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“Comfortable and romantic, but beware the train!” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Annie Wiggins Guest House

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Annie Wiggins Guest House
Ranked #19 of 33 Galena B&B and Inns
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34 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Comfortable and romantic, but beware the train!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2012

We stayed in the Sarah room. It was romantic and private. It has a large bathtub, which was not noted on the website, but I thought was extra value for the money. The owners are friendly without being in your face. Breakfast was delicious. My only criticism was the train! Ofcourse, there is nothing to be done due to location, but I was awakened at 2am to blaring horns and a long procession of freight cars passing nearby. It was difficult to get back to sleep!

  • Stayed February 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank ghostpepper
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bheiken, Owner at Annie Wiggins Guest House, responded to this review, 31 July 2012
The train goes along the Galena River next to downtown, so all properties within a short walking distance are within the influence of the train.
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 bubbles
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Illinois
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2010

My husband and I stayed at Annie Wiggins for a lovely Fall weekend. We were greeted by Sue the innkeeper and given a short tour and then shown to our room. The room was comfortable and clean. The soaking tub was very nice. There is complimentary iced tea and lemonade at all times, as well as brandy if desired. We loved the view of Galena from the front porch. It is only a moderate walk to the downtown area. My husband and I have stayed at a handful of B&Bs in Galena. This one wasn't my favorite, but I wouldn't mind staying there again.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank rockinrobyn71
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Wisconsin
Level Contributor
6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2010

This was our first visit to Galena, IL, and we wanted to be in town so that we could walk to town. This inn has an excellent location.

The hosts are very nice and put on an excellent breakfast. The inn is decorated wonderfully. My complaints are mostly with the room, as it just wasn't convenient and therefore limited the romantic value.

Nice things about the inn and room: 1) The bed was comfortable. 2) The tub was a nice feature, especially with the romantic lighting. 3) Third floor was private. Along with this was very squeaky steps but you can't really help that with an old home. 4) Breakfast was excellent both mornings! The tables were set with the intention of guests sharing their adventures. Dining room decor was fabulous, as well. 5) Shower was great (pressure and temperature.) 6) Porches had some public seating areas. Lemonade and iced tea easily accessible was very much appreciated.

Suggestions: 1) hang some sort of window covering, please! The light from the neighbor's cupola shone through the window all night. Privacy wasn't an issue, as it was a third floor room, but the light was an issue. 2) fix the door. It won't close unless locked and doesn't fit the jamb. There is a 1/2 inch gap around most of the door; this lets in a lot of light and noise from the hallway in addition to reducing privacy. 3) Cut off one of the hallway lights at night. Three lights shining directly in our room from the gap was overkill. 4) convert that inaccessible, locked storage area into a closet to hang our jackets and/or shirts in. The room has one hook on the inside of the door, but absolutely no furniture with drawers or rack for hanging anything on. We had to keep our jackets on the floor and all of our clothing in our luggage. 5) Include a bottle of wine the first night. For the price paid, a bottle opener and wine glasses beside the tub are almost teasing. 6) Provide a DVD player and CD player.

The parlors are nicely decorated, but they are not welcoming for guests to sit and visit in (aside from the dining room from 9:00 -10:00 am for breakfast.) We were told that there were some DVDs that we could take to our room, which we did, but found no DVD player. There was no DVD player in the parlor.

The final issue with sleep was that this inn is located directly beside an active train track. The train whistles throughout the night with the whistle often sounding right by the inn. The first night it was three times. The second night once or twice. I recognize that the owners can't move the track, but that the house is adjacent to it would logically negatively impact the amount of money charged for the rooms.

At $205/night and a two-night minimum on weekends, the room and inn simply are not worth the money. It's a nice place, but it comes down to a lot of money for a room that is a basic room with a nice tub but some issues that keep it from being as comfortable that I expect $455 (with tax) to be. I should have stayed home and bought a new clothes dryer.

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank Here4Now
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Illinois
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2010

This was our third visit, different room each time... each one beautiful and unique. I couldn't decide which one I loved the best! This time we chose the one with the soaking tub and spent the entire evening in the tub with a bottle of champagne and complete relaxation. Wendy, our innkeeper, is wonderful, extremely accommodating, ever cheerful, and very knowledgable of local history. For breakfast the first day, Wendy served her special cheese blinzes with raspberry sauce which were outstanding. The second day, she served Stuffed French Toast which had an orange filling with Grand Marnier... superb! We can't wait to go back there again!!

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank lvtobnana
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chicago
Level Contributor
80 reviews
42 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 June 2010

This was our first time to Annie Wiggin's Guest House in Galena. We have stayed at another B&B in the area, but that one was booked so we chose this one. What a beautiful, well-kept home. Our room was one of the smaller rooms, but it was extremely comfortable and cozy, as well as spotless and beautifully decorated. The day we arrived, there weren't very many other guests so we got to peek into the rooms that were not occupied. All were beautiful and inviting. They have multiple porches to sit out on to enjoy the gardens and the peacefulness of Galena. The breakfasts were wonderful and very filling. We will visit Annie Wiggin's Guest House again in the near future. It's a real treasure!

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank 3hapitravelers
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Chicago
Level Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2009

I had read several good reviews of this bed and breakfast and I thought we would have a wonderful long weekend over Columbus Day. We stayed in Annabella's room and it was a lovely room with a large soaking tub. However, it was in the low 40s this weekend and it dropped into the high 20s at night. The only heat provided was a very small vent the size of a car vent that was located over the fake fireplace. It went off sporadically but not nearly enough to heat the room adequately. After a night of no sleep my boyfriend spoke with the owner who offered to take the window air conditioner out in the hopes that it would keep out some of the draft. That was all she would offer and we left to go to Eagle Ridge for another night. She did not give us our money for the two nights we did not stay. I still cannot believe that a place that charges almost $250 a night would not provide adequate heating. There was a radiator in the room but it was not working. We lost $500 and had to cut our long weekend short due to having to double pay for the hotel. I think it would be a nice B&B in warmer months but beware in fall/winter.

  • Stayed October 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank love2run94
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pingree grove, il
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 May 2009

First time staying at a B&B and loved every minute of it. We stayed in Hattie's Room and were very pleased. The gardens were very relaxing and felt right at home. Decided to take a mid day break from shopping and have a bottle of wine while enjoying the gardens and fountain. I don't think either one of us felt so relaxed in a long time. The soaking tub for two (along with bubble bath that was provide along with wine glasses and wine opener, nice touch !) was a perfect compliment to a long day out. I will definatley be back to stay at Annie's. Wendy, breakfast both mornings was a 10! Already trying to plan on when we can come back!

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank dmsammie1
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Property: Annie Wiggins Guest House
Address: 1004 Park Ave., Galena, IL 61036
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Region: United States > Illinois > Galena
Amenities:
Free Parking
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Ranked #19 of 33 B&Bs / Inns in Galena
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 7
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