Previous reviews have properly praised the great features of Andersonville Guesthouse ("AG"). I endorse the high praise for the excellent features of accommodations. But I also have several criticisms ...
AG's reservations policy is daunting. $200 non-refundable deposit upon booking; then the entire rental charge due and payable 30 days in advance of arrival.
AG's other policies (rules) also make for worrying reading, with many threats of "fines" and "fees" for violations... although I have no idea how they might be applied in practice, because I didn't infringe on any of them. Examples: -
Failure to comply with check-in / check-out times? "Guest may be subject to a minimum fine of $250."
Damage to the property? "... will result in a minimum fine of $250" in addition to repair costs.
No smoking, even "within 20 feet of the Guesthouse". "A $500 fee will be charged for violating this policy and Guest may be evicted".
Removal of trash. "Failure to take garbage outside and place in the dumpsters will result in a $250 fine."
Quiet Hours. "Violation of this policy may result in a $250 fine and possible eviction."
"... disturbance to other guests will result in a minimum fine of $250."
"Guests will be charged $50 for every set of keys lost and $100 for the garage door opener if lost."
The excessive and repetitive emphasis on fines for policy violations makes AG sound like a harsh military school, not a haven of rest for mature, sensible, considerate adults.
Another criticism, that was not wholly of AG's making, but perhaps should have been reflected in a discount for its rather high prices: -
Anyone staying in one of the rear apartments, those facing the alley rather than Clark Street, will have endured much noise and disturbance in the summer of 2013. Immediately adjacent to AG, to the North, construction (6 days a week) of AG's new apartment block. A few yards South of AG, another construction site (apparently more apartments). And, just across the alley, yet another apartment building (facing onto Ashland) under construction. Constant noisy use of heavy equipment, plus hammering, sawing, etc. No peace and quiet outdoors at all.
But, if these criticisms and warnings do not worry you, be assured that you will enjoy staying at AG. I stayed at AG because one of my children, resident in Andersonville, was about to have her first baby. I wanted to be close, but not stay at her home. AG's location was perfect. And AG offers much more desirable accommodations than any of the motels in the general area of Andersonville. I would stay at AG again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Want to live like a local while staying in Chicago? The Guesthouse Hotel Chicago offers an affordable and comfortable place to lay your head during your visit to our city! A family-owned, boutique hotel, The Guesthouse Hotel Chicago is a unique Chicago boutique hotel combining the best features of a vacation rental property with the personal attention of a boutique hotel.Our units feature one, two and three bedroom suites and all include gourmet kitchens, spa-like bathrooms and sofa beds. You can whip up a meal in the fully-equipped gourmet kitchen (we're happy to point you towards a local Farmers Market or grocery store) or, when the weather calls for it, use the grill on your private terrace. Other highlights include an inviting living and dining area; spacious and elegantly decorated bedrooms; a spa-like master bathroom ; a fireplace; a plasma television with cable; free Wifi; onsite parking (fee); in addition to an array of other amenities and comforts.The Guesthouse Hotel Chicago has an excellent location in the vibrant Andersonville neighborhood, one of Chicago's most beloved neighborhoods. We're also nestled close to Lincoln Square, another neighborhood that brings the small-town vibe to the big city. The Guesthouse Hotel Chicago is just a short hop away from Wrigley Field, as well as public transportation (bus and train), which allows convenient access to downtown Chicago and tourist attractions (Feel free to ask us for dining, shopping, and tourist recommendations!) The affordable luxury of The Guesthouse Hotel Chicago and our unique location provide the perfect rental accommodation for travelers who want the comforts and independence of their own home while enjoying all that Chicago and its local culture has to offer. ... more less
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