Home

An Old County Jail Is Officially The Best Bed And Breakfast In The U.S.

By DeAnna Taylor

Share

Certain travelers simply go places for the experience. That can be said for guests who want to spend their vacation in a former county jail.

According to The Los Angeles Times, Jail Hill Inn in Galena, Illinois is the best Bed and Breakfast in the United States and the second best in the world. The voting was done by Trip Advisor travelers from all around the world, in their annual ‘Travelers Choice Awards.’

Jail Hill Inn is a 140-year old building that stopped functioning as a county jail in 1977. You can still find inmates names carved into the window panes, which gives it a unique appeal. However, all other traces of it being a former jail no longer exist.

“It’s kind of a juxtaposition, going from being a place nobody wanted to be, to being a place everybody wants to be,” innkeeper Matthew Carroll told the Los Angeles Times. Carroll renovated the place after purchasing it in 2015.

“It was kind of an eyesore when I bought it,” said Carroll. “With my hospitality experience and being a lifelong Galena resident, I was able to bring a team on board to restore the property … and bring some luxury lodging to downtown, which was sort of lacking.”

Related: Meet The Sisters Behind Detroit’s Newest Black-Owned Bed And Breakfast

The home features six rooms that each come with king-sized beds with high-end linens,  a fireplace, wet bar, and Bluetooth speaker systems. Guests are treated to a 3-course breakfast in the morning and a cheese and wine reception in the afternoon.

“It’s about really pushing that luxury and having pampering amenities that make it over the top,” Carroll stated.

Rates begin at around $295 during the week and as can be much as $445 during peak season. Galena, Illinois is about a 3-hour drive from Chicago.

Share
Travel Noire

DeAnna Taylor

DeAnna Taylor is a criminal defense Attorney turned travel blogger, author, and writer. While Charlotte, NC (her hometown) is her base, she's always somewhere on a plane. Catch her on IG: @brokeandabroadlife.

Want more?

Get exclusive, unpublished tips from Travel Noire's CEO to help you get off the beaten path, into the hearts of locals and onto a better, more cultured life.

Woman Wakes Up To Man’s Hand Down Her Pants On Spirit Airlines Flight

Woman Wakes Up To Man’s Hand Down Her Pants On Spirit Airlines Flight

A Michigan woman’s sexual harassment claim aboard a Spirit Airlines flight is currently being investigated by the FBI. According to the woman, she was sexually assaulted by the male passenger sitting next to her on the flight. After alerting the flight attendants, she said they asked her to move but did not request the same […]

Kelsey Marie

The Obamas’ Popular Portraits Are Going On Tour, Here’s How You Can See Them For Yourself

The Obamas’ Popular Portraits Are Going On Tour, Here’s How You Can See Them For Yourself

The illustrious portraits of Barack Obama (by Kehinde Wiley) and Michelle Obama (by Amy Sherald), which have brought record crowds to The Smithsonian’s  National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C. since 2018, will soon be going on tour. Beginning in June 2021, the paintings will be embarking on a five-city museum tour across the country, allowing […]

Stephanie Ogbogu

Trump Administration Considers Adding Nigeria, Eritrea, Tanzania To Travel Ban

Trump Administration Considers Adding Nigeria, Eritrea, Tanzania To Travel Ban

Three years after issuing a controversial ban on seven Muslim-majority countries, the Trump administration is planning to expand the ban to four additional African countries, including Nigeria, Sudan, Tanzania, and Eritrea.  Trump confirmed that he is trying to add additional nations to the travel ban during an interview with The Wall Street Journal but declined […]

Parker Diakite