Ratings based on 573 Verified Reviews

They paid and stayed. We double-checked.
3.8 out of 5
84% of guests recommend
4.1 Room cleanliness
3.9 Service & staff
3.8 Room comfort
3.5 Hotel condition
They paid and stayed.
We double-checked.
3 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveler from Salt Lake City, UT

Clean hotel not luxury

Posted Aug 14, 2014
It's old and in need of some updating. My room was probably the tiniest hotel room I've ever stayed in and pretty dark. It was clean though and the location in Oak Park was perfect if you're there to see FLW homes or Hemingway things. I didn't have a car & was able to quickly walk anywhere I needed to go. I'd stay there again for the location.
5 out of 5
Recommended
for Couples
by A verified traveler from Grand Rapids, Michigan

Historic hotel full of charm!

Posted Aug 11, 2014
Location: There are several local eateries within two blocks.
I half expected to see Papa Hemmingway coming up the stairs at the Write Inn. The whole hotel is a gem right out of the early 20th century. I loved the way the windows opened into the night air. We didn't eat in the restauraut, but it looked very interesting. We walked to a couple of equally wonderful breakfast places nearby. If you like fast elevators, huge rooms and a free breakfast served on syrofoam, don't stay here. But if you want charm with an historic twist, I recommend this lovely little hotel.
4 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveler from Madison WI

Not for Everyone, but I love it

Posted Aug 4, 2014
Pros: Love the free parking so close to downtown. The neighborhood is endlessly fun.
Cons: Elevator is slow and inconveniently located. Sometimes there are a lot of cars on the pad out front and it can be hard to check in.
Location: Location is the best part. Amazing Frank Lloyd Wright homes nearby, great food choices, parks, big old trees, even a movie theater.
We arrived very late; the clerk was charming about it. The parking ramp (free for guests) is about two blocks away, but the walk was refreshing and not scary. The room was pretty cold when we arrived, but we turned the AC down, and later off, and the room was comfortable. Our room was over the street, and got a lot of sun and traffic noise in the morning, but not more than we expected. The second night, some guests sat under our window and were quite loud in the wee hours of the morning. This is an older hotel, with a funky charm. The beds are comfortable and the place is always clean. We've stayed her several times and will come back. The neighborhood is awesome.
4 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveler from Seattle, WA

Nice hotel in the suburbs.

Posted Jul 22, 2014
Nice clean hotel with an old world type of ambiance and charm. The room was clean and had a simple elegance, nice furnishings, WiFi, TV, clean bathroom with plenty of hot water. The staff was very helpful, kind, and courteous; they directed me to an area of restaurants just 3-4 blocks away. The immediate area has a great selection of a variety of foods including Chicago style pizza, Middle Eastern, Indian, and Mediterranean food, a great German Dairy/Ice Creamery, and a neat older bookstore. Ernest Hemingway's birthplace is within 1-2 blocks. The local churches are stunning with stone and stained glass and there is a nice park within a block. The local people on the street were kind and engaging.
5 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveler from Philadelphia

Surprisingly serene

Posted Jun 27, 2014
Pros: Service
Cons: Nothing
Location: Bar Louie was awesome - open late for food and drink
Every hotel in the city was sold out so booked this gem. Turned out to be the "write inn". Good services, old school look and feel. Wake up early enough and you'll get into the city in 20 minutes.
3 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveler from Illinois

Affordable basics, great location and neighborhood

Posted Jun 22, 2014
Pros: Staff. Excellent location. Nice neighborhood. Value for money. Convenient.
Cons: Could do with better lighting.
Location: Quiet safe neighborhood. Tree-lined streets. Walking distance to bars, restaurants, museums, shops, green space and 2 train stations.
Just needed this hotel for a 1 night stay. It is an older building (1926) lots of character and woodwork. Had a slightly older smell to it but that is pretty typical with this type of building. Staff was EXCELLENT! Room was small but clean, had everything we needed. Some people on here have said that parking is 4 blocks! That is NOT true. It is 2 blocks down and just around the corner. The street and neighborhood is very pretty, lots of great architecture and lots of green space. Very convenient - we were able to leave our car parked and walk to the shops and restaurants. (The hotel has a very nice Bistro in it) It is very convenient to the Green line to down town (about 2 blocks) We went to a concert @ United Center which was about a 15 minute train ride and only cost $3 each. You do get what you pay for but given the price and the fact that it included free parking was by far the best deal we were able to find in the area. We did pick the smallest and least expensive room, but since it was just the 2 of us for 1 night it worked perfectly. Had we brought the kids or were staying longer we would have opted for a larger room and spent a little more. We will definitely stay here again.
4 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveler

Excellent location.

Posted Jun 19, 2014
Ideal location for stay in Oak Park. Friendly owner of historic house. Minimal breakfast and dated facilities. But was clean and comfortable.
3 out of 5
by Ann from Ohio

Location, location

Posted Jun 12, 2014
Needed to take my daughter to an all day appointment at the Shriner's Hospital in Oakpark. We've sometimes used this hotel in the past 12 years. It is quaint and unique but overpriced for the age. Our TV picked up zero channels, our microwave beeped 1/2 an hour after we were sleeping (I had to unplug it) and it's hard to believe that the back hallway for the elevator still hasn't been completed (maybe even started) after 12 years. The price is too high for the product, years ago they gave a discount to Shriner's patients and no longer do, neither did my AAA card help with a discount.
1 out of 5
by a

Old, creepy building

Posted Jun 11, 2014
Did not even stay here. Tried to stay, but checked out and stayed at a higher started hotel.
2 out of 5
Recommended
for Business Travelers
by A verified traveler

Posted May 17, 2014 on Hotels.com
The hotel is under construction. The rooms are very tiny. Cable TV is from antenna so service is choppy. Neighborhood is very cute and is safe.