Sylvia's Irish Inn

312 W. Green , Urbana, IL 61801 USA (Show map)
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Sylvia Irish Inn is one of the finest examples of the Queen Anne style of Victorian architecture in our area. Interior original architectural features include inlaid parquet floors, oak gingerbread staircase, decorative moldings and woodwork, stained and beveled glass windows. Each of our three queen second floor rooms has a unique personality and is decorated with a mixture of period and new furniture and fine linens. Our 900 sq. ft. third floor king suite is a favorite with guests who want complete privacy and ultimate comfort and luxury; visiting celebrities and dignitaries love it!. The first floor living room, dining room, and library are comfortably and elegantly appointed with antiques and original artwork. Our gourmet continental breakfast is exceptional, and guests may help themselves at any time to beverages. We are located one block from downtown Urbana restaurants and shopping and just a short walk from the University of Illinois campus.




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

Outstanding Irish Hospitality

5 on October 17, 2017

My wife and I have stayed in places from the upper peninsula of Michigan to Houston Texas and from Baltimore to Carmel California and never enjoyed a visit more than we did at Sylvia's Irish Inn. This place is way beyond great! The architecture, furnishings, hospitality and food are second to none. Our suite was over 900 square feet with original stain glass windows dating to 1895, unbelievable. It was clean and had gorgeous period furnishings along with a king sized bed with a great mattress. Sylvia is an outstanding hostess, cook and storyteller. Nothing better than a home cooked breakfast with a table set for royalty. If the was a 10 star rating I would give this place a 12. Thank you Sylvia for a lifetime memory. Gary & Elaine

Sylvia's Irish Inn

5 on September 14, 2017

We were in town to attend a family event and stayed for three nights at this wonderful bed and breakfast. Sylvia's Irish Inn is a historic Victorian style house built in 1895. It is in a quiet neighborhood near the University of Illinois campus. We chose the Dr. Lindley King Suite which is located on the third floor of the building. It is a huge room with antique furnishings, a stained glass window, a high ceiling and a very comfortable king size bed. Our hosts Sylvia and Ernie were very friendly and engaging. Sylvia is originally from Ireland hence the name of the Inn. We enjoyed a tasty breakfast mixed with lively conversation. One of the highlights was Sylvia's homemade muffins. When I mentioned to Sylvia how much I enjoyed the delicious Irish tea she served she gave me a take home gift of tea bags. If you are visiting Urbana and would like stay somewhere different than a typical hotel, consider Sylvia's Irish Inn!

Great Place to stay

5 on July 05, 2016

We had a wonderful time with Sylvia. Breakfast was delicious. The rooms were very clean and comfortable. Baths were clean and no waiting. Sylvia pays attention to detail, down to ironing the sheets. We plan to return soon.

Doesn't Get Any Better

5 on April 26, 2016

Got to sleep on a great mattress in Dr. Lindley's room (900 square feet of space!) to awake well rested and ready to eat one of Sylvia's great souffles! It doesn't get better than staying at Sylvia's Irish Inn.

Mom's Weekend at U of I

5 on April 13, 2016

It is always hard to find a place to stay on this busy weekend but I was lucky enough to get a room booked with Sylvia a year in advance. This is a comfy place to stay and breakfast is absolutely fabulous. Sylvia and her team put so much attention and detail in the food and the dining experience. It was really enjoyable to talk with the other guests along with Sylvia, Ernie and team. If you are in the Champaign/Urbana area you will find a cozy room, best breakfast around and excellent service. Loved it!

Top Notch B&B

5 on March 25, 2016

I booked a weekend here for my (extremely picky) parents while they visited us. They were thrilled to be staying here. This is a unique, beautiful, luxurious B&B. The service, decor, and food is all top notch. You simply can't go wrong.

Another Great Stay!!

5 on February 29, 2016

Sylvia and Ernie never disappoint. Every detail is covered, from the warm welcome to the clean and charming rooms to the fabulous breakfasts and fond farewell. When in C-U, wouldn't stay anywhere else!

Best B&B Experience Ever!!

4.8 on January 25, 2016

My husband and I traveled to Urbana to visit our adult children. My daughter, who leaves a few blocks from the Inn, insisted that we just "had to stay at Sylvia's Irish Inn" because, "Mom - it's so gorgeous!! Everyone talks about it." We were hesitant at first. After arriving and meeting Ernie and seeing the Inn, we realized that our hesitancy was all for naught. What a lovely, beautifully maintained establishment. Pride of ownership and the craft of hosting are evident throughout the rooms and the service provided. A kinder, more gentile and caring pair of innkeepers than Sylvia and Ernie may be hard to locate. We were enthralled. Beds were oh so dreamy and comfy. I loved showering in the Victorian-style, clawed tub engulfed in billowing white curtains - like showering in a soft cloud. The food - can't rave on enough about the table services, the elegant dinnerware and exceptional food, prepared by their chef, Spiro. WONDERFUL!!! We have decided that Sylvia's Irish Inn will be our home away from home when visiting Urbana. Nothing else comes close to the experience. Highly recommended!!

A Birthday to remember

4.8 on December 21, 2015

My wife and I visited here for birthday and Sylvia and Eric made the day special. Great room. excellent breakfast and good company. Thank you for making a trip to Illinois memorable.

Lovely B&B!

5 on May 26, 2015

I really liked my stay at Sylvia's Irish Inn. I stayed here for five days. The rooms are so comfortable. The breakfasts are outstanding and Sylvia is a wonderful host. I would definitely recommend this place!

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Rooms & Rates

Animal room

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Beds 1 Queen

King suite

  • Maximum Capacity: 5
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King , 1 Queen , 1 Twin

Carriage house

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

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Location Type



Champaign, IL (CMI-University Of Illinois-Willard)

Directions to property:

From I-57 take I-74 East. From I-74 take Lincoln Avenue south. Turn left (east) on Green and go 7 blocks to Birch St. Turn left on Birch and park beside house to check in. Parking also available in small lot on west side of Birch St. beside the house.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, Night life, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, University, Vineyard, Winery

Inn Details

Establishment type

Cottage, Historic Inn

On-site amenities

CD player, Conference Rooms, Copier, Fax Machine, Fireplace, Secretarial services, Telephone, VCR, Videos, Washer/dryer, Wedding Facilities, Wi-Fi , We have pick up and drop of service to airport, tr

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Bath robes, Board games, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, Computer, Desk, Hairdryer, Ironing Board, Kitchenette, Library, Microwave, Outdoor grilling, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Turndown Service, Wet bar, Wired internet

On-site activities

Billiards, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Fishing, Golfing, Shopping, Tennis courts

Check Dates


  • Check In:: by appointment
  • Check Out:: 11 AM - 12 Noon
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Limited Young children must be closely supervised.
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Accepted payments VISA, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: One room night's deposit or a credit card number required to hold a reservation. Deposit forfeited if reservation is cancelled less than 14 days in advance and room cannot be rebooked.
  • Cancellations: Cancellations must be made at least 14 days in advance to allow us to rebook the room and avoid a one-night charge.



Sylvia & Ernie Sullivan

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  • Time Served: guest's convenience
  • Serving Location: Breakfast/dining area

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian