I actually have fond memories of the Belair Hotel. It was the 1st place I stayed at when I moved to Chgo 10 years ago. I didn't know a soul, I was low in funds, and my apt wasn't ready to move into. I was new to Chgo at the time, so I was a little frightened by the fast paced people. The residents though, turned out to be very nice people--a little avant gard and off the wall, but totally harmless. The ladies that worked behind the counter were very friendly, and treated me like they were my aunts.The hotel sort of had the feel of a dorm-like setting at an art school in New York's Village. Now that I'm considering moving back to Chgo, I think The Belair will once again be where I'll start out. It is within walking distance of pubs, restaurants, Walgreens, Lenscrafters, several bus stops, parks, a small supermarket, and STARBUCKS!!! As you walk down Diversey and turn onto Belmont, there are little shops and stores all along both sides of the street. There's just tons to do.Video stores and food delivery places make The Belair a cozy stay. There's nothing fancy here, but you will be safe and among people who will try to help you. I am starting over (again), and should I pick Chgo to come back to, I hope The Belair will welcome me back. Familiar hospitality is good ground to stand on.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC