Charming Getaway in FANTASTIC Gold Coast - Right downtown by all the action!!!
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
Nice location with a few minor issues
Our family of 5 stayed here during the winter. The location is within walking distance of shopping, dining and activities.
The unit is the basement and first floor.
We had a few issues when we rented. The privacy blind was broken on the front window, so we improvised with a sheet. The management company responded within an hour and schedule a handyman for the next morning. On our last day we found a smoke detector that was removed because the battery was dead – we then found the spot it belonged – one doesn’t typically go looking for missing things, especially when paying a cleaning fee and management fee. One would hope the cleaning fee included inspecting dishes. Several were dirty and had to be re-washed before we used.
• Older home, with lots of creaks from suite 2.
• Painted entry stairs are very slippery when wet.
• Cleaning is suspect. All linens were clean and fresh.
• Exorbitant fees.
• Documentation from the management company was incorrect. Example, there are not 2 Nest thermostats, only a single non-programmable thermostat on the basement level. This would heat the basement to a decent temperature but was unbearably hot on the main floor. We used pillows to cover all the main floor vents.
Overall, the price per night is very reasonable, but the fees make the price for a weekend stay very high, and disappointing considering the issues and dinginess.
A fine house in a nice location
Overall, this home was pretty good and served it's purpose for us. My initial impression upon arrival wasn't the best, as the exterior of the townhouse was somewhat dirty looking, with cobwebs on the lights and dirty windows, etc.. There was also a few housekeeping issues inside the home (a pile of dirty bed linens in the master closet, and a few other minor things throughout). But the beds and bathrooms were clean and comfortable, and there was plenty of space for our family of 5. If you plan on having someone use the pull out couch in the front of the house, bring an eye mask. The outdoor light from the front of the house was so bright at night, even with the shades drawn. But my 14 year old son was comfortable up there, despite the light. We didn't use the kitchen, so I can't comment on that. We felt safe in the house and for the little amount of time we actually spent in the house, we were comfortable.
Nice place to stay
It was overall a nice place to stay in Chicago. We were able to walk to several places to eat and fun things to do. The kitchen was pretty well stocked. However, it did not have any way to clean dishes, i.e. rag, sponge, brush, dishtowels. Only paper towels which made keeping the dishes clean a difficult task.
There was no soap in the bathrooms to wash your hands. However, later in our stay, we accidentally ran across some in the t.v. cabinet?!?
The apartment was clean when we arrived. And the area felt very safe.
The access to the other suites makes it a bit noisy when they are accessing their suite on other levels (stairs). But overall everyone was very respectful during the night.
We had one other mishap when a maintenance worker walked into the apartment without knocking. He walked in on my young teenage daughter in the pull out bed. The communication among the staff was apparently not great. It felt like someone had been in the apartment each day while we were out. However, nothing was missing. The staff had called our home number, of course we were not home, we were renting their vacation home! They stated that they needed to look at some slow draining sinks (we did not seem to have this issue?). But when the worker arrived unexpectedly in the apartment, he said he was there about a hole in the wall. Not sure where all the communication went wrong, but it would be nice to have them knock even if they think we are out.
Otherwise, Chicago is great. We would recommend this rental and would probably stay again, but bolt the extra locks when you're there!!