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Ray's Bucktown Bed and Breakfast
Ranked #4 of 23 Chicago B&B and Inns
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chicago
2 reviews
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Reviewed February 28, 2013

Live in the 'burbs, had to get somewhere really early and was afraid bad weather would make me late. Didn't want to stay in the Loop and was concerned about a clean and quiet place. At the last minute I called Ray and he set me up with the Woodpecker room. I got in late but had directions on how to get in and found an envelope with more information waiting for me. The room was charming, CLEAN and welcoming. Couldn't hear a sound from anyone else and loved the toasty bathroom floor and the big comfy bed. Modern enough for comfort but unique and homey for charm. Had to leave too early to meet my host or enjoy the breakfast but did get a send off from Maggy the Cat. Totally enjoyed my brief stay and plan on trying for another, lengthier one. As advertised or better!

Room Tip: Woodpecker was small but for one person, perfect. Or two people who weren't planning on sitting...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
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the_renaissance_man, Manager at Ray's Bucktown Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, March 8, 2013
We regret that Maggie was the only one you got to meet, our humans are much better conversationalists. Glad you enjoyed your room, the heated bathroom floors are always a nice surprise in the winter. Come back soon so we can give you the full experience!
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Saint James, New York
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Reviewed February 25, 2013

Great extended weekend stay. Owner and staff go the extra mile to make your stay extra special. Breakfast was top quality with all the extra's. Located near Restaurants and shops. Looking forward to returning to Chicago and Ray's Bucktown B&B.

  • Stayed February 2013
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Montreal, Canada
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Reviewed November 13, 2012

Ray's is a unique place, the best way to describe it is a high-end youth hostel. Kind of off-the wall (common areas filled with random vintage collections of stuff) and bohemian (no daily room cleaning or towel service,) it's unfussy, friendly, and serves an excellent gourmet breakfast to order from a generous menu. Some rooms have some luxe touches (renovated bathrooms with heated floors, king-sized bed) and there's free wifi available. The reception is personal (father-daughter operation--Ray even drove us to the train on our way out) but one of the best features is the unbeatable location; close to countless little neighbourhood gems (cozy hole-in the wall bars, restaurants etc.) and easy to the great eating at Wicker Park and Logan Square. Would return anytime if I though there was any room until next fall!

Room Tip: First or second floor rooms seem best
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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the_renaissance_man, Manager at Ray's Bucktown Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, March 8, 2013
Thank you for all the nice words! We consider ourselves a family here at Ray’s but unfortunately not related by blood, hope that doesn’t take away from the father-daughter charm! We strive to provide a friendly and informal environment while keeping high-end amenities that you won’t find at any youth hostel - if you ever want a daily room cleaning we are happy to pop in while you are out for the day. Exploring the neighborhood is an integral part of getting the full experience and we are glad you took advantage of our surroundings; Bucktown is a hotbed for eating, drinking, and some great people watching.
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Lutz, FL
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Reviewed October 19, 2012

My husband and I, along with several friends booked at Ray's B&B over Chicago Marathon weekend as an alternative to staying downtown before the race. We couldn't have made a better choice. The B&B was awesome and in a great neighborhood. Lots of good food, bars, and restaurants within walking distance and only a 10-15 minute cab ride to the start of the marathon for me on race day. DH and I stayed in the Flamingo Room....the bed was extremely comfy and the spa tub was AWESOME after the race. Breakfast, as everyone else has mentioned, is superb also and is a delicious fulfilling way to start the day. We will be returning again and look forward to another fantastic experience!! Thanks to everyone at Ray's for making our stay truly pleasurable!!

Room Tip: You shouldn't miss having the nutella and banana french toast! Simply delish!!
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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Milford
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Reviewed October 18, 2012

Ray's was a surprise. We came to Chicago for a wedding but, our memories will be of Ray's B and B.
When you read the reviews and they mention it's not like your mom and dad's B and B - they are right, which is the very reason you should stay there (I am 62). We stayed for 3 days and each day I felt myself relax a bit more, which is the last thing I had anticipated, while on this trip. But due to the fact that our every need was met/anticipated and every question about the city/surroundings or concerns about anything from taxis to restaurants was answered or addressed, put everyone staying there at total ease. It was a comfortable, laid back atmosphere but with the best customer service I have ever experienced. I don't mean the kind where someone is in your face or feigning interest but, true customer service and trust where, as the customer, you are unaware of the fact that your needs are met before you ask. It's raining - "help yourself to the umbrellas in the crock by the door." No mention of having to have it back, which is why you are sure to put it back in the right place. There were snacks - homemade and otherwise at the end of a late evening or long afternoon. Always, bottled water, coffee, tea. and assistance, if needed, 24/7. Yes, our room was a bit different but, clean, comfortable, with an abundance of towels/bottled water and more information than we could have dreamed of about transportation and the wonderful, wonderful part of the city we were in (Bucktown). The perfect walkabout neighborhood w/ excellent restaurants and a few corner bars and lots of trees.
And the unbelievable part...a made to order breakfast that was delicious and some of the best company we have ever shared a B and B breakfast table with (and we have shared a number).
This is unique in it's great staff - whether on the phone or in person and it's general sense of welcome. I can't quite put my finger on it but, being at Ray's was a vacation we didn't plan and we will go back again.

Room Tip: we were in the garden level (west room) which is below ground. i would ask for an upstairs a bit o...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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nottingham uk
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Reviewed September 27, 2012

there is only one place to stay in chicago and that is "rays bucktown bed and breakfast " a stay to remember, home from home nobody bothers you, you can help yourself to tea,coffee fruit drinks home made cakes every day, a pc just for guests,free bottles of water every day, if you go on a early trip the girls give you a nice packed lunch to take with you, the postion is very handy for all things, to be honest if you do not book to stay here you must be crazy, you just cannot go wrong, we stayed there for 5 nights and then went back a week later and stopped another 5 nights, wish it could have been more, the staff cannot do enough for you.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Queens, New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed September 23, 2012

This is pretty cool bnb - and different from what most people think a bnb is. We had the davinci room upstairs. Everything was clean and neat. The hostesses seemed well informed. The breakfasts were very tasty. The one thing i didn't like was that the yard was totally overgrown so we couldn't sit out in the yard to talk. Otherwise a good stay!

Room Tip: Check out the house floor plan so you know which level your room is on. The lower level are "g...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Ray's Bucktown Bed and Breakfast
Address: 2144 N Leavitt St, Chicago, IL 60647-3274
Location: United States > Illinois > Chicago > Northwest Side , Wicker Park / Bucktown
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Spa
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 23 B&Bs / Inns in Chicago
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Ray's Bucktown Bed and Breakfast 3.5*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A unique B&B in Chicago's Bucktown neighborhood, Ray's welcomes groups and individuals in town for work or play. Modeled after small European hotels and spas, the B&B has eleven bedrooms with private baths, high speed internet (WIFI and in each room as well as community areas including a steam room, sauna, HDTV and a kitchen, and free unrestricted street parking. Breakfast is cooked-to-order when you want it. This is not your parents' bed & breakfast! ... more   less 
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