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Margarita European Inn

1566 Oak Ave , Evanston, IL 60201-4298 USA (Show map)
151 Reviews
$134 - $179
per night

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Listed in Chicago Tribune's top five most comfortable Hotel lobbies (April 2008). Fresh from a complete remodel in 2014 this Georgian mansion which was originally built as a private residence for "Working Women" has been transformed into a Boutique Hotel. Choose from forty-six newly decorated luxurious guest rooms. Relax in the spacious antique-filled parlor which features a molded fireplace and floor-to-ceiling arched windows. Curl up with a book in the cozy wood-paneled library. Perfect location just North of Chicago. Walk 1 ½ blocks to “L” and Metra Trains for superb access to downtown Chicago, O’Hare and Midway Airports. Walk to dozens of shops and restaurants and Northwestern University.



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  • Guest room3.9
  • Service4.6
  • Value4.3
  • Cleanliness4.3
  • Dining3.9

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Out of the Ordinary

3.8 on August 21, 2013

The desk staff was very friendly and helpful. The hotel is within easy walking distance of a Metra train, which was an important factor in our choice. The lighting in the hallways is pretty dim, but the room was very nice. It is a unique hotel, and I will probably stay here again.

Stay was too short

4.4 on July 28, 2013

Our stop at MEI was the most perfect night at the end of our trip. I wish we had known earlier about this charming inn and spent our entire vacation here. Room 415 recommended – until we visit again and fall in love with a different room.

Great service and a comfortable stay

4.8 on June 06, 2013

As always, Katherine and her staff gave us great service. Even walking us to the room on our arrival. Love to stay at the Margarita.

A beautiful, elegant place to stay

3.4 on May 23, 2013

For our first trip to Chicago, we decided on Margarita European Inn because of it's convenient location to public transportation and because of the reasonable cost. We were not disappointed! We easily got everywhere in Chicago we wanted to visit, our rooms were clean, bright and comfortable, and the neighborhood has every kind of restaurant you can imagine. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay.

We stay here whenever we are in Evanston

5 on March 31, 2013

We come to Evanston a few times a year to visit family and we always stay here. The rooms are interesting and unique with large bathrooms with great shower water pressure, always important. Also, within walking distance to downtown Evanston, and one of our favorite restaurants, Lulu's. Within walking distance to Northwestern Univerrsity, the lakeshore, and the El. Staff is very helpful and friendly, and the large living room and complementary breakfast are great. An added attraction is the small library room. This is a wonderful, unique place to stay in an unbeatable location. highly recommended.

Great Experience!!!

3.4 on March 22, 2013

We stayed here for our first anniversary. The building and people are very charming. It was a refreshing feeling not to be in an "industrial" hotel room!!

Dependable Accomodations

3.4 on February 16, 2013

We have stayed at the Margarita on three separate occasions, each time choosing one of the European/shared bath rooms. We were never disappointed. The rooms are clean and comfortable. The shared parlor/dining space is an inviting space to sit & relax. The continental breakfast was more than adequate. The shared bath was well maintained. The on-street free parking is manageable. The Margarita is a great value.

A great place to stay in winter near a friend

3.8 on January 10, 2013

We enjoyed the simplicity and old-world charm of the Margarita. We liked the easy walking distance to the El, which took us to the Art Institute, and the few blocks walking to the multi-plex movie theatre where we saw "Lincoln." Also the ease of entry to Lake Shore Drive which took us to the Field, the Shedd, and the Mus. of Sci and Ind. The front desk people gave us wonderful help. The maid service was excellent. And we had lots of privacy & quiet.

An Adventure into Yesteryear

4.8 on December 20, 2012

Don't tell too many people but the Margarita European Inn B & B is a rare treat in the world of affordable hotels. At he moment you approach the entry and see the greeting of international flags, you have a hint that this is not just an ordinary hotel. Through the doors and into the lobby and parlor, one enters a world from a a bygone era. The appointments seem very little changed from the construction and decorating in the early years of the 20th century, when it was established as a "club" for young ladies who needed a safe retreat to live while working in the "big city". Everything absolutely clean, with a helpful and friendly staff, and the best ambiance ever experienced while traveling. Great coffee(their own custom brew) and ample continental breakfast accompanied by a variety of newspapers. Chicago is a favorite city of mine, and now I have a favorite home away from home.....the Margarita!

A total CHARMER!!!!

4.8 on October 28, 2012

A jewel of a spot if you like old movies, Bogart, the 30's, a European feel, quaint, charming, comfortable, home-made cookies set out in the evening, classical music playing in the front drawing room (and yes I would call it a drawing room more than a lobby). The place has a 1920's/30's feel and they haven't messed with it!! They know some of US love that kind of thing. Included with your simple but comfy room is a tasty morning continental breakfast, free wi-fi in the public areas, etc. The Italian restaurant that occupies part of the lower level is definitely a winner. Elegant, great service, not too pricey. Good wine list. The bldg itself boasts an old elevator with a sliding "see through bars" kind of door. I love this stuff--not everyone would--but if you go in for this sort of thing, this is a winner all the way! I can't wait to go back. It's a step out of this world into a more refined one--though not expensive. The price is great too.

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Rooms & Rates

1 Queen Bed

Free High-Speed Wireless, Hair Dryer, Iron and Ironing Board

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

1 King Bed Standard

Free High-Speed Wireless, Hair Dryer, Iron and Ironing Board. Accessible rooms available upon request.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

2 Double Beds

Shower Only, Free High-Speed Wireless, Hair Dryer, Iron and Ironing Board. Accessible room available upon request.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 2 Double

1 King with Sleeper Sofa

Sofabed-2Person, Free High-Speed Wireless, Hair Dryer, Iron and Ironing Board

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

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Location Type

Beachside, City, Lakeside, Small town


Chicago, IL (CHI-All Airports) 14 miles

Directions to property:

1 block east of Ridge Avenue, just south of Davis Ave.

Area Attractions

Amusement Park, Antique Shopping, Aquarium, Art Galleries, Beach, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, Nature area, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, Zoo

Inn Details

Establishment type

Urban Inn, Historic Inn, Boutique Hotel

On-site amenities

Board games, Conference Rooms, Copier, Library, Piano, Satellite/Cable TV, Wedding Facilities

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Ceiling fans, Desk, Hairdryer, Ironing Board, Radio, TV, Telephone, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bicycle riding trails, Billiards, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Snow shoe trails, Swimming, Table Tennis, Tennis courts, Tennis racket rental

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  • Check In:: 2 PM
  • Check Out:: 11 AM
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Yes Family Rooms with King size beds and bunk beds
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Yes Service dogs are allowed.
  • Disabled Access Yes

Terms and Conditions

  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: 1 night stay
  • Cancellations: One days prior to arrival. If cancelled within 24 hours of arrival date, a fee equal to a one night stay will be charged.



Michael W. Pure

Languages spoken

English, Spanish

About the innkeepers

Fly Fishing, Sporting Clay Shooting, Rotary, Chamber of Commerce, Father, Husband, Sometime plumber and electrician. With an obsessive drive to create great hospitality experiences.

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  • Time Served: 7:00 AM to 10:00 AM
  • Serving Location: Grand Parlor


1566 Oak Ave , Evanston, IL 60201-4298 USA (Show map)

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