I was knocked out when I walked into my uber-stylish room with TWO bathrooms, and all sorts of hip touches like the desk chair upholstered in burlap silkscreened with vintage Chicago blues posters, a mod, red-framed mirror, and beautiful sofa cushions. While bathing under a large, rain-style shower head, in one of my small-but-lovely bathrooms featuring sparkling silver soap dishes and fixtures, and towels so thick they recalibrated my definition of “dense,” I was already thinking of writing a superlative tripadvisor review. Super comfy bed, charming staff in the coolest uniforms ever, a cute coffee bar, and fairly easy access to Lake Shore Drive, too. Five circles for sure; what's not to love?
Well, that night, a Saturday, brought endless, loud street noise floating up from North Wells Street, nine floors below, and the volume had me deducting review points all night. The next night, I turned on the noisy air conditioner which successfully drowned out any street noise, but was hardly the optimal solution. When Monday night rolled around I anticipated a quiet “school night,” but early Tuesday morning a garbage truck backed loudly, and interminably up Wells Street, interrupting my sleep once again.
One other sticking point: as a woman traveling alone I would have felt more secure with tougher door security than the old school chain lock that was falling out of the door frame from stripped screws.
I'd happily return in a heartbeat if they could (1) guarantee that a room facing another direction would be quiet at night, and (2) add modern door guard hardware. It really was a great property otherwise, with wonderful, eager to help staff.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located just north of Chicago’s downtown financial and retail hubs, Lincoln Park is the city’s most charming and historically rich residential community, where tree-lined streets are dotted with a mix of million-dollar-plus homes and classic three-flat apartment buildings and sidewalks buzz with energy from families, DePaul University students, young professionals, fitness buffs, and visitors to the city. At the center of it all is Hotel Lincoln. Hotel Lincoln is an upscale boutique hotel with an eclectic-meets-collegial vibe, offering 184 guest rooms, executive meeting space, a lobby-level European-style coffee bar, a spacious rooftop lounge with panoramic views of downtown Chicago and Lake Michigan, and the acclaimed Perennial Virant – helmed by award-winning Chef Paul Virant. As Joie de Vivre’s first hotel east of the Mississippi, the property is uniquely designed to not only connect Chicagoans with iconic city gems, but also give travelers a taste of what life is really like in the packed-with-personality city. ... more less
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