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Review of Carlton Inn Midway

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Carlton Inn Midway
Ranked #48 of 187 Hotels in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
Longmont, Colorado
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128 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Best shuttle service”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2013

The Carlton Inn near the midway airport is a decent friendly place to stay.The room was clean if not well appointed. The bed was horrible, lumpy and hard on one side and lumpy and soft The grounds and surrounding area was clean and well kept. The staff was always friendly and helpful. They were also very responsive to room requests. But, the best reason to stay at the Carlton Inn is the shuttle service. In particular one driver who made our stay terrific. He picked us up from the airport with pleasant conversation, made a couple suggestion for where to eat and helped us out with some necessities we had forgotten. He ran us around a couple more times always pleasant and helpful. He also teaches martial arts to kids at the local rec center. He is a true chicagoian. They serve a free continental breakfast, but don't be fooled the pancakes taste like rubber. Do try out Pindos for breakfast. The neighborhood is not the greatest so do take them up on the free shuttle service. The L is only a couple blocks away and they will shuttle you over. If you take a cab into downtown it will cost $25-$30. All in all the Carlton is not the Hilton, but worth the money so if you go say hi to our driver for us.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank sydney47
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2013

This is a very nice two-story motel in a nice residential area near the Chicago Midway airport. Their shuttle service provides convenient access to Midway and to nearby restaurants and grocery stores. The Pulaski station of the Chicago Transit Authority "L" system is less than a five minute walk from the motel. The rooms are clean and well maintained. I will stay here again on my next visit to Chicago.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Dan1951
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Memphis, Tennessee
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2013

I picked this motel based on the reviews I read regarding the friendly staff and the location to a train station. The price was in my range but far from downtown, the train right around the corner only took 10 to 15 mins to get downtown. The Carlton Inn desk gave me perfect directions to get to the hotel using public transit from the bus station, they picked me up at the train station and showed us to our room. Later that night they recommended a bar/grill and gave us a ride there, picked us up when we finished dinner, took us by a convince store to but random things and back to the motel. The next morning they woke us up when we requested had a huge breakfast selection and a ride back to the shuttle to head down town. All the desk workers and drivers were very friendly and helpful. We will defiantly come back to Chicago and stay at the Carlton Inn Midway when we do.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank TheParty420
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Sunnyvale, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2013

We stayed in Carlton Midway Inn during Chicago marathon. Both rooms were very clean and quiet. Breakfast was good. Shuttle to MDW airport is convenient but we did not use it. "El" train station is only 7-8 min away but it takes ~20 min of ride to get to The Loop. - this is the only drawback.
Do not forget to show your AAA card - the do honor it!

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank sad5591
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2013

I had an early flight out of Midway airport and needed somewhere close to stay one night. The hotel is older, actually a two story motel with all outside entrances. The front desk staff were very friendly. They have a full breakfast, but the kicker is you walk down the street to a restaurant with a seven dollar voucher. The restaurant is okay, just a local cafe. Had a full eggs and potatoes meal, but it is hard not to go over the voucher dollar amount and then to tip on top. The rooms are quite spaces with a fridge, microwave, and eating area. The bathroom is dated, but very serviceable. I am told there is a shuttle. Don't know, didn't need one. Also, supposedly near the El, but didn't notice. It is close to the airport which is what I needed and it worked just fine. I thought is was a little pricey at 120 per night, but it is Chicago, I guess.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled on business
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank StonecreekArabians
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Gary G, General Manager at Carlton Inn Midway, responded to this review, 16 October 2013
Dear Stonecreek Arabians,
Thank you for staying with us and thank you for taking the time to comment. I am happy that we met your needs for lodging for an early Midway flight. Our remodeled breakfast area has been re-opened for about two months now after a temporary closure for repair and renovation. During your stay we were using the adjoining restaurant with a voucher to serve our breakfast. I apologize for any resulting inconvenience the closure caused and look forward to serving you when future need arises.
Warm Regards,
Gary
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London, United Kingdom
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42 reviews
38 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2013

Upon arriving at this place we were somewhat apprehensive, it looks like a typical 2 storey motel that surrounds it's car park. But actually, it's not that bad.

Check in was almost instant, there's a some information in the reception area as well as a huge map of Chicago with the train lines/station over laid.

Entering the room, I was pleasantly surprised, the place was fairly well appointed with fridge & microwave, something I didn't expect. The furnishings in our room at least were not outdated at all, so I'm not sure what the other reviews are referring to there.
We stayed 2 nights and the housekeeping service was good, we ended up with a large quantity of towels.

The train station is a short walk away, but avoid rush hour as it can be a bit dicey.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Rusholme
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Santa Barbara, California
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2013

Had a great stay at the Carlton. They have a super convenient shuttle that takes you around to all of the local restaurants, the airport, and the McCormick convention center. Steve, the van driver, is probably one of the most awesome people that I have ever met and drove us to get some delicious late night food. I look forward to coming back

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank ryan c
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Property: Carlton Inn Midway
Address: 4944 S Archer Ave, Chicago, IL 60632-3623
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Region: United States > Illinois > Chicago
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Chicago
#26 Family Hotel in Chicago
#72 Romantic Hotel in Chicago
#74 Business Hotel in Chicago
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:2 star — Carlton Inn Midway 2*
Number of rooms: 72
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Carlton Inn Midway offers the amenities and services of home or office. We are located 1.8 miles from Midway Airport with complimentary 24-hour transportation to and from. Whether you are in Chicago for a convention at McCormick Place or Shopping the Magnificent Mile we are 7 miles from the downtown area, with easy driving access via I-55 and around the corner from the Orange Line Elevated Train, a 15 minute train ride to downtown. ... more   less 
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