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A Tuscan-style bed-and-breakfast that mixes classic and modern decor
Opened in 2009 and designed by the acclaimed Burns and Beyerl architect firm, the Villa D' Citta is richly elegant, with hardwood floors, dark wood furniture, and striking modern design touches.
The spacious wood-columned foyer has a dining table with candles, a fireplace, two satin couches, and eclectic wall art (including old maps, a sword, and a colorful contemporary painting of a car).
The communal kitchen is a large open space with stainless steel appliances, wood cabinets, an island with stools, an oven, a microwave, a sink, and dinner sets. Guests aren't allowed to cook a full meal here, but they can store leftovers, or fix snacks such as sandwiches or or hot dogs using the free ingredients.
Adjacent to the kitchen is the family room, with a contemporary white couch, animal print throw, flat-screen TV, fireplace, and arched french doors opening to the patio.
The patio (or grotto) is framed by a brick colonnade, and guests can use the barbecue on warm nights. A wrought-iron spiral staircase leads to the rooftop whirlpool and sun deck.
In residential Lincoln Park, amid restaurants and boutiques
Lincoln Park is a residential neighborhood north of Old Town and directly west of Lake Michigan. There are dozens of restaurants, bars and boutiques in the area, but it is fairly quiet. Lincoln Park is also home to bike and jogging paths along the lake, gardens, public art, some of Chicago’s best beaches, the Lincoln Park Zoo and Conservatory (both of which are free), and the famous Oz Park. But top tourist attractions - like the Loop, Millennium Park and the Magnificent Mile - are roughly a 20- to 25-minute subway ride away. Fortunately, the hotel is two blocks from three subway lines.
Luxurious rooms combine modern elegance with old-world charm; several have fireplaces
Villa D’ Citta has six rooms with very distinct personalities. They are all spacious and luxurious, but color schemes and decorative accents vary. For example, the Florencia Suite features dark wood floors, a contemporary bed with white bedding, and huge photo of the Eiffel Tower, while the Grand Tuscan Suite has a carved four-poster bed with mocha bedding. Several rooms have fireplaces.
An sun deck with a Jacuzzi
A communal kitchen and a barbecue, but no restaurant
The six-room Villa D’ Citta is a cozy, romantic bed-and-breakfast located in residential Lincoln Park. Its few features are all charming: an outdoor whirlpool and sun deck, a brick courtyard with a barbecue, and a large communal kitchen. The bright, luxurious rooms have big flat-screen TVs and hardwood floors, but they lack iPod docks and safes, and two of them share a bathroom.