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“Free shuttle; Friendly staff; Small but clean room” 4 of 5 stars
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Carlton Inn Midway
2.0 of 5 Motel   |   4944 S. Archer Avenue, Chicago, IL 60632   |  
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Ranked #33 of 177 Hotels in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Champaign-Urbana, Illinois
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83 reviews 83 reviews
21 hotel reviews
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“Free shuttle; Friendly staff; Small but clean room”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

We stay in Carlton Inn Midway for July 4th. Because we driving from Champaign to Chicago and plan to see the fireworks, so we want to find a hotel with free parking and close to transportation and cheap.
At first look, I have to be honest that we are a little bit disappointed because it looks like a ordinary motel. But right after we step into the office we are very satisfied. we arrived at 1:00 pm. and since there is a room available so the staff let us check in early. Then we find out that the hotel offer free shuttle to Orange line train station and midway airport. So it's convenient for us to go to downtown, although it's still a little bit far (takes about 40 min to Michigan Ave).
The staff was very friendly and helpful, give us a lot support.
The room is not very big, we ordered a single room with one full size bed, which i think is reasonable for the price and the star level of the hotel. But the room is very clean.
Anyway because it is July 4th, there are fireworks all the time, so the sleep quality is not so good, but it's not the hotel's problem.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

My friends and I selected Carlton Inn when we flew into Chicago to attend a concert at the United Center. Hotel is near the airport, not near the United Center though The staff is so super friendly and helpful. The free shuttle was a real help to and from the airport and taking us to the local Walgreens for things we forgot to bring. Nice free breakfast - we loved the pancake machine! My friends asked for late checkout due to late afternoon flight home and that was accommodated with a smile. It isn't very close to any major attractions but the shuttle will take you to the train station a few blocks away for that. There is also a very good restaurant with home-style meals right next door. We had a room with 2 queen beds which were comfy, A/C worked, nice having fridge in room, bathroom was rather small but functional.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

The Staff at the Carlton Inn are all superb.
- friendly
- accommodating
- resourceful

At first I was suspicious as to why they went above and beyond the standard. No ulterior motives; truly sincere and they obviously love working for this Hotel.

Pick up and drop off, close to the orange line to the LOOP, convenient and extremely affordable.
Lots of hot water. Even though it's directly under the "Flight Path", the rooms are surprisingly quiet.

Highly recommended!

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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

After a 10 hour drive from Niagara arrived tired and weary at the Carlton Inn to be greeted by Alex, the very welcoming receptionist. Check in nice and simple and room, with FREE parking, very comfortable and clean. After a quick freshen up and, as offered, we popped back to Alex for a great overview of Chicago. How to get there, places to visit, places to eat etc. Asked about local places as it was already getting late and she recommended a great bar/grill around the corner and promptly summoned her driver to take us there. Brilliant.

The train journey in is quick and easy and the breakfast was a well needed start to the day. Thanks everyone, had a fantastic stay.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Came to Chicago for a weekend with my son for a Cubs game. Looking for hotels was challenging as you know. Came across the Carlton Inn and read the reviews and then called to ask a few questions. The staff was as advertised. From the shuttle from Midway to the shuttles to/from the train station (which is only a 3 minute walk) to our questions about dining. Everything was very clean, neat, well appointed (my opinion) and very much work the valued price for 2 queen beds.
Beds were very comfortable and breakfast was a way to get you started in the morning. You get more than you pay for here. This stay added to our great experience in Chicago.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sanford, Florida
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

Great hotel at a great price! I've stayed in more modern hotels, but the Carlton Midway was clean and comfortable. Kudos must go to Gary and his staff, their greatest asset. Everyone was so helpful and accomodating. Need early check-in or late check-out? No problem! Need directions? No problem! They'll find it online for you and print the map. They are quick and efficient, and all were knowledgeable about the area. The free shuttle was wonderful. They'll take you anywhere nearby (dinner, shopping, train station) at any time you ask, and then pick you up when you are done. The Dunkin' Donuts breakfast (included) was varied and delicious. Be sure to try the pancake machine--I'd never seen such a thing before: push a button, 2 pancakes pop out one minute later. No visit is complete without a stop by the office for a greeting from Buddy, the hotel pooch. All-in-all, it was a completely enjoyable 2-day stay, and I'd go there again.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

A great value in Chicago. rather than stay downtown, pay exhorbitant prices and then still be charged an extra $25 a night to park the car we opted to stay at the Carlton. This is a nice motel, very clean, has comfortable beds, and super friendly and helpful staff. The parking is free and you just hop on the L train and you're downtown in 15 minutes. The station is a 2min walk or their shuttle service will take you and pick you up. The person at the desk gave us all the tourist information we needed including the map for public transportation. Buddy, the most beautiful dog and house mascot is so laid back, it will only get up to have his picture taken or if he thinks you'll give him a treat. A great place to stay.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 4944 S. Archer Avenue, Chicago, IL 60632
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Location: United States > Illinois > Chicago
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#4 Best Value Hotel in Chicago
#25 Family Hotel in Chicago
#43 Romantic Hotel in Chicago
#72 Business Hotel in Chicago
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — Carlton Inn Midway 2*
Number of rooms: 72
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Carlton Inn Midway offers the amenities and services of home or office. We are located 1.8 miles from Midway Airport with complimentary 24-hour transportation to and from. Whether you are in Chicago for a convention at McCormick Place or Shopping the Magnificent Mile we are 7 miles from the downtown area, with easy driving access via I-55 and around the corner from the Orange Line Elevated Train, a 15 minute train ride to downtown. ... more   less 
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