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Chicago Lake Shore Hotel

04/06/2017 05/06/2017
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Louisville, KY
Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

The price is why I picked this hotel. I like to stay closer to the city or on the north side but we had tickets to a concert and everything in Chicago was very expensive that weekend. The front desk was very polite. The room was normal hotel size, the bed and pillows were super comfy, I liked the way...

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214gene, Manager at Chicago Lake Shore Hotel, responded to this review

Thanks for writing a review. We provide a complimentary shuttle that takes our guests to the museum campus and the Loop. We're glad you enjoyed our restaurant. Friday night is seafood buffet night (with non-seafood options available), accompanied by J.J. and the All Stars, a favorite local jazz band. We passed on your kind remarks to our staff. Please come...

Reviewed 21 September 2016

Had a great stay, place was under construction when we were there but the room was fine and our dog was fine and the price was right. We walked to the softball field every night and played fetch with the dog. We ate at the restuarant for breakfest and enjoyed it. This place was perfect, halfway between the nature and...

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214gene, Manager at Chicago Lake Shore Hotel, responded to this review

Thanks for writing a review. We don't often get endorsements from dogs, but we'll take it! Actually, the Museum of Science and Industry is just blocks away from the hotel. All other museums are clustered around Chicago's Loop. Say hello to Fido for us. We''' look forward to serving you again.

Chicago, Illinois
Reviewed 22 August 2016

I booked this hotel because I was attending a course at UChicago. When I first arrived, I realized that the place is essentially a motel. When I first got to my room, I realized that there was a gap between the door and the door frame - my room could be unlocked by slipping a plastic card into the gap!...

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214gene, Manager at Chicago Lake Shore Hotel, responded to this review

Thanks for writing a review. I've shared your comments with our repair crew. Please accept an apology for the conditions you found.

Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Reviewed 8 August 2016

Former rundown Ramada being revamped. The rooms are the pits. Didn't want to take my shoes off & walk on the carpet. housekping dropped my toothbrush on floor! Gaps in the doors, allows bugs to enter.

Thank Glassnut
214gene, Manager at Chicago Lake Shore Hotel, responded to this review

Thanks for writing a review. I will talk with housekeeping to ensure the toothbrush issued isn't repeated. We're working on the door issue, but not soon enough for you. I apologize.

Reviewed 31 July 2016

Ok it's not the top of the line hotel and neither are the prices it is nice and clean inside and out the decor is a little dated and other than that the front desk was pleasant and courteous the room was clean my iron and all other electronic devices worked great no they don't have free breakfast but they...

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214gene, Manager at Chicago Lake Shore Hotel, responded to this review

Thanks for writing a review. we're glad you enjoyed your stay. The Lake Shore Cafe, we think, is a great room and the food is good. Guests should know that Fridays feature a popular seafood buffet and great jazz at night. We hope you'll come again!

Cape Town, South Africa
Reviewed 7 July 2016

Travelling on a budget limited my choice but I was pleasantly surprised that this Hotel was actually really nice. The rooms are old but at least clean and very spacious. Located in a really great area in Hyde Park, I can definitely recommend Lake Shore Hotel.

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214gene, Manager at Chicago Lake Shore Hotel, responded to this review

Thanks for writing a review. Hyde Park is like a village unto itself, with many cultural events and the wonderful Museum of Science and Industry. The rooms are indeed old. we're glad you enjoyed your stay. Come again!

Reviewed 6 July 2016

We stayed for 2 days...not what we expected ! The rooms cost us $279.00 no micro wave, we had to go next door for breakfast at Laquinta ! No free coffee. The room furniture was scratched up, and old. The wood molding around the door was missing, and showing plaster.The rooms also were smelling of old dirty clothes....I would not...

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214gene, Manager at Chicago Lake Shore Hotel, responded to this review

Thanks for writing a review. We're sorry things didn't work out for you. We assume you knew the price before you checked in. As for furniture and molding--no excuse for those things. We apologize. The hotel does offer $8 coupons to be used at the Lake Shore Cafe.

Orlando, Florida
Reviewed 22 June 2016

Terrible experience. Not what I expected. The iron caught fire, completely shocked me and burned my finger. Good luck in asking for a first aid kit as well. They don't have one at the front desk, but at least they do have an old, junk snack machine. Suggest not to leave your bag at front desk. They will place your...

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214gene, Manager at Chicago Lake Shore Hotel, responded to this review

Thanks for writing a review. We know of no complaints regarding stolen items. We assume you would have contacted the police. We stand by the integrity of our staff. We do apologize for the hot iron. Clearly you had a bad experience.

Reviewed 15 June 2016

Graduation weekend for parents of University of Chicago means expensive hotel tabs. We stayed here about a year and a half ago just prior to the La Quintal opening. They are both owned by the same company. They were renovating exteriors then and are still in the process. The hallway doors and frames have all been replaced. Windows are new...

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214gene, Manager at Chicago Lake Shore Hotel, responded to this review

Thanks for writing a review. Navy Pier provides fireworks most weekends during the warmer weather. Guests may also want to know that great Lake Michigan beaches are just across from us. The water is cold but refreshing. We're glad your stay with us was a happy one. Please come again!

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Reviewed 10 June 2016 via mobile

OH MY GOD.... Stay away!!!!! Run as fast as you can the place is FILTHY. The first thing that came to mind when I checked in is the show "Hotel Impossible" its exactly what feature those type of "hotels" I dont have a clue why its called Hotel its beyond a zero star motel. Where do I start, the place...

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214gene, Manager at Chicago Lake Shore Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you for writing a review. We're sorry you were so displeased. We're not sure what you mean about our front desk people living there. We do care about our guests' experiences. We have a contract with an exterminator, to be proactive regarding any pests.

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Kenwood is another one of Chicago’s popular South Side neighborhoods. Known for its famous past and present residents, including Muhammad Ali and Barack Obama, Kenwood is a neighborhood of mansions, Frank Lloyd Wright masterpieces, historic homes, Art Deco high-rises and historic streets. Located along the Lake Michigan shoreline, it’s a picturesque area to enjoy a walk along the water or in one of the area’s parks. Kenwood is a family-oriented community complemented by the Hyde Park Center, a cultural space known for constantly offering events, access to local artists’ works and engaging exhibitions. Kenwood is best discovered during the day.
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  • Beachfront
  • Wheelchair Access
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  • Business Centre with Internet Access
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  • Multilingual Staff
  • Self-Serve Laundry
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Chicago Lake Shore is an independent hotel located just ten minutes from downtown Chicago overlooking Lake Michigan We are near McCormick Place and University of Chicago. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Chicago Lake Shore Hotel

Address: 4900 South Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60615-3277
Region: United States > Illinois > Chicago > Kenwood
Price Range: $146 - $273 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Chicago Lake Shore Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 71
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Also Known As:
Ramada Inn Lake Shore - Chicago Hotel Chicago
Ramada Lake Shore Chicago
Ramada Chicago
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#4 On the Beach Hotel in Chicago
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“it is two story with no elevators, keep that in mind when reserving a room !!!”
RKAJFA, 27 Oct 2016 | Read review
“our room was second floor and it was fine”
vacati0nf, 20 Sep 2016 | Read review
“Take your own pillow cases, slippers, and disinfectant spray”
Glassnut, 8 Aug 2016 | Read review
“You have to walk through a park and over a pedestrian bridge to get to the "beachfront"”
LVanZyl, 7 Jul 2016 | Read review
“Go to Laquinta nextdoor...”
lloydw300, 6 Jul 2016 | Read review
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