Everything at this charming boutique hotel says homey--from the quiet, side-street location in Lakeview East to the roaring fireplace in the lobby. Complimentary chocolate-chip cookies are served each afternoon and a free breakfast each morning. Guest rooms, renovated in 2014, are contemporary yet cozy, and plush robes hang in the bathrooms. The staff here is particularly helpful, and you can rely on the concierge for just about anything, including reservations at the many restaurants in the busy Boystown and Wrigleyville neighborhoods just outside the door.
YOU SHOULD KNOW You'll be charged more if you bring your SUV or any taller vehicle--$40 versus $25--so you might want to bring your compact car.
Each of the 52 rooms, of which nearly half are suites, in this manor-style property includes a mini-fridge (great for storing snacks and drinks) and a microwave. Rates also include a complimentary continental breakfast. Spacious in size--a benefit in staying north of downtown--there's also radiator heating, valances, coverlets and bedside lamps that create a "home away from home" feel. Suites are akin to a master suite in one's home, with a dining area and seating area, in addition to the bed.
While not the spa-like spaces you'll find at Chicago's top luxury hotels, the bath is clean, modern and features a tub/shower combo, plus pedestal sink and radiator heating.
Emerald-green walls, cozy table sets with club chairs and a crackling fireplace are a nice spot to chill with coffee or tea (always on, 24/7). Dining tables can easily double as spots to work on your laptop.
Looking for a place to host a meeting or family event? Guests have access to a meeting space that can hold up to 20 people.
While there's no fitness center on suite, guests receive free passes to Fitness Formula Club, a 40,000-square-foot facility nearby.
Lake Michigan's glittering shoreline is a block away, through the expanse of Lincoln Park. To get to the Loop, take the 146 or 151 bus south or the Red Line on the L. Parking is an affordable $25 per night, nearly a third of what you'd pay to park overnight a hotel downtown.
A great little romantic spot in the neighborhood is Angelina Ristorante (5-minute walk), serving Italian food for three decades now and hosting a killer Champagne brunch on Sundays. The Flower Flat (3-minute walk) is a super-cute cafe with breakfast and lunch menus that cover the basics (salads, sandwiches and egg dishes), plus a three-course dinner (Friday nights only).
For something completely different, the neighborhood's Kit Kat Lounge & Supper Club's (9-minute walk) inventive martinis come with a drag-queen performance, in a setting rich with zebra-print fabrics. Murphy's Bleachers (14-minute walk) is hopping on game day--Wrigley Field's across the street--and your typical sports bar, serving a dozen or so local beers plus a hearty food menu.
WHY WE LIKE IT
This Lincoln Park manor-style property is well suited for travelers on a long-term stay in the Windy City (with free breakfast and spacious rooms, the "home away from home vibe" is spot-on) or those on a romantic weekend away. But if you want to get downtown to all the sights, attractions and museums, the trip is a breeze thanks to bus and L lines.