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Lincoln Park Oasis
Ranked #33 of 60 Specialty Lodging in Chicago
Reviewed May 9, 2012

We were booking late for a busy week in Chicago and all our regular options were fully booked up. So, we turned to this 'oasis'. It was not in an ideal location because it is a distance from the L. However, it seemed nice and most of the previous complaints were around booking, so we thought we would give her a chance.

We were offered to two flats, described as being equivalent except for size. We did not need the bigger one, so we opted for the smaller or the two, which was cheaper. We were advised that we would receive an apartment for 1 week in excellent condition. It was simply smaller. The advertisement for the flat shows a well appointed apartment. We received a dingy basement with peeling paint that was dirty and in poor condition. There were soiled paper towels in the bathroom and the shower, which we picked up because we thought we were stuck. Finally, we were so appalled with condition of the place, we called the merchant to let her know that we were leaving, describing the condition of the apartment as being below standard. We were forced to find other accommodation at very short notice and extended cost.

The owner apologised to my wife for our dissatisfaction, claiming she did not know the condition of the flat. My wife suggested painting,cleaning it, better furniture and bedding and clearer advertising to ensure future clients did not leave. We have submitted a dispute to Paypal for refund and she has countered stating, we owe her money,and that last minute refunds are not available. She now states that while not 'five star', the place was acceptable. Curiously, the amount is in excess of what we would have paid for the remainder of the rent.They are reviewing the case. I use PayPal for safety and support. Let's see where this takes us.

Good business people realize that if the buyer perceives the goods as substandard, you accept it, refund and move on. Your reputation as a business is far more important than one client. I think the seller in trying to get more money from us for unacceptable goods speaks volumes about her commitment to her guests and sadly her premises, which is reflected in the condition of the basement apartment.

I have rented places in Turkey, Europe and the US. This is my first experience with the bait and switch tactics your read about. Earlier in this discussion, the funds were not the issue, the principle was.

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 6, 2012

A group of seven of us (three adults, a teenager, two tween boys, and a toddler) stayed in Unit 1 (first floor) for a three-night visit to Chicago, and we had a great time -- super location, a good amount of space for our group, and wonderful to have an opportunity to relax in a homey setting. The park practically next door is fabulous for little kids, and the el and the grocery store were a quick walk away. This was a great find for our group.

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 6, 2011

Great place to stay and great owners. We had everything needed in the apartment. The location is perfect if you want to stay in a nice and quite area and at the same time not far from the loop. Very recommendable if you travel with children

  • Stayed: August 2011
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Reviewed September 2, 2011

We rented all three units to attend a Chicago wedding, it was perfect! The units are clean and well furnished, with plenty of space to house all 12 of us. The owner was very responsive to all our concerns and even drove over on the first night when we locked ourselves out of one of the units. Definitely recommend!

Stayed: August 2011, traveled with family
Thank Mariana P
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Reviewed September 1, 2011

"The place was perfect for our family reunion. The location was ideal, with easy access to public transportation and the perfect community park just yards from the flat. The place is located along a street with no outlet, so there was no traffic (on the downside, though, it is a bit tough to turn a large vehicle around). The Lincoln Park neighborhood is scenic and attractive, and we enjoyed walks taking in the neighborhood architecture. The flat was clean with plenty of space for a large party to come together. We had an unfortunate emergency that delayed our arrival, and Rem was perfectly understanding and empathetic, ensuring we had access very late in the evening and communicating a degree of concern with our delay. Overall, I would highly recommend this site to others looking for a lovely, modest, clean place to meet with friends or family."

Stayed: August 2011, traveled with family
Thank PJ B
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Reviewed August 21, 2011

we really enjoyed our stay in this house. It was perfect. Chicago is an amazing city. We will not hesitate to convince our friends to visit it and to appreciate this rent. Luc and Co (a french family)

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with family
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Thank luc784
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Reviewed August 11, 2011

If you want to be in a great area of Chicago, with the help of great people (owner), relaxing place...this is the place to be

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  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with friends
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Thank Vincent C
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Additional Information about Lincoln Park Oasis

Address: 1219 W Draper St, Chicago, IL 60614-2118
Location: United States > Illinois > Chicago > Lincoln Park
Hotel Style:
Ranked #33 of 60 Specialty Lodging in Chicago
Price Range: $165 - $240 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Features 3 "independent" self-catering units in the same building with fully functional kitchens. Coffee, tea, snacks, toiletries and all linen provided. ... more   less 

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