My sister an I stayed a fantastic whole week in Rays Annex, which is just across the street from the main building.
Our room (guestroom 2) was spacy and friendly with loving little details like painted wardrobe walls, fluffy and cosy beds and a booklet to guide your way around the neighbourhood.
I am not really sure what was best- the people, the place itself, 24h free Internet access, the community within the guests or the breakfast...I never felt that pampered in any other B&B! Ray and his staff is just an experience- especially when they equip themselves with aprons and the eagerness in their faces in the morning to give you a good start into the day!
The Annex building is the "2. part" of the B&B and a little more quiet and peaceful- most of the (exciting) things happen at the main building. The rooms ARE clean and you get fresh towels whenever you want them! Another fab idea are the free water bottles!!!
The neighbourhood is fun: there are lots of nice little shops and cafes around; North Damen Street is an upcoming place and the EL is in walking distance and it feels fine to walk home even when its in the middle of the night!
Try the Sushi Coast or Hot Chocolate Place on Damen Street!
The only thing you might be prepared for is the shock an evil scale might give you back home- the breakfast is just unavoidably extrodinary (and I cannot give my favourite pick- it was ALL jummy!)
No doubt: THE best place to stay! Really, really, really!
Thanks Ray, Vanessa, Jessica and Monica, whenever we get the desire to see Chicago again- we will be back!!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A unique B&B in Chicago's Bucktown neighborhood, Ray's welcomes groups and individuals in town for work or play. Modeled after small European hotels and spas, the B&B has eleven bedrooms with private baths, high speed internet (WIFI and in each room as well as community areas including a steam room, sauna, HDTV and a kitchen, and free unrestricted street parking. Breakfast is cooked-to-order when you want it. This is not your parents' bed & breakfast! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ray`s Bucktown Hotel Chicago
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