The Willows Hotel

The Willows Hotel

555 W Surf St, Lake View, Chicago (IL), United States, 60657
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    8.5
    Excellent
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    10.0
    Exceptional

    "I would STRONGLY recommend this place when you want to be in..."

    gerald

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    August 7, 2018

    9.5
    Exceptional room comfort and quality
    Recommended by 88% of guests

    Property highlights

    Things you'll love

    • 800 meters to public transportation

    • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

    • Breakfast [free]

    • Air conditioning

    Exceptional
    Location
    9.1
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    Exceptional location
    Nearby
    Popular
  • Toyscape160 m
  • Midwest Stereo180 m
  • Landmark’s Century Centre190 m
  • Gramaphone Records190 m
  • Screenz210 m
  • Aveda Institute210 m
  • Duke of Perth290 m
  • Threadless350 m
  • Elks Veterans Memorial370 m
  • Dave’s Records420 m
  • Value for money8.2
    Distance to city center5 miles
    Location rating9.1
    Nearest airportMidway International Airport (MDW)
    Distance to airport18.1 km
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    9.5
    Exceptional
    Room comfort & quality
    Executive King Room
    Executive King Room
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    • Room size: 73 m²/786 ft²
    • Non-smoking
    • 1 king bed
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    Queen Standard Room
    Queen Standard Room
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    • Room size: 50 m²/538 ft²
    • Shower and bathtub
    • 1 king bed
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    Queen Compact Room
    Queen Compact Room
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    • Room size: 37 m²/398 ft²
    • Shower and bathtub
    • 1 king bed
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    Deluxe Queen Room with Two Queen Beds
    Deluxe Queen Room with Two Queen Beds
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    • Room size: 83 m²/893 ft²
    • Shower and bathtub
    • 2 king beds
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    King Bed - Executive Room - Breakfast, Free Wifi, Fridge
    King Bed - Executive Room - Breakfast, Free Wifi, Fridge
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      Deluxe Double
      Deluxe Double
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        Executive Room
        Executive Room
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          deluxe double room 2 queen beds
          deluxe double room 2 queen beds
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            Small Queen
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              Economy Room
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                What people love about the property

                • 8.4
                  Excellent

                  "Nice Hotel, but the staff was wonderful very polite and accommodating."

                  Paul

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                  June 23, 2018

                • 8.0
                  Very good

                  "The room was very clean and the bed was comfortable."

                  Ana

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                  October 22, 2018

                • 9.2
                  Exceptional

                  "Nice boutique hotel an great location."

                  Jenny

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                  July 8, 2017

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                8.0
                Very good

                "The Willows was an exceptional option for the type of travel..."

                Ana

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                October 22, 2018

                An overview

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                What they offer

                9.2
                Exceptional

                "Easy access to buses & trains, neighborhood feel & the front..."

                Katherine

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                June 23, 2018

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                Agoda Reviews (45)Booking.com Reviews (480)
                8.5
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                10
                Cleanliness8.4
                Facilities7.6
                Location9.1
                Room comfort and quality9.5
                Service9.2
                Value for money8.2
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                9.6
                Exceptional
                Kristina from United Arab Emirates
                Couple
                Stayed 4 nights in December 2018
                Exceptional”
                Lovely boutique hotel in a great part of Lakeview. Rooms were comfortable and the staff were friendly and helpful. Walking distance to everything you need.
                Reviewed March 23, 2019
                7.6
                Very good
                Hilarie from United States
                Couple
                Executive King Room
                Stayed 3 nights in November 2018
                Hotel needs renovation ”
                The location is great, the staff is great, and it is a good value for the money. But the building is in desperate need of renovation. Cracked tiles in bathroom, inability to control heat, and somewhat dingy. We stayed at the Willows about six years ago and I don’t think any updates have been done. Linens were very clean, bed and pillows comfortable. Also steps from the lobby to the street make it difficult to use a luggage cart (which need to be be replaced). Breakfast seemed ok (we didn’t use) but coffee was very good. A very good hotel but needs some refreshing!
                Reviewed November 28, 2018
                I want to Thank you for your feedback about your visit, its greatly appreciated. I want to sincerely apologize for not completely meeting your expectations during your visit. I can assure you that our main goal is that every Guest is satisfied upon arrival and departure. You are a valued customer and your concerns are important, I will definitely pass this information on to the proper people and try to make the necessary improvements. Have a great day.
                Responded November 29, 2018
                The Willows Hotel
                10.0
                Exceptional
                MARK from United States
                Couple
                Double
                Stayed 4 nights in November 2018
                Exceptional”
                Shower needed to have a little more pressure, but other than that it was great!
                Reviewed November 27, 2018
                I want to Thank you for your feedback about your visit, its greatly appreciated. I want to sincerely apologize for water pressure issue you experienced during your visit. I can assure you that our main goal is that every Guest is satisfied upon arrival and departure. You are a valued customer and your concerns are important, I will definitely pass this information on to the proper people and try to make the necessary improvements. We look forward to your return visit. Have a great day.
                Responded November 29, 2018
                The Willows Hotel
                6.8
                Good
                Beth from United States
                Solo traveler
                Double
                Stayed 3 nights in November 2018
                It looks better in photos”
                Very old and dated bedroom interiors. Window shades for curtains. Shower not powerful because I couldn't get the diverter from bath to shower to pull up fully. Water never got really hot. Floors are very creaky so you hear every step as a thud from those above. Space heaters in the room and bathroom to ward off the cold. It is probably really a 2-Star hotel.
                Reviewed November 25, 2018
                I want to Thank you for your feedback about your visit, its greatly appreciated. I want to sincerely apologize for not meeting your expectations during your visit. I can assure you that our main goal is that every Guest is satisfied upon arrival and departure. You are a valued customer and your concerns are important, I will definitely pass this information on to the proper people and try to make the necessary improvements. Have a great day.
                Responded November 29, 2018
                The Willows Hotel
                8.0
                Excellent
                Ana from United States
                Business traveler
                Stayed 1 night in October 2018
                Would Stay again ”
                The Willows was an exceptional option for the type of travel I was doing. Only a 15 minute ride from downtown, and a fraction of the cost of other options nearby. I will admit, I was surprised at how small the rooms were, but keep in mind this is not your typical commercial hotel, it's much more of a boutique, historic style. The array of snacks and beverage options available in the room were such a treat and very reasonable. The room was very clean and the bed was comfortable. Would stay again!
                Reviewed October 22, 2018
                I want to Thank you for your feedback about your visit, its greatly appreciated. We look forward to Hosting you again in the near future. Have a great day.
                Responded November 29, 2018
                The Willows Hotel
                8.8
                Excellent
                James from United States
                Solo traveler
                Double
                Stayed 1 night in October 2018
                Pleasant”
                I sat by the window in the lobby while having my morning cup of coffee. I watched people walk by on the sidewalk. It was pleasant.
                Reviewed October 05, 2018
                Thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback. We look forward to hosting you again. Have a great day.
                Responded October 08, 2018
                The Willows Hotel
                8.8
                Excellent
                Cynthia from Hong Kong
                Couple
                Stayed 2 nights in September 2018
                Cozy”
                The hotel was in an excellent location. The staff was nice and helpful. The only negatives are the bathroom in our room was dated and the outlet placement was not convenient. There was a free breakfast buffet which included croissants, bread, muffins, yogurt, and hot coffee & tea. They also offered boiled eggs but those were really cold which made them taste synthetic. I would stay again.
                Reviewed September 21, 2018
                Thank you for giving us your feed back, it is greatly appreciated. We look forward to your return visit. Have great day.
                Responded October 08, 2018
                The Willows Hotel
                8.0
                Excellent
                Carla from United States
                Family with teens
                Stayed 4 nights in August 2018
                Parking and location is why you’d stay here”
                Great location and parking lot with in/out privileges for $25/day are the only reasons I’d stay at this hotel again. The breakfast is minimal. The mattresses are adequate, bathroom grooms have pedestal sink leaving no place to put toiletries. The aspect that was most irritating was that we had to keep blackout shades drawn the entire time since the room looked into the back balconies and yards of adjacent homes. So if you stay here ask for room on higher floor in the front of the building.
                Reviewed August 29, 2018
                Thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback. I apologize for not meeting your expectations during your stay. The Hotel was built in 1922, so it isn't modern by design and its located in a residential neighborhood. I will give your feedback to the necessary people. We hope that you visit again. Have a great day.
                Responded October 08, 2018
                The Willows Hotel
                10.0
                Exceptional
                gerald from United States
                Solo traveler
                Stayed 1 night in July 2018
                AWESOME!”
                Juan and Dan were incredible. They let me use freezer space for food I was bringing back, upgraded me to a bigger room and helped with finding gas and parking. I would STRONGLY recommend this place when you want to be in a GREAT neighborhood on Chicago's near North side!
                Reviewed August 07, 2018
                Thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback, it is greatly appreciated. We look forward to you coming back. Have a great day.
                Responded October 08, 2018
                The Willows Hotel
                6.8
                Good
                Suzanne from United States
                Couple
                Stayed 1 night in July 2018
                SMALL ROOM”
                this is a nice place to stay and a good value for the money. However, they have some rooms that are beyond small. We barely had room to turn around, and there was no room for 2 suitcases. I was able to peek into some other rooms that would be fine. Our van did not fit into the parking garage, and the staff on duty when we checked in did not bother to tell us there was another garage very close by. We ended up parking on the street. The air conditioner was terrible - loud and the room never got cool at all, even on high. The staff person in the morning was charming and helpful.
                Reviewed July 14, 2018
                Thank you for giving us your feedback. I apologize for not meeting your expectations during your visit with us. I will look into issue with the air conditioner to ensure that the problem is resolved. We hope to see you in the near future. Have a great day.
                Responded October 08, 2018
                The Willows Hotel
                9.2
                Exceptional
                Katherine from United States
                Family with teens
                Stayed 4 nights in June 2018
                Exceptional”
                Don't expect a chain hotel & that's the best part! We loved it! Easy access to buses & trains, neighborhood feel & the front desk staff were great!
                Reviewed June 23, 2018
                Thank you for giving us your feedback. We are glad that you were pleased with your stay. We would love to host you again. Have a great day.
                Responded October 08, 2018
                The Willows Hotel
                8.4
                Excellent
                Paul from United States
                Group
                Stayed 1 night in June 2018
                Excellent”
                Nice Hotel, but the staff was wonderful very polite and accommodating. They went way above our expectation of quality service.
                Reviewed June 23, 2018
                Thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback. We are glad that you were pleased with your visit. We look forward to your return. Have a great day.
                Responded October 08, 2018
                The Willows Hotel
                8.0
                Excellent
                Kylie from United States
                Couple
                Stayed 2 nights in November 2017
                Very average hotel”
                Awesome because it is older, but we did not have a great experience. Super small room, bad water pressure, cheap body towels, not enough counter space at all in bathroom.
                Reviewed November 07, 2017
                9.6
                Exceptional
                Cheryl from United States
                Solo traveler
                Stayed 1 night in September 2017
                Very pretty. Great location. Staff very nice ”
                Was disappointed that room service didn't still serve when I arrived. But the staff member was able to suggest other places that
                Reviewed September 03, 2017
                9.2
                Exceptional
                Jenny from United States
                Family with teens
                Stayed 3 nights in July 2017
                Exceptional”
                nice boutique hotel an great location. staff very friendly. beds comfortable. breakfast not good. ate out instead.
                Reviewed July 08, 2017
                10.0
                Exceptional
                SOOJIN from United States
                Business traveler
                Executive King Room
                Stayed 10 nights in October 2013
                The Kindest staff ever ”
                Staff location price
                The hotel is renovated so might look old to some extent, but the room is kept very clean an staff was very nice and kind. I recommend this hotel if your budget is tight
                Reviewed October 15, 2013
                8.0
                Excellent
                Joanna from Singapore
                Solo traveler
                Stayed 2 nights in June 2011
                Nice hotel with lovely polite staffs and big room ”
                nice room with dvd/cd player
                location: hotel is within 15 mins walking distance of the brown loop that takes you to downtown chicago. cost is per trip but you could get a day pass for about slightly more than 5usd from cvs or walgreens. staffs: really nice, friendly and polite. i wasn't allowed to check in early as i arrived around 12 noon but was able to store my luggage and wash up in the lobby's toilet, which was nice.
                Reviewed June 27, 2011
                8.3
                Excellent
                Phillip from United States
                Couple
                Stayed 2 nights in February 2010
                The Willows Hotel”
                Staff was very helpful. Went out of the way to correct problems.
                The hotel is older. They could invest in some new windows.
                We found the Willows Hotel in the Lincoln Park section of Chicago to be a very nice place to stay. When we arrived early they let us have an early check in. Our first room was too cold and they upgraded us to a better room. Staff is very helpful. We enjoyed the neighborhood and the many nice locally owned restaurants just a short walk from the hotel.
                Reviewed March 01, 2010
                9.6
                Exceptional
                Giorgiana from Italy
                Couple
                Executive King Room
                Stayed 4 nights in April 2019
                Per viaggiatori romantici che amano sentirsi un “local””
                Il Willows è un albergo dal sapore d’altri tempi in un vivace quartiere di Chicago. La struttura è affascinante,l’arredo classico ma ricercato, nella hall il caminetto è acceso da mattina a sera, e il personale ha sempre il sorriso. Sono venuti incontro alle nostre esigenze con grande disponibilità e gentilezza, dal check in anticipato al nostro arrivo, alla telefonata fatta al posto nostro per risolvere un problema con l’azienda dei trasporti di Chicago. La nostra stanza era ampia e luminosa (anche se non tutte lo sono, è credo l’unica pecca), pulita e con il miglior materasso su cui abbia mai dormito. Ed era un piacere fare colazione seduti a uno dei tavoli a fianco alle finestre mentre guardavo la gente passeggiare. Un altro punto forte è il quartiere, pieno di vita a tutte le ore, è il posto ideale per sentirsi parte della vita quotidiana di Chicago. Ci sono ottimi ristoranti e simpatici caffè a cinque minuti a piedi, così come diversi autobus che passano di frequente da cui ammirare i quartieri che attraversano nel percorso di 25 minuti che porta nel Loop. Non ultimo, il distretto di Lake View, dove si trova l’albergo, non è distante da quello dei migliori locali blues (tra cui il celebre Kingston Mines), che si possono raggiungere anche a piedi con una camminata di mezzoretta (altrimenti c’è un autobus). Per noi il Willows è stato un colpo di fulmine, e se torneremo a Chicago, il nostro albergo sarà certamente lui.
                Reviewed April 20, 2019
                8.8
                Excellent
                HAOJIE from China
                Solo traveler
                Stayed 1 night in February 2018
                还不错”
                房间比想象的要大很多,住的挺舒服
                Reviewed March 03, 2018
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