Mont Rest Inn

1- or 2-Night Stay for Two at Mont Rest Inn near Galena, IL, Valid Sun.–Fri.

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19th-Century Victorian-Style Inn Offering Modern Comforts

A little more than a century ago, this Victorian-style mansion atop a wooded bluff was the setting for some high-society intrigue: wealthy men of stature would secretly meet in the cupola at the top of the building to risk their fortunes in high-stakes card games. At this very gambling den, the mansion’s original owner, Seth Luellyn Baker, lost the deed to his own building in a poker match. Despite its sordid history, this den overlooking the Mississippi River is now known as “The Angelic Tower” at Mont Rest Inn, an old-fashioned property with revamped rooms and a 2014 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence. With a 2-night stay of this deal, you’ll get a romantic package at the inn, which gets you flowers and chocolates.

Stained-glass details, lace curtains, oil portraits, and brocade upholstery lend to the inn’s turn-of-the-century feel; modern comforts also furnish the rooms, such as a whirlpool tub and Egyptian-cotton towels warmed by a heated towel bar. Among the accommodations, the East room has a fainting couch set opposite an ornate carved-oak fireplace. Another room, the Boardwalk suite, overlooks Bellevue State Park and features its own private entrance. To unwind, guests can sidle up next to the fireplaces during cold weather and enjoy complimentary chocolates and nonalcoholic drinks.

Each morning, a robust, complimentary breakfast spread features hot dishes such as omelets or quiches, complemented by muffins, juices, and coffee. For further indulgence, lodgers can treat themselves to an in-room massage (available for an additional fee).

Bellevue, Iowa: Wooded Bluffs and Historical Attractions on the Mississippi Riverfront

Seated on the shores of the mighty Mississippi River, the town of Bellevue—which translates to “beautiful view” in French—is dotted with towering wooded bluffs overlooking scenic vistas. Along the shore, the well-groomed Riverfront Path looks out to chugging barges and floating casinos.

Across the river in neighboring Illinois, the charming river town of Galena, about 40 miles from Bellevue, lures out-of-towners with a winding main street speckled with cozy boutiques, craft shops, and restaurants. The pre-presidential Ulysses S. Grant Home is one of numerous 19th-century structures in Galena that allow visitors to wade into the past without having to obtain a license to bend the space-time continuum.

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What You Get

Stay for two in any room

  • Option 1: $99 for 1 night, valid for check-in Sunday–Friday; not valid for Saturday stays (up to a $149 value)
  • Option 2: $189 for 2 nights with a romance package for two, valid for check-in Sunday–Friday (up to a $368 value)

Policies and Fees

Book by: 10/24/14
Travel by: 2/13/15

  • Blackout dates: Not valid 10/3, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24, 10/31, 12/25, or 12/31/14

  • Cancellation policy & fees: 30-day cancellation notice required or fee up to Groupon price applies.
  • Taxes: 12% tax not included

Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.


  • Hot tub on observation deck
  • In-room jacuzzi whirlpools
  • Hearty hot breakfast provided
  • Working seasonal fireplaces
  • Complimentary nonalcoholic drinks in kitchen

The Fine Print

  • Must book by 10/24/14 or promotional value expires
  • Must complete travel by 2/13/15
  • Not valid 10/3, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24, 10/31, 12/25, or 12/31/14
  • Limit 3 per person, may buy 3 additional as gifts
  • Limit 3 per visit
  • Valid only for option purchased
  • Reservation required, subject to availability
  • 30-day cancellation notice required or fee up to Groupon price applies
  • Must be 18 or older to check in
  • Credit card required at booking and check-in
  • 12% tax not included.

Other Details

Room Details

  • One king bed or one queen bed
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 2
  • Working seasonal fireplace
  • Antique furnishings and unique décor
  • Jacuzzi whirlpool tub and heated towel bars
  • Egyptian-cotton towels and guest bathrobes
  • TV/VCR/DVD combo and access to a movie library
  • Complimentary handmade chocolates in room

Hotel Policies

  • Check in: 3:30 p.m.
  • Check out: 12 p.m.
  • Parking: complimentary parking available
  • Rollaways: not available
  • Smoking policy: no smoking is allowed in the rooms; smoking is allowed at designated smoking areas outside the inn.
  • Pet policy: pets are not allowed inside the property
  • Accessibility: handicap-accessible rooms are not available.
  • Room upgrades: upgrade to a package at booking or check in (for additional cost); see options at

Getting There

  • Nearest airport: Quad City International Airport (MLI; 70 miles)
  • Distance to Cedar Rapids: About 80 miles

Traveler's Tips

  • Innkeeper Christine Zraick sometimes hosts murder-mystery parties to heighten the historical ambiance of the inn.
  • Take advantage of the inn’s concierge service for tickets, reservations, and other arrangements for local dining and attractions.
  • They are located on the Mississippi River.
  • Their county has many wineries and bike trails and three state parks, including one with caves. *They are 15 minutes, to the National River Museum and 15 minutes to antique shops.
  • The trip between Galena and Bellevue is only 35 miles up the scenic Great River Road.

Customer Reviews

8 Ratings

Atmosphere and food!
Kristopher M. · December 31, 2012
The breakfasts were very good.
Jeanne L. · July 15, 2012
Very friendly and accommodating.
Bruce S. · June 24, 2012
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