One of the biggest problems with Gordon Beach Inn is that its sister property, Lakeside Inn, is just so darn perfect.
We were traveling Labor Day weekend and Lakeside was booked, so we decided to stay at Gordon Beach Inn instead. To be fair, Gordon Beach Inn's website is really upfront that if you are looking for something more quiet, Lakeside might be a better choice. The reason we like the area is that we to get out of Chicago for some peace and quiet and we like to stay really close to the beach. Gordon Beach Inn didn't really offer either, so while it wasn't a fit for us it might work for someoen with a different agenda.
Here are a few pros and cons:
Pro: Timothy's restaurant was right downstairs.
Con: We didn't like the food at Timothy's much, but others seem to love it. (My vegetarian option was ravioli and veggies in a very watery broth...it was like picking vegetables out of a bowl of soup. My husband's fish was good and very fresh, but they put so many toppings on it that it seemed a little overboard and took away from the flavor of the fish.)
Pro: Older, charming building
Pro: Staff was very nice to us--wanted to make sure to throw that in since other reviewers have had problems. We definitely didn't.
Con: NOISE! Granted it was Labor Day weekend, but we were in Room 13 right on the 2nd floor right above the entrace. Our first night there we heard the front door slam at least every 5 mins from around 7 pm untili midnight. Then we heard some couple get into a fight in front of the place. Plus, everyone in our hall was slamming the door until around midnight too. Seriously, we aren't that picky, and I couldn't figure out how there could actually BE that many doors to slam. It isn't that big of a place! Around 1 a.m. we finally got to enjoy the sound of crickets.
Pro/Con: The beach is nearby, but it really isn't that close. I'd say between 1/4 and 1/2 mile. And they recommend that you don't drive there since the neighborhood assoc. tows. It was fine for us, a couple without much stuff, but if you were bringing kids/coolers/chairs/ etc. it would be a hassle.
Pro: They do have a cool art gallery downstairs that is worth looking at.
- Also Known As:
- Gordon Beach Hotel Union Pier