3.0 on November 28, 2010
This was our 30th Wedding Anniversary weekend and I felt the service during dinner was okay. We specifically asked for a romantic table and we were seated next to the entrance door. I had hoped to be treated a bit special for this milestone celebration. Breakfast service was just okay as well -- the food was outstanding and we truly enjoyed the chef's breakfast creations.
4.0 on November 21, 2010
We enjoyed our weekend at the Goldmoor Inn in celebration of our 10 year wedding annivesary. The staff was very helpful and friendly. The room was clean and wonderful! We enjoyed the cookies that were left in our room each morning and the breakfast was fabulous! Beautiful view of the Mississippi River....a truly wonderful experience. We look forward to staying there again in the future!
4.2 on November 17, 2010
We spent the weekend in the Winston Suite to celebrate my 40th birthday. We felt like royalty staying in such a beautiful "castle." The old world decor is beautiful and the room was very comfortable. Quality was evident in everything from the furnishings to the extensive satellite television selections and even the toiletries. Although the inn was booked, it was very peaceful and quiet. The drive to/from Galena is longer than we expected due to the winding road that connects the Goldmoor to Galena. However, being out away from the town and traffic has its advantages. Our room did not have a view of the river, but the property is quite lovely, even in the late fall. It was nice to be able to eat breakfast in our room. The service is great. The breakfast was good, but not great. Our favorite restaurant during our stay was the Log Cabin.
4.8 on November 16, 2010
My husband, Bill took care of everything for our weekend at the Goldmoor Inn. The first time we were there was the last weekend in October and we got engaged (yeah!) It was the same weekend this year. The colors of a lot of trees were still brilliant especially against the blue sky. This year has been an especially difficult one as my father passed away in mid January and most recently in late September, my mother passed away. Bill thought it would be good for me (us) to get away for a few days. He wanted for me (especially) to at least for a few days, try to relax and clear my mind. Going to Galena was a no-brainer. Our room was absolutely beautiful. The bed, oh my gosh the bed....put it this way, if I thought a king size would fit in my twin size car I would have brought it home. The view of the river, watching the horses trot around within the white fence of a neighboring home owner was relaxing. My mind and body felt calm and peaceful for the first time in a very long time. Bill surprised me with a massage he had set up beforehand. Awesome!! I highly recommend it. Food at the Goldmoor was outstanding. The best beef wellington I've ever had. Bill enjoyed the beef tenderloin tips with noodles he had as well. Breakfast the morning we left was excellent. The service was very friendly and professional. To everyone at the Goldmoor, thank you so very much for your hospitality. Very classy and down to Earth. Teresa and Bill
3.8 on November 15, 2010
My wife and I spent three nights at the Goldmoor and we were not happy with the cottage that we were in on our 1st night so we called the desk at 11PM and we were given another room and we were very happy with the second cottage and the staff that we dealt with were outstanding we also were very happy with the food and the spa,we look forward to our next stay at the Goldmoor
4.6 on November 13, 2010
Spent our 40th anniversary at the Goldmoor Inn and found it to be a quiet, beautiful property with lovely, well manicured grounds on a bluff overlooking the mighty Mississippi River. Great location. The staff was very cordial and helpful. All were very pleasant to talk to. Found the food to be very good. Overall, our stay was very nice, quiet and restful and I must say quite romantic. Would absolutely recommend the Goldmoor to others. Thanks for the memories...WE'LL BE BACK.
4.6 on November 11, 2010
My wife and I were very impressed with the accommocations. I was pleasantly surprised that the bathroom was so large. We enjoyed the breakfast and found the room to be very comfortable. Both of us would like to return.
3.8 on November 10, 2010
I only did the breakfast but the portions were small and why was everything a "bake" I know its easy to feed all guests that way. Just wasn't what i thought it could be. All in all it was a great weekend and I will return, but might go out for a full more tailored breakfast.
5 on November 05, 2010
We are repeat customers at Goldmoor and we are never, ever disappointed. We almost always stay in the pet friendly log cabins so we can bring our dog, and they are just as lovely as the other cabins and rooms. We did eat at the restaurant for dinner for the first time and omg... can you say yummm??? The food was delicious, the staff friendly as ever... all in all an A+ stay :)
5 on November 03, 2010
Beautiful setting overlooking the Mississippi backwaters. Quiet and comfortable.
4.0 on October 29, 2010
My stay in the English Cottage was great. I felt right at home. I had my own personal driveway, screened in porch overlooking the Mississippi River and an old fashioned swing set in an outdoor garden along the driveway. It was a very relaxing atmosphere, and I had one of the best massages I've ever had!
4.4 on October 28, 2010
We had a great overall weekend. Dinner at the restaurant was fantastic. Breakfast was average. The rooms were great and clean, and the staff, especially at the front desk were absolutely incredible. We will be back
4.2 on October 27, 2010
We stayed in one of the log cabins. Very warm, private and roomy. Great meal in the restaurant. Short walk down the hill for a nice paved, quiet road for longer walk. Right next to the mighty Mississippi. Highly recommend and likely to return for stay and/or meal.
3.4 on October 23, 2010
Room was very nice and staff helpful and friendly. Had a problem with shower door and was fixed quicky when brought to their attention. Quiet and cozy in the room we choose. Breakfast arrived in room in under 15 minutes after our phone request. Ample servings of the daily choice and could add yogurt or other choices. Nice little table and chairs in the room for having breakfast with coffee maker with all supplies, along with minifridge. Gas fireplace and very nice, clean jacuzzi tub with towels. Our room had both an inside and outside entrance which is nice to be able to come and go without having to go through the lobby. We enjoyed our stay and would return for another stay.
3.2 on October 23, 2010
Room was very comfortable and homey. Loved the views and the waterfall shower in the bathroom. Loved the peace and quite and look forward to coming back.
4.4 on October 20, 2010
Weekend stay. Cozy, comfortable, romantic, secluded. Lodge restauraunt serves excellent food, great service, wonderful view. A wedding party in lawn...close enough to see but far enough not to be disturbed by noise. Ski lodge approx five miles away...did not eat there but heard mountain view is breath-taking. Small town nine miles out. Galena 20 miles out.....a beautiful and rustic place...also hilly.
5 on October 19, 2010
We stayed one night. This was a wedding gift. What a wonderful, classy inn. And great food! We will be back!
4.0 on October 17, 2010
Excellant location and services for those wanting a get away- get reaquanited weekend. Close to Galena activities but far enough out of the way to spend that quiet time you can never find.
2.6 on October 17, 2010
We booked the English Cottage for two nights for a honeymoon. Our first problem was finding the Inn. It would have been helpful for the Inn to send a map with our written confirmation.Our first impression was positive. The grounds are beautiful and the views breathtaking. Our first problem was the windows: only some of them opened and would stay open. We had similar problems with the shutters--only some of which would stay up or could be adjusted. I would have expected the in-room coffee service to include decaf and some tea bags. Likewise, after spending the extra $90 for champagne and strawberries, I expected something better than six chocolate covered strawberries and a bottle of Asti Spumante. The toilet was not working, but a 10 p.m. call got a "we'll send someone in the morning" response. After three trips in and out of the cottage the next morning, the handyman declared the toilet fixed, and said he would let the maid know to clean up the mess he'd made. That never happened. The bed was comfortable, but the music system was terrible. Finally, I specifically asked for a specially-prepared vegetarian dinner for two and was assured this was no problem and that the chef would prepare a special vegetarian dinner for two, in the restaurant. Instead, we arrived and found the regular menu (with no vegetarian entrees). A saavy hostess told us that the chef could prepare a special stuffed squash--but when we tried to order it, the waiter told us this dish was not available. Despite the foregoing, we have been recommending the Goldmoor to friends as a lovely place to relax for a few days because the environment and service seemed commensurate to the price. The ranking of #1 Romantic Inn in Illinois and one of the 12 most romantic inns in the country, however, is undeserved.
4.0 on October 15, 2010
Comfortable, welcoming environment with beautiful views and quiet away from the city. Dinner was outstanding with much attention to any requests or immediate needs. They anticipated what we wanted before we asked.
4.0 on October 14, 2010
We did not dine, so I have no opinion there. The grounds and view were wonderful. Fantastic ambience for a romantic getaway.
4.6 on October 13, 2010
We stayed in the Mississippi Suite for our honeymoon and could not have asked for a better experience. The room was perfect, the view was amazing, and the staff was excellent. We will definately be back as soon as possible! Scott & Cori
4.4 on October 13, 2010
Fantastic room. Fantastic food. Owner is a fantastic gardener so grounds are just beautiful. The location near the Mississippi makes it private and quaint. My spouse and I got a real kick out of watching the trains go by. They were far enough away to not annoying. We barely heard them. We sat outside at 6 AM and watched the hummingbirds come around to feed on the flowers. That was a real added plus! The town of Galena nearby so if you don't want to pay for an expensive dinner you can find a restaurant there or go to the store and bring something back to the room. We would definitely stay here again!
4.6 on October 13, 2010
The Inn is an outstanding stay. My wife and I stayed recently for our anniversary celebration, and we were very happy with the experience. It is priced at the high end, but worth it. The new, clean room was spacious, with all the amenities. The staff had turned on a romantic station on the satellite radio, and the champagne and strawberries provided a nice greeting. The views were also spectacular. We were a bit too early for th efull fall colors this year, but still beautiful sunsets and sunrises in the wooded setting, overlooking the Mississippi. The breakfasts were delicious, but they were pre-made casserole type dishes. I would have liked to have something more custom, but I am sure that the Innkeepers would have accomodated us if we had asked. Only one other small wrinkle - the outside landscaping spot light was turned onto the window in the dining area, and provided a bit too much light in through the blinds the first night. After a bit of landscaping of my own the second day (I adjusted the light), that small detail was taken care of. I would be happy to recommend the Inn to anyone.
4.8 on October 12, 2010
Great view. Riomantic atmosphere. I would higly recommend it. My husband and I went there for our Anniversary and had a wonderful time. The restaurant in the establishment was very good. Staff was friendly and accomadating. Will return again next year.
4.8 on October 09, 2010
We stayed in the Lancelot and Veranda Suites at Goldmoor Inn. They were beautiful and comfortable. They have a modern feel (not your typical grandmother's lacy victorian motif) The service was great and the breakfast delivered to our room was outstanding. Our only complaint was it took a long time for the water to get warm in the shower and the WiFi was very slow. We would definitly go back. The place has a very peaceful feel to it.
3.6 on October 07, 2010
The property is outstanding; rooms ample & spotless. Dinner, however, left us wanting more. Website photos gave us 5 star impression, but meal was dissapointing.
3.6 on September 27, 2010
Very nice, clean rooms. Gorgeous view. Staff was very accomodating. Restauraunt was pricey and the food was nothing special
5 on September 18, 2010
The cabin was top notch, private and had wonderful amenities such as heated towel bars, great whirlpool and fireplace. The bed was very comfortable too. The grounds and views were incredible, this truly is a pampering, get away from it all trip in a private, secluded spot, but still only 6 miles from town. Wonderful, we will go back.
4.2 on September 11, 2010
We had a lovely weekend at the Goldmoor Inn. The grounds are beautiful and spacious. At first, we had thought we wanted to stay in town to be walking distance to the shops and restaurants. We were so happy we chose to stay here instead. We did not eat dinner here, so we are unable to rate that. The included breakfasts were presented beautifully and parts of it were delicious and other parts of it were average tasting. We will definitely stay there again!
5 on September 08, 2010
By far the best bed and breakfast inn we've experienced. Beautiful scenic view of the Mississippi river bluff. We stayed in our own secluded pine cabin with breakfast delivered. A+ recommendation.
5 on August 13, 2010
This was our first time to Galena. We wanted something relaxing and romantic without our kids for our anniversary. The inn is located on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River. The drive out to the Inn is rustic and views are wonderful as you drive up. We stayed in the Turret suite and could not have been happier. We ate at their First Friday BBQ and the food was delicious. It was better than expected and the service was friendly! We ordered our breakfast to our room each morning and it was served right away. The Innkeeper was outside when we arrived and each time he saw us, he greeted us. An amazing place and we cannot wait until our next stay. Definitely worth every cent!
3.0 on July 28, 2010
The rooms, the views and the privacy was amazing. We stayed at the English Country Cottage and it had a great sound system, Since the cottage is its own building we could crank the musis without disturbing anyone. The food was somewhat dissapointing as it was nicely prepared but used cheaper, basic ingredients. There was only minimal staff (just a few on duty at a time) and most of the time the place seemed deserted except for one front desk clerk. The staff was also less professional than I had expected.
4.6 on July 21, 2010
We stayed in the Arthur Suite and it was wonderful. The room was great, the view of the Mississippi River was beautiful.
4.8 on June 25, 2010
We go out of our way to stay at this inn once a year. We've stayed in different cabins and rooms for about 6 years now (at this inn). We'll return!
5 on June 24, 2010
We stayed in the leafland cabin. It was an amazing romantic getaway surprise by my husband. I felt very pampered and the attention to detail by the staff was amazing. The breakfast food was out of this world.
5 on November 05, 2009
So me and my significant other needed a getaway and I must say....we came to the right place here at the Goldmoor! It's a breathtaking property and it's so peaceful and relaxing. The thing I loved most, is that the privacy was outstanding! We stayed in the Covington Suite and had our own private entry way to come and go as we please. Honestly the only time we saw a memeber of the staff was to check in, have breakfast delivered to our room and to check out. This place epitomizes the definition of romance!The town of Galena is a great setting as well! The people were friendly wherever we went and overall the town has a very unique vibe. I highly recommend the Goldmoor if you are in need of a plush, rich getaway! We will most definately be coming back!
5 on August 26, 2009
Everything about this inn was outstanding. From the decor to the service to the complementry breakfast. No expense was spared with the decor. Everything was clean and updated. I couldn't have asked to stay a better inn while in Galena.
5 on July 14, 2009
This was such a beautiful B and B. We stayed in the First Lady's Suite and were amazed at how spacious and romantic the atmosphere was.
4.6 on November 13, 2008
Everything was great but cost is a little steep but great location.
3.0 on July 14, 2008
The Goldmoor Inn is a beautiful inn and very clean. Some things that I would have expected: The 7-course dining was below expectations, the food was nicely presented but lacked in flavor. There is a chef's table which no one mentioned and might have been a nice treat. The wine list is extensive but the liquor was minimal, even the scotch and cognac list was bottom grade. They also did not have cappucino or espresso. They did offer a blended coffee which was increadibly weak. The bar was empty, since there are no barstools or bartender it seems a bit uninviting. The breakfast (included with your stay) was a bit disappointing. They have a wonderful breakfast menu list in the room, but none of those are being served. There is only one item served daily which left much to be desired. My husband actually became very ill after breakfast one morning, which ruined the entire day. I hope that in the future they make a few changes that would really make a big impact.
5 on June 07, 2007
My stay was absolutely amazing. The innkeepers were so accomodating and the dining experience was the best ever. The rooms are so luxurious and welcoming. I usually have troubles staying in other places and I felt right at home at the Goldmoor!
4.4 on December 19, 2006
Luxurious suites and cottages, with designer decor and lots of plush extras. Very private, yet good chances to mingle with other guests--if you wish.