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“A Hotel for Young People” 4 of 5 stars
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Hotel Lincoln, a Joie de Vivre Hotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   1816 North Clark, Chicago, IL 60614 (Lincoln Park)   |  
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Ranked #25 of 178 Hotels in Chicago
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“A Hotel for Young People”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

My husband and I stayed at the Lincoln for 4 nights. We loved the location--in fact I would not want to stay near Michigan Avenue ever again--and enjoyed the coffee shop, restaurant, and rooftop bar.

However, if the weather had been bad (we were lucky and had glorious days) and we had spent more time in our room, the experience at the Lincoln would have been appreciably more unpleasant. We had the standard double which provides barely enough room to clear the bed and nowhere to sit but at the desk or on the bed. Access to the no-door closet was largely blocked by the coffee set-up. If bending and reaching is a problem for you, don't put your shoes in there! The major problem was the bathroom. The sink is tiny, placed very low, and a shelf is positioned so that you can hit your head if you're not careful bending over the sink. Water invariably splashed all over the floor. In addition, the tub is very deep with no handrails since all is designed for those who don't need any help getting up! The rate was too expensive for the quality of the room.

The location in Lincoln Park across from the nature walk is unbeatable. The staff is friendly. If a bustling lobby scene is your thing, this is your kind of place. Dogs, kids, runners, bikers. But don't think you'll get an elevator any time soon!

  • Stayed August 2014, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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  • Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

The Hotel Lincoln is a fantastic update of the old Days Inn in Lincoln Park. The location is the fantastic - right across from Lincoln Park with easy access to the Gold Coast, Old Town and Lincoln Park neighborhoods. The staff were friendly and helpful. I enjoyed the coffee shop on the ground floor, although it would be great if they were open a bit later. The view from rooftop bar was a highlight of my stay, although it was incredibly crowded and difficult to get a table or the attention of the waitstaff. The rooms are small and, therefore, I think the rate is a bit high for the space; however, I do recommend this hotel and would stay there again.

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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Wife and I stayed two days. All staff were great. Rooms very clean and loved the fact that we were able to check in our bikes and take them in and out when needed over our stay. The location of this property is excellent for a Lincoln Park get away. We came in from the suburbs and felt like we were in a different city. Location for lake front biking, beach, zoo and old town is just perfect. Can't wait to revisit and bring our dog as he would have loved it also....

  • Stayed August 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bentonville, Arkansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Had a great stay. Great location in Lincoln Park. Close to the zoo the parks the beach and everything. Will definitely stay here again!! :-)

Coffee shop downstairs is awesome. Great to see dogs as well

  • Stayed August 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Had a most pleasant long weekend at this boutique-y hotel. Recommended by a local and it was a great pick.

The staff are super-friendly; our room was great (spacious jr. suite), with a super-comfortable bed; the wifi worked; the coffee shop, restaurant, and rooftop bar were all excellent. [The rooftop bar was, as expected, busy on a weekend summer night but there was still standing room and the tables turned over fairly quickly.] There isn't *that* much to do nearby, though. The Old Town area is worth a stroll, but taxis are frequent to go elsewhere.

Main con: the elevators were s-l-o-w. Get a low floor and walk the stairs!

Oh and the decor was lovely - lots of little Chicago touches.

Would happily stay here again on a future trip.

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  • Stayed August 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Great staff. Small rooms, but we were on the go most of the day anyway. Charming decor, clean. Front desk staff was wonderful. Had to ask for replenished coffee and condiments for the room 2/4 days. roof top bar and deli are great. Walking distance to Zoo and 2 mile walk to downtown. Valet parking expensive but energetic. right across from lakeshore and the park. Wonderful farmers market on wednesdays just across the street. Would definitely recommend and will stay there again when in town,

  • Stayed August 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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McLean VA, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

What a wonderful gem of a hotel in Lincoln Park. Chicago is my home town, and this place was a block away from where I had an apartment, so expectations were perhaps too high, with choices abounding downtown with the Park Hyatt, Omni, Langham, Ritz, Marriott, and so many others as tempting choices, but they are all downtown, without the real vibe of Chicago. Check in was a breeze, with an upgraded room given upon request. Rooftop J. Parker bar with a view of Lincoln Park and the Lake was cool, with service very attentive. Elaine's coffee shop adjacent the lobby was a must stop every day, with great latte and pleasant staff. Work out room was on the small side, but adequate. Terrific market on Sat a.m. outside the door, and stroll to Lincoln Park zoo. Free bikes outside for two hour rental were great for a superb, long ride along the lake toward Navy Pier and Wrigley Building. Convenient walk to great restaurants, flower shops, cigar store, wine shop, and breakfast joints that are some of the best in the city. Add that to running into singers and band members from Lollapalooza for my older kids, and you have the makings of a fabulous long weekend in Chicago. Get out of the ordinary, step into the trendy and neighborhood charm of Hotel Lincoln.

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  • Stayed August 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 1816 North Clark, Chicago, IL 60614
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Location: United States > Illinois > Chicago > Lincoln Park , Near North Side
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #25 of 178 Hotels in Chicago
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Lincoln, a Joie de Vivre Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 184
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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