I was visiting a friend in Chicago, and needed to find a hotel near Lincoln Park. Hotel Lincoln seemed to be the logical choice. Although check-in isn't until 3PM, they allowed me to check in at 12:30. The staff is very friendly and made me feel right at home. The hotel is small, but interesting in a quirky sort of way. My room was small, but not remarkably so. It was plenty big enough for me, and could have accommodated two people easily, unless they brought a lot of luggage. The bathroom was also small, and there isn't much room for toilet articles, etc. The heater in the room worked perfectly. There seemed to be very few people staying at the hotel while I was there, so I can't really address the problems others have reported with the elevators and hot water; all I can say is they weren't a problem for me. The bed was exceptionally comfortable, and the room (and the rest of the hotel) was very clean. I was on the fifth floor, and was not bothered by street noise at all. There is a nice coffee shop just off the lobby, and a fun bar on the 12th floor; you have to take a special elevator to reach it. Drinks are on the expensive side, but it has an excellent view. I would make one suggestion. Chicago is the least smoker-friendly city in the country, and Hotel Lincoln is "smoke-free." I don't mind going outside to smoke, but the management might consider investing in an ashtray outside the lobby for guests who smoke, so their sidewalk isn't littered with cigarette butts. All in all, I really enjoyed my stay here, and would definitely come back again. This isn't a luxury hotel, but it is more than adequate in every way, and the location can't be beat. A very good value for the money.
- 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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