While the varied room sizes and narrow corridors may bring to mind a college dormitory, you won't find a more charming place to stay in Chicago's Near North suburbs. The inn was formerly an all-girls residence club built in the late 1920s, and a lot of its original features, including the iron-girded elevator shaft and antique-laden parlor, remain intact. The staff is small but helpful. The best feature is the library, where guests can exchange their used books for others.
There's a rooftop garden and Pensiero restaurant, serving fancy Italian dishes, is on the first floor.
Mar 8, 2004
The most charming place I have ever stayed in! Like a home away from home. The staff was so helpful and friendly! Why, oh, why did I waste so much time in those corp. hotels? I will never stay anywhere else when I visit Chicago.
Aug 28, 2000
Yes, Evanston is charming, and the hotel is a good IDEA, and has plenty of potential, but it falls down on two important counts: (1) Lack of (effective) air conditioning. Yes, they provide in-room space air conditioners, but (a) they are noisy, (b) require frequent emptying of the water reservoir (inc. during the night), and (c) generate almost as much heat as they remove. And (2) Management seems to be terminally lacking in the charm department:
Any query (esp. to the woman who seems to run the place) was treated as a nuisance; eventually we just stopped asking. Note too: (3) Public spaces (inc. the delightful-if-shabby Parlor) may be unavailable to hotel guests if they have been rented for functions. (4) "Continental" bkfst fell well below Day's Inn standards: No fruit or yoghurt; just stale bagels and one kind of bread. The restaurant in the basement (Va Penseiro) - on the other hand - was a treasure: But the management is different from the hotel's (and they told me they hear plenty of complaints about their neighbor upstairs, and have even offered to help with the breakfasts - to no avail).