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"I love this European style in historic Oak Park. The restaurant, Hemingway Bistro, is outstanding for ambiance, service, and outstanding food. The s ... " More

By a verified traveler on Tue 01 Sep 2015

Hotel Description

Hotel perfectly located for exploring Oak Park

City center stay

You'll be steps from Ernest Hemingway Museum and House and within a 10-minute walk of Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio. Garfield Park Conservatory and Garfield Park are also within 6 miles (10 km).

Restaurant, bar/lounge

A restaurant and a bar/lounge are featured at this hotel. Guests will appreciate free perks like free self parking and WiFi in public areas. Limo/town car service, express check-out, and dry cleaning are also on offer.

Free WiFi, refrigerators

Featuring conveniences like refrigerators and microwaves, the 65 guestrooms also offer free WiFi and LCD TVs with cable channels. Coffee/tea makers, hair dryers, and safes are also available.

Classic Room

Bed Count 1 Full Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max
$119 per night

Standard Double Room, 2 Double Beds

Bed Count 2 Full Beds Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Suite, 1 King Bed

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 3 Max

Standard Room, 1 Queen Bed

Bed Count 1 Queen Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Write Inn Hotel ratings based on 28 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
3.5 out of 5 3.5 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 4.0 out of 5.0
Service & staff 4.0 out of 5.0
Room comfort 4.0 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 3.0 out of 5.0

Guest reviews for Write Inn Hotel

Everyone (2) Couples (1) Family (1)
3 out of 5
It is a quirky little place with odd shaped rooms filled with old furniture. If you like your modern cookie cutter hotels, then you might find this place to be a little too old world. The restaurant bar and staff are the highlight of this hotel. Sunday jazz brunches are delightful.

Posted by on May 6, 2019

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Comment from Hotel Management

May 21, 2019 by Management

Dear Write Inn Guest, Thank you very much for taking the time to share your great feedback following your recent visit. We are very happy to read your kind comment! Together with my team, I hope to welcome you back soon again. We wish you a nice day. Yours sincerely, Oktunc Sipahi General Manger

1 out of 5
1. Parking is a big problem. The advertised "free parking" is over two blocks away. Only two non-handicapped spaces for short term parking in front of hotel is unacceptable. 2. Non-secure wi-fi. User beware. 3. Incessant vibration from fan or motor disturbed my sleep. I was on top floor and I assume source was rooftop equipment, but hotel wouldn't admit any possible source or problem. 4. 18% surcharge discovered on my credit card that wasn't mentioned to me and wasn't shown on my bill at time of checkout. I wouldn't recommend staying this hotel.

Posted by , from Saint Louis, Missouri on Jul 24, 2018

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Comment from Hotel Management

Jul 28, 2018 by Management

Thank you for your feedback. I would like to clarify a few concerns you expressed within this statement. a. Our free parking is within a five minute (at max) walk from the hotel, and we have enough handicapped parking to accommodate our guests who include their needs within their reservation prior to check-in. b. Our Wi-Fi is very safe and secure, as we do daily maintenance with our server and work closely with our providers to ensure, efficient, strong, and more importantly secure connectivity’s for all of our guests. c. This is an issue that we could have addressed and sent maintenance out to inspect, had it been communicated with our front desk staff during your two night stay. Please know we have had continues customers stay in the room mentioned in your statement who have not mentioned this disruption but I will investigate and if there is finding, have the issue resolved. d. This was not a charge or fee, this was an authorization –hold-, which we practice with all of our guests to ensure that is held until departure for any incidentals. In addition this that, I would like to emphasize that your final bill consists of only room charges, taxes, and nothing additional. Once again, thank you for your input, we will work hard to ensure that miscommunications such as this, can be avoided at all cause in the future, so that all of our guests can have not only a memorable experience, but a pleasurable one, here at the Write Inn Hotel.

2 out of 5
Room was very small. Wall paper peeling off bathroom wall, bathroom door knob smashed in, coffe pot dirt with left over coffe from previous guest, hall ways smelled foul, barking dog in the room across the hall, all in all not a great experience. Very letdown.

Posted by , from Puyallup, Washington on Oct 26, 2015

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4 out of 5

Boutique Style

Pros: Same as above but also the historic charm of an old hotel in a historic area of Chicagoland.
Cons: Keep the charm as long as you can.
Location: Oak Park has many good restaurants and shops. The Hemingway House and Hemingway Museum are practically next door. The Frank Lloyd Wright home -a must!
I love this European style in historic Oak Park. The restaurant, Hemingway Bistro, is outstanding for ambiance, service, and outstanding food. The staff is very helpful and accommodating and the make the stay very pleasant.

Posted by , from Madison, WI on Sep 1, 2015

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4 out of 5

fantastic location - european style hotel

This hotel is an older building which has a little old fashion flair and charm.  We stayed in one of the (2) double bed rooms at the top floor - offering plenty of room and lots of nice natural light.   My first impression was that the hallways and circulation spaces seemed a little bit dingy and narrow (some construction near the elevator) but our room was spectacularly clean and the maid service was efficient and spotless each day.  And there couldn't be a better location for Oak Park - in the heart of beautiful homes and great restaurants, and so many Frank Lloyd Wright buildings easily walkable from here (Unity Temple and FLW's home/studio included).  Ernest Hemingway's birthplace and museum adjacent.  Parking was off-site/down the block in a garage but completely free for 4 days. We parked our car and took the Green line train into Chicago which made transportation easy.  The folks at the desk were not overly talkative but they did answer our questions and one person gave good recommendations for dining.  Our overall experience was good - cozy and reasonably priced.  We would definitely stay here again.

Posted by , from upstate New York on Jun 6, 2013

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5 out of 5

perfect fit

Pros: Close restaurants, Free Internet, Quiet, pet friendly
a last minute stay with pet and close to the big city

Posted by , from California, USA on Nov 5, 2012

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4 out of 5

nice place to stay in Chicago on budget

Pros: Close restaurants, Free Internet, Quiet
Cenveniently located (20 min on a green line to the Loop), the station is closeby, nice neighbouhood, a number of eateries/rest'ts around the corner. Good restraurant in-door. Friendly staff.

Posted by , from Moscow, Russia on Oct 18, 2012

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4 out of 5

Cheap, Convenient Stay

Pros: Close restaurants, Free Internet, Quiet
This hotel was very cheap and in a convenient location. The Hemmingway Museum is right across the street and the Frank Lloyd Wright Museum is around the corner. The neighborhood was very friendly and safe. Only a one block walk down Oak Park Ave. will get you a variety of food, beverages, and shopping. A couple blocks down Lake Street, you will find the same. The train station is only two blocks down Oak Park Ave. Our room was small and old, BUT it was very clean, comfortable, and had a large fridge, microwave, coffee pot, and hair dryer. The parking and wi-fi were both free. The staff was very friendly and helpful. We will definitely stay here again.

Posted by , from Milwaukee, WI, USA on Aug 18, 2012

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4 out of 5

A comfortable hotel, clean room, great service. Wonderful location.

Pros: Close restaurants, Free Internet, Quiet
A fine location, friendly, helpful staff, upgraded room.

Posted by on Jul 3, 2012

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4 out of 5

Charming place, reminding me of 1920's elegance.

Pros: Close restaurants, Free Internet, Quiet
The hotel has all the structural detail of the older building, but has modern amenities. I'm sure the rooms did not originally have their own baths! I'm sure that when the hotel was built guest arrived by train and took a taxi to the hotel. Fortunately, there is now a parking garage only two blocks away. I enjoyed my stay, and only wish I could have spent more time in the room!

Posted by , from Clinton, IA, USA on May 26, 2012

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Property Features

There's a restaurant on site. You can enjoy a drink at the bar/lounge. WiFi is free in public spaces. Write Inn Hotel also features multilingual staff, concierge services, and laundry facilities. Free self parking is available. This Oak Park hotel is smoke free.

  • 1 building
  • 65 guestrooms or units
  • 4 levels
  • Built in 1929
  • Dining venue
  • Bar or lounge
  • Breakfast available (surcharge)
  • Dry cleaning
  • Self-service laundry
  • Front desk (24 hours)
  • Express check-out
  • Staff is multilingual
  • Front-desk safe
  • Car service
  • Concierge
  • Elevator
  • No smoking on site

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Family Property
  • Free WiFi
  • Laundry facilities
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi


Free self parking


  • Airport: Chicago, IL (ORD-O'Hare Intl.) (19 km / 11.8 mi)
  • Train station: Oak Park Station (1.2 km / 0.7 mi)
  • Metro station: Oak Park Station (Green Line) (0.5 km / 0.3 mi)
  • Parking: Free self parking

Room Amenities

Write Inn Hotel offers 65 air-conditioned accommodations with safes and coffee/tea makers. Refrigerators and microwaves are provided. Bathrooms include showers, complimentary toiletries, and hair dryers. This Oak Park hotel provides complimentary wireless Internet access. 32-inch LCD televisions come with premium cable channels. Housekeeping is provided daily.

  • LCD television
  • Cable channels
  • Premium channels
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • Coffee maker
  • Shower
  • Cribs (surcharge)
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Hair dryer
  • Safe
  • Toiletries (free)
  • Telephone
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Climate control (air conditioning)
  • Ensuite bathroom

Food & Drink

For a fee, guests can enjoy cooked-to-order breakfast daily from 7 AM to 11 AM.

Hemmingways Bistro - This restaurant specializes in French cuisine and serves breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner.

Nearby Activities

The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or nearby; fees may apply.

  • Bicycle rentals nearby
  • Golfing nearby
  • Segway rental/tour nearby


If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please note them at check-out when you book your room.

  • Accessible bathroom
  • In-room accessibility

Hotel Policies


  • Check-in time ends at 2 AM
  • Check-in time starts at 3 PM
  • Minimum check-in age is 18


  • Check-out by 11 AM

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Kids stay free! Children stay free when using existing bedding.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are not available.
  • Cribs (infant beds) are available for USD 10.0 per night.


  • No pets allowed


Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card, or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed. Please note that cultural norms and guest policies may differ by country and by property. The policies listed are provided by the property.

Charges for extra guests may apply and vary according to property policy.

A cash deposit, credit card, or debit card for incidental charges and government-issued photo identification are required upon check-in.

Special requests are subject to availability at the time of check-in. Special requests can't be guaranteed and may incur additional charges.

  • No rollaway/extra beds available


Optional extras

The fees and deposits listed below will be charged at the time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Crib (infant bed) fee: USD 10.0 per night

This may not be a comprehensive list. Fees and deposits are subject to change and might not include tax.

Hotel Names

  • Write Inn Hotel
  • Write Inn Hotel Oak Park
  • Write Oak Park
  • Write Hotel Oak Park