Simply loved the hotel - the best we had on a month long trip in the north eastern USA and Canada.
It's located not far from the center of Chicago, in a quiet and lovely area, on a small one way street. The bus station is very near - less than a block away, and it's the best solution to visit the center of Chicago without having parking problems there. The buses come frequently, there are at least 2-3 lines that make a stop there and go to the center, so the waiting is short.
The area is beautiful and has english-style houses - very nice to take a walk. Seems safe in the evening too.
Wrigley Field stadium is close by and there are parking places in the next street (Byron St.) which are reserved for Cub's fans during the games. This and the fact that the streets there are small and have very few not-reserved parking places, makes it difficult to find parking outside. The hotel offers parking for $22. Lucky for us, we were there just during days when there were no Cub games and we found a good parking place for free, on Byron street. We left the car there for 3 days and used the bus.
The hotel is right near Lakeshore drive and Lincoln Park, which allows to visit the park (it's a very long park), see many people jog and visit its attractions.
The staff was very friendly and helpful, and especially Mona, who really became our friend. We were staying in a room right across her desk. She gave us great tips and advice - to use the bus, recommended a good hamburger restaurant, take a boat tour and more. Each evening we would return and tell her about our experiences. We never had such a good relationship in any hotel ever (and we do travel a lot).
Right after the entrance to the hotel there are about 6 steps down to the reception desk and the rooms, so it is something to consider for handicapped people.
The hotel offers complimentary tea, coffee, coockies and fresh fruit from the afternoon and on. The hotel has no real lobby, so this is located in a 'guestroom', which has several armchairs and sofas and some more cushioned places to sit. The furniture is in an old luxurious style and is comfortable to sit and relax.
The breakfast is also held in that guestroom, which sometimes creates a bit of a problem to find a seat. There is only one low table in the middle, and if a group occupies the sofas and armchairs around it, all is left are a few places to sit, without a normal table. These places are separated from eachother, so each has to find his own place. It does create an unusual atmosphere and a unique experience, but I find it less comfortable than a normal dining room. Maybe it was because a large group remained sitted after breakfast and continued talking and reading newspapers, while others tried to find a sit and eat...
Breakfast is complimentary and good - eggs and sausage, bagels, Philadelphia cheese, jams, yogurts with fruits, fresh fruits, etc. There were no vegetables (and neither in any hotel we stayed in the USA or Canada, except one in NYC).
The suite was very big and consisted of 2 rooms. There was an AC unit + ceiling fans in each room. Furniture was good, big flat screen TV's - in both rooms, very comfortable beds, a kitchenette with a microwave and a small refrigirator.
Wi-fi internet was free and fast.
All in all - definetly recommend to stay there, even considering the small drawbacks I mentioned.
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