HOTEL DEALS

Chicago at a Price That's Right

We've picked reliable, affordable places to stay in a wide variety of Chicago neighborhoods. Here are ten properties worth considering, from retro inns to apartment-style hotels.

Free Wi-Fi? No. $6 a day.

Credit Cards Accepted Visa, MC, AmEx, Discover.

Details 800 S. Michigan Ave., 800/621-6909 or 312/939-2800, essexinn.com, doubles from $99.

Hotel Type Hotel.

Relevant Lifestyle Family-friendly.

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GOLD COAST GUEST HOUSE B&B
'Hood Southeast of Old Town, where the city's venerable walk-ups and town houses share elbow room with gritty, multiunit apartment buildings and gourmet grocery stores. The landmark Holy Name Cathedral is seven blocks away.

First Impression Entering this brick Victorian town house is like walking into a good friend's well-kept apartment. The hardwood floors are immaculately clean, the breakfast room is stocked with organic cereals and juices, and the south side's floor-to-ceiling windows frame a lovely backyard garden.

The Rooms Owner Sally Baker has decorated each room with a tasteful mixture of vintage furnishings and understated mementos, such as a World War II serviceman's framed letter and photo. The Victorian-era Queen Room on the north side has a beautiful pedestal sink and an extra-deep bathtub.

Plus Eating the complimentary breakfast in the garden is a welcome respite from the pace of the city.

Minus Children under 10 and pets are not allowed.

Free Wi-Fi? Yes, in public spaces and all rooms.

Credit Cards Accepted Visa, MC, AmEx, Discover.

Details 113 W. Elm St., 312/337.0361, bbchicago.com, doubles from $129.

Hotel Type Inn/B&B.

Relevant Lifestyle Romantic.

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THE BELDEN-STRATFORD HOTEL
'Hood Lincoln Park, a few city blocks from Lake Michigan, known for its expansive, tree-lined boulevards. DePaul University and the Lincoln Park Zoo are highlights.

First Impression It's no accident that the hotel is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. A red-coated doorman welcomes you to the elegant lobby decorated in a spectacular, art deco-inspired style. The hotel is modern where it counts: There's free Wi-Fi Internet, a small spa, and a French bistro, Mon Ami Gabi.

The Rooms Relatively spacious compared with other Chicago hotel rooms in a similar class. The well-maintained guest rooms typically have vintage furniture and Oriental rugs.

Plus Each apartment-like guest room has a kitchenette with a rudimentary fridge, a range, and a microwave. Many of the park-facing rooms offer astonishing views. The hotel provides a free continental breakfast and summer access to a rooftop sundeck, with views of Lincoln Park and Lake Michigan.

Minus If you're looking for the hip crowd, go elsewhere.

Free Wi-Fi? Yes, in all rooms and public spaces.

Credit Cards Accepted Visa, MC, AmEx, Discover, Diners Club.

Details 2300 Lincoln Park W., 773/281-2900, beldenstratford.com, doubles from $129.

Hotel Type Hotel and extended stay.

Relevant Lifestyle Family-friendly, romantic

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CITY SUITES HOTEL
'Hood Wrigleyville, six blocks south of Wrigley Field and its surrounding sports bars, reggae clubs, and restaurants. The neighborhood is a short cab ride from Chicago's famous theaters (including Briar Street Theatre, home of the Blue Man Group) and a block from Boystown, the city's widely recognized gay neighborhood.

First Impression From the outside, the hotel looks unremarkable—even a little drab—but inside, you'll find surprisingly well-maintained rooms and a friendly, professional staff. The Belmont stop on the elevated train (the El) is roughly a block away; it's a brief 20- to 30-minute ride to most downtown attractions.

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