We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

The Deer Path Inn

255 East Illinois Road, Lake Forest, IL 60045
Hotel amenities
Best prices for: 1 room 1 guest
Enter dates for best prices
Check In Check Out
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
and 2 more sites!
The Deer Path Inn
Professional photos View all
Browse nearby
The Deer Path Inn
Write a Review

76 reviews from our community

Traveler rating
    15
    26
    15
    10
    10
See reviews for
11
21
3
25
Rating summary
  • 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
Traveler tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (17)
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Any
English first
  • All months
    (76)
  • Mar-May only
    (17)
  • Jun-Aug only
    (22)
  • Sep-Nov only
    (23)
  • Dec-Feb only
    (14)
All months
Lake Forest, Illinois
Top Contributor
136 reviews 136 reviews
11 hotel reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

We always stay at Deerpath Inn and so does all of my family. We love the Design and old world charm. The restaurant is really good. We highly recommend this hotel and restaurant. Downtown Lake Forest is beautiful.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Madrid, Spain
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

Been there for business meetings several times, every months for a fee nights. Excellent atmosphere, welcoming staff, it feels like home: after a few times going, they get to know you, remember your room preferences, remember your name and actvity, etc. Excellent restaurant and pub. The place look like a real countryhouse from the past. Wonderful. But it really needed... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Dublin, Ireland
Top Contributor
101 reviews 101 reviews
24 hotel reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

A quaint, traditional hotel with an excellent level of service. The friendly bar makes for a nice relaxing drink environment and the rooms although not to my taste as ultra traditional and super comfortable. The level of service is excellent and the food does not disappoint. Cant wait to return at some point.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Ottawa, Canada
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
18 hotel reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

This hotel was recommended for international business meetings at HQ located within 15 mins by cab. The place is very charming indeed and at first glance reminded me of German/Bavarian houses - similar architecture on the outside. Rustic looking and has character (Gothic font everywhere). It was a nice change from the typical chain hotels that all blend in and... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

I've visited Lake Forest many times, but this was my first stay at the Deer Path Inn. Yes, the room decor could use a spruce up. The linens were good, the towels fine and the entire Inn was well worth the visit. I am a hotel snob and I found the rooms to be okay. I don't know what is... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Elizabeth L, Manager at The Deer Path Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for your compliment of our Inn! We truly appreciate your honest feedback and we hope to see you again soon! Best, More 

Bainbridge Island WA
Top Contributor
163 reviews 163 reviews
97 hotel reviews
169 helpful votes 169 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

I am sure that this was a great place for many years. Unfortunately, the stewards of the property have let it slide. The quirky character is there which makes it kind of fun, the staff is top notch in attending to your needs, but the maintenance and upkeep probably make the soul of this hotel sad inside. Let's start with... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 3
Elizabeth L, Front Office Manager at The Deer Path Inn, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Thank you for your feedback on our Inn! The staff will be delighted to hear of your compliment towards them. I do apologize that the room itself did not meet your expectations. I would love to speak with you to see if we can find a room in our inn that suites your needs and I do hope... More 

Saint Louis, Missouri
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
10 hotel reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes 3
Elizabeth L, Front Office Manager at The Deer Path Inn, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Thank you for your recent trip to our Inn. We value your patronage and we greatly appreciate the feedback you have provided here. If you would like to discuss your stay further, I would love to speak with you. Best Regards, More 

Lake Forest
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

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 

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
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 

Contributor
15 reviews 15 reviews
4 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Warren, New Jersey
Senior Contributor
48 reviews 48 reviews
21 hotel reviews
41 helpful votes 41 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes 5

Travelers are raving about these Lake Forest hotels

Questions? Get answers from hotel staff and past guests. Ask a question

50 photos of this hotel

Traveler photos: See what travelers like you saw

Viewed
All traveler photos (26)
Viewed
Room/suite (2)
Viewed
Dining (3)
Viewed
Hotel & grounds (10)
Viewed
Business center/function rooms (1)
Viewed
View from room (2)
Viewed
Family/play areas (1)
Viewed
Other (7)

Management photos: Courtesy of the property manager

Viewed
All management photos (24)
Viewed
Hotel & grounds (9)
Viewed
Dining (5)
Viewed
Business center/function rooms (3)
Viewed
Room/suite (3)
Viewed
Other (4)
Check In Check Out
Prices are for 1 room, 2 adults
Show Prices
Hotels you might also like...
Questions? Get answers from hotel staff and past guests. Ask a question

Amenities