I would highly recommend this unique place. Each room, with its furniture and fixtures, is different (i.e. my bathroom had double shower heads on either end of the soaking tub). There are also interesting collections of art and objects to look at all over the house.
The owner and staff are very helpful, know the area well, and go out of their way to help you find places and feel comfortable. It is easy to print tickets and maps that you might need from their computer. There is a notebook in each room with listings and descriptions of the services, amenities and restaurants in the area (organized by the main, nearby streets). Everything is very well organized, and check-in and check-out are quick. Ray and staff even helped with the luggage and the laundry, keeping things moving at all times.
The cooked to order breakfasts are excellent. There is something different each morning, as well as a standard menu, including fresh fruit and fresh-squeezed orange juice. One can sit in the sunny, well equipped and decorated kitchen where all the action is, or in the dining room. They even place the newspaper on the table every day.
The area seemed very safe for parking, even though I used the garage (which came with use of the garage door opener). Ray volunteered to drive my car around to the front when I checked out. There are buses on the major streets surrounding the neighborhood, that run every ten to twenty-five minutes, that can be tracked using a smartphone (worthwhile to spend the time figuring out because parking in Chicago is very expensive, and driving can be daunting), so that you know exactly how long you have to wait for the next bus. Bring change because the buses are great. The Red and Blue lines are the el lines that serve the general area. It is fairly easy to take a bus on Fullerton to the Blue line el, which goes within walking distance of Navy Pier as well as into downtown.
We also walked around the immediate neighborhood, which has tree lined streets, attractive brick residences, a large church, and schools. The residential setting gives one an opportunity to experience Chicago outside of the more typical tourist attractions.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Ray`s Bucktown Hotel Chicago
- Ray`s Bucktown b&b