Allerton Park & Retreat Center

Allerton Park & Retreat Center, Monticello: Hours, Address, Allerton Park & Retreat Center Reviews: 4.5/5

Allerton Park & Retreat Center

Allerton Park & Retreat Center
4.5
Historic Sites • Architectural Buildings • Gardens
Read more
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Write a review
About
One of the 7 Wonders of Illinois as designated by the Illinois Bureau of Tourism. Away from the distractions and noise of city life, enjoy luxurious surroundings in a century-old, Georgian-style mansion with gleaming floors, marble fireplaces, and elegant furnishings. Expansive windows offer picturesque views of a reflecting pond, natural meadow, and 1,500 acres of peaceful forest filled with deer, birds, and other wildlife.You will find this enchanting setting just 25 miles from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign—an easy drive from the University’s Willard Airport and a simple excursion from Chicago, Indianapolis, St. Louis, or the Quad Cities. Plan your next meeting, conference, retreat or wedding at Allerton Park and Retreat Center. We look forward to welcoming you soon!
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
Suggest edits to improve what we show.
Improve this listing
The area
Address
Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.
Popular mentions

4.5
136 reviews
Excellent
90
Very good
33
Average
6
Poor
1
Terrible
6

Shawn S
Bloomington, IL73 contributions
Aug 2021
We held our family reunion at the Allerton Retreat Center over the weekend. I cannot say enough good things about how comfortable it is. The Center provided for our game playing, song singing and fun loving group. We had access to the whole main floor of the mansion and our rooms were very comfortable, clean and we had so much room to spread out.
SO much better than a hotel conference room and about the same price.
In addition, the grounds of Allerton Park are extensive. We had a scavenger hunt provided by the Center and all participants had a great time looking for the answers in the formal gardens. It's a great place to take a walk alone or as a group.
But above all, the staff and crew at the Retreat Center were so friendly, accommodating and helpful. They worked with us above and beyond the call of duty. Thanks Allerton Team for a very successful and fun family reunion!
Written August 16, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Smythe77654
Algonquin Provincial Park, Canada217 contributions
Allerton Park is a lovely place for a day trip in central IL. Statues are located in the woods, so you can take a hike and see much great outdoor art; a novel experience for certain. Hiking maps are available at the main tourist info house, as are bathrooms. No restaurants on site, so you will want to bring picnic food or stop in the town of Monticello (apprx 5 miles from the park) and pick up some food (The Brown Bag is a Monticello mainstay for take out food for years, but is very highly overrated in my experience; it serves mundane sandwiches that would be reasonable to bring to the park, however). The main conference house, Robert Allerton's mansion, is only open on special occasions and for events, so you can only walk around it. The grounds are nicely manicured, and if you wish to hike this flat park, it would take approximately three or four hours to see the entire park, usually from well-trodden trails. No major bodies of water (other than the pond outside Allerton's house), but a calm and serere feel. Large fields reasonable for kite flying. A zen experience can be had in the Foo Dogs garden, and a pretty renovation of the arena-like sunken garden is underway. The sunseeker Indian statue at the end of the park is the centerpiece, and the large round drive and grass around the monolithic statue is a superb place for reading a book in the summer sun. Enjoy drive to the park by mapquesting Monticello,IL.
Written April 1, 2007
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Maria H
Decatur, IL191 contributions
Sep 2011
Allerton Park is a great place to visit just to look around, or to hold a wedding. Just really beautiful!
Written March 26, 2012
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

rward2121
Englewood, FL170 contributions
Aug 2021
This is affiliated with the University Of Illinois, so one would think that they would be honest about the conditions of the lodging. The room we were in was NOTHING like the photo on the website, which is my primary complaint.

The room was in disarray - there was one bedside lamp (which didn't work), and it had a very long cord that was stretched out to another wall. We had to plug it in another outlet across to the other side of the room, creating quite a tripping hazard if we needed to get up in the middle of the night. The outlets were not working, possibly a safety code violation that should be reported to the county inspector.

The room was obviously not attended to in some months, as there were leaves packed in between the room window and the outside window, sort of what you'd expect to see in a haunted house.

There was no remote for the television, but there was nothing able to be tuned in on any broadcast, so it didn't really matter. We called for a remote. A young man brought one and it seemed like he wanted a tip for his trouble.

There was not adequate water pressure in the shower.

The price was not reflective of the low quality of this lodging - it was possibly among the 5 worst we have experienced in our 45 years of marriage. I would compare the quality to a $39.99 room at a no-name hotel off a highway somewhere.

The Internet they claim to have didn't work, even though we were supposedly connected to the system. When I called the desk, her response was "we are in the middle of the woods". As if I was an idiot for expecting Internet? Again, false advertising if they are claiming to have it as a featured amenity.

So sad to have to report this, but people need to be aware of the truth if the U of I is not going to be up front.
Written September 12, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Nikola P
Boston, MA5 contributions
Jun 2015 • Couples
My family and I were invited to this "hotel" for a wedding this past weekend (June 20, 2015); we were each booked a room ($100/night, per couple), and after looking at the pictures on the website we thought we had gotten a bargain. The beds looked very spacious, the rooms elegant, filled with olden furniture, etc. However, when we arrived at the mansion we were told our "rooms" were down a path to the side of the house. We assumed this was where the other guests where, so we followed the path...to a small, squat cinderblock prison in what I can only describe as a swamp. The air was swarming with mosquitos, and the outside path and foyer crawling with bugs. We opened the door and entered into a room that was not possibly more than 10x10, excluding the poor excuse for a bathroom. Had I been 15 years old and at summer camp I would have liked it - but for a wedding it was a literal hellhole. My parents were beside themselves, as were my brother and I and our girlfriends. There was only one mirror in the bathroom, and not even a full-length...how is someone supposed to prepare for any event without a full-length mirror in which to see themselves? Perhaps you think I'm vain: think again. The beds were terribly hard; before we'd been there for an hour we'd killed several bugs and spiders, as had my parents. There was NO thermostat, and the cinderblock walls kept the rooms very, very cold. The bathrooms were prison washrooms, and extremely small. After the wedding that night we checked out as soon as possible in the morning just so we could avoid the bugs and disgusting feeling of the rooms.
I strongly recommend that if you are invited to an event at this place you book a room at any local hotel or motel, for even the closed Chicago slaughterhouse stockyards would be preferable to spending just one night at The Allerton.
Written June 22, 2015
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Gayle D
missouri3 contributions
My daughter planned her wedding here months in advance, made a 3 hour trip back to the site a month before the wedding just to make sure all the details were finalized. Got to the site the day before the wedding and rooms were overbooked so they had spread the wedding party out over two buildings, which we weren't prepared for. Gardens were not well maintained, so many of the pictures they had planned to take had to be scrapped. And, after paying a hefty fee to rent the sunken garden, the photographers' assistant had to fend off a tour bus full of people from walking right through the wedding...no signs, security guards, ropes....anyone could walk right through during the ceremony. As we were trying to get checked in, the desk clerk asked if we just wanted to cancel and go somewhere else...the day before the wedding! Very unprofessional!! Might be an okay place to walk through or have a picnic, but I wouldn't depend on anything that it takes the staff to manage.
Written June 28, 2010
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

B P
Chicago, IL1 contribution
Jun 2015 • Friends
June 20, 2015 overnight for wedding. Stayed in Evergreen Lodge. This place is more rundown than the website pictures would lead you to believe: (1) cell service spotty at best (2) strong musty smell in cinder-block room (3) room temperature very cold and no thermostat (4) could not adjust blind- wand missing (5) dead bugs on floor and nightstand (6) dirty floor (7) moldy shower stall (8) sink requires you to stoop over to reach it and it leaks (9) faucet handles very hard to turn (10) toilet tank leaks (11) small vanity mirror and no full length mirror (12) no chair in room (13) open dumpsters less than 50 yards from door (14) wait staff tried to remove plate while still eating dinner (15) asked for a particular wine- bar tender said they were out of it then turned and walked away (16) all clothes must be dry cleaned to remove musty odor (17) formal gardens contained very average plantings and needed tending. All this for $90/night. Absolutely dreadful.
Written June 22, 2015
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

SallyAnn W
Chicago, IL115 contributions
Aug 2018 • Couples
From Jewelry Classes to Music Festivals and Yoga, Allerton has more to it than walks in the gardens, retreats and weddings (all of which are perfect nice, btw). Only a 30 min drive from Champaign-Urbana or Decatur, you'll drive thru the town of Monticello, which has places to eat/shop. Check out the events on Alllerton's website under event calendar.
Written September 5, 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Thanks so much for your thoughtful review, SallyAnn W. We appreciate you taking the time to write and help spread the word about Allerton. Hope you can make it back to visit again soon!
Written September 8, 2018
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

sinclaired
Geelong, Australia270 contributions
Jul 2018 • Family
The 1,517 acre Allerton Park is located near Monticello, Illinois on the upper Sangamon River. The park and manor house, were donated to the University of Illinois in 1946 by their owner Robert Allerton, artist, art collector and garden designer.
Various gardens – herb, brick-wall, sunken - are adorned with sculptures and plant choices which provide exciting discoveries as one meanders through the formal aspects of the park.
At the time of our visit the manor house itself was not open to visitors.
Definitely worth a visit if you are in the area.
Written August 13, 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Thanks so much for your thoughtful review, sinclaired. We appreciate you taking the time to write and help spread the word about Allerton. Hope you can make it back to visit again soon!
Written September 8, 2018
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Betty U
Albany, OR39 contributions
Aug 2015 • Friends
good place to go to a park in Central IL. unique figures, trails. gardens are fairly nice. koi fish pond could use cleaning; so dirty you cannot see the fish! glad they restored the Sun Dogs.
Written September 28, 2015
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Showing results 1-10 of 135
Anything missing or inaccurate?
Suggest edits to improve what we show.
Improve this listing
Frequently Asked Questions about Allerton Park & Retreat Center

Allerton Park & Retreat Center is open:
  • Sun - Sat 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM