Stan and I had never been to Chicago and decided to include 5 nights there on our way to Toledo, Ohio to celebrate Stan's Aunt Helen's 100th birthday. We started from scratch and were a little shocked to see that Chicago hotel rooms cost as much as rooms in Rome, Italy. So we expanded our search to try to knock down the price a little bit. That's how we stumbled upon The Hotel Lincoln. What a gem! We had a Jr. suite on the 10th floor corner overlooking Lincoln Park and Lake Michigan.
Everything about this trip was ideal.The weather was clear with a high of 70 and a low of 50. We were there the 3rd week of September 2013. Lincoln Park was the perfect neighborhood for us. Within just 2 or 3 blocks of The Hotel Lincoln are numerous terrific restaurants, including Twin Anchors, a Sinatra hangout (he loved the ribs), and Second City (yes, THAT Second City) which gave us Gilda Radner, John Belushi and Tina Fey, and a host of other great comedians.
The Hotel Lincoln sits on a major bus line that gets you to downtown in minutes, or you catch a cab for under 10 bucks. Of course, Lincoln Park and the Lincoln Park Zoo are directly across the street. We always felt safe, even walking around Lincoln Park after midnight.
Our room was pretty spacious, very clean, and most importantly...quiet. The bed was nice and firm and the products (shampoo, lotion, body wash) were all top notch. Coffee makers and safes are in the rooms. The Lincoln Hotel is in an old building built in 1928. We did not dine at the high end restaurant on the ground floor, but did use the coffee shop, Elaine's, which was good, and we thoroughly enjoyed the roof-top bar which offers an outstanding view of Chicago.
The staff was terrific. We live in Phoenix, and we are right next to Scottsdale which, as beautiful as it is, is known as Snottsdale due to an overabundance of attitude. There was no attitude here. In fact, we could not find attitude anywhere in Chicago. We wonder if that's a midwestern thing. But back to the staff...they were very friendly, and were genuinely curious as to how our trip was going. Even though most of us carry smart phones these days, the staff still asked what they could look up for us. And let me add that basically someone set off a cute bomb behind the front desk as everyone was pretty easy on the eyes.That includes the whole staff. Just sayin'.
I am really trying to find something negative to say...Okay, some people, not us, complained that the elevators were too slow. Again, the building IS from 1928. And personally, I would like to see a door sweep put on the bottom of the room doors as there was a pretty hefty gap between the bottom of the door and the floor. I know, lame, right? But that's the only negative thing I can think of.
While we are pretty adventurous people, we will not even bother to search out other hotels when in Chicago. The Hotel Lincoln and Lincoln Park were a perfect fit for us.
A big Arizona thank you to the staff. Y'all rock!!
Chris Cerrato and Stan Kansas
PS...Holy Moly, they recycle, too!! There is a recycle bin right next to the trash can in the room.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located just north of Chicago’s downtown financial and retail hubs, Lincoln Park is the city’s most charming and historically rich residential community, where tree-lined streets are dotted with a mix of million-dollar-plus homes and classic three-flat apartment buildings and sidewalks buzz with energy from families, DePaul University students, young professionals, fitness buffs, and visitors to the city. At the center of it all is Hotel Lincoln. Hotel Lincoln is an upscale boutique hotel with an eclectic-meets-collegial vibe, offering 184 guest rooms, executive meeting space, a lobby-level European-style coffee bar, a spacious rooftop lounge with panoramic views of downtown Chicago and Lake Michigan, and the acclaimed Perennial Virant – helmed by award-winning Chef Paul Virant. As Joie de Vivre’s first hotel east of the Mississippi, the property is uniquely designed to not only connect Chicagoans with iconic city gems, but also give travelers a taste of what life is really like in the packed-with-personality city. ... more less
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