The Guesthouse Hotel in the historic Andersonville neighborhood of Chicago provided us with a unique blend of vacation rental and boutique hotel, the first time we'd encountered such a delightful combination. Owners David and Simona Krug, who we met early on, began with 10 units, originally designed as luxury condominiums at 4866 N. Clark, and they just finished an addition that ups the total to 25.
Accommodations range from 1- to 3-bedroom condo-like units, complete with full kitchens, living rooms and small balconies that are equipped with gas barbecue grills. Ours was a 1-bedroom unit that had plenty of room. Our bathroom had a great walk-in shower. The units feature modern furniture and could keep a couple or a family comfortable for several days while an in-depth exploration of the eclectic neighborhood and the rest of the city is conducted.
The addition at 4872 N. Clark, which just opened this month, also has a roomy lobby area and a smaller meeting room for business get-togethers. They don’t offer food services, but will be partnering with a local restaurant to provide a room service delivery menu, they told me. And trust me, there are plenty of terrific eating places nearby. General manager Rick Verkler’s staff is friendly and efficient, always ready take care of things that crop up and making sure the customer’s needs come first.
The neighborhood is fun to explore – we didn’t encounter anything close to a bad meal -- and Wrigley Field is less than 2 miles away, straight down Clark. The Guesthouse Hotel is located outside the loop, just far enough where you don’t feel hemmed in by the big city, but close enough to get wherever you want to go by cab, bus or The El. It’s conveniently located just a few blocks from Lakeshore Drive. For us, it was a perfect location.
Our experience there was top-drawer all the way. The days were busy and it was great to come back to a home-like atmosphere just to relax and prepare for the next day.
- 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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