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Irish Cottage Inn & Suites

9853 W US Highway 20, Galena, IL 61036-9186
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitised in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Floors marked for social distancing
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
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Updated 29/09/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 29/09/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


#1 of 11 hotels in Galena
Travellers' Choice
Finding an ideal romantic hotel in Galena does not have to be difficult. Welcome to Irish Cottage Inn & Suites, a nice option for travelers like you. Nearby landmarks such as Washburne House State Historic Site (0.5 mi) and Belvedere Mansion (0.6 mi) make Irish Cottage Inn & Suites a great place to stay when visiting Galena. Guest rooms offer a flat screen TV, air conditioning, and a refrigerator, and Irish Cottage Boutique Hotel makes getting online easy as free wifi is available. In addition, guests can enjoy a pool and free breakfast during their visit. As an added convenience, there is free parking available to guests. When you’re feeling hungry, be sure to check out Los Aztecas II, Campeche Restaurant, and Ayalas Las Margarita, which are some Mexican restaurants that are popular with locals and out-of-towners alike. Should time allow, Ulysses S. Grant Home is a popular attraction that is within walking distance. Irish Cottage Inn & Suites looks forward to welcoming you on your visit to Galena.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Free breakfast
Evening entertainment
Business Centre with Internet Access
Hot bath
Indoor pool
Heated pool
Bar / lounge
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Non-smoking hotel
Shared lounge / TV area
24-hour front desk
Laundry service
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Air conditioning
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Flatscreen TV
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Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Average1 wrote a review Nov 2021
wi129 contributions16 helpful votes
A favorite when we visit Galena with clean, comfortable rooms. Hotel with Irish decor, including a lovely sitting area to gather off the lobby area. Staff friendly and helpful. Fun place to meet friends. Located 5 minutes from downtown Galena. And Uber was available. Ample free parking. Hotel is located in the country, overlooking a wooded valley with trails. Complimentary breakfast of standard scrambled eggs, sausage, potatoes, yogurt, oatmeal, fresh fruit , juice and coffee. And scones! A special touch was China plates and real silverware. Our Host was helpful and asked if we wanted condiments, checking in to be sure all was well. Unfortunately we discovered the Irish pub was closed on Mondays. Disappointing as we enjoy stopping in the pub for a bite to eat while enjoying the Irish pub decor complete with an Irish snug. Staffing shortages seem to affect everywhere you go lately. Pool was closed, so if that’s important to you, inquire ahead of time. Our room was on the third floor, one level above main floor and faced the parking lot. Occasionally we heard cars passing by on the highway. A person in room above us had a heavy footstep, but mostly the hotel was quiet. The wall thermostat controlling the room temperature and was tricky to set at a comfortable temperature between warm and cool. However we like the location, unique decor and staff so we’ll be back Worth a visit! Most businesses in the area still request masks be worn due to COVID concerns.
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Date of stay: November 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Response from Krystle Hewitt, General Manager at Irish Cottage Inn & Suites
Responded 4 weeks ago
Dear Jeanne, Thank you for your review and feedback of your stay with us! We truly appreciate your time! We are happy to see you enjoyed the new breakfast experience in the restaurant and that the host was helpful! Thank you for the compliments about the friendly staff! Our goal is to provide you with the best stay possible. We do look forward and hope to see you on a future trip to Galena!
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KatrinaOlson wrote a review Nov 2021
Urbana, Illinois123 contributions89 helpful votes
My husband and I stayed at the Irish Cottage Inn for a long weekend and enjoyed our stay immensely. We stayed in a King Spa Suite which with separate bedroom and living areas. The room was adorable with a crest on the door, authentic decor, a little corner fireplace and a beautiful view. The sofa was comfy and clean, and the chair in the bedroom was a nice touch. The microwave and fridge were handy for storing leftovers or a late-night snack. Although we couldn't get the spa jets to work (Room 417), I bought some bath salts and enjoyed a relaxing soak after a long day of walking around Downtown Galena. We usually travel internationally at least once a year, but haven't for the past 2 years due to COVID. The Irish Cottage Inn & Suites and Frank O'Dowd's Irish Pub were a refreshing taste of Ireland in Illinois, literally and figuratively. We learned that the bar is named after the founder's uncle, Frank O'Dowd, and all of the woodwork and we assume other construction materials were shipped from Ireland. Although the pub and inn have changed ownership, they retained the history and authenticity, thank goodness! Try to catch Meghan Davis, who plays acoustic guitar and sings at least once a month. She's extremely talented and is simply charming. Meghan plays songs from the 70s, 80s and 90s and takes requests—a real crowd pleaser for all ages. We were looking for something different, a little getaway, and a little relaxation. The Irish Cottage Inn and Frank O'Dowd's Irish Pub delivered!
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Date of stay: November 2021
Room Tip: Fourth floor suite had a nice view of the forest and hills behind the inn, and was very quiet.
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Response from Krystle Hewitt, General Manager at Irish Cottage Inn & Suites
Responded 4 weeks ago
Dear Katrina, Thank you for your wonderful review of your stay experience her at The Irish Cottage Inn & Suites! We are very happy that you enjoyed your stay and loved our Irish ambiance of the hotel and restaurant! We are sorry that you had some issues with the jacuzzi tub in your room, but glad you made the best of your time with the bath salts! We have had maintenance address the room's jacuzzi to ensure successful operation moving forward. Our staff on property love to hear that you enjoyed the entertainment by Meghan! We do hope that if you and your husband ever make a trip back to Galena, that you will choose to be our guest once again!
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Melissa K wrote a review Nov 2021
Circle Pines, Minnesota11 contributions2 helpful votes
My husband and I stayed here two wees ago and loved the hotel. The dark mahogany woodwork in the lobby, library, and pub is beautiful and makes you feel like you have been transported to Ireland. We stayed in a king suite with a whirlpool. The separate sleeping and living space was very helpful and the cute electric fireplace added a cozy touch. The breakfasts in the morning were delicious however make sure to get there more at the starting time, some items were not replenished as the breakfast time went on. Unfortunately we did not get to use the pool as it was out of order. The walking path behind the hotel was very relaxing through the woods. If we come back to Galena we will definitely stay here again.
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Date of stay: October 2021
Response from Krystle Hewitt, General Manager at Irish Cottage Inn & Suites
Responded 2 Nov 2021
Dear Melissak, We are happy that you enjoyed your stay at our hotel and property! We have passed on your breakfast feedback to our Food & Beverage team and will work towards enhancing the breakfast experience and make sure the offerings stay stocked. Thank you for the compliments of the overall property, the room type you enjoyed, and the hiking trail! We are happy these items met your expectations! We look forward to your future stay and hope to be able to only provide a better stay each and every time!
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30thanniversary1012 wrote a review Oct 2021
Wheaton, Illinois9 contributions2 helpful votes
A nice place to stay! You do have to drive to downtown galena. It would have been nice to be told at check in that if you wanted to your room serviced, you would need to specify it every day. I did mention it at check out and was told that you were supposed to be told at check in, as well as it being stated in your key card packet. Unfortunately it was on the little piece of paper with the hotels Wi-Fi password, which we didn’t choose to use so never saw it. If you wanted something closer to downtown prices are pretty much the same from hotel to hotel.
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Response from Krystle Hewitt, General Manager at Irish Cottage Inn & Suites
Responded 2 Nov 2021
Thank you for your review of your recent stay experience! We are glad you enjoyed your stay! We have followed up with our Guest Services team to make sure they are communicating are current policies with our guests during reservations and at check-in. We thank you for choosing to stay with us! Come see us again!
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icfolk wrote a review Oct 2021
Iowa City, Iowa11 contributions3 helpful votes
We very much enjoyed our stay at the Irish Cottage! I felt like I was in a little part of Ireland. Pros: 1. The decor is wonderful! Each room is named after a county in Ireland. The rooms have lovely Irish artwork in the rooms. And a St.Brigid's Cross above the door! 2. Bed was very comfy! Sheets were nice and soft too! 3. The breakfast was delicious! It was served on china and in the pub. It was the standard breakfast fare of eggs, sausages, little potatoes, but it seemed to taste better than other hotels basic breakfasts. They also had scones that were so tasty! 4. The breakfast host was very nice and attentive. I heard him ask several people how their meals were. 5. In the back of the hotel there is a short hiking trail. And a fairie ring! Both are really neat and nicely done! 6. We stayed in a standard king room. More than enough space for two people. Didn't feel cramped. Cons 1. Our room didn't have a microwave (but did have a fridge). We were told traditional king rooms didn't have microwaves. I found this to be odd. I've never stayed in a hotel without a microwave before. It would be nice if management would add this feature to a regular king room. Sometimes people like to heat up leftovers . 2. Towels did the job but did look worn. They need to be updated. 3. This hotel is 15-20 years old by now. It does need some updates, but I hope the hotel just replaces what is worn (like towels, repainting the murals outside, wallpaper etc) since I think the decor of the hotel is fantastic and I would hate for them to lose the "Irish" look of the hotel. 4. The tiny Irish shop had very little merch. They really need more items in there! Maybe they could team up with Shamrock Imports in Dubuque for more items. 5. Wish the pub had music every night!
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Date of stay: October 2021
Response from Krystle Hewitt, General Manager at Irish Cottage Inn & Suites
Responded 2 Nov 2021
Dear icfolk, Thank you for your review and feedback of your stay at our property! We always appreciate hearing the guest's voice! It helps our team improve on items that don't quite meet the mark we are shooting for. We are happy that you enjoyed our new breakfast experience, and found the breakfast attendant attentive to the breakfast area and guests. Our goal for each guest is to provide the best experience possible! Our management team have provided your additional feedback on room and property updates to our ownership for review. We are looking to do some enhancements throughout the property, including our gift shop! We are currently adding microwaves to our traditional kings and updating the towels and terry in our rooms. We hope that you will give us another chance in the future to provide you with an even better time while visiting Galena Country!
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Frequently Asked Questions about Irish Cottage Inn & Suites
Which popular attractions are close to Irish Cottage Inn & Suites?
Nearby attractions include Psychic Medium Chris McBrien (1.3 km), P.T. Murphy Magic Theatre (1.4 km), and Great American Popcorn Company (1.4 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Irish Cottage Inn & Suites?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an indoor pool, free wifi, and free breakfast.
Which room amenities are available at Irish Cottage Inn & Suites?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Irish Cottage Inn & Suites?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Irish Cottage Inn & Suites?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Irish Cottage Inn & Suites?
Conveniently located restaurants include Fritz and Frites, Otto's Place, and Fried Green Tomatoes.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Irish Cottage Inn & Suites?
Yes, guests have access to an indoor pool, a fitness centre, and a sauna during their stay.
Does Irish Cottage Inn & Suites offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business centre, meeting rooms, and a banquet room.
Are there any historical sites close to Irish Cottage Inn & Suites?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Ulysses S. Grant Home (0.7 km), Root Beer Revelry (1.3 km), and Washburne House State Historic Site (0.9 km).
Is Irish Cottage Inn & Suites accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and reduced mobility rooms. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.