Carleton of Oak Park

3 stars
1110 Pleasant St., Oak Park, IL 60302
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
3.8
out of 5
60 reviews
Very comfortable

Spacious comfortable room. The staff was very accommodating and willing to help out in every way.... See full review

  • Rimac
  • Jun 3, 2014
Oasis

The service was excellent. I got lost everyday. I would call the front desk and the they would tell... See full review

  • Xylem
  • May 21, 2014
Residential serenity in cultural neighborhood near downtown Chicago
Fans of Frank Lloyd Wright and Ernest Hemingway always return to the Carleton of Oak Park hotel, where tidy hotel rooms lie within walking distance to attractions surrounding the famous former residents. In a quiet, yet cultural, neighborhood 10 miles outside Chicago, this boutique retreat was built in 1928 as a residential hotel and retains its historic charm. Antique and reproduction furnishings fill the Carleton of Oak Park hotel, including romantic guest rooms and common areas warmed by chandeliers and fireplaces.
Highlights
  • Complimentary high-speed wireless Internet access throughout the hotel
  • American grill restaurant offers seasonal outdoor dining
  • Full kitchens
  • Reach downtown Chicago in just minutes on the nearby trains
  • Near downtown Oak Park, Frank Lloyd Wright homes and birth place of Hemingway
Rooms
Cozy with a touch of traditional formality, 153 non-smoking guest rooms and suites rooms at the Carleton of Oak Park hotel offer the conveniences of home. Enjoy a kitchen with a coffee maker, microwave and refrigerator, plus a room service menu during dinner hours. Catch up on the news with cable TV or send e-mails care of free high-speed wireless Internet access, which is available throughout the Carleton of Oak Park hotel. Upgrade to soak in a Jacuzzi tub or lounge in a separate living room.
Features
Shake off a busy day in the city in the residential historic district that envelops the Carleton of Oak Park hotel. The restful convenience of this local landmark combines with an evening of classic cuisine at on-site Barclay's American Grille. Oak Park has the largest concentration of Frank Lloyd Wright-designed structures. Tour his home and studio, which is within walking distance. Three parks, the Hemingway Museum and other attractions are a stroll away. Parking is free at the Carleton of Oak Park hotel.
Transportation
  • O'Hare International Airport (15.8 mi/25.5 km)
  • Midway International Airport (16.4 mi/26.4 km)
  • Green Line CTA train and Metra/Union Pacific west line (0.1 mi/0.1 km)
Attractions
  • Frank Lloyd Wright Unity Temple (0.5 mi/0.8 km)
  • Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio (0.8 mi/1.3 km)
  • Ernest Hemingway birth place (0.9 mi/1.5 km)
  • Millennium Park (10.7 mi/17.2 km)
  • Navy Pier (12.1 mi/19.4 km)
  • Willis Tower (10.2 mi/16.4 km)
  • McCormick Place (13 mi/20.9 km)
Business
  • Complementary high-speed wireless Internet access throughout the hotel
  • Fax and copy services (fees apply)
  • Meeting space accommodates up to 200 people

Carleton of Oak Park Rooms

Deluxe Double Hotel
Room with two double beds includes wireless internet access - complimentary, cable TV, microwave, refrigerator, coffee/tea maker, premium bedding, hair dryer, iron/ironing board and complimentary toiletries.
Motel Room
located next door to main hotel, newly renovated rooms with 2 double beds. Rooms are equipped with microwave, refrigerator, coffee maker, hair dryer, iron and ironing board.
Standard Hotel Room
Room with one queen bed includes wireless internet access - complimentary, cable TV, microwave, refrigerator, coffee/tea maker, premium bedding, hair dryer, iron/ironing board and complimentary toiletries.
Deluxe King Hotel
Room with one king bed includes wireless internet access - complimentary, cable TV, microwave, refrigerator, coffee/tea maker, premium bedding, hair dryer, iron/ironing board and complimentary toiletries.

Amenities

  • WiFi
  • Free parking
  • No smoking rooms/facilities
General
No smoking rooms/facilities
Concierge
Dining
Restaurant
Room service
Services
Conference facilities
Internet
WiFi
Parking
Free parking
Accessibility
Handicapped rooms/facilities

Hotel Map

41.8856 -87.8028
Area served
Oak Park.
Nearby airports
O'Hare International Airport and Midway Airport.
Area description
The Carleton of Oak Park is located just 10 miles west of Chicago in Oak Park, Illinois. Take the Eisenhower Expressway west to Harlem Ave go north to Pleasant Street and turn left. We are 2 blocks down on the left.

Nearby points of interest

  • Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio: 0.6 mi

Dining

Barclay's American Grille
Featuring Classic American Cuisine with a twist. Signature burgers, BBQ ribs, fresh seafood and an array of steaks and chops are prepared on our wood burning grill and served with our amazing homemade BBQ sauces and creative toppings. Opened November 2009
Poor Phil's
Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner is a sports bar atmosphere.

Hotel Policies

Check-in:
1500
Check-out:
1100

Terms and conditions

Rates quoted in currencies other than the hotel's base currency are subject to the rate of the international exchange. Rate may change throughout stay. Rate may reflect average nightly rate. Extra charges may apply. Incidental charges, such as room service, are not included in the rate.

The amenities and/or facilities may not be located at the hotel, but within a reasonable distance, and additional charges may apply for use.

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Guest Reviews (60)

Ratings and reviews for Carleton of Oak Park

Overall score

3.8 / 5
5.01.0
60 out of 60
Amenities:
3.6
Room cleanliness:
4.3
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
4
Location:
4.4
Value:
4

87% would recommend to a friend.

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
buraq
Business
Turkey
Dec 5, 2012

Great place at Oak Park

The hotel is located almost mid of the Oak Park. Stayed at the Motel site with free parking, which is very close also. The heating system was a bit noisy. Room was clean and staff were helpful.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
3
Location:
5
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Various shops and places to eat.

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Parketh57
Business
Lakewood, OH
Sep 26, 2012

Worth a visit

Charming hotel/motel with nearby quaint shops, parks, Wright Studio and subway into downtown Chicago. The motel rooms are budget priced and clean. Free parking is limited and a bit complicated if you come back late and have to park on city streets. Very much a walking or biking neighborhood. On site restaurant and nearby cheese shop/restaurant are worth visiting!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Entertainment tip: Short walk from hotel

Around the corner is bike rental shop managed by friendly, informative local. Bike to Frank Lloyd Wright Studio to get your timed tickets and then ride around the neighborhood before the tour starts.

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Sassie mom
Business
Fulton, Missouri
Aug 22, 2012

Rough start, good finish!!!

At first, the experience was a nightmare the reservation was not done correct and after an 8hoping hour drive. Rooms were separated and not the right type, plus the running around to find them then being talked down to by night staff cause rooms were changed 3 times made a rough start. But the next day I spoke Ann the manager and she was very comforting and willing to help for all the inconvenience the night before. She did wonderful. The rooms are very nice, the staff was helpful, and the location was so pretty. This is a well hidden secret i almost hate telling how happy i was so i can keep this as my perfect Chicago hideaway. Definitely would stay again.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Time-saving tip: Short walk from hotel

The green line is right next to the hotel dont drive downtown take a 45great min train and save yourself the traffic which is much longer than 45minutes. If you go to the CVS down pleasant get a 1 day all ride pass for 5.95 or 3 day for 14.95 and you can ride train, bus, and subway all day as much as u want.

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Pennywhistle
Business
Iowa City, IA
Aug 13, 2012

Lovely hotel

We very much enjoyed this hotel and its setting in Oak Park. A quick walk to the train station, little shops and restaurants set in a pleasant neighborhood.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

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Review of Carleton of Oak Park

Reviewer score

1
5.01.0
thelauralynn
Business
Chicago, Il
May 9, 2012

Carleton

Would not stay here again. The room smelt and I could hear everything from the rooms next door. Also- heater was very loud and right by the bed so every time it would kick on it would wake me up.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
2
Location:
4
Value:
2
Trip purpose:

Business

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Review of Carleton of Oak Park

Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
Maybe Not
Business
Phoenix, AZ
Dec 6, 2011

Quirky, Not Comfortable

While I enjoy quaint properties while on vacation, they don't always lend themselves to productivity for business trips. This hotel is very old, but through several remodels (an another coming, according to the poster in the lobby) the facility has lost its charm while retaining its fairly primitive accommodations. For instance, the heat is (supposed to be) provided by an old metal radiator. There was a dial to control it, which seemed to make no difference at all in its output. The hotel was close to where I was working, but I wouldn't stay there again. The restaurant was fine. Few other amenities.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
1
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
1
Location:
4
Value:
1
Trip purpose:

Business

Shopping tip: Short walk from hotel

The downtown had varied shopping and was pretty in the holiday season.

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Review of Carleton of Oak Park

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Kalev
Business
Scarsdale, NY
Nov 8, 2011

Be careful of this one!

Look at picture of beautiful Hotel building and lobby. However, when I checked in, they sent me to a very nondescript Motel they have next door. I was expecting a Hotel, since I like having two doors between myself and the great outdoors, and that's what the picture offered. I'm not a fan of motels. The motel was OK, nothing special. Cost was only $98. However, I'll stay elsewhere next time. Also, the front desk originally put me into a room that was already occupied! Very disorganized place.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
3
Location:
3
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

Money-saving tip: Not Applicable

Stay elsewhere, save your money.

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Review of Carleton of Oak Park

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Do I have a nick name
Business
Redmond
Sep 11, 2011

my trip

Quiet comfortable, Quiet clean, Oldish and Quiet place

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Lot of restaurants around in 2 blocks distance and a nice bar in the hotel

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Review of Carleton of Oak Park

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
LJDenver
Business
Denver, CO, USA
Aug 27, 2011

Great place to stay

Hotel was great, loved the design inside the room. Free parking and just blocks from the train.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
4
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

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Review of Carleton of Oak Park

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
jacjon
Business
Cleveland, Ohio
Aug 9, 2011

"Good value"

The motel is so close to the transit system. It does take awhile to get downtown. We could hear people talking at night. Not sure if they were in the next room or not. Otherwise a nice place to stay in a safe area. The room was very clean.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
4
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

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