I grew up in Evanston and after more than 15 years away have not quite reconciled myself to the fact that I no longer live there. I visit frequently with my two young children, which means I need a lot of space, a full kitchen, and a convenient location. The Homestead provides all of these, along with the feel of a typical 1920's Evanston apartment.
The Homestead is walking distance to downtown Evanston and to at least one playground. The rooms are quiet - I never hear other guests or very much outside noise. Rates are very reasonable, especially considering that I usually book a two-bedroom, two-bath apartment. The staff are very friendly and helpful, and the breakfast is delightful. The furnishings are modest in feel but clean, comfortable, pretty, and perfectly adequate. I feel as if I'm back in my own apartment in Evanston, except with impeccable daily maid service.
The only drawback for me is parking. There is a large drop-off area in front (useful for checking in with luggage), but for leaving the car, we must either park in a garage about a block away (for free) or find on-street parking. I get pretty lucky on-street, though, and walking a block isn't exactly a huge hardship.
In general, The Homestead has an old-world, genteel feel, and is the perfect choice for me and probably for anyone else who wants to live apartment-style, but not for those who want brand-new everything and hot-and-cold running butlers.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Homestead is a historical hotel, ideally nestled on a residential street just two blocks from both Northwestern University as well as the sandy shores of Lake Michigan. Just a five minute stroll to lively downtown Evanston, we provide our guests with inviting and comfortable accommodations in an appealing, European atmosphere. Each of our ninety guestrooms, studios, one and two bedroom apartment suites have been individually adorned with traditional decor, guaranteeing every guest a unique experience in charming and gracious surroundings. Complimentary continental breakfast and wireless internet are included with each reservation. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Homestead Hotel Evanston
- Homestead Hotel Evanston