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“Comfortable, but not luxury!” 3 of 5 stars
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Write Inn
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   211 N Oak Park Avenue, Oak Park, IL 60302   |  
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Ranked #2 of 2 hotels in Oak Park
Los Angeles
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19 reviews 19 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Comfortable, but not luxury!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2012 via mobile

I stayed here unexpectedly after a flight cancellation and I was glad of a clean, comfortable bed. Staff were helpful, but not effusive. Hotel is definitely run down, but I didn't find any of the disasters mentioned in other reviews. Given the hot Chicago summer, I appreciated the effective A/C. Had breakfast at Hemmingway's downstairs, which was charming.

Stayed July 2012, traveled solo
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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English first
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2012 via mobile

Dirty place falling apart. Staff is college kids who could care less about helping you. No parking. Have to parklone mile downtown snd walk back. There is a courtesy bus that takes you to the parking garage but it quits running at 4 pm. There are four parking spaces in front. Don't even try to use them if your handicap! They are reserved for the night staff. Rooms are NOT handicap accessible. Shower in the tub. Railings fall down once you put your hand on it. Rooms are dark and gloomy. Tv doesn't work. Don't try and open the windows cause you will fall out! Very low and no window guards. Extremely noisy. Waitstaff always yelling in the alley. Restaurant is ok but super expensive. Plan on spending 30 per person. Everything a la carte. Nothing to recommend about this place except tear it down snd start fresh. The city dump is slot nicer and so are the people!

  • Stayed June 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2012

Oak Park is the perfect location for a boutique hotel, and the Write Inn is perfectly situated. I stayed with my son in a very spacious and quiet room. The staff is rather distant, although not rude or unfriendly. This approach to service, which I have encountered more frequently in Europe than here in the US, may not be to everyone's liking.

The hotel is desperately in need of a renovation, which I gather is underway. We didn't try the restaurant, which looked very inviting but competes with a number of good restaurants in Oak Park village. Parking was in a secure structure about 3 blocks away, and was free (the hotel validates). There is no on-street parking.

I thought the hotel, which I found and booked online, was a good value for the location and the size and comfort of the room. Once the renovations are done I will find an excuse to return, and I will try them again anyway if I ever need a hotel between O'Hare and downtown.

Room Tip: We were in 324, which was quiet and spacious (2 queen beds).
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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3 hotel reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2012

We came to Chicago for a wedding and regret staying here. The entire place is in desperate need of repair ! Duct tape held together corners of wood in the lobby, the lobby and hall carpet was so dirty and just gross ! We were told we'd have a queen size bed in our suite, only to find a very uncomfortable full bed, if that. We needed two extra pillows, they had none, we needed some extra clean towels, nope none available. Our two children slept in the pull out murphy bed, not only was to uncomfortable but as I stated they didn't have any pillows ! The bathroom floor was dirty and shower had mildew stains ! We woke up and went downstairs about 7am to get some coffee. Restaurant was not open we were told because no one had shown up yet ! We had to walk into town half asleep and in a hurry to get ready for the wedding just to get some coffee ! It's in a good location, yet that is the only thing this place has going for it.

Room Tip: There are no good rooms here at all
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Indiana
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23 hotel reviews
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91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2012 via mobile

While not a dive, Write Inn is run down and has certainly seen better days. We stayed in one of the "charming" Pullman Murphy bed rooms. Tight squeeze with the bed down. Bathroom remodel was poorly done and looking dated. Shower itself was clean enough. Most of the dirt shows in central passageways. Probably the most uncomfortable mattress we've encountered in a hotel. But if you need to stay in Oak Park, you can't beat the location.

  • Stayed June 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Chicago, Illinois
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27 reviews 27 reviews
25 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2012

I stayed at the Write Inn Memorial Day weekend mainly due to the fact that family lived within walking distance.

The Good
Front Desk Clerk was friendly and helped navigate the train map
Lobby area looked like a boutique hotel
Breakfast at the cafe delicious
Free Parking
Location to trains and shops in Oak Park
Quiet room
Clean room

The Questionable
Carpet dirty throughout hotel
Room Dated, peeling paint, small, strange sink in room withough mirror
Parking garage several blocks away
Room was small (can reach door from the bed)
Loading and unloading challenging, elevator in back of hotel, limited access to front of hotel for unloading
While checking in overheard manager in backroom complaining about his job on his cell phone

This hotel could be great if they invested in some updates and maintance. I can deal with the small room but some fresh paint, carpets and bedding would go a long way.



The

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Dunlap, Illinois
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Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2012 via mobile

If you stayed in European Youth Hostels during the 60s this will be your trip down memory lane; dark wood, heavy plaster walls, a small cozy bed. However, like a European pension, it had an awesome location in the extremely walk able Oak Park. Also like Europe, the hotel contained a French restaurant serving French Onion Soup and escargot. It's your call. Stay at a new Hamton Inn exactly like every other Hamton Inn. Or have an adventure at the Wright Inn.

  • Stayed May 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Write Inn

Address: 211 N Oak Park Avenue, Oak Park, IL 60302
Location: United States > Illinois > Oak Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 2 hotels in Oak Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Write Inn 2.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A historic landmark in Oak Park, The Write Inn offers you all the amenities you could want in a modern day hotel plus all the charm of a writer's boarding house of the 1920’s. Our unique rooms include amenities such as free WiFi and cable, and in-room safes, and kitchenettes. Located in the heart of the Frank Lloyd Wright Historic District and being two blocks north of Chicago's "El" train, travelers can enjoy beautiful tree-lined strolls and be downtown in 20 minutes. It's the best of both worlds! The Write Inn is proud to announce it is a 100% Smoke Free Hotel. As always, parking is free. ... more   less 
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