The Carlton Inn was perfect for our overnight stay. We needed a pet friendly hotel near Midway for the night before our flight. Somewhere that would accommodate us and our 2 small dogs (Maltese). The room was very very comfortable and had everything we needed. The staff were consistently wonderful. I've travelled the globe extensively on business and can honestly say that all of the the staff we interacted with at the Carlton were as friendly, helpful and accommodating as any 5 star hotel I've stayed in. The Carlton is a 2-star hotel, but the room was very clean and very comfortable. The breakfast was a surprise because, though simple was quite varied and good. We took the shuttle to Midway. We had 5 suitcases plus the 2 dogs and their in-cabin carriers. The driver picked us up outside our room and was helpful with the bags. The Carlton was perfect for our needs and perfect for our night before our flight.
The room was pretty good. The parking situation was awful. The parking is really off site about 2 blocks away. There are 2 ways to get to the parking, down a weird and scary alley way with a few clubs or walk around 2 blocks away. Needless to say it was a bit cold and we were freezing along with my small daughter. If you have kids do not stay here...it is club city outside the hotel and loud club goers who stay in the hotel. This hotel is a definite place to stay if you want to party downtown but not for relaxing with family. The front desk personnel and valet personnel were pretty friendly. Valet parking should be free here but it is 62.00. If I had stayed alone with my daughter I would have been forced to pay for valet parking because there is no way I would have walked that far to park and walk back alone from the parking to the hotel. Very loud....so loud the room has a little sign by the bed with free earplugs.
The service here was great. They didnt remember my name, but they still took care of everything. Upon checking in, the person at the registration desk gave us a tray with hot cloths and an orchid. Nice touch after the trip here. The nespresso machine in the room was nice, and they would bring more coffee and creamer as needed. The lights did not turn on as we entered the room, but that is not an American thing, so I can't really count that against the hotel. The doorman, Jamie, was wonderful help with restaurant tips and how to get from here to there. He even got a different cab for us when one driver was obnoxious. I wouldn't think of getting another cab. Jamie was great. I also had a massage here and it was wonderful, pricey, but good. part of the Trump ambience. Staying here was on my 'bucket list' and it was worth it.
If you are looking for the WRONG thing you will be disappointed. However, my mother and I were delighted. We spent a week-end to attend the opera and visit Chicago. Months earlier we had stayed at a large glossy hotel closer to the opera but were "trapped" far away from other activities for the rest of the stay. I walked around downtown Chicago and found the Rafaello. 1/2 a block to shopping a quick cab ride to the opera, museum, etc. The building is a charming vintage with a helpful staff and doorman. The room was spacious and we had a view onto the quiet street and could see Michigan avenue from our windows. The snow flurries didn't hurt. We were delighted with the location, the quiet, the ready access to attractions and the price. I would definitely stay again.
I worked at the Cornerstone Community Outreach as a receptionist and got to see it's perations on a daily basis. It is a shelter for abused women and children and provided them with a safe and loving home atmosphere. I have personally seen the owner and director do every job one can do- and always with compassion and an almost too strong softheartedness. As a matter of fact- ialways felt he was such a soft touch that he got rolled over for it sometimes- but he ALWAYS erred on the side of true and genuine compassion and Christly love. And I'm not a christian, but a Muslim- but I was always made to feel welcome and repsected. If only there were more organizations like this in the world- we would have no problems.
On a recent vacation to Chicago, I was privileged to stay at the Hotel Palomar. What a treat. The lobby was delightful, and offered a complimentary, elegant coffee service in the morning, iced tea and lemonade in the afternoon, and a wine tasting at cocktail hour. The outside attendants were friendly, educated and helpful. Their willingness to help was refreshing. There was always someone available at the desk to answer questions, make reservations, and give directions. Our rooms were stunning in their simplicity, and comfortable beyond most hotel expectations. The maid service was fabulous as well. My highest recommendation!
As advertised and more. Our suite was gorgeous and bright with skylights and cathedral 2-story ceiling. Unbelievable! Nothing like it that we have ever stayed at, and we've traveled to 48 of 50 states. The host was super nice and encouraged us to call for anything we might need, and so we did--ice: check. Extra towels, check. Late checkout, no check, because they had new guests arriving right away. But the host did offer for us to leave our luggage at the guest house for the rest of the day so we didn't have to lug around all day. Stopped by to pick it up late afternoon on our wait to O'Hare. We appreciated that extra service.
This is my favorite Korean restaurant in Chicago so far. Everything I've had is sooo good... all of the ban chan, ja jang myun, kalbi, and bulgogi. The kimchi jigae is tastey to me, though my boyfriend complains that it is not spicy enough. He always asks them to add a little something to make it extra spicy, but maybe they think that he can't handle it because he's a hwaiteu? :D We also like to order a bottle of soju to go along with our meal. It tastes very smooth, but will get you pretty buzzed so be careful! Costs about $10 a bottle. Another bonus is Service is good for a Korean place. I highly recommend this place.
The place was pretty packed when I went in on a Friday night but the wait staff was very attentive and made sure we sat down within 5-10min. Our waiter was not so great, he was in and out in a flash and rushed us. We ended up ordering two appetizers and sharing them because I wanted to go somewhere else. We got the scallops which were amazingly fresh and the citrus garnish was fantastic. The queso fundido was good but the chorizo underneath was burnt and the tortilla strips didn't taste that fresh. Overall I would say the scallops saved the place but don't go in on a busy night or you'll be rushed in and out.
I also wrote this review on Yelp.com: I was fortunate enough to hire Tyler Grey Professional Bartending Services for a last minute private party I had in my home recently and was very impressed. First off most other services wanted to gouge me for booking a party last minute; not cool. I found this service through some friends who had used this business for their wedding reception. The bartenders were great, professional, friendly and the guests loved them. The were on-time, had everything set up before the guests got there; I have no complaints. I'd use these guys again with no hesitation.