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.