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The Deer Path Inn

3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   255 East Illinois Road, Lake Forest, IL 60045
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Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in Lake Forest
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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35 reviews 35 reviews
10 hotel reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Most reviews seem pretty on point. The Place is charming, the outside is a little better shape than inside. We were greeted immediately by the bell staff who took our luggage to our room which was on the first floor, with a few steps up. The room was a suite that faced the beautiful courtyard. The bath was very small.... More

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Lake Forest
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014 via mobile

Stayed overnight as I have done periodically over the past 40 years. Very expensive, but convenient location and lovely terrace/gardens. But, got breakfast voucher and then found service stopped 1 hr earlier than posted time with no notice. No one available to help with my bags as there was a wedding in progress (as usual). Room was quiet and clean... More

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Elizabeth L, Front Office Manager at The Deer Path Inn, responded to this review

Dear Valued Guest, I want to thank you for choosing the Deer Path Inn as your preferred hotel in the area. We truly appreciate your patronage for the last 40 years. I am saddened to hear that you may be looking into other hotels in the area after your most recent stay. I understand you were disappointed, however, I would... More

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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

I just completed a stay of 3 nights at the Deer Path Inn. Yes, the historic hotel is a bit faded around the edges and in need of some updating, but the service is professional and truly based in the desire to please. I was unfortunate to be struck be a terrible flu bug during my stay. While I stayed... More

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New Jersey
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39 reviews 39 reviews
17 hotel reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

My husband and I stayed here on a 3 night trip to visit family. It was booked for us by a family member, so we did no research prior to our arrival. And being in "Lake Forest", we expected luxury and elegance. Not so! The hotel is charming enough from the outside and certainly has character. But the room (#228)... More

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Seattle, Washington
20 reviews 20 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

If your moving to Lake Forest from the West Coast as we did; a cultural shock as you make the adjustment from a life in the Pacific Northwest to one in a more traditonal section of the country, certainly more than the urban lifestyle of Seattle. The Deer Path is the perfect place to make the transition easier while waiting... More

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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

I can't write enough positive about Deer Path Inn. Went to a baby shower there today for my daughter-in-law held in the Hearth Room, Delicious food, wonderful atmosphere and the most attentive service. Love the classic old charming feel of an old Inn! If you are not one who enjoys this atmosphere you would still find the gardens of the... More

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Hayward, California
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

An old hotel that has kept its old fashioned charm, including an elevator with sliding gate closure. Spacious room, a bit worn around the seams. Very comfortable bed. Nice breakfast. Right in the heart of downtown Lake Forest, with many cute shops and restaurants within a block or two of walking, and a Metra Train station within 2 blocks to... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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21 reviews 21 reviews
18 hotel reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

My wife and I stayed here last summer for a friends wedding. I'm kind of surprised by the mediocre reviews here, we thought the Deer Path Inn was pretty cool though I am a sucker for anything old. I thought this place was pretty ideal for a wedding reception (especially the outdoor area during the cocktail hour) and it was... More

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Buenos Aires
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2013

A nice antique, traditional hotel in a beautiful area. Nice facilities such as patio, restaurant, wooden details. Not near downtown but it is located in a very fancy area of Lake Forest. Often used by corporations and also couples for honey moon.

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Ellicott City, Maryland
1 review
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2013

My 85 year old parents stayed at this hotel the night of their grandson's wedding. The next morning when they were at brunch a diamond wedding ring and diamond cross were taken from the room. We reported the theft to the hotel manager when we discovered the jewelry was missing. The manager did not help, my sister also made several... More

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Address: 255 East Illinois Road, Lake Forest, IL 60045
Location: United States > Illinois > Lake County > Lake Forest
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Deer Path Inn 3.5*
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