The Hotel Lincoln is for people with a spirit of fun. The décor is pure kitsch-funk, the terrific check-in staff young and hip. It also happens to have one of Chicago's top restaurants, the Perennial Virant, and a rooftop bar that must be totally swinging, judging from the folks boarding the exclusive elevator to it. We looked at it off-hours and the view is spectacular. Too bad it isn't open during the day.
We had a budget-priced room which was quite small although much of the space was occupied by a king bed, very comfortable, so we didn't mind inching around the bed. We had a glimpse of the park, the lake and north Chicago. Nice amenities and quiet at night.
The location can't be beat, overlooking Lake Michigan, Lincoln Park and handy to the North Wells business area full of unusual (and usual) shops and services. The Second City comedy club is a mere two blocks away. (Don't miss this if you like outrageously wonderful improv and skits. There is a Mexican restaurant, Adobo, right next door, that is fantastic in every way.) Public transportation to city center is handy and frequent.
Reluctantly mentioned: the only negative thing I can say is that the coffee shop had a somewhat gloomy air; needs cheering up, better lighting and a bit of humor and sophistication in keeping with the rest of the hotel. (Tip: don't miss breakfast at Nooky's just around the corner.)
We look forward to future visits to this delightful hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located just north of Chicago’s downtown financial and retail hubs, Lincoln Park is the city’s most charming and historically rich residential community, where tree-lined streets are dotted with a mix of million-dollar-plus homes and classic three-flat apartment buildings and sidewalks buzz with energy from families, DePaul University students, young professionals, fitness buffs, and visitors to the city. At the center of it all is Hotel Lincoln. Hotel Lincoln is an upscale boutique hotel with an eclectic-meets-collegial vibe, offering 184 guest rooms, executive meeting space, a lobby-level European-style coffee bar, a spacious rooftop lounge with panoramic views of downtown Chicago and Lake Michigan, and the acclaimed Perennial Virant – helmed by award-winning Chef Paul Virant. As Joie de Vivre’s first hotel east of the Mississippi, the property is uniquely designed to not only connect Chicagoans with iconic city gems, but also give travelers a taste of what life is really like in the packed-with-personality city. ... more less
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