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The Carleton of Oak Park
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Oak Park
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maryland
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7 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“shabby motor court.. maybe the hotel was better”
Reviewed June 25, 2007

we booked this hotel because the downtown chicago hotels were quite pricey. we were going to see oak park anyway for the frank lloyd wright homes...felt it would be o.k. to stay close by... and when we wanted to see chicago - just would take the commuter line in. if you are going to stay here: make sure you don't stay in the motor lodge section... shabby and rundown are kind adjectives. the steps to the second floor of the motor court were steep, the mini-blinds in the kitchen area opened to reveal an apartment building where a man, sitting on a apt. balcony, was cursing and yelling into his cell phone. i put towels down so that the luggage would have a barrier. i don't recognize the pictures the hotel shows as 'rooms'... i would have loved to have had one of those rooms... we asked for a change in room to accommodate my inability to climb the stairs.. and were told no. we stayed one night and left for a mid-town chicago hotel.

Stayed June 2007
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Rancho Cucamonga
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Reviewed May 23, 2007

We had a large room with plenty of space, however it was somewhat out dated. Located in a very nice neighborhood with a charming sidewalk lounge/restaurant…. A great location to catch the train to downtown Chicago… If you want peace and quite this is a perfect location, however keep in mind that this is an old hotel and it doesn’t have all of the bells & whistles that a modern complex would have! All in all, it was a good value and we enjoyed our stay.

  • Liked — The large room with a kitchen
  • Disliked — No pool/spa
  • Stayed May 2007, traveled on business
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MI
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Reviewed April 23, 2007

Three women stayed here 4/18 -4/21 while visiting Chicago for an 80th birthday party. We got a 1-bedroom suite (2 double beds + sofa bed in living area--sink and small fridge in "kitchen" area + as a BONUS we had 2 bathrooms!!!). Couldn't have asked for a better location! Oak Park is a GREAT place in and of itself, and this hotel is nicely located. Good free parking, close to trains downtown, close to all the Oak Park sights, too.

Lobby is old and not "cool" but very wonderful, as are rooms. Food in the bar (Poor Phil's) is way above average, and the service from the staff (especially Sean at the desk) is over the top.

I will stay there again in a heartbeat!

If you want fancy and bright and upscale, you might be disappointed here. But if you want great value, great room, and fabulous service, this is the place! We had a wonderful stay and had the great good fortune to interact with the amazing staff (Sean, certainly, plus Jason at Poor Phil's). Lovely and homey.

  • Liked — Location and staff service
  • Disliked — Old stuff (hallways, elevators) were weird at first, but I now view them as a PLUS!
  • Stayed April 2007, traveled with friends
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London
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
Reviewed November 11, 2006

I stayed here in Nov 06 in the hotel.

Upon arrival in O'Hare airport, we had to order a taxi and made the unfortunate mistake of ordering from a private taxi firm. I would recommend you call American Taxi company who'll charge you a flat rate fee of $28 dollers as opposed to our taxi company.

The hotel is situated in an area which appears to be developing, and as a result, it's very quiet and can appear to be quite unnerving. However, after walking around parts of Chicago (outside of downtown), you soon discover that Oak Park is probably considered as a safer neighbourhood.

The staff at the Reception were cold and blunt, and given that people in Chicago are generally very friendly, this really stood out.

Polyester pillows were requested upon booking and were not adhered to. We were not told by staff at Reception or Housekeeping that we had goose filled pillows. We went to reception to enquire about them and was told we must be mistaken because all the pillows are synthetic, although the tag stated Goose Filled Feathers.

We also asked for a map of the local area and the gentleman handed us a piece of paper without the hotel marked. I had to ask him where the hotel was on the map! Most hotels I've stayed in describe the local area and explain where you can catch the local transport to get into town if the hotel is not located in the heart of the city and provide a map.

We tried appetisers in Poor Phil's were service and food was very reasonable.

The room is of a very good size, and the kitchenette is certainly a bonus.

Given the nightly prices of hotels in downtown chicago, this is a good alternative for those who do not want to pay ridiculous amounts of money or stay in lower classed hotels.

The El (metro/tube) is less than 5 mins walk away and is the last stop on the Green line (Harlem/Lake). There is also Oak Park train station which is on the Metra which goes to Union station in downtown chicago, however, i bought a 7 day pass for the CTA which allows unlimited travel on the El and busses.

  • Liked — The kitchenette
  • Disliked — The reception staff
  • Tips/Secrets — Take the American Taxi company from O'hare if travelling by taxi
  • Stayed November 2006, traveled with friends
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Seattle, WA
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14 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed July 21, 2006

I stayed in this hotel for 9 days. It is a very nice hotel. The rooms are spacious and very nicely appointed. It had a refrigerator, coffee pot, microwave, ironing board, and even had dishes. I felt like I was in a Victorian Bed and Breakfast Inn.

I didn't experience all that much of the hotel, as I was in town most of the time, but it was an excellent place to base from. The area is nice and seems to be a safe place to stay.

The best part of the hotel it that it is a block to the Green Line and the "El". This made it very easy to get in and out of downtown (25 minute ride). The only thing to be aware of is that the Green Line stops going out of downtown at 1:05 am. There is also an all-night bus route (N20) that drops off at the same train station in Oak Park. I did this one night, but I don't recommend it. The bus goes through some not great parts of town and some of the folks on the bus did not make me comfortable. The Green Line, itself, was fine and was also nice and cool (during the really hot week I was there!).

I didn't eat at the restaurants, but they both looked good. Poor Phil's was often open late for late-night snacks. Philander's looked very classy and nice.

The staff was friendly and helpful and even called a cab for me to get to Ohare. It arrived in only a couple of minutes. The cab charges a flat fee of $25 to Ohare. I also took a cab from Ohare to get here. It cost about the same.

Anyway, I would definitely consider staying there again. It was a great experience.

  • Liked — Proximity to the Transportation system
  • Disliked — The pillows
  • Stayed July 2006, traveled on business
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Columbus, Ohio
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed July 18, 2006

We stayed in two rooms in the Motor Inn section of the Carleton Hotel in Oak Park in late June, 2006. The rooms were of average size, and were very clean and everything was in good repair. The decor could certainly use some updating, but for $90 per night in beautiful Oak Park, it was OK. The rooms each had a small kitchen area with a sink and refrigerator, and one room had a microwave. There were dishes and silverware stocked in the kitchens. The bathrooms are very small, but there is an extended dressing room area that you can close off to make it seem less claustrophobic. The bathroom fixtures and tile seemed new and were very clean, but there is no counter space around the sink.

It is a 1-block walk to the Green Line el and about 25 minutes into downtown Chicago, so it worked pretty well for sightseeing. Not only is the room rate cheaper, parking is free for guests, so we saved the $20+ daily parking charge we would have paid at a downtown hotel.

The hotel desk staff was not all that pleasant, but the person who answers their e-mail is friendly and helpful. Overall, we were not disappointed with our experience at this hotel.

  • Liked — Very clean room and bathroom
  • Disliked — Tired, outdated decor
  • Tips/Secrets — They keep the ice machine in a locked stairwell--get the key from the front desk!
  • Stayed June 2006, traveled with family
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed April 12, 2006

This hotel was absolutely perfect. We were unable to stay downtown as we had originally wanted due to the fact that our travel arrangements were made at the last minute. We were willing to pay upwards of $300 a night, but it seemed as though everything in town was sold out. Luckily, we were able to find a spot at the Carleton, which is conveniently located approximately 10 miles from Midway Airport and 10 miles from Downtown Chicago. At first we were worried the hotel was too far from the hustle and bustle of Chicago, which was something we really wanted to experience. But in the end, we were completely wrong. This hotel is perfectly located.

One of the biggest perks is the Carleton's proximity to the "El", the Chicago area subway, which is only about a block away. We took the "El" downtown and to a Cubs game and it made for a cheap and convenient way to travel. In the end, we regretted renting a car. We could have saved time and money by simply using the El. It is a safe way to travel.

Carleton also has a wonderful bar, Poor Phils. The place appeared to be a local hangout and was perfect for nights when we didn't want to travel to downtown to be social. The best part about Phils was the food. They have specials everyday between 2:30-6:00 pm--50 cent jumbo shrimp and oysters! The food was fantastic, and the selection of beer was huge!

This hotel is also gorgeous on the inside. During our four night stay we saw two weddings, and for good reason--the hotel really looks like a 4-5 star hotel on the inside. There are beautifully furnished sitting areas located on the ground floor and a fine dining restaurant inside.

The staff was very accomodating. It seems they have thought of everything. They even had free internet access and computers both at the front desk and at the hotel bar (Poor Phils) that were free of charge for hotel guests and restaurant patrons. I never once had to wait to use one of the computers, and I was able to get directions to just about anywhere thanks to this smart ammenity.

Overall, we really enjoyed our stay and will definitely go back to the Carleton!

  • Stayed April 2006, traveled on business
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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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