Have to admit, after my stay at Ray's, I HAD to read the (four total) negative reviews to find out what they were talking about. Pretty sure all four of the bad reviews mistook Ray's for somewhere else, because they make no sense.
I stayed at Ray's for 10 nights on a work trip to Chicago, and my only regret is that I had to work, because if I'd been there on vacation, I would have spend SO much more time there!
Staff--super personable, very responsive and helpful. The local restaurant recs they give are amazing!
Breakfasts--I only got to eat with them 3/10 mornings, but would have every day had I been able to! Food was amazing, high quality and quick!
Accommodations--heated bathroom floors?! I didn't even know this was a thing. Each room has its own DVR, so I didn't miss any of my shows, and the beds (I was in two different rooms) were both really comfy.
Decor--eclectic, fun and not at all what I expected. Loved it.
Location--after many, many trips to Chicago, Bucktown/Wicker Park is my favorite neighborhood. So much great food, good people, good coffee, great shopping...Love it, and all within walking distance!
Price: Seriously?! Can't get over how affordable this is. Their rates beat the cheapest brand hotels in the city by $100 or more. And I'm a creepily loyal Hilton Honors member who will bend over backwards to get those points.
Negatives: not one thing.
If you are lucky enough to snag a room there, here are some restaurants you can't miss in the area:
Cafe Laguardia. Ray told me about this place my first night--BEST CUBAN FOOD EVER. The actual restaurant is weird...not the most attentive staff and decor is animal-print-cray, so I got take out after my first visit and just ate it at Ray's. The Cuban Pulled Pork though, seriously...will dream about this. I had it four times in 10 days. Embarrassing.
Red June's. This little coffee shop is just blocks away from Ray's, and has great coffee and a fun vibe. The have a croissant sandwich with apples, candied walnuts and Gouda that is the most autumn-feeling food ever. So good.
Birchwood Kitchen. This place has AMAZING food. I had a pot roast sandwich that was easily the best pot roast I'd ever had, and their daily quiche specials are so good. This is an amazing lunch spot.
Belly Shack. This is, wait for it, Latin/Korean/Chicagoan fusion food. I had the Belly Dog, which was a hot dog on a fresh bun with papaya kim chee, noodles and hot sauce that was the stuff of legends. Seriously worth it, and very close to all the great shops on Damen and Milwaukee Ave.
Mindy's Hot Chocolate. You guys...the food is good, but just go get a hot chocolate. You won't regret it.
I cannot wait to come back to Ray's for vacation, and NOT work!
- 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:
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