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Skylark Motel

2.0 out of 5.0
  • Free WiFi in rooms and ...
  • Free parking
  • 24-hour front desk

Recent guest reviews

Nasty dirty room, heard the people next to us having sex through the thin walls. Someone knocking on our door at 3am asking if their "Friend" was there. I told the female clerk the next day about it and she said "That was just a friend of mine"...Not a nice place, was up all night checking to see if my car had been broken in to.

This room was purchased for us thru a third party. When we first walked in it was...OMG! FILTHY and smelly and scary outdated! Filthy greasy carpet, old beds and linens,gross bathroom (the toilet was tiny and not attached to the floor). Porn on the TV. Half the electrical plugs didn't work. Dull lighting. LOTS of noise and you could hear all the people above and next door having noisy sex. Didn't sleep much because we kept checking on our vehicle too as it is a bad part of town. Bulletproof glass surrounds the front desk. RUN!!!! DO NOT STAY HERE!! Not even worthy of one star.

My family got stranded at MDW for the night and couldn't find any hotels with vacancies in the area. After talking with a lady at the airport so directs taxi cabs at curbside, telling her our problem, she said that the Skylark Motel is around the corner....I called the office and we were in luck, they had rooms. We took a taxi after thanking her profusely for her help. We arrived a couple minutes later, paid the $95 and the clerk didn't have a key to the room, so gave us the master key to let ourselves in. We went up to the room opened the door and were horrified at our findings. The floors were so so old and dirty, the bedspreads were at least 40 years old, and in horrible shape, there was gum stuck to the headboard, the bathroom was real yucky. The thought of sleeping here made me want to cry. My teenage daughters were laughing and crying at the thought of staying here. Husband was appalled but exhausted and told the girls to "not think about it". I left the room to go down to return the master key to the office and began my dreaded walk back up to the dreadful awful room. As I arrived at "our door" My family was exiting the door and said, "we are outta here! " Praise the Lord! I went to the front desk and asked for a refund, which the clerk gave me no issues about. She even called us a cab. While we waited, we witnessed at least 3 short business transactions (truck pulled up, people came out to truck, grabbed something from driver and went back to their room. ) and 2 "dates". This is NOT a place for families, out of town guests or people who need to be near the airport. It is a motel for people up to NO GOOD! TRUST ME!!

I stayed at this motel a few weeks ago and despite everyone's negative reviews, I think this a good value for the price. The staff was friendly and helpful. The room was surprisingly clean and the bed was comfortable. Even though the area of the motel may not be the best (that's why they have police ordered signs to keep away streetwalkers), my stay was pleasant. I just stayed in my room, and ordered take out, and still felt safe enough. I think the people that gave this motel a negative review are over exaggerating quite a bit. I definitely would not mind staying at this motel again if I had to. For $90 a night in Chicago, this is as good as you're going to get. The other reviewers are looking for a 4 star hotel in the bad part of the city and for a cheap rate, be realistic, it's not going to happen.

Just needed somewhere to stay for the night while we were in town. Expedia set us up with this room over the phone so we had no pictures of the place or anything . We figured a room for 100 dollars would be decent enough to just sleep in. We arrive at the motel hoping the rooms look better than the outside of the motel. Go inside and we look at each other like REALLy?? I wouldn't of even paid 50 for this room. I didn't feel safe at all here. We slept with a chair up against the door. The carpet was filthy I didn't even walk on it without shoes. The tv had porn on channel 4. It was just a very unpleasant place to stay at. I was upset with Expedia that they would even recommend anyone to this hotel , especially after reading all these reviews. Yuck !!!!!! When morning came I was so glad to get out of that hell hole.

Door knob on bathroom door was broken, there was a crack in the mirror, the lights flickered, the TV had like 6 channels, but if you like hardcore porn, then you're in luck, it's on channel four. The day we left we turned on the heater (held to the wall with duct tape) and it popped and started smoking. We evacuated immediately..needless to say, we won't be staying here again!! Terrible!!

I would have rated this place NO stars if it had let me! We were just looking a place that was close to the airport and was relatively cheap. We should have known as soon as we were dropped off at this place what we were in for. The reception area is littered with signs saying "No prostitution allowed". Definitely a first for me! The lady behind the counter really wasn't too interested in being there or providing any service. We get to the room and it is disgusting - its just dirty! there are patches of carpet missing, bits of the headboards missing. Stains absolutely everywhere from the carpet to the curtains. The bathroom had no towels. The carpet was that dirty that walking from the bed to the bath made my white socks brown in a matter of steps. During the evening it was extremely noisy - obviously the "ladies of the night" really don't take too much notice of the signs in the reception because we could definitely hear ALL that was going on. I was counting down the hours til checkout! that's for sure- when we did checkout the lady wouldn't call us a cab, we then called but had all sorts of drama as we were calling from an international mobile number. What we later found out was the area was so bad that taxi's don't usually pick up from there which is why we wanted nearly an hour (needless to say when we did get picked up we gave the driver a massive tip as we were so glad to just be out of there). Probably the scariest moment was when we were waiting outside for the cab and my boyfriend had gone just across the street to get us a snack, a guy drove past me several times and asked if i was working... needless to say this was just icing on the cake for this trip. Even if you want to say there to save a few $$, i recommend not doing it! Pay the little extra and stay somewhere safe.

We just needed a place to crash, while our heater got fixed we are locals and learned the hard way about this place first of, the place is so unsecure, the doors are very flimsy...not a clean place... to place your head on the pillows, no!!!... and when my honey decided to place one of the chairs against the door, to make me feel a bit more secure in the room, what comes out from under the chair, about 50 condoms!!! at least they were still wrapped. but that was it for me... we just stormed out.

Where do I begin..... My teenage son and I decided to take a last-minute excursion from Columbus, OH to Chicago in early August 2008. Our plan was to see the Planetarium, Sears Tower, Chinatown, the Navy Pier,take an evening boat ride on Lake Michigan, then head back home. Two days were plenty for all this. I looked online at I had never used their site before--and honestly never will again. Thank goodness for TripAdvisor! Online, the hotel didn't look fancy, but it did look clean and it was inexpensive by Chicago standards, BUT..... When we got to the hotel, I should have turned back. First of all, the photos from the site must've been taken in the 1970s when the Skylark was last painted. When I walked in the "lobby", I was greeted with a thick, bullet-proof glass covered in stickers, flyers and warnings--the most note-worthy being the "CHICAGO POLICE WARNING: NO PROSTITUTION! Area Under Surveilance." Yikes! The guy at the check-in was rude and without looking up, put his index finger in the air to say, "Wait a minute." He had trouble finding my reservation and tried to get me to pay him again (I had paid online and had my receipt with me). He finally found the reservation. When we got to the room, the doorknob was broken, but the lock at least worked. The first thing we noticed was the cable line stapled to the wall around most of the room, until it reached the TV. My son (age 17) turned on the TV while I checked out the rest of our little slice of heaven and after a few minutes, asked me if I'd rather watch a Chinese language channel or PORN!! Ummm... I chose Chinese. We don't speak Chinese, but I figured it was more appropriate family fair than a violent porno! There were only two channels. I then noticed the hundreds of moth holes in the ratty curtains. The sun shone through them like hundreds of little stars (We tried to make the best of this, can you tell?) Our NON-SMOKING room had an ashtray and a partially used matchbook with "Hampton Inn" stamped on it. The phone had a "Days Inn" sticker on the front. Somebody went to a hotel auction. When my son sat on his bed (there were two double beds), the headboard fell off the nails that propped it against the wall! We couldn't stop laughing! I checked the sheets and pillows for stains and fluids, but the sheets were actually clean and the beds were surprisingly comfortable. When I went in the bathroom and closed the door, I had a huge shock--there were what appeared to be two bullet holes in the wall and old red splatters from what I imagine was blood (or perhaps burritos as another Skylarker noted below). There was also a huge dent in the wall about 5 1/2 feet up and another smaller dent in the wooden door at the same height. My son stared at that for awhile and figured out that it may have resulted from someone's head accidentally being lodged against the wall and giving that Skylarker an inexpensive rhinoplasty. Nice! Also, grafitti on the back of the door gave us something interesting to read. What else....the inside of the toilet was clean, but I made the mistake of closing the lid--oooh! Behind the seat, well, use your imagination! The shower was clean and there was plenty of hot water. The towels were stained and painfully scratchy. In the separate vanity area, I was sickened. I had sat my toothbrush on the countertop before brushing my teeth. AFTERward, I noticed a few short, curly, thick black hairs on the countertop. Again, let your imagination run free! I pitched my toothbrush. On the globe-style light fixtures over the vanity, there was THICK dust from the ages and more "splatters". WHAT HAD HAPPENED IN THIS ROOM? My son and I popped over to Burger King, came back to the room, watched a little Chinese TV, and drifted off to sleep. I left the TV on all night to drown out the shouting and "other" noises coming from our energetic neighbors. In the morning, we took photos, thinking nobody would ever believe us! As we were leaving, we noticed a gentleman getting out of an older model Cadillac with a young lady wearing a tube top and tiny shorts. She stumbled to their room in her ultra-high stilletto heels and they disappeared inside to perhaps discuss world events. When I went back to the front desk to turn in my key, I tried to tell the young girl behind the bullet-proof glass about everything. She just stared at me. That's when I realized she did not understand English very well. I told her again in Spanish (I'm bilingual). I mentioned the charming couple in the next room and pointed to the Police Warning proudly posted on their bullet-proof window. She thanked me. Would I recommend this place? You know, I just might! I think if you have a very, very good sense of humor, are up-to-date with your vaccines, and have recently paid your life insurance premium--you're good to go. If not, sleeping in the car might be a better option. Ahhh, family vacation memories. We'll never forget our little adventure at the lovely Skylark Motel! Thanks for reading.

We were passing through Chicago on our way to New York and thought we would stay for 1 night. We were on our honeymoon and booked everything as we went along. We decided to stay at the Skylark because it was quite cheap and didn't look too bad on the internet. When we got to our room we were shocked to see that at some point the door had been kicked down and fixed very poorly. My husband put the mirror that was in our room under the door and hoped we would not get mugged or worse during the night. The wall were poorly painted and it was quite dirty. We were so glad to leave in the morning!

5435 S Archer Ave Chicago IL

Hotel highlights

  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking
  • 24-hour front desk

Located in Garfield Ridge, Skylark Motel is within a 10-minute drive of popular attractions such as SeatGeek Stadium and McCormick Place. This 50-room motel welcomes guests with conveniences like free in-room WiFi, free self parking, and a 24-hour front desk.


Guests can expect to find free WiFi. Other standard amenities include a refrigerator and a microwave.

Property features

Guests of Skylark Motel enjoy features like free WiFi in public areas. If you drive, take advantage of free parking. The 24-hour front desk has multilingual staff ready to assist with sightseeing, directions, and local dining recommendations.

Room options

Standard Room, 2 Double Beds

Full 2 | Sleeps 4

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

0.0% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 13 reviews

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