For those seeking a more local (and budget-friendly) experience, skip out on the downtown hotel cluster and head to this boutique newcomer in the heart of Lincoln Park. The former Days Inn property was recently revamped, offering no frills accommodations with a fun, millennial-friendly vibe.
A prime location nearby Chicago's historic rock music venues means the property has housed folks like Kurt Cobain, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Dave Matthews while under the former ownership.
Headboard walls include graphic murals of Chicago's iconic architecture, adding a splash of local color to a neutral layout of crisp white linens with light wooden furniture and open closets. Updated perks include amenities like Nespresso coffee makers, 50-inch flatscreen wall TVs, and iHome clocks.
For extra space, opt for the enormous executive doubles with microwave and mini fridge. If noise is a concern, secure a courtyard facing room to steer away from the busy nightlife street traffic.
Efficient white bath-shower combo aren't much to write home about, but they're stocked with Beekman 1802 products that are worth squeezing in your bag on the way out.
Bright, fun colors with millennial-friendly design include quirky features like street art murals on walls, eclectic knickknacks, a mishmash of modern furniture, and bike part chandeliers. Ample space for families sorting plans or young travelers looking to meet other folks.
No gym on-site, but the property has a day pass relationship with nearby LA Fitness.
Situated on the intersection of three busy thoroughfares (Lincoln Avenue, Diversey Parkway, Clark Street), it's easy to catch a taxi or use a ride-hailing app like Lyft or Uber. But there's plenty of public transit around: it's an 8-minute walk to the nearest Brown Line El stop and stops for buses that run down all three streets are located directly outside.
The property is blessed with a great location within walking distance of tons of great restaurants. It's directly wedged between doughnut shop Stan's Donuts and metal burger bar Kuma's Too, which means breakfast and lunch are covered. Slurp back some oysters from seafood spot, Half Shell, or grab Peruvian chicken at Nando's Peri-Peri (1-minute walk). Late night, getting a hot dog from local legends The Wiener Circle (4-minute walk) is a must.
Lincoln Park is packed with bars, but music lovers will appreciate the proximity to hot spots like Kingston Mines (9-minute walk), Elbo Room (6-minute drive), and Lincoln Hall (6-minute drive). For something a little more chill, head to D.O.C. Wine Bar (4-minute walk) or Bar Pastoral (6-minute walk) for great glasses of vino. And if you just want a margarita the size of your head, go to Cesar's Killer Margaritas (6-minute walk).
WHY WE LIKE IT
Some of Chicago's most lively and unique attractions are in its local neighborhoods—which can be a real pain in the neck trying to access from the cluster of hotels downtown, particularly late-night when the bar flies are out. Hotel Versey breathes new life into its former worn down digs, offering fun and convenient lodgings at excellent budget-friendly prices. While comfortable and friendly, the property lacks a lot of the frills you'd expect at full-service spots that makes this is a better spot for travelers who plan to spend more time on-the-go than lounging in bed.