Get an overview of this hotelOak Park, IL hotel, 10 miles from downtown Chicago

10 miles from Chicago

Just 10 miles and 15 minutes by train from downtown Chicago, this hotel is 1 block from the train stop; it is also 8 blocks from the Hemingway Museum.

Complimentary Wi-Fi

A restaurant is on site, and wireless Internet access is complimentary throughout the hotel.

Compact refrigerators

European-style guestrooms with two double beds are equipped with microwaves, refrigerators, and phones with voice mail.

Hotel Amenities

Hotel Amenities

This low-rise hotel is 10 miles from downtown Chicago and 12 miles from O'Hare International Airport. The hotel provides complimentary wireless Internet access throughout, as well as meeting facilities and two restaurants. The Metro Commuter Train, which leads to downtown, is one block from the hotel. Self parking is complimentary.

  • Concierge services 
  • Free newspapers in lobby 
  • Free use of nearby fitness center 
  • Breakfast available (surcharge) 
  • Conference space 
  • Meeting rooms 3 
  • 24-hour front desk 
  • Total number of rooms - 153 
  • Express check-out 
  • Express check-in 
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk 
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service 
  • Fireplace in lobby 
  • Elevator/lift 
  • Number of floors - 4 
  • Number of bars/lounges - 2 
  • Business center 
  • Wedding services 
  • Fitness facilities 
  • Computer station 
  • Luggage storage 
  • Laundry facilities 
  • ATM/banking 
  • Conference space size (meters) - 232 
  • Year Built 1928 
  • Free self parking 
  • Number of buildings/towers - 2 
  • Free WiFi 
  • Number of restaurants - 2 
  • Conference space size (feet) - 2500 
  • Number of meeting rooms - 4 
  • Smoke-free property 


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi


Free self parking

Room Amenities

  • Premium TV channels 
  • Premium bedding 
  • Hypo-allergenic bedding available 
  • Room service (limited hours) 
  • In-room climate control (air conditioning) 
  • Free weekday newspaper 
  • Air conditioning 
  • Blackout drapes/curtains 
  • Phone 
  • Refrigerator 
  • Coffee/tea maker 
  • Microwave 
  • Private bathroom 
  • Free toiletries 
  • Hair dryer 
  • Bathtub or shower 
  • Iron/ironing board 
  • Desk 
  • Cable TV service 
  • Daily housekeeping 
  • Pillowtop mattress 
  • LCD TV 
  • Cribs/infant beds (surcharge) 
  • Rollaway/extra beds (surcharge) 
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms available 
  • Free WiFi 

Where to Eat

Poor Phil's - Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner in a sports bar atmosphere.

Barclay's American Grill - Classic American cuisine with a twist. Serving dinner after 5 PM.

Room service - Available from Barclay's American Grille after 5 PM.


If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please note them at check-out when you book your room.

  • Accessible bathroom 
  • In-room accessibility 
  • Roll-in shower 

Hotel Policies


Check-in time ends at 1 AM

Check-in time starts at 3 PM


Check-out time is 11 AM

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Kids stay free! Up to 4 children 18 years old and younger stay free when using existing bedding.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are available for USD 10 per day.
  • Cribs (infant beds) are available for USD 10.00 per day.


  • Pets not allowed

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card are required at check-in for incidental charges.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.


Optional extras

The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.
  • Breakfast fee: between USD 8.00 and USD 15.00 per person (approximately)
  • Crib (infant bed) fee: USD 10.00 per day
  • Rollaway bed fee: USD 10 per day
The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

Hotel Name

  • Carleton Hotel
  • Carleton Hotel Oak Park
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  • Oak Park Carleton
  • Carleton Of Oak Park
  • The Carleton Of Oak Park Hotel Oak Park
  • Carleton Oak Park Hotel

We should mention

Up to 4 children 18 years old and younger stay free when occupying the parent or guardian's room, using existing bedding. The property has connecting/adjoining rooms, which are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property using the number on the booking confirmation.

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4.3 out of 5
95% of guests recommend
4.5 Room cleanliness
4.3 Service & staff
4.3 Room comfort
4.2 Hotel condition
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A Pleasing Spot, but a Bit Stuffy

4 out of 5
Posted Feb 4, 2017
The hotel is located within easy walking distance of downtown Oak Park shopping, is clean, neat, with adequate amenities. However, the décor harkens back to a design aesthetic of the mid-1960s...overstuffed chairs, and bland, uninteresting colors appealing to your grandmother, but rather dull to others. To put it plainly, the Carleton is definitely not "hip". And the main lobby looks rather sparsely decorated.
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Nice, but show's age

4 out of 5
by from Washington, DC
Posted Jan 19, 2017
Overall this is a very nice hotel- but it's not top notch. The hot water in the bath/shower took, no exaggeration, 5 minutes to get from cold to hot on both mornings that I stayed. The elevator cabs and parts of the lobby smelled as if there was a natural gas leak, so that could be temporary issue (hopefully!). The beds and renovation are very nice and it was extremely quiet. Staff super friendly. Maybe suggest a lower floor so the hot water doesn't take as long to arrive??
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Great Experience

5 out of 5
Posted Jan 16, 2017
Very nice hotel, plenty of room for 3 of us and close to where we needed to be
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nice main hotel expedia misled room type

2 out of 5
by from US
Posted Jan 13, 2017
Pros: the part I wasn't in looked nice
Cons: Expedia needs to be more straight forward in what room you are renting
They stuck me in a funky 1 floor walk up, right on the street, in a not so great hood. The photos of the hotel, are from what looks to be the MUCH nicer rooms in the MAIN hotel, and NOT the motor inn attached. 1st night, laying in bed and I felt wet after a long day, turns out the mattress was wet, was I laying in someone elses urine? Bleh! It was late, I was tired, checked other bed, and no pee. Showered and got in it. The door jam is cracked where someone obiously attempted to kick the door in at one time. The staff was uncooperative in letting me get the room I thought I'd ordered and wanted another eighty dollers per night to upgrade.
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Nice clean safe

5 out of 5
by from duluth mn
Posted Dec 7, 2016
I enjoy convience of restaurants and bars without leaving hotel. Very nice and quiet. I loved looking out of my windows at the quaint little town atmosphere
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Great location. Near everything. Beautiful hotel

4 out of 5
Posted Nov 29, 2016
This is a beautiful old hotel. The staff was very friendly. However the heating system is incredibly loud. It bangs and clanks all night. Also it is impossible to get a bottle of water. It comes out of vending machines which were never re-stocked the entire time we were there. (4 days)
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near relitives in Oak Park

5 out of 5
by from US
Posted Nov 27, 2016
Pros: Room was not cramped
Location: Enjoyed Frank L. Write neighborhood.
Old building ... some steps unavoidable. Room was beautiful # large. Bath was a little tight but no wait for hot water even on the 4th floor. Enjoyed breakfast. Desk staff very helpful.
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Great Location in Oak Park

5 out of 5
by from Colorado
Posted Nov 23, 2016
Pros: The hotel is in a quiet and safe location, and is very relaxing.
Very pleasant location near local shops and restaurants. We will be staying there again, and again.
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Great location, close to everything

4 out of 5
by from US
Posted Nov 19, 2016
The only downside we experienced is that you have to walk down steps to enter lobby, then walk up steps to get to elevator to get to your room. So pack light!
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5 out of 5
Posted Nov 1, 2016
Pros: very quaint and charming. Room was large with small room with sink, refrigerator and eating, work area. The location was great to metro and restuara
Cons: Location, charm, food, Cleanliness
Great place. would stay there again. Wish the staff told us about breakfast shop in Hotel.
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