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Chicago Lake Shore Hotel

3.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

There are not many hotels on the South side of Chicago that are safe. This was across from the Lake and the area felt fine. The rooms are definitely dated, but mine was clean and the staff was friendly. There is a brand new La Quinta next door that includes breakfast and other amenities. It was also about twice the price. If I were with my family, I would have done that one, but was traveling alone. There is not really anything walking distance, but it is a cheap Uber ride to anything on the South side and easy to take the train downtown. Also, they have a free shuttle that takes you to the museum and the university, but it only runs a few times a day.

Room and entire hotel in very bad shape. Smells humid. Ugly carpet torn and stained. A/C very noisy and work improperly. Light fixture over vanity, not working. Shampoo bottle filled halfway

Nice hotel foot the price. Rooms were a little out dated but they were clean and the bed was comfortable. Staff was friendly and helpful. Free shuttle into the city was GREAT!

smoke and disgusting smell in the room, poor facilities, not worth the money at all

heat did not work in my room, and was reassigned to ant=other room where tv did not work.

Walking into the lobby gives you first impression what you are getting yourself into. Wasn't welcome with a smile and the door opened in the back shows junk laying all over the place. Waking into our room, you notice right away the stains bleeded into the floors. I payed for this room obviously not to stay in it all the time, but I just wished it was a little nicer. To top it all off, I saw the maid drop toilet paper on the ground outside...unwrapped, and pick it up as she was heading into a room to use it to restock that room up. Won't be staying here ever again.

This was a great hotel and very affordable for the two nights we were in Chicago. The staff was super friendly and very helpful. We would definitely stay here again.

The stay was great so was the staff after check out we realized we had left a bag behind....staff turned in the bag rather than keeping as others have done. I will be back

However the staff is excellent. They put me across the street at the La Quinta which is a brand new hotel, and I loved it. Lots of attractions so close and just a 10 min bus ride to downtown

Convenient location but no tv or internet for 48 hrs out of our 72hr stay. Hotel did reimburse us but still. Overall, we would stay there again.

The location was great, the view of Lake Michigan was amazing, and walking distance to the bus stop. The smaller Lake Shore Hotel was kind of the forgotten step child in the shadow of the newer La Quinta Inn in front. The AC unit just didn't work well so it was pretty muggy and stuffy in our room. The remodeling construction wasn't too much of an issue except for the man scraping paint off the window at 7:00AM. All in all we mainly used the room as a place to sleep and shower as we were pretty busy during our trip, so it served us fine for that. Thanks.

I called when I was at the airport since I arrived early, to see if my room was available. The woman that answered said yes and so when I arrived, they checked me in and the room was nice and moderately comfortable. Then someone called the room from the front desk and said that I needed to leave that my reservation was at the building at the back of theirs. SO I went to the building at the back, which is a horrid mess! The room smelled, safety was questionable due to the motel layout and the staff had terrible customer service skills! I immediately returned to the hotel I had originally checked into and was told that if i wanted to keep the room, it would cost me $50 more for the night. I took it! Seems to be a scam of some sort if another location answers your call and then you're told that's not where your reservation is.

This hotel is located right along the beach and about 15 minutes away from the main city area. It has free parking which is awesome because parking is very hard to find in the city. However, we would have to pay a lot for parking when we went to the city. On our last day of trip, we managed to find free parking at a Target and just walked to our location. I wish we had known that before instead of wasting money on parking. Coming back to the hotel, it is a brand new buidling so everything is very clean. It has a very contemporary feel to it, which very different and nice. They are actually two hotels that are apparently owned by the same owner: La Quinta and Lakeshore. We were orignally booked at Lakeshore but they gave us a room in La Quinta. It is the newer location seemed like. But overall, I really recommend it. It's a good deal.

Location was good, out of the Chicago traffic , shuttle, taxi, bus to destination, staff was friendly and helpful, this is hooked to Laquinta , but actually is lakeshore hotel, Laquinta looked much better, but we got lakeshore, it is under renovation , which desperately needs , the rooms were in need of repair , carpet dirty , only warm water for shower, bed and pillows not comfortable, ...there was a nice cafe next door for breakfast ..maybe reconsider when there all done ...

Me and my son took a 3 day two night trip to chicago and stayed at the chiago lake shore hotel. The hotel was under construction and witch I understand they are trying to make it better but they were banging outside of our door at 7 am. Our first night we went into room and turned on air conditioning and left when we came back our room and bed was covered in little foam pecies. Also there was sposed to be a pool that was closed. We went to museum of science and industry there was sposed to be a shuttle to take us there and we showe'd up 15 min early and sat there for 45 before they told us it had already left. Mind you they were sposed to anouce when they were leaving and never did. So we ended up driving and paying 22 dollars to park there. The doors barely closed and the outside door to room did not close. I would never stay at this hotel again and would advise no one else do the same. I work in the people business and am never one to complain this is actually the first review I've every wrote that was negative but this place is really bad. Stay away!

It's under construction....that should say it all....no sleeping in, bang, bang and more bangs, bumps, feet stomping, construction workers hollering, hammers hammering.....it was a mess.....some of the staff were borderline rude, but Meghan was a doll....she helped at every rough spot.....I don't know where she was Thursday (I guess she gets a day off :)), but the empathy lacking, a tad entitled staff was a little much to take. I had a problem with the remote, so I bought the extra remote back and explained that housekeeping had come into my room with the do not disturb sign on the door (which was very small, although the next room had a large sign). This staff person wanted to know who I had talked to previously, and I described Meghan, and she acknowledged her with a disdainful snort of sorts. Not good, they could learn a lot from Meghan. one of them told me that she was studying nursing hope she eventually gives her patients better care than she does hotel guests.

The room was okay, and the staff friendly. The hotel is under construction. It sounded like they were coming through the walls, as they were working on the room next door. Construction scaffolding, trucks, dumpsters, and equipment made parking, and getting in and out of our room difficult at best. The front desk clerk said there is no E.T.A. for completion. Due to construction, yhere was no vending machines or ice maker, that we could find. We needed a room with two double beds. I requested the ground floor, as I walk with a cane, and stairs are very difficult. The only double beds were on the second floor, and there was no ADA access. There were 14 narrow steep steps leading to the second floor. The access to the hotel was not convenient. It was difficult to get in and out of the area. I would rate our stay as a C. I do not recommend staying here...at least not before construction is complete.

This is a standard room, nicely appointed, clean, and quiet. Helpful.staff at front.desk. Great location close.to.the lake, beach, and Lakefront path. Casual restaurants and grocery story about four blocks away, and easy to catch train downtown. U of Chicago area.makes.for.truly integrated culture and upbeat feeling in.the area. I felt at home for the three nights I stayed.

The old Ramada Inn is remodeling into La Quinta and Lakeshore hotels. Was not made aware I had booked the old motel style part (Lakeshore) of the property when booking. The room had scaffolding outside of it with work men banging away. It was dirty all around entry ways to rooms. Had to walk over to La Quinta and go to 4th floor to get ice - basic amenity. No separate check-in desk for Lakeshore hotel. Felt like 2nd class citizens checking in at LQ and walking to LS outside in the construciton zone. No hold bar in bathroom and toilet was 1 inch from tub, 4 feet from toilet paper. Although bed was nice enough, no plugs for cell phones - not even a lamp plug the cheapest hotels have. Weren't told about complimentary breakfast in better hotel next to it, La Quinta which seems to be covering for LS till its fully remodelled. Bummer not to know separation of two and that getting shoddier hotel was biggest disappointment. -

Great stay was there to visit the University of Chicago. The staff was excellent.

4900 S Lake Shore Dr Chicago IL

Hotel highlights

  • Close to Chicago Museum of Science and Industry
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking
  • Onsite dining

Located in Kenwood within a mile (2 km) of Chicago Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago Lake Shore Hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of other popular sights such as University of Chicago. This 70-room, 3-star hotel has a restaurant, an outdoor pool, and free in-room WiFi. Located centrally in Chicago, it's also near US Cellular Field and Court Theatre.


Dining

This hotel is home to a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Start your day off with breakfast, available for a fee.


Rooms

Chicago Lake Shore Hotel's 70 air-conditioned rooms provide coffee makers, ironing boards, and desks. 32-inch TVs come with cable channels, and guests can stay connected with free WiFi. Bathrooms offer hair dryers and free toiletries.


Property features

Chicago Lake Shore Hotel features an outdoor pool, free WiFi in public areas, and 7 meeting rooms. You can take advantage of free parking, along with a free area shuttle. The 24-hour front desk has multilingual staff ready to help with luggage storage, and answer any questions about the area. Additional amenities include a seasonal outdoor pool and wedding services.

Room options

Double Room

Full 2 | Sleeps 4

Guest reviews for Chicago Lake Shore Hotel

Everyone (6) Couples (17) Business (35) Family (34) Friends (10) Other (12)
4

good for the money

Everyone

There are not many hotels on the South side of Chicago that are safe. This was across from the Lake and the area felt fine. The rooms are definitely dated, but mine was clean and the staff was friendly. There is a brand new La Quinta next door that includes breakfast and other amenities. It was also about twice the price. If I were with my family, I would have done that one, but was traveling alone. There is not really anything walking distance, but it is a cheap Uber ride to anything on the South side and easy to take the train downtown. Also, they have a free shuttle that takes you to the museum and the university, but it only runs a few times a day.

By , from Fort Lauderdale on Oct 10, 2016

1

my worst experience in hotels

Everyone

Room and entire hotel in very bad shape. Smells humid. Ugly carpet torn and stained. A/C very noisy and work improperly. Light fixture over vanity, not working. Shampoo bottle filled halfway

By , from Miami on Sep 7, 2016

4

nice hotel

Everyone

Nice hotel foot the price. Rooms were a little out dated but they were clean and the bed was comfortable. Staff was friendly and helpful. Free shuttle into the city was GREAT!

By on Aug 17, 2016

2

terrible condition

Everyone

smoke and disgusting smell in the room, poor facilities, not worth the money at all

By , from Detroit, MI on Apr 6, 2016

2
Everyone

heat did not work in my room, and was reassigned to ant=other room where tv did not work.

By on Mar 6, 2016

1

you get what you pay for...

Everyone

Walking into the lobby gives you first impression what you are getting yourself into. Wasn't welcome with a smile and the door opened in the back shows junk laying all over the place. Waking into our room, you notice right away the stains bleeded into the floors. I payed for this room obviously not to stay in it all the time, but I just wished it was a little nicer. To top it all off, I saw the maid drop toilet paper on the ground outside...unwrapped, and pick it up as she was heading into a room to use it to restock that room up. Won't be staying here ever again.

By on Feb 23, 2016

5

awesome trip to see hanson at the house of blues

GetawayWithFriends

This was a great hotel and very affordable for the two nights we were in Chicago. The staff was super friendly and very helpful. We would definitely stay here again.

By on Oct 11, 2015

5

mini getaway

GetawayWithFriends

The stay was great so was the staff after check out we realized we had left a bag behind....staff turned in the bag rather than keeping as others have done. I will be back

By on Oct 11, 2015

1

the rooms are bad

Singles

However the staff is excellent. They put me across the street at the La Quinta which is a brand new hotel, and I loved it. Lots of attractions so close and just a 10 min bus ride to downtown

By on Sep 12, 2015

3

convenient stay but

Couples

Convenient location but no tv or internet for 48 hrs out of our 72hr stay. Hotel did reimburse us but still. Overall, we would stay there again.

By on Sep 9, 2015