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This hotel was very cheap and in a convenient location. The Hemmingway Museum is right across the street and the Frank Lloyd Wright Museum is around the corner. The neighborhood was very friendly and safe. Only a one block walk down Oak Park Ave. will get you a variety of food, beverages, and shopping. A couple blocks down Lake Street, you will find the same. The train station is only two blocks down Oak Park Ave. Our room was small and old, BUT it was very clean, comfortable, and had a large fridge, microwave, coffee pot, and hair dryer. The parking and wi-fi were both free. The staff was very friendly and helpful. We will definitely stay here again.
Cenveniently located (20 min on a green line to the Loop), the station is closeby, nice neighbouhood, a number of eateries/rest'ts around the corner. Good restraurant in-door. Friendly staff.
I really enjoyed my stay. Nice hotel, great rooms and staff.
A fine location, friendly, helpful staff, upgraded room.
I arrived late and no one told me you couldn't park on the street. I parked between two signs that didn't say street parking was not allowed overnight. The manager said there was no way all of his 'experienced' clerks wouldn't have told me, and when I confronted the clerk he told me it wasn't him. The room was so small I had to go out into the hall to change my mind and it hadn't been renovated since the early 80's and not painted since well before then. The room was so small that the bed touched both walls with a little table at the foot with a mini tv. The window had chicken wire in the middle and was cracked. Could hear the air going through the crack all night. From the outside the hotel is very quaint, but I would not suggest a night there!
This hotel is an older building which has a little old fashion flair and charm. We stayed in one of the (2) double bed rooms at the top floor - offering plenty of room and lots of nice natural light. My first impression was that the hallways and circulation spaces seemed a little bit dingy and narrow (some construction near the elevator) but our room was spectacularly clean and the maid service was efficient and spotless each day. And there couldn't be a better location for Oak Park - in the heart of beautiful homes and great restaurants, and so many Frank Lloyd Wright buildings easily walkable from here (Unity Temple and FLW's home/studio included). Ernest Hemingway's birthplace and museum adjacent. Parking was off-site/down the block in a garage but completely free for 4 days. We parked our car and took the Green line train into Chicago which made transportation easy. The folks at the desk were not overly talkative but they did answer our questions and one person gave good recommendations for dining. Our overall experience was good - cozy and reasonably priced. We would definitely stay here again.
Be sure to check your room to avoid leaving anything behind. My husband forgot his phone earpiece there. They made him send a prepaid mailing envelope (approximately $15 there and $15 back) AND charged him for UPS coming to pick it up at the hotel ($6.50). We stuffed the old windows with kleenex and puddled the drapes up on the ledge to ward off the December chills. The bathroom was a step-up added on one so take care getting up in the night. Our room at the back was very quiet and the mattresses were excellent. Great restaurant in the same building.
The hotel has all the structural detail of the older building, but has modern amenities. I'm sure the rooms did not originally have their own baths! I'm sure that when the hotel was built guest arrived by train and took a taxi to the hotel. Fortunately, there is now a parking garage only two blocks away. I enjoyed my stay, and only wish I could have spent more time in the room!
a last minute stay with pet and close to the big city
I booked this hotel because of location. I thought it was overpriced for the quality of room. It is an old hotel and needs updating.
Last time I came to Chicago I got burned on parking downtown. It's $50 a night. What a rip off. Decided to go to a place that has free parking and close to downtown. This place was right off the green line so getting downtown was easy. Place was clean and quiet. A little run down, but I don't care about that as long as it's clean and it was!
Nice hotel and very close to the green line for traveling! Plus it was very close to food and local shopping.