I am a 50ish woman traveling alone. I went to Chicago to visit family in the area. I very much enjoyed the inn. Staff were friendly and competent. I had a kitchen in my room and ate breakfasts I made myself so didn't have that supplied by the inn. Very much enjoyed that they specifically said they would do the dishes!! I was in the blue line room and it is true that you can hear the train go by. It never woke me. I found it a pleasant whirr and it didn't bother me. They also have a special white noise clock that offered fun alternatives to silence. I particularly enjoyed "thunder." Bed and linens very comfortable. Good water pressure in the shower. Good storage for clothes and bags. I would have appreciated stronger lighting for reading and work. Also an easy chair. (There were two bistro chairs and a table for eating and work.) I would also have liked a fan, but to be fair I never requested one; it's possible they had them but just not in my room. Close to restaurants, shopping and the El. Manager was quick to give maps and other info at check-in. 5% discount with cash; payment at check-in. Quaint and charming neighborhood a block away from busier street. I used Uber to get around and had excellent and inexpensive service. Would HIGHLY recommend looking into that app.
The Inn was ideal for us being a short train ride from downtown, and a real change from the usual chain hotel/motel option. We got a lot of useful local advice on places to eat and drink from the girl who booked us in. The only down side that we found is that it is very close to the train line which was noisy as they went past.
Part of the intrigue of the Ruby Room is what they're all about (escape) and the almost mysterious element of it...in through a side door, with a view toward a healing garden...then up the steep stairs...truly to an escape where you feel nurtured and safe. The rooms are luxuriously simple and clean, and the bathrooms are fantastic. Amazing what they've done with those, given the age of the building. Small touches are well appointed, too. Really enjoyed my stay there. Treated myself to a wash/condition/blowout and a signature candle before departing, in keeping with special and luxurious.
Everything was fabulous. The host and hostess were awesome, breakfasts were amazing, they would not let me out the door without a warm meal in me in the morning. Mel would go out of his way to drop me off downtown first thing in the morning and was gracious enough to get me to the start of my race early in the morning. The bed was wonderfully comfortable and the bathroom was big and clean with all of the little extras. There was so much comfortable space to lounge around in the parlor and the back sitting room. The place was perfectly air conditioned as well as having beautiful ceiling fans to keep the air circulated.
Even though this is not a full-service hotel (we actually prefer the privacy that comes with this) and there is no on-site dining, we were lacking for nothing and there's an abundance of outstanding dining options in the immediate vicinity. The locations is outstanding and very convenient to many things, including our Chicago family that we come to visit. This will be our "go-to" place for all future visits! Thanks!
Our stay at the Villa exceeded our expectations. The staff, especially Cathy was very accommodating and generous. The location was fantastic giving us accessibility to the city via the subway. Will definitely return to the Villa in the future.
My first experience at a B&B and what a experience at that! The dome offers an extremely unique experience, from the architecture to the interior design. Sherryl, the owner, was super down to earth and very friendly. There were plenty of places to relax: under a willow tree, in the patio garden, in the comfy living room etc. We stayed in the Peasant room, which was clean and cozy. The next morning Sherryl whipped up a delicious breakfast buffet for all the guests. What a delight! I highly recommend this to anyone looking for a unique stay and A+ experience.
Stayed at the Flemish house for a week in June. Very nice place, they offer continental breakfast but we opted out. Good size living area, bathroom and closet. The full kitchen was a bit tight, but it was very helpful warming up leftovers and cooking vegetables. This converted house is in a beautiful area, just a block from a bus line, 3 blocks from the subway and grocery store, and a block from restaurants, which is a very happening area. The only downside to this area is that people walk their dogs and do not pick up all their poop. We had to walk the streets with our eyes looking down all the time. Note: this is not the Flemish House’s fault. We were in a rear room and it was very quiet, only some foot steps above us. I will definitely stay here again.