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Stripped down comfort
Oct 28th, 2018
This is a small nicely renovated establishment that provided us with a comfortable bed, a large clean bathroom, TV, WiFi, and a quiet room at a very reasonable price,.but without some of the usual frills (hair drier, closet, iron, water glasses, phone, etc.). The rooms are on the second floor of the building, reached by a flight of 20 steps (no elevator). Breakfast consisted of a nice selection of foods, including eggs, which the guests assemble for themselves (except for coffee, which was already made). There was no plastic. Guests put dirty silverware and dishes into the dishwasher of the well-equipped kitchen. Instead of key cards, the doors operate with keypads, making the room key one thing less to keep track of. The neighborhood appears to be entirely residential and very quiet at night. We parked our car on the street in front of the building and took the Red Line, about 6 blocks away, downtown. There are also two bus lines a bit closer. We find this trend towards simplicity very congenial, although it might not be for everyone. We would consider staying at the 5863 again on a future trip to Chicago. TRIPADVISOR.COM USER
B and B with many good points but little communication
Aug 27th, 2018
We arrived at this B and B. As we tried to get into the place, the owner made it very clear that there was no entry without code that he had sent out. We explained we had no code and he finally let us in and made it clear he was irritated. This is a self efficient B and B. There is no interaction with owner. A kitchen is filled with breakfast items, drinks and snacks. Great location. Metro into Chicago is in walking distance. Just be sure to have the code! TRIPADVISOR.COM USER
not a great start...
Jul 19th, 2018
Like other reviewers I found the owner difficult to deal with, and the check in procedures (All automated as if he didn't want any contact with his customers) difficult. (its hard to see to key in the numbers on the outside door after dark). The decor of the room isn't the best- starting with the most important thing- light. There are only standard lamps and they are turned on at the bedside- good if you want to turn the light off when you want to sleep but next to impossible to find in a dark room after travelling for hours. There is little hanging space. Nor did i appreciate the envelope and the card from the cleaner- who certainly not worth the all but demanded tip. The stairs to the floor where the rooms were were dirty with some white powder on them all the days i was there. But there are a lot of positives. The location - two blocks from Thorndale L station and only another two blocks from the station to the beach is ideal for trips to the city centre and to the beach (it was high summer). Other commentators have noted that the food is left out all day- so that its not so much a b and b as bed and food when you want it And the food is a good selection - if only cold foods, plenty of fresh fruit, of different cereals, of muffins and a cake. Not the best b and b but yes the positives do out weigh the negatives TRIPADVISOR.COM USER
Unique and comfortable
Jul 11th, 2018
We decided to try this different type of B & B after decades of the more traditional ones. The decor is modern and quite nice, the neighborhood is beautiful and quiet and the do-it-yourself breakfast was plentiful, though not cooked. TRIPADVISOR.COM USER
Not a great start but many positives
May 12th, 2018
Watch prices because prices went way down after we booked, There is no money back or cancellations from B and B.We arrived at one. We rang the door bell and when the owner answered, he said check in was at 3. We asked where we could hang out and got no answer. I had tried to communicate with questions before arrival by email and got no answer.It is possible he did not get our communication. At three, we returned and he proceeded to reprimand us for not following check in procedures. We do not think we got communication from him but ask him at this point if he could stop being so agitated and welcome us in.. Very upsetting start after a long drive. To us, it felt like a B and B business and not the kind where owners are passionate about visiting and communicating with customers. Room had a private bath but it was across the hall from the bedroom.. Ask for a room with connected bathroom. Social area with games and TV is located right where the bedrooms are so it is hard to use without disturbing others. Breakfast is help yourself. Many items and snacks are available throughout the day. It would be nice if the eggs provided were hard boiled. Very nice, safe feeling neighborhood. Great location for travel into Chicago. It would have been helpful to have schedules available. Free parking was great. TRIPADVISOR.COM USER
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