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“Ulysses S. Grant meets Ghostbusters...The Desoto Hotel promises something for everyone!”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of DeSoto House Hotel

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DeSoto House Hotel
Ranked #4 of 11 Hotels in Galena
Certificate of Excellence
Wauconda, Illinois, United States
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9 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Ulysses S. Grant meets Ghostbusters...The Desoto Hotel promises something for everyone!”
Reviewed 5 June 2012

Staying at the lovely Desoto House Hotel is like taking a trip back to a gentler time, yet it still manages to rival the fun, festivities and amenities of any contemporary hotel in any city in the U.S.!
Nestled in historic Galena, Illinois, it is the oldest continuiously operating hotel in the state and promises a breath of fresh air in a weary world.
From the gorgeous rooms boasting 20 foot ceilings and 19th century charm, the welcoming staff, and delicious restaurants, to the balconies that once held the likes of Abraham Lincoln, it is an absolute jewel and one of the most wonderful ways to spend any getaway!
My husband, myself and many of our friends have gone back time and again to enjoy the warmth of the hotel and fun of the surrounding town with offers historic tours, wine tasting, eclectic shops, delicious food and many great "theme" weekends. The most recent being at the Desoto House, which included an actual Ghost Hunt with the Illinois Paranormal Society!
Our "hunt" included flashlites that came on by themselves, ghostly speak, and flying waterbottles!
After steadying ourselves with a scrumptious pomagranate martini, it was off to Dubuque, some 15 min. away for some blackjack at the casino.
A trip to the Ulysses S. Grant home, a bit of shopping and a trolley tour the next morning, finished the weekend, and it was sadly time to go, our only solice being that we had already booked our next stay at the Desoto.
We will be going back for the Halloween weekend, during which the whole town dresses up to join in the fun!
Parades take off from the corner of the Desoto, where you can once again join the ghost hunters, or sit back and watch the parade's cast of civil war hero's, ghouls and goblins with a sweet treat from the chocolate shop. You can even watch the parade from your window, as the Desoto overlooks main street. The fact that the Desoto house is located in the middle of all the activities, makes all the difference, as you really get the feel of the best Galena has to offer.
Whether you go for the history, or the eclectic mix of interesting and great activities, the Desoto house will find a place in your heart, and keep you coming back again and again.
Stephanie and Richard Edwards - Wauconda, Illinois

Room Tip: All are good! We like our room to face main street, which overlooks the historic town - very pretty...
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Baileyville, Illinois
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 June 2012

Thank you to the DeSoto House, Deb, Linda, and the rest of the staff for letting us present this event on June 2nd. Everyone was great and extremely accommodating. My team and I had a great time and I am sure that the guests at the event did too, especially those that were still with us after 1:30am. Every time I have stayed at the DeSoto House, the staff and services their have been great. Again I must say "Thank You" to the DeSoto House and I look forward to more in the future!

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Pekin, Illinois
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 June 2012

A friend and I stayed for the paranormal package with Chad and his team with IPI. This was such an amazing experience we have already booked another trip. The hotel was beautiful and had the old charm that is missing from a lot of hotels these days. If you are looking for some ghost thrill seeking, this is the package to do, you will not regret it.

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Freeport, Illinois
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154 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 June 2012

I had the opportunity to stay at the hotel recently and was very happy with the overall visit. We were attending a paranormal event, and a great dinner was included. The event was a lot of fun and I know they have more planned which I look forward to attending. The staff was very nice and helpful. Our room was wonderful. It was spacious and beautiful, with everything we needed right at our fingertips. We had a corner room, The Stephen Douglas. It faced the street and we could see all the wonderful shops and do some people-watching. Even though we faced the street, the room was very cozy and quiet in the evening, and we got a good night's sleep. We look forward to returning to the historic hotel.

Room Tip: We had a corner room facing the street and it was sunny and had great views of Galena's Main Str...
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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 May 2012

Stayed at this hotel for a wedding. The staff was very pleasant, parking was extremely easy and the room was quite nice. There was some sloping issues that others have mentioned, but it wasn't a big deal. Surprisingly quiet room considering we were on the street side. Would definitely stay again if I were in town.

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Additional Information about DeSoto House Hotel

Property: DeSoto House Hotel
Address: 230 S Main St, Galena, IL 61036-2227
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Region: United States > Illinois > Galena
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Galena
#1 Best Value Hotel in Galena
#3 Romantic Hotel in Galena
Price range (per night): ₹ 4,858 - ₹ 9,069
Number of rooms: 55
Also Known As:
Desoto Hotel Galena

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