The Wheelhouse Hotel3.5 out of 5.0
The Wheelhouse Hotel3.5 out of 5.0
Recent guest reviews
This is a great find in a busy neighborhood right by Wrigley Field. The ceilings soar overhead in the very spacious guest rooms. No street noise can be heard inside, thanks to new fabulous windows. The bathrooms are enormous, too, and everything is freshly renovated. The flat-screen TV is wall-mounted and large. The small things that aren't quite there yet: no water pressure (on the 4th floor, at least); horrible overly puffy foam-like pillows; no list of the 1000+ TV channels; hall noise. Even with minor quibbles, I'll be back!
First a big shout out to the folks at the desk who not only let me check in a bit early but then pleasantly allowed me to change rooms when I discovered my room was very loud. This is probably due to the lovely high ceilings that let in lots of light but can create a bit of a bowling alley effect when the room above yours is being cleaned.( I did not want to find out what it sounded like when my upstairs neighbors came in from partying at 1 a.m. ) My fourth floor room was a wee bit smaller (with the sink in the room rather than in the bathroom...more on that later.) Both rooms were immaculately clean, pleasantly furnished with big windows that opened to the front, electronic drapes, upscale toiletries,gigantic bathroom (again...my sink was in the room for some strange reason) and a wonderfully firm king size bed with a fluffy duvet. All good. Here's the little things they could work on in order to get a full 5 stars: The sink in the room is actually not a big deal--sort of European--but having no where to put your toiletries is. I pulled over an ottoman and laid my stuff on there. That meant that I couldn't use said ottoman as a suitcase rack. Fine. So I started to take all my stuff out of the suitcase so I could just stash it in the closet. No closet. What you have is an open armoire with hanging space (and two really cushy bathrobes--nice) but no drawers or shelving. No drawers on the nightstands either. And about those cool sort of catcher's mask/locker room bedside lights? They are way too dim and throw shadows all over the room. Good thing I had an ereader and not a plain old book. Shower is huge....but no shelf for the soap or lovely toiletries. It's like the person who designed the room got so carried away with making it look cool (and it does) that they forgot someone was actually going to have to live in there for a few days. The ventilation issues mentioned in other reviews seemed to be somewhat resolved in my room but you don't have any control of the room temperature which is weird but not an issue for me. The lounge of the hotel is also cool baseball theme but poor kitchen ventilation in the adjoining restaurant meant that everything smelled like French fries all the way up the elevator shaft. Kinda gross after a while. All these little annoying things add up but that said, I'd stay here again, given its great location and upscale flair in an under-served part of town.
I was very lucky to find The Wheelhouse Hotel on Expedia for a good price. It’s a great boutique hotel, even if you’re not planning to go to Wrigley, which is only a long block away. The hotel and its rooms have a cool baseball theme, but in an authentic (not cheesy) way. The staff was amazingly friendly. I certainly recommend staying here during any season, not just baseball season. I will be back, but I’m afraid it will be hard to book because of its guaranteed popularity!
So, the good! The location is great, and the atmosphere is a bit above the Hipster Boutique Hotel Generic that is sweeping the nation. The baseball theme seals it: there are nice touches like hand-painted signs in the rooms, tile inlays of room numbers in the floor, and so on. I felt the room size (Deluxe King) was good, too, with views overlooking Clark. Bugs are still being worked out, though. Like another reviewer here, my AC didn't work when I first entered my clammy room – but that was quickly addressed. The slightly more curious design choices are what stuck with me. I use my phone as an alarm clock and, well, there weren't any outlets near the bed at all. In 2018. "No problem," you might think, "just use the room's alarm clock!" ...There's no alarm clock. No Bluetooth speaker, none of that. That's weird, right? It is. Also, the shower has no shelf. At all. So sure, the little Beekman toiletries are pleasant and all, but I really need to put them on the floor to store them, really? Come on now. And lastly, there's no iron nor board in the room, but there's a steamer. Not a big deal. The bed was super comfy and supportive, and the AC unit did a nice job cooling down the room. Wifi is free and fast enough. TV is via DIRECTV and is good. Minibar prices are typically high. Again, the decor and space are good and I would stay here again – they just need to fix a few of these weird quirks.
The hotel has a few bugs that need to be worked out. First of all found earbuds plugged in in our bathroom, not sure how they cleaned the room and did not see this. We stayed in room 305 and the shower door does not seal and all the water pours out into the bathroom and floods the floor. When we checked in at about 4:00pm on a warm day our air conditioning unit did not work so maintenance came up and advised that they would have to fix it at the main panel, so soon after the air came on and was set on 67 degrees, this was ok at the time but then in the morning the thermostat was still on 67 and was locked so we could not change it. All in all it was not a nice as we had expected.
My friend and I booked The Wheelhouse the very first night it opened and had a great experience. We came in from the suburbs of Chicago to attend a concert at Wrigley Field. The location is great if you are going to a game or a concert in the area - just a couple block walk to the field. What really stood out to me is the how the staff was incredibly friendly and attentive to our needs. With this being their first official day open, we anticipated a glitch here and there, but nothing that would affect us wanting to return and the staff tried really hard to make this a great experience for us. The decor is great, very baseball themed of course - smells of leather, etc. Comfortable bed and pillows. LOVED the high ceiling (we had a room on the 4th Floor) and great people watching from the window up and down Clark. But remember...if you can see them, they can see you! LOL :-) We wish the hotel and their staff the best of luck! Especially if (when) the playoffs start!!
- Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
- Onsite dining
- Rooftop terrace
- Concierge services
Located in Lakeview, The Wheelhouse Hotel is a short distance from popular attractions such as Wrigley Field and Lincoln Park. This 3.5-star hotel has 21 guestrooms and offers conveniences like a restaurant, free in-room WiFi, and a rooftop terrace. Also close to this Chicago hotel are Lincoln Park Zoo and Vic Theatre.
In addition to a restaurant onsite, there is also a cocktail bar where you can enjoy a drink. Savor a meal from the privacy of your room with room service, or get a pick-me-up at the coffee shop/café.
A flat-screen TV comes with cable channels, and guests can stay connected with free WiFi. Beds sport premium bedding and the bathroom offers a hair dryer and designer toiletries. Other standard amenities include a minibar, free newspapers, and a safe.
A rooftop terrace and free WiFi in public areas are featured at The Wheelhouse Hotel. Front-desk staff can answer questions 24/7, and assist with luggage storage, securing valuables, and tours or tickets.
Reviews from Trip Advisor
% of guests recommend this hotelTotal of 6 reviews