I stayed at Best Western Plus Hawthorne Terrace on October 19-22, 2012. This was my second stay. This isn't a stuffy hotel, where the staff is unapproachable. Let me say, I called the hotel about a month before the stay, to see if there were any less expensive rates available. Ken answered, and was so friendly, witty, and personable. He gave me a great rate. My boyfriend and I stayed in the annex, in a junior suite. Check-in was fast and friendly. Every morning, breakfast is provided. It typically consists of: pastries, biscuits, oat meal, eggs, and sausage. Juice and coffee are provided. The rooms are very clean, spacious, and pretty. Although, the beds are a little hard. The bathrooms are spacious, and the toiletries smell great.The housekeepers are typically smiling. It's eerie how friendly this place is. Hehe.
The area is awesome. It's located in Lakeview/Boystown. There is a great bar up the street called Jacqueline's, that is a little whole in the wall, but the bartender was great, attentive, and friendly. A restaurant that I particularly loved, was called, (I believe) The Melrose. It's a diner type place, with a great grilled cheese. Most of the restaurants are BYOB (bring your own bottle), so keep that in mind, if you're wanting wine or beer with dinner. There are tons of shops, you're just a few blocks away from the CTA Red line. Also, the neighborhood offers a great walk.
There was a minor hiccup after check-out, but I won't go into that. I don't want that to detract from the review of the hotel. But, I will say this: the staff at this hotel went out of their way to correct the mistake, and even through that, I will return to this hotel. Accountability, friendly and smart service speak volumes to me. I won't stay anywhere else in Chicago, besides Best Western Hawthorne Terrace. It's economical, clean, convenient, and awesome. If they handed out kittens at check-in, only then, would it be better. ;)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- When you stay at Hawthorne Terrace, you become a part of an amazing community - a community with great heart, culture and a passion for diverse experiences, all nestled in the vibrant Lakeview East neighborhood of Chicago. Whether you seek adventurous dining, a vigorous run along Chicago's lake shore, one-of-a-kind boutique shops, a late night club scene, or coffee and a quiet evening stroll, Hawthorne Terrace is your threshold to this extraordinary community where we encourage you to Live. Play. Stay. Like a Local. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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