Welcome to Jail Hill Inn

Jail Hill Inn offers gracious lodging for a perfect getaway. A true gem, the B&B delivers the ultimate in relaxation, luxury accommodations, and location. Tucked away, yet close enough to walk to Galena’s historic Main Street, the 135-year-old, 4-story brick building (which served as the county jail for nearly 100 years) has been lovingly transformed into the premier Galena bed and breakfast and one of the most unique places to stay in Galena, Illinois and the Midwest.

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Guest Suites

Each of the inn’s six uniquely appointed and luxurious suites boasts an impressive 800-square feet of space, more than any other Bed and Breakfast in Galena and a range of high-end guest amenities. Every detail of your stay is attended to with genuine care, ensuring Jail Hill Inn guests experience a unique and unforgettable getaway in historic Galena, Illinois.

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Our Bed and Breakfast Inn

Jail Hill Inn is the #1-rated Bed and Breakfast in Galena. In 2019, TripAdvisor also named us as the #1-rated Bed and Breakfast in the Country and #2 in the world. Housed in the historic 4-story brick building where the Jo Daviess County Jail once operated, the Jail Hill Inn offers its guests the best unmatched luxury and an up-close-and-personal glimpse into Galena’s storied history.   If you are looking for a one-of-a-kind, unique lodging experience Jail Hill Inn has everything you are looking for.


Our Merchandise

We work hard to make sure every stay at Jail Hill Inn is special, and that includes offering customized, high-end amenities.  Many of the things you’ll enjoy throughout your stay, including our luxurious sheets and bathrobes, our custom roasted coffee and hand-made mugs, our annual holiday ornaments, and so much more are available for purchase in our online store. 

The Premier Bed and Breakfast in Galena

Every Jail Hill Inn guest has access to enjoy the inn’s first-floor lounge area, a ground-level courtyard, and an expansive third-level deck, which overlooks the beautifully landscaped yard. All common areas are ideal for sipping a glass of wine, gathering with friends, enjoying a morning coffee and relaxing during the nightly wine and cheese reception. Guests rave in our 500+ Five Star reviews that we are the best place to stay when visiting Galena.


#1 Bed and Breakfast in U.S.A

In 2019, Jail Hill Inn was recognized as the #1 B&B/Inn in the USA (and #2 in the World) with a TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice® award! In 2020 TripAdvisor ranked us at the #3 B&B in the United States. These incredible distinction reflects the impeccable hospitality and attention to detail every guest experiences at Jail Hill Inn.

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Member of Select Registry

Jail Hill Inn is a member of the prestigious Select Registry, the “gold standard” for inns and small properties. In 2018, the inn received the top score of nearly 300 inspected properties! An impressive 299 points out of a perfect 300.

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AAA Awarded

Jail Hill Inn is honored to be named the only AAA Four Diamond Bed and Breakfast in Galena.  Our commitment to excellence has allowed us to become a member of AAA at the highest level possible.  



In an effort to offer guests a luxury stay without compromising the environment, Jail Hill Inn has taken steps to improve efficiencies and reduce waste. These sustainability actions have earned it a Green Lodging designation.

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Guests to Jail Hill Inn Bed and Breakfast will find themselves surrounded by some of the most bespoke property & room amenities you can find. Each of our guest suites features custom-made king-size beds with hypoallergenic pillows and fine Comphy Sheets.™  In each expansive private bathroom, guests will find Aveda personal care products and travel amenities. You will also find romantic gas fireplaces, KOHLER® BubbleMassage™ Air Bath with chromatherapy, and dual showerheads in showers.


Galena, Illinois

Galena is an incredible getaway destination, located just a few hours outside of major cities like Chicago and Milwaukee.  Once here, spend the time browsing the area’s top historic attractions, shop your way through Main Street’s boutiques, sip local wine, beer, and spirits, dine at our exquisite Galena restaurants, and otherwise enjoy the chance to relax, unwind, and enjoy this stunningly beautiful town. 



Jail Hill Inn B&B has established itself as the premier Bed and Breakfast in Galena, IL.  Consequently, booking well in advance of your desired stay is highly recommended. We take reservations up to one year in advance, and our up-to-date availability is always shown directly on our website.  All bookings should be made on our website, as booking directly with us always ensures you the best rates possible!

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