Carleton of Oak Park

3 stars
View map of 1110 Pleasant St., Oak Park, IL 60302

Hotel Overview

3.8/5

Overall score

88%

Would recommend

Amenities:
3.6
Cleanliness:
4.3
Hotel staff:
4
Comfort:
4
Location:
4.4
Value:
3.9
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:
3:00 PM
Check-out:
11:00 AM

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 (66)

Ratings and reviews for Carleton of Oak Park

Overall score

3.8 / 5
5.01.0
66 out of 66
Amenities:
3.6
Cleanliness:
4.3
Hotel staff:
4
Comfort:
4
Location:
4.4
Value:
3.9

88% would recommend to a friend.

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Rimac
Business
Boston, MA, USA
Jun 3, 2014

Very comfortable

Spacious comfortable room. The staff was very accommodating and willing to help out in every way. The locations is in a lovely area of Oak Park with lots of shops and restaurants.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

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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
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
5
Location:
4
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
chuckyy
Business
virginia
May 20, 2014

awesome place

very good neighborhood and the price is worth spending

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
CP3
Business
LaPorte, Indiana
Dec 1, 2009

Beautiful old hotel

It was perfect!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Madison, WI
Nov 15, 2010

Love the Motor Lodge!

We love the Carleton Motor Lodge because it has all the amenities (like microwave, refrigerator, wifi, in-room coffee) but is reasonably priced. We also love the decor and style of the furniture, lighting, and wallpaper.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Shopping tip: Short walk from hotel

A quick walk to downtown Oak Park where there is great shopping and dining.

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Review of Carleton of Oak Park

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Dallas, TX
Jul 27, 2008

Great location- Excellent Restaurant

The Carleton of Oak Park is just 10 miles from downtown Chicago and the train to get you there is just 1 block away. You are also one block from a host of stores and boutique shopping. The restaurant Poor Phil's has an excellent menu, delicious food and good prices. The room was clean, with a refrigerator, microwave and nice tolietries. I love hotels that provide irons and ironing boards in the closet and free parking!! Definitely would stay there again and have already recommended the restaurant to friends in the area.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: In Hotel

Great eggs benedict menu. Try Snow Flakes with crab and seafood. Or you can get one egg, spinach and grilled tomato for just $3.50

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Seattle, WA
Apr 4, 2008

great feel and location

The room we stayed in at the Carleton of Oak Park was very generous in terms of space. The hotel itself had a great location and just felt like the right place to be for doing what we were doing. We didn't have the chance to eat in their main dining area, but the cafe/bar served up an excellent breakfast and lunch with great service and a nice view of the street. It was just a block from the train to Chicago and 2 blocks from the downtown with great places to eat and shop.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

There's a great bakery/coffee shop 2 blocks away on the other side of the El tracks for early moring paper reading or conversation during the day.

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Review of Carleton of Oak Park

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Baker Butterfly
Business
St. Louis, MO
Apr 20, 2010

A Gem in Oak Park

I was nervous about staying in the "motel" part of the hotel and in a west suburb of Chicago, but I was pleasantly relieved to find our room very updated, clean and in a great neighborhood. We ended up staying in Oak Park one full day because there was so much within walking distance of the hotel. The staff were friendly. Our toilet overflowed and someone was there almost immediately to fix it. The train to downtown was 1-2 blocks away-very handy.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
4
Comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Great spots to try: Bleeding Hearts Bakery (unique cupcakes), Venezuelan restaurant, also the bagel shop was very good and you can watch them make the bagels.

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Review of Carleton of Oak Park

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Kennewick, WA
May 16, 2011

Boutique Goodness

Great location. Fantastic part of town. This hotel was a happening place but when you got up to your room it was calm and peaceful.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Sightseeing tip: Short drive from hotel

Quick drive to Logan Square where my son lives. Then off on the Blue Line to the Cubs game.

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Xylem
Business
Cordova
May 21, 2014

Oasis

The service was excellent. I got lost everyday. I would call the front desk and the they would tell me which street to take to get to my destination. If you are a problem child like me this is your hotel. The antique furniture and the architectural details of the Carleton of Oak Park hotel reminded me of visiting my grandmother house. I was very impressed with my bedroom. The only thing missing from the wooden, full size, two poster bed were the tassels on the bedspread. All this and free, convent parking in Chicago. I really enjoyed my stay.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

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