Weddings

DeSoto House Hotel

Galena, IL View map Visit website
Guests 2 to 120

About

Guests 2 to 120

About the DeSoto House Hotel

Let the DeSoto House make your day a historic event. We are delighted that we are being considered to play a part in your special day.

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".

Since 1855 we have been the premier location for Galena's most beautiful weddings. Nestled on Main Street in the heart of downtown Galena, we are surrounded by Galena's architecture and history. Just walk out our front door and you are on Main Street amidst everything Galena has to offer, and just outside our back door is beautiful Grant Park.

Facilities and Capacity

We offer the perfect enchanting setting for ceremonies and receptions from small intimate gatherings to large formal events. Room sizes vary from intimate rooms accommodating 2-25 to the spacious Victorian Ballroom which hosts 120 people for dinner followed by dancing in our four story Courtyard Atrium. Our banquet facilities offer the unique and perfect ambiance for beautiful memories.

Services Offered

Our dedicated sales staff will work with you to make your day everything you dreamed it would be. We are delighted to host ceremonies, receptions, and rehearsal dinners. We offer a generous selection of delicious dining options and customize your package to fit your event. From the proposal to the "I do" we will work with you to make sure your planning process is easy and stress free.

History

Once the principal river port of the Upper Mississippi Valley, Galena reached its economic peak during the 1850's. With the coming of the Illinois Central Railroad, a group of local investors formed the "Galena Hotel Company" and built a grand hotel to reflect the growing prosperity of this "Metropolis of the Northwest". Named for the discoverer of the Mississippi RIver, the DeSoto House opened on April 9, 1855 and was billed as the "Largest Hotel in the West". Throughout the years we have welcomed such memorable guests as Abraham Lincoln, William Jennings Bryan, as well as serving as presidential campaign headquarters for Ulysses S. Grant just to name a few. The DeSoto House has come full circle. From the grand opening in Galena's glory days, through economic change and misfortune to once again offering deluxe accommodations and superior service in a most historic setting. If one listens closely enough, one can hear the DeSoto's rich heritage whispering of historic conversations and music from the grand balls of days gone by. We invite you to enjoy your time with us and it is our honor to add your name to our list of notable guests.

Location

Located in the heart of downtown Galena we are within walking distance to shopping, dining, many historic sights and our beautiful Grant Park and Galena River. We boast that many visitors will park their car at arrival and not return to it until they are ready to lgo home. Photo opportunities are endless and locals are more than willing to provide you with historic knowledge and little facts about the town that time forgot.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?

Yes

Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?

Yes

What is the maximum capacity of your venue?

120

What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?

2

How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?

We offer our Grand Ballroom that seats up to 120 guests. We also have smaller rooms available that will seat 2-40 guests.

Describe your venue:

Ballroom
Historic Building
Hotel
Restaurant

What kind of settings are available?

Indoor

Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

Ceremony
Reception
Bridal Shower
Engagement Party
Elopements
Rehearsal Dinner

What catering services do you offer?

Buffet
Cocktail Reception
Dessert
Hors d'oeuvres
Plated
Server(s)
Tastings

What bar services do you provide?

Bartender(s)
Cash Bar
Champagne Toast
House Beer
House Liquor
House Wine
Liquor License
Open Bar
Premium Liquor
Signature Drink
Specialty Beer
Specialty Wine

Preferred Vendors

Map

230 S. Main St. Galena, IL, 61036
8157770090
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DeSoto House Hotel frequently asked questions

What are the most important characteristics of DeSoto House Hotel in terms of venue type, style and location?

The space offered by DeSoto House Hotel for wedding events is known for:
  • Ballroom
  • Historic Building
  • Hotel
  • Restaurant

What kind of indoor/outdoor options are available at DeSoto House Hotel for wedding events?

DeSoto House Hotel offers the following indoor/outdoor options for weddings:
  • Indoor

What kind of wedding events does DeSoto House Hotel offer?

DeSoto House Hotel offers the following types of wedding events:
  • Ceremony
  • Reception
  • Bridal Shower
  • Engagement Party
  • Elopements
  • Rehearsal Dinner

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