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“Beautiful, perfect place to stay in Oak Park” 5 of 5 stars
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Harvey House Bed and Breakfast
4.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   107 South Scoville Avenue, Oak Park, IL 60302   |  
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Ranked #1 of 5 Oak Park B&B and Inns
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Upstate, NY
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Beautiful, perfect place to stay in Oak Park”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2008

I cannot say enough wonderful things about Harvey House. I travel frequently for work in the US and abroad and Harvey House is one of the most delightful and comfortable B&B Inns I have ever stayed in. Beth tries to meet your every need in a gentle, unpretentious, and unintrusive way. The location is great and the house has lots of great places to work or read. The breakfasts are delicious and there are always treats available for off times. I'll definitely come back and I recommend Harvey house most highly.

  • Liked — Friendly atmosphere, lovely house
  • Stayed November 2008, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Central Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2008

We enjoyed our 3 night stay in the Chalet Suite at the Harvey House.

Pros:
- Beautiful house
- Clean, spacious rooms (at least the Chalet Suite)
- Secure
- Close to the El train (if you are a really light sleeper, the train may keep you up).
- Flexible breakfast times. So many give a 1 hour window for breakfast, which isn't fun when in a different time zone. Harvey House is very flexible.
- The breakfasts are good, some great (fluffy oven pancakes).
- Soundproof. Except for a little noise when people were in the hall, we never heard any of the other guests.
- Beth is friendly and down-to-earth.

Cons:
- NO SPARE TOILET PAPER in the room. First stop as always after a long trip was the bathroom, there was almost no toilet paper on the roll. Not a big deal, grab the tissues - there were no tissues. Looked all around, no spare toilet paper either!! It should go without saying that a spare roll of toilet paper should always be available in the guest rooms. Especially when there are no tissues!! On our last day, a box of tissues mysteriously appeared, but never did extra toilet paper.
- (Minor con) In this price range, the afternoon brownies should be homemade, not from a box.

  • Stayed October 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Louisville, Kentucky
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2008

The Harvey House is absolutely beautiful! It's wonderfully and appropriately appointed rooms were a joy. Our party stayed in the Garden Suite and the Jimmy Stewart Room. Both were incredibly comfortable and relaxing. Host, Beth Harvey, is very sweet and tried her best to accomodate our every need. One of our party was a vegan and although she admitted she needs to diversify her breakfasts for different diets, she did try her best and we were full after dinner. It's extremely close to the train to hop to downtown for shopping or dinner, etc. There are also several options near the house in Oak Park. The common areas are very inviting and were just what we needed after a 6 hour drive. Beth also told us we had the run of the kitchen and to help ourselves to everything and anything. We opened a nice bottle of white wine and just relaxed while we decided where to eat. (We actually took a suggestion from Beth and went to a GREAT Italian place.) The few bad things we came across were: a few fixtures in the bathrooms were loose when used and the Garden Suite has no door to the bathroom area, just a screen, so zero privacy-it's just another corner in the room. Great tubs and wonderful chairs and fireplaces. The house is close to the train which is also a bad thing too. The house shakes occasionally when the train goes by. We definitely could sleep through it, it wasn't that bad, just is a little unsettling at first. Again, overall wonderful experience and would definitely go back.

  • Liked — Appointments and amenties in the rooms, luxurious!!
  • Disliked — Lack of options for vegan breakfasts
  • Stayed October 2008, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Arlington, VA
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39 reviews 39 reviews
24 hotel reviews
Reviews in 32 cities Reviews in 32 cities
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2008

The Harvey House is one of the most luxurious B&Bs, yet is homey and relaxing. The decorating is sophisticated and artistic. Our room was small compared to others but had every appointment you could desire. The bed was the most comfortable we've ever slept on, on vacation OR at home. The common area was spacious and beautiful. A computer was available for our use at all times and a gourmet coffee machine was also available. It was also conveniently located near the El. If in the Chicago area again, I would definitely stay at the Harvey House.

  • Liked — Comfort in every detail.
  • Disliked — No complaints at all.
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Houston, TX
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2008

Even before our arrival, Beth Harvey, the innkeeper, treated us with courtesy and made us feel welcome. She even went to the trouble of purchasing a little bedside stepstool for the rather "tall" bed in the Jimmy Stewart room. (This turned out to be the best bed I've ever slept in - with super-luxurious sheets.)

The breakfast alone is worth the price. Beth and her assistant made sure each guest got something new and exciting each day. We were greeted with breakfast fare such as we've never had before in our lives - unique and scrumptious. (And, don't even get me started on the Caribbean Caramel & Banana culinary sauce that we found ourselves looking forward to each morning to pour over our new treats. What an endorphin rush!)

The accommodations far surpassed our expectations, including a jacuzzi tub and fireplace in our suite. Beth was very helpful in going on the internet and printing off specific directions for getting us where we wanted to go by taking the Chicago "L." This was made even more convenient by the fact that the "L" station was only one block away.

An added bonus is the fact that the B&B is in Oak Park where there are so many Frank Lloyd Wright houses. So, if you are a fan like I am, this adds extra sightseeing potential.

There is nothing - absolutely nothing - that I could find to criticize about the Harvey (and you know how easy it is to find things to criticize about most lodging places). Everything was beyond excellent, and well worth the price. I highly recommend it!

  • Liked — Everything was perfect in every way. Best, though, was breakfast and the bed!
  • Disliked — Although you never expect this at a B&B anyway, so it really doesn't count, but if I HAD to like something least, it would be that it doesn't have an elevator
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Birmingham, Alabama
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2008

The Harvey House B&B is luxurious, unique and relaxing. My mother, sister and I had a girls weekend and stayed in the Oak Park and Chalet suites on the top floor. It was so convenient to have the top floor as one large apartment by shutting off the hallway door and walking easily between the two suites.

The rooms were delightfully decorated. The Chalet Suite is adorable. The nautical theme is reflected in every detail. The Oak Park Suite has a very nice kitchenette with granite countertops and everything. Plus, the leather sofas are incredibly comfortable.

The entire B&B was historic yet updated with all the luxurious modern updates you'd hope for in a quality bed and breakfast. And, the breakfast was incredible. One morning we had french toast with strawberries and cream, yogurt parfais, Canadian ham, raisin bread and an assortment of drinks. I've been to my share of B&Bs, but this breakfast was absolutely the best. Plus, the staff is very friendly and helpful, but they also know how to give you your space. The owner, Beth, even answered a call from my mom at 6:30 a.m. on a Saturday for more cream for her coffee. Beth came up at once and delivered it herself! Then she had a pleasant conversation with my mom.

The only downside, if there's even one, is that the home is smaller than it appeared on the website, the dining area and back porch in particular. But, the home is so well appointed that it hardly made a difference.

My husband and I are heading back next month--it's that good!

  • Liked — Each room is unique
  • Disliked — Size
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Dublin, Ireland
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2007

In a world where the abuse of superlatives has become commonplace it is refreshing to report that there are still places which promise the best stay of your life and actually deliver on it. Harvey house promises a sumptuous experience, a warm welcome, memorable breakfasts and delightful surroundings. In reality, the service which Beth and Girle provide to their guests is all this and more.
The room was magnificent, large, warm, welcoming, beautifully decorated and furnished. With wonderful bedlinen and a comfortable King sized bed, no possible creature comfort had been overlooked. I have been travelling in the USA from Europe for over 15 years now and this was unquestionable the most memorable experience I have had. It is long past the time I gave up staying in vastly overpriced, anonymous corporate chain hotels but mose Inns or B+B's do not aspire to this level of comfort and welcome.
Lastly I must thank Beth, who showed such kindness to my wife, who fell ill during our stay. She found a clinic, drove us to the doctor and took a kind but respectful interest in my wife's wellbeing. We did not expect to encounter such kindness and humanity, particularly in the early morning when breakfasts were being prepared for other guests. I should stress that I have never previously written a review, taking the view that one pays for the service and the debt is satisfied. neither do I plan to make a regular habit of this. However, exceptional service and beautiful surroundings, coupled with extraordinary personal kindness does deserve to be acknowledged and if this review encourages others to stay at Harvey House, it will add to the sum of human happiness for guests and for hostess.
Willie Reardon

Stayed November 2007
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Additional Information about Harvey House Bed and Breakfast

Address: 107 South Scoville Avenue, Oak Park, IL 60302
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Location: United States > Illinois > Oak Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Oak Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Harvey House Bed and Breakfast 4*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Chicago's most luxurious inn featuring fireplaces and oversized luxury baths with jucuzzi tubs, gourmet breakfast. Combines the best of luxury hotels and botique inns. Perfect location with supurb access to downtown and airports. WIFI, garage parking, great for romantic getaways, mini breaks, and ideal for the discriminationg business traveler that prefers great furnishings,great matresses and great food. Walk to dozens of shops and restraunts. Chicago Trib calls Harvey House Best Kept Secret and an architectural and design triumph! ... more   less 
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