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Hotel Lincoln, a Joie de Vivre Hotel
Ranked #46 of 189 Hotels in Chicago
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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“Good Hotel in a Great Location”
Reviewed 24 June 2014

I spent a week at the Hotel Lincoln while taking classes at Second City. The location is perfect as it's only a few blocks away, plus conveniently close to both bus and train stations. Lincoln Park directly in front of the hotel is perfect for a morning walk and you can easily get anywhere from the hotel.

The staff is the hotel's best feature. Friendly, helpful, attentive, and knowledgeable about the city. They were absolutely fantastic! From lending umbrellas during the rain to anticipating the need for a taxi, they were great.

Although breakfast is not included, and room service limited to certain hours during the day, both the restaurant downstairs and the coffee shop were reasonably priced with tasty and healthy meal options. The coffee shop only offered the same options every day - that could be varied. The restaurant/bar on the roof top is spectacular, however it was a bit disconcerting to have so many people up and down in various levels of inebriation. I prefer a bit more security.

I was upgraded to a junior suite which was large and felt like a small apartment, which was great as I was there all week. Everything was clean and well-attended, however they changed the towels each day even when I hadn't put them on the floor to conserve water.

The building itself is older, and the carpet in the hallways is atrocious, but the rest of the hotel is attractively decorated. Some of the woodwork and door frames are banged up from wear and tear and could use replacing.

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Reviewed 24 June 2014

The Hotel Lincoln fosters a culture that makes you feel like you are coming home. Starting with the doorman and ending up with the front desk, everybody makes you feel that they are happy that you are there. The location is superb, walking distance from historic Old Town. The coffee shop is one of the best independent enterprises of its kind. J Parker (rooftop bar) offers unparalleled view of Lincoln Park with good food and seasonal drinks.

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Green Features: Energy efficient and organic food make this environmentally friendly.
  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 June 2014

I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at Hotel Lincoln. It was only on night, but everything was quite pleasant. The staff was attentive, room was comfortable. The location across from the zoo makes for a nice morning walk. i would stay again.

The rooftop bar is nice with nice views of the city and the lake. It gets crowded and they rope off sections for private parties so be prepared.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled solo
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Reviewed 23 June 2014

This hotel is perfectly located and has an AMAZING roof top bar!! Stayed with a friend of mine for a couple of days... we were able to walk everywhere we wanted to go... Second City right around the corner for "something different"... had a great time! Hotel is WONDERFUL! Staff SUPER friendly and helpful!!

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Reviewed 23 June 2014

Totally the best hotel experience I have ever had. All the team members were great and upbeat. The room was spectacular. Every thing was immaculate. Anything we asked was done with a smile and fast. Thanks for a great experience.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 23 June 2014

Friendly does not even begin to describe the staff at Hotel Lincoln! Everyone from the housekeeping staff to the front desk staff always greeted us with a warm smile and went out of their way to make sure our stay was extra special. The location and room were absolutely perfect for our needs and plans and we loved the artsy decor. We will definitely stay at Hotel Lincoln on future trips to Chicago!!

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Reviewed 23 June 2014

I so loved the roof experience! What a view and such a beautiful neighborhood with great places to shop and eat!
The staff was very friendly and helpful with there knowledge of where to go and how to get there!
Will be going back in September!!
Love Chicago and very much love the Lincoln!

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Green Features: Used same towels and sheets. Great old pictures recycled. Think I counted 200. Very cool!!
  • Stayed May 2014, travelled on business
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Property: Hotel Lincoln, a Joie de Vivre Hotel
Address: 1816 North Clark, Chicago, IL 60614-6043
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Region: United States > Illinois > Chicago > Lincoln Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #46 of 189 Hotels in Chicago
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Lincoln, a Joie de Vivre Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 184
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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