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“Straight Out of a Scary Movie” 1 of 5 stars
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Skylark Motel
2.0 of 5 Motel   |   5435 S Archer Ave, Chicago, IL 60638 (Southwest Side)   |  
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Ranked #154 of 174 Hotels in Chicago
Perth, Western Australia
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“Straight Out of a Scary Movie”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2009

We were passing through Chicago on our way to New York and thought we would stay for 1 night. We were on our honeymoon and booked everything as we went along. We decided to stay at the Skylark because it was quite cheap and didn't look too bad on the internet. When we got to our room we were shocked to see that at some point the door had been kicked down and fixed very poorly. My husband put the mirror that was in our room under the door and hoped we would not get mugged or worse during the night. The wall were poorly painted and it was quite dirty. We were so glad to leave in the morning!

Stayed May 2008
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    2 of 5 stars
  • Location
    1.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    1.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    2 of 5 stars
  • Value
    1.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    1.5 of 5 stars
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St. Louis
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2008

We needed a place to stay at for the night, so we wanted a cheap hotel, but we couldn't find any so we stayed at this place for $75 or so.

First thing we noticed is there was no lock on the door and was ripped off, so we put a large desk in front of the door, because we felt unsafe. We looked on the walls and there was a giant red stain everywhere from either a murder or a burrito, hopefully it was the burrito. There was only one channel on the t.v. and it was porn, and nasty porn at that.

When we finally fell asleep we were awaken by the people next to us having sex really loud. It was very cliche for a bad motel. The cleaning tried to come in our room at 4 a.m. and didn't even knock, so when I went to the door to tell her to let me sleep she didn't speak any English and just kept saying Portugal. She then left after I tried to butcher some Spanish sentences, but decided to come back at 5 a.m. with her cleaning lady friend, and I had to get up again and tell them there was a mistake. The front desk called at 7 a.m. to tell us that we needed to leave because check out time was 6 a.m. This was all a lie, and we were told check out time was 11 a.m.

We left the keys in the room and ran out hopefully never to come back again.

  • Liked — It had an available room.
  • Disliked — Literally everything.
  • Stayed February 2007, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Ponte Vedra Beach FL
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2008

My mother booked this hotel after as we had an early morning flight out. It was one of the most horrifying experiences of my life. My first clue should have been the fact that the front desk clerk sat behind bullet proof glass. The second was the kick marks on the front door. There were holes in the wall and the ceiling and then I noticed a note on the back of the door that told you, if someone was to knock at your door you should not open it, call the front desk immediatly. I refused to sleep because I feared for my saftey. There was fighting going on in the room next door and later on many other noises coming from that room.

At 1:00 AM we finally called a cab and spent the remainder of the night at the airport. I felt much safer there. Do not ever stay at this hotel.

Stayed September 2007
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2008

If staying near Midway Airport, do not stay at any hotels/motels nouth of the airport on Cicero Avenue, including this one. This hotel is located approximately two minutes nouth of Midway Airport right off Cicero Avenue on Archer Avenue. For some reason this hotel is listed as being in Bedford Park, but it is in Chicago. Bedford Park is a small town southwest of Midway Airport.

This is a property that caters to the locals and is a worn and dated property. The area around this hotel has street walkers and I witnessed one who was across the street on and off going from this property back on to Archer Avenue every 30-60 minutes. Definitely not a location you would want to stay at with family or if you want to feel secure.

There is a 24 hour restaurant on the southwest corner of this intersection and a Burger King on the southeast corner. About a three minute walk east on Archer Avenue is a restaurant that has more variety including gyros, Italian beefs, Chicago style hot dogs, big baby's and much more.

If you must stay near near Midway Airport, stay south of the airport in Bedford Park. The hotels there are right off Cicero Avenue and they are hotels run by chains.

  • Liked — Nothing - it was a bad experience and I did not feel safe.
  • Disliked — It is a location for locals and certain clientel.
  • Stayed January 2008, traveled on business
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Additional Information about Skylark Motel

Address: 5435 S Archer Ave, Chicago, IL 60638
Location: United States > Illinois > Chicago > Southwest Side
Amenities:
Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #154 of 174 Hotels in Chicago
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Skylark Motel 2*
Number of rooms: 54
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