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“Hospitality Excellence, Local Charm!”

The Inn at Smokey Row
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The Inn at Smokey Row
Ranked #1 of 1 Lemont B&B and Inns
Chicago, Illinois
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“Hospitality Excellence, Local Charm!”
Reviewed 20 February 2012

Attending a wedding anniversary party in Lemont, we wanted a place to stay overnight after the party and didn't have any expectation of more than "just a place to sleep". We were thrilled to find someplace so good that it merits another stay just for the charm of the inn itself and the hospitality of innkeepers Sue and Gary. Their inn is located in the center of town, which is very convenient, and yet -- a real plus! -- the way they have remodeled and decorated the property gives it a very private and countrified air. We didn't get the personalized gourmet breakfast during this stay, simply because it didn't fit with our other plans for the day, but along with morning coffee/tea/juice, Sue provided us with some excellent pumpkin bread that she herself baked and that certainly made us WANT to go for her full breakfast another time. Pros and cons? ALL pros and NO cons!

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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 May 2010

We discovered the Inn at Smokey Row on a getaway weekend from Chicago. It is located in the quaint and well-preserved main historic artery in Lemont--within walking distance to restaurants, pubs, and recreation. The owners, Gary and Sue Roy, own and manage the bed and breakfast, which is situated upstairs from the Smokey Row antique store. They are fabulous hosts--very friendly and accommodating. They are also active with the local historical society, so they can provide a lot of history on the area--they even guided us on two historic walking tours!

Right across the street from the inn are several restaurants--a recommended Italian restaurant, an Eastern European restaurant, and a pub. Additionally, a local wine/craft beer store ("Bottles") will let you pick out a wine or craft beer and drink it on site at their indoor tables or outside on the patio on a warm day. The service there was very good and the wines were decent and reasonably priced (most under $20) --we definitely recommend stopping in for a drink. You can also visit the Lemont Historical Society or visit a local Hindu temple which is open to the public.

We were very impressed with Lemont--we were surprised that we had never been there or heard about how lovely it is--it is a total gem waiting to be discovered. Most of the storefronts are impeccably maintained—it felt like we were stepping back in time. It somewhat reminded us of a teeny, low-key Galena. (without the tourist mob!)

The inn itself is lovely--there are 4 rooms upstairs from an antique store, several with whirlpool tubs. It was very clean and the bed was very comfortable. We slept very well (although it got a little noisy when the bar closed next door--it did not last long and it added to the ambiance.) We had access to a parlor and a back patio, where we spent time reading and relaxing. Our hosts offered us drinks and made us feel right at home. Sue baked cookies and she left out everything for us to enjoy wine (if we brought any home), plus all of our coffee fixings before breakfast. Breakfast was delicious and never-ending! We ate several delicious courses in the parlor, enjoying banter with Sue and Gary.

The inn is located very near the historic I&M canal bike/walking path, which provides access to several quarry fishing sites and picnic areas. The path will also take you down toward Lockport, home of the Illinois State Museum. The museum in Lockport is located in the Gaylord Building, the oldest commercial building in the corridor one of very few National Trust Historic sites in Illinois. We also had dinner in Lockport, at the popular Tallgrass restaurant--it's an easy 9 mile jaunt from Lemont, whether you use your bike or motor vehicle.

All in all, we highly recommend this place to anyone who wants to get away from Chicago for a night or two and go someplace quiet and relaxing. We will definitely be back!

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled as a couple
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Property: The Inn at Smokey Row
Address: 112 Stephen St, 2nd Floor, Lemont, IL 60439-3635
Region: United States > Illinois > Lemont
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Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Lemont
Number of rooms: 4

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