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Margarita European Inn, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member

1566 Oak Avenue, Evanston, IL 60201-4234
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Chicagoland, Evanston's, Boutique hotel. Close to Northwestern University and 1 block to public transportation.
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Property amenities
Paid private parking nearby
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Meeting rooms
Non-smoking hotel
Dry cleaning
Free internet
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
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Room features
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
Air conditioning
Flatscreen TV
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Residential Neighborhood
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
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Really neat hotel to stay at! The staff was very friendly and helpful. Check in and check out went smooth. Our room was very nice and comfortable. Neat pastries are served for breakfast! The hotel is very charming and close to area attractions. Would stay here again when visiting the area.
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The employees are laid back. The hotel is in a GREAT location... blocks from all the restaurants and bars. They are next door to the clock and glass museum--A MUST SEE--ESPECIALLY THE CLOCKS... watch the videos with the clocks...super cool. Parking is a little scary because is it dark...but we never felt unsafe. The neighborhood is dark, so get your bearings during the day so when driving at night you can find your turns :) free tip from deb. They do not have microwaves or fridges in the room--FYI. The breakfast in the morning was lovely... It reminds me of old English movies having coffee and a bite in the sitting room. We also enjoyed sitting in the little library. The roof patio was very nice and our floor had a back terrace. The elevator is the original with the metal sliding door and at first a bit intimidating but worked fine and never had an issue. LOVED THIS PLACE!!!!
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In late August I checked in here for a second visit and the hotel made sure I'd be able to check in very early without any issues or drama. The day before check in I checked with the front desk over the phone to make sure there would be a room available to me before their original check in time and they reserved the room for me for the next day. This time my room was a bit smaller than my first stay but it was still extremely charming and colorful. I love the vintage charm of this historical landmark building and if you enjoy boutique hotels, historic architecture and pastries for your breakfast then you should definitely give this lovely Evanston hotel a try. My bed was so comfortable and it was easy for me to get s good night of sleep and enjoy the ambiance of this darling hotel. Breakfast is something you shouldn't miss because the French pastry chef cooks these decadent chocolate croissants from early morning till 10 am. The Margarita European Inn is a darling hotel with character and great attention to detail. You won't regret choosing this hotel especially if you love unique and beautiful surroundings.
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Response from Tour19698309661, General Manager at Margarita European Inn, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member
Responded Sep 4, 2019
Dear Butterflyshadows, Thank you so much for yet another great review! We all appreciate it so much and you have no idea how much reviews like these help keep us motivated to do all we can for our guest every day. We are so proud of our little hidden treasure in Evanston and I am glad you found it again! We look forward to you coming back again and again. On behalf of all of us here at the Margarita European in .... "THANK YOU & SEE YOU SOON!" TJ Geurtsen General Manager
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The Margarita is best hotel in Evanston. Located in a quiet corner of downtown Evanston and previously a 1920s inn for professional women, it has been lovingly restored while maintaining its wonderful historic features, including an old-fashioned elevator, an elegant spacious parlor (where a complimentary and delicious full breakfast is served), and a well stocked library. Reserved parking is available 300 feet away for only $10/day, which is cheap for downtown Evanston. The rooms are very well furnished with comfortable beds and beautifully remodeled bathrooms.
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Response from Tour19698309661, General Manager at Margarita European Inn, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member
Responded Sep 4, 2019
Dear Hobie591, A great big thank you for staying with us from our entire team here at the Margarita European Inn in Evanston! We also greatly appreciate you taking the time to complete such an outstanding review about our little Inn. Your awesome survey is exactly the reason why we work hard every day. Thank you for your appreciation, I will definitely share your feedback with my team! If there is any additional information you would like to share with us, please let me know. We hope to see you again soon, one thing is for sure, we all look forward to welcome you back with open arms! Kindest Regards, TJ Geurtsen General Manager
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I chose this hotel because of the pricing and location we wanted to stay in as it put us close to one of our Friends neighborhood. Once we arrived I was stunned at how beautiful this historic building is. The rooms are tastefully decorated and the bathrooms are keeping with a historic hotel design. We will definitely stay here again when visiting Chicago. The morning pastries were so delicious that if we didn't need to hit the road to our next destination I could have continued eating. Our room was a great size and definitely enough room if you need sleeping accommodations for 4. We did pay $10 for Parking at the hotel, which is low compared to the amount you will pay to park in downtown Chicago Hotels.
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Response from Tour19698309661, General Manager at Margarita European Inn, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member
Responded Aug 12, 2019
Dear Mr. C, Thank you for staying with us from our entire team here at the Margarita Inn! We also greatly appreciate you taking the time to write such an awesome review about your experience! I am so glad you enjoyed your stay and especially the pastries and croissants prepared by our French Chef Philippe! I will let him and Vicente know how much you enjoyed the breakfast! We all work hard to take care of our guests and it is absolutely wonderful when one of our guests write such raving words about our lovely Inn! One thing is for sure, all of us at the Margarita Inn look forward to welcoming you back with open arms! Kindest Regards, TJ Geurtsen
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$131 - $409 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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