This was our 'splurge' in the middle of a month long trip across the USA, and it was absolutely worth it. My husband became quite ill in NYC (I dragged him on the plane) after staying at a friends place that wasn't the most comfortable (or clean) and it was such a relief to arrive here. Our room was huge and warm and the bed was oh so comfortable. The kitchen was really handy with 24 hour access, I bought a few Campbell's soups from the supermarket for my husband and I was able to look after him. Breakfast was set up every morning - fresh fruit, yoghurts (regular and soy) a selection of cereals, toast and condiments, and every morning a little treat from the bakery - and we were pretty much left to ourselves which was nice, we often came down for breakfast after 10am.
Sally was so wonderful to us, I emailed her as we were leaving NYC to let her know about my husbands condition and when we arrived (about 10am) she set us down to breakfast and set up the room for an early check-in so that he could go straight to bed. He ended up being sick for the 3 nights we were there,but as it was a quiet season and our room was free, Sally offered it to us for an additional couple of nights at a discounted rate so he didn't have to travel. We delayed our trip and we were so glad we did, he got better and we had a few days to still see Chicago (which was a fantastic city - so beautiful, I think I preferred it to NYC!) Sally even bought him some soup from a soup cafe. It felt so nice to be safe and cared for here.
It was early January, so we didn't use the outdoor courtyard, but it looked wonderful and I would like to sit out there in warmer weather. The room also had a TV with cable, which was so handy with my husband being bedridden - we watched a lot of movies those first few nights. Great location too, even in the cold it was nice to walk around the historic neighbourhood, there is a street 2 blocks away with a heap of excellent restaurants on it, and it is 1 block from the subway and supermarket/pharmacy. It was 10-15 minutes on the subway to the area of the city with the Art Institute and the major attractions. When we could get out of the house we relived Ferris Bueller's Day Off and had a great time (without the parade unfortunately!)
We definitely want to come back, maybe in the autumn or spring.
- Also Known As:
- Gold Coast Guest House Hotel
- Gold Coast Guest House Hotel Chicago
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our 1880's Victorian row house, (rated AAA 3 Diamond!), is conveniently located four blocks to the lakefront & Michigan Avenue/Magnificent Mile. Guests enjoy a bountiful continental breakfast with many organic offerings, while viewing the lush two-level garden through the 20 foot window wall. Garage parking and health club access available. Museums, cafes, night life, all within walking. Our walkability rates 98/100! We want you to love Chicago as much as we do! ... more less