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Located on the border of Lincoln Park and Lakeview, close to restaurants and bars, but far from the tourist sites
Willows is located on a residential street half a block from West Broadway, a dining, shopping and entertainment hot spot. Boystown, with its thriving nightlife and shopping scenes, is a short stroll away. But the hotel is not within walking distance of any of Chicago’s tourist attractions, and the closest subway stop is a 10-minute walk from the hotel.
Room decor is inspired by 19th-century France, and the overall effect is comfortable enough, but basic, and the carpets and fabrics could look a bit fresher. Small Queen and Standard Queen rooms are downright tiny, so it's worth upgrading.
No business center, restaurant, or pool, but solid freebies
The 55-room Willows Hotel is a solid value pick in a historic building on the northern edge of Lincoln Park. It's far from Chicago's main tourist sites, but there are plenty of restaurants, shops and bars half a block from the hotel. The property lacks features like a restaurant, business center, or on-site fitness center, but offers guests some nice freebies, including coffee and tea, continental breakfast, access to a local gym, and Wi-Fi. Some rooms are tiny (especially the 121-square-foot Small Queen Room), but they all come with 42-inch flat-screen TVs, bathrobes and minibars.