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The Carleton of Oak Park
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Oak Park
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Bristol, UK
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13 reviews
10 hotel reviews
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“Very happy with the Carleton”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2005

My wife and I spent a week at the Carleton (visiting from the UK to watch our daughter run the Chicago Marathon - what an event! see photo) and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The hotel staff were efficient and helpful.
We stayed in the Motor Inn adjacent to the hotel. It was very good value for $99 a night - the room was large, comfortable, clean and well maintained. There was a kitchenette with sink, fridge, microwave and basic crockery & utensils. The pathway and gardens leading to our room were very attractive and also well maintained - see photo.
It was just a step to enjoy a drink and ‘fishy’ meal at Poor Phil’s or a cocktail and more sophisticated meal at Philanders.
Oak Park is such a pleasant place to walk around, with lots of interesting things to see, and the train taking you into the heart of Downtown Chicago is so convenient. We visited the Oak Park Farmers’ Market on the Saturday and were also lucky enough to see the Homecoming Parade of the local High School - see photos.
We would not hesitate to stay at the Carleton Motor Inn again.

  • Stayed October 2005
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Norman, Oklahoma
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2005

I usually seek out "vintage" hotels like the Carleton and have had great success in the past. Not this time. While the rooms are rather large (small kitchenette and table in each room) this does not make up for the "fried fish" smell that permeated the hotel the entire time I was there. The furniture is old, dirty and in need of repair. Service (what service) was as close to non-attentive as I have ever had. Paid Rack rate of $168 per night and expected better. At one time this may have been a great place but they need to update (stains on love seat, chairs in the room, missing pulls on TV Cabinet), and do something about the smell from the attached fish food restaurant.

  • Stayed October 2005
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 24, 2005

Have stayed here many times over the past 15 years. Most recently stayed in a large room with king bed and jacuzzi in bathroom. The room was lovely and very comfortable with refrigerator, microwave oven, hair dryer, iron/ironing board, coffee pot and coffee. We're always pleased with our accommodations and housekeeping. Philander's restaurant and Poor Phil's bar/dining are both excellent. Highly recommend this hotel for convenience and comfort. Only a block from the CTA station. We leave our car in the free hotel parking and take the EL everywhere!

Stayed June 2005
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Belvidere, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 27, 2004

We have stayed here every November for 10 years. The rooms are well maintained and seem to go on forever - we have always had a bedroom with couch, a massive bathroom, a dining room, and a kitchen! The price for this room has always been reasonable for the area. (We have always stayed in the older section and have not tried the new rooms yet.) The downstairs lobby is charming and a good place to people watch. The elevators are mirrored! There are also two good places to eat in the hotel, Poor Phil's, a pub-style establishment, and Philander's with a nice bar and fine dining. You are within walking distance of a very charming area of Oak Park, with many other restaurants available.

  • Stayed November 2004
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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 1, 2004

I stayed here this June and loved my room. The room was located in the newest wing and was wonderfully decorated and extremely comfortable. They have utilized the space very well. The room had a little kitchen space with a fridge, microwave, coffee maker, etc. Great bath products. Great area to walk around in, close to the cute Oak Park down town area. The staff were rude though, but I was able to overlook it for the room. They need to work on their customer service skills.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 3, 2004

This is a nice hotel and very clean. The newer wing has some very nice rooms and are more desirable to me for a hotel stay. The older wing could use some updating, but is still somewhat nice. The motor-inn is alright and could definitely use an update. Overall the hotel and staff are nice and I do stay there almost every trip I make to the Chicagoland area, which is very often. I average about 10 trips to Chicago/year, due to my work.

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Property: The Carleton of Oak Park
Address: 1110 Pleasant Street, Oak Park, IL 60302-3093
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Location: United States > Illinois > Oak Park
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Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Oak Park
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Hotel Class:3 star — The Carleton of Oak Park 3*
Number of rooms: 154
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