By Stephen "Da Man" Ostrowski | January 26, 2018 |
Forget Airbnb—when it comes to boutique lodgings in Chicago, look no further than this trio of intimate luxury properties.
The Guesthouse Hotel
In Andersonville, “home away from home” takes on a literal (and luxe) meaning at husband-and-wife team Dave and Simona Krug’s The Guesthouse Hotel, where standard in-room amenities include a washer/dryer, open gourmet kitchen with breakfast bar, and private balcony—condolike comforts unheard of in standard hotels. Though its proximity to Lincoln Square, Ravenswood and Uptown makes it an ideal base for inter-neighborhood exploring, the property’s three-bedroom, two-bathroom deluxe suite—where you can nestle in front of the fireplace in the 1,800-square-foot unit’s spacious living area—makes staying put just as tempting an option. Says general manager Rick Verkler, “Our guests are always amazed at the space and comment how comfortable and home-like it feels.” Deluxe suite from $390, 4872 N. Clark St., 773.564.9568, theguesthousehotel.com
Publishing House Bed and Breakfast
In the West Loop, Publishing House Bed and Breakfast (originally the 1909 Free Methodist Publishing House) charms with a whimsical aesthetic courtesy of owners Kimberly Lowery and Shawn Uldridge, who purchased the site in 2014 and (with Nushu architecture and Siren Betty Design) rehabbed it into a modish, 11-room “urban take on a B&B.” The space’s primo room is The Everleigh, touting a custom GhostBed mattress and topper combination, work by Pop Art icon Jim Dine and other tony touches. “Everleigh is definitely our vintage treasure,” notes the duo, adding, “It’s also the only room that has a steam shower, perfect for Chicago winters.” Upgrade with an overthe- top room service package of cheese and charcuterie, Oscietra and white sturgeon caviar service and a bottle of Jacques Selosse Blanc de Blanc bubbly. Everleigh room from $325, with room service package $783, 108 N. May St., 312.554.5857, publishinghousebnb.com
Emil Bach House
The work of Frank Lloyd Wright is typically admired from a distance rather than actually experienced. Not so in East Rogers Park, home to Chicago’s lone Wright-designed private rental, the Emil Bach House, where guests can stay in the pioneering architect’s 1,500-square-foot 1915 masterpiece, designated a Chicago Landmark in 1977. Visitors receive an up-close primer in Wright’s signature Prairie style while enjoying modern amenities like Wi-Fi, flat-screen TV and laundry facilities; outside the house proper, there’s further urban respite in the bucolic Japanese teahouse and gardens. Remarks Wayde Cartwright, who co-owns the Tawani Enterprises-managed site with fellow innkeeper Bruce Boyd, “It gives you the sense of relaxation, tranquility and [escape] from the chaos of the city.” From $495, 7415 N. Sheridan Road, 773.654.3959, emilbachhouse.com