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The DeSoto House Hotel

The DeSoto House Hotel opened its doors in 1855 and continues to welcome guests with hospitality, charm and history, awarding us the title of "Illinois' Oldest Operating Hotel."


Throughout the years we have welcomed such memorable guests as Abraham Lincoln, William Jennings Bryan, and serving as the presidential campaign headquarters for Ulysses S. Grant just to name a few.


An added Amenity for our Overnight Guests

The DeSoto House Hotel has invited Theresa Young, LMT a skilled professional therapist to provide a relaxing therapeutic massage experience for hotel guests in the comfort of their guest room. Please contact Theresa directly for your appointment, 815-403-3505.

Upcoming Events

Women of Courage and Commitment

Join us in 2014 for another Celebrated Season! October 18th – One Woman Show – Civil War Letters November 15th – Haunted Program December 13th Christmas Tea   All performances begin at 2:00 p.m. with Tea, Coffee and Dessert. $15.00 Per Person Please call 815-777-0090 to reserve your tickets. (Call early as performances do sell [...]

Country Fair Weekend – October 11th & 12th

Make reservations early for the busiest weekend in Galena. Enjoy the Craft Fair right outside our back door and all Galena has to offer.

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Abraham Lincoln Speech

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DeSoto House has become our go-to-place for our Galena escapes. The hotel is consistent. Rooms always clean, food always good, property always well maintained and staff always polite. We look forward to every visit
Kim L. - Arlington Heights, IL
Just the perfect place to stay no matter the season or the reason
AS & FD - Cedar Rapids, IA
Best place to stay in Galena!
In our opinion there isn't a better or more convenient place to stay in historic Galena. On Main Street in the heart of the tourist-happy shopping district. Food always excellent and plentiful in any of the three restaurants. Very comforatable rooms and an excellent staff. Yes they do it right at the DeSoto House.
Taylor B. - Chiciago, IL
We love the charm and location of this historic hotel. Great enclosed parking. Warm welcoming staff. Looking forward to our return visit.
John R. Urbana, IL