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The Willows Hotel Chicago

  • 555 W. Surf St. Map It
  • Design


  • Just steps away from bars, restaurants, and public transit


  • Modestly decorated rooms

Updated 06/11/2013

Fodor's Review

The lobby of this 1920s hotel, designed in 19th-century French Provincial style, opens onto a tree-lined street in Lakeview, just three blocks from the lake and central to stores, restaurants, and movie theaters; the hotel's prime location and proximity to the El make it a top choice. The complimentary Continental breakfast and afternoon cookies make this boutique hotel an inviting alternative to local bed-and-breakfasts. Although there is no on-site fitness center, guests

have access to a local Formula Fitness Center.

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Hotel Information


555 W. Surf St., Chicago, Illinois, 60657, United States

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773-528–8400; 800-787–3108

Hotel Details:

  • Credit cards accepted
  • 51 rooms, 4 suites
  • Breakfast

Updated 06/11/2013

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By Jacob

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May 8, 2005

new to the city

I came to Chicago to scope out apartments for my upcoming move, and while I was a little concerned about driving in the city, the front desk was nice enough to take the time to help out with apartment recommendations and driving directions. They really helped to make the trip a success! I will be moving in to an apartment nearby and my family is already planning a stay at the Willows! A great place!

By Jason

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Jan 25, 2004

Pink Couches in the Lobby?

This is one of the worst experiences I have had in Chicago hotels. When checking in, Chicago's finest were arresting a gentlman in the lobby. I asked the desk clerk what was going on, he told me not worry about it. This was not too reassuring. Room was small and you could hear the elevator door crashing against itself all night. The view of the brickwall could not have been nicer. The only good point is the location.

By Cindy

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Mar 29, 2002

King Suite $450 Downtown $150 at the Willows

I spent 3 nights at the Willows Labor Day weekend 2001 and got a special 3 day rate. I have spent many nights at the Ritz Carlton (still one of my favorites) and would compare the charming accommodations and service right up there with the Ritz. Ok so this little Inn doesn't have a restuarant but I appreciate the recommendations/reservations of the friendly staff "Bill." I had an excellent steak dinner 3 blocks away at "Select Cut on Halsted" and

then enjoyed Blues at "B.L.U.E.S" also on Halsted. Parking was only $18!!!! I usually pay $35 downtown. I really enjoyed my stay and would return. I recommend the king suite with french doors or the charming rooms in the front that have views of the street. Reminds me of my life in Paris or my stays in NY.

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