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Margarita European Inn, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member

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1566 Oak Avenue, Evanston, IL 60201-4234
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitised in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
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#5 of 6 hotels in Evanston
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Chicagoland, Evanston's, Boutique hotel. Close to Northwestern University and 1 block to public transportation.
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GoPlaces735574 wrote a review Jun 2020
2 contributions1 helpful vote
My husband and I planned a weekend getaway to this historic hotel but only stayed for one night. The gentleman on duty at the front desk was very friendly and helpful when we checked in to the hotel. The historic areas of the building were closed due to COVID-19 and there was no delicious breakfast as described by other patrons. The bed and tub were clean, but there was no soap in the soap dish or bath room rug, and the washcloth was literally in shreds. The shower current was stained and there was a hole in the ceiling. The air conditioner did not work. When the maid started to vacuum my husband developed an allergic reaction which led to us checking out a day early. I suspect a good carpet cleaning and vacuum cleaner bag change is in order. When we checked out the woman at the front desk continued to talk on the phone without acknowledging me for a few minutes as I waited to check out. When she finally put the phone down I handed her the room keys and told her we were checking out. She said “is that all” and did not bother to ask about whether or not their was any problems or if she could be of some assistance. We will not be returning to this establishment.
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Date of stay: June 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Robert S wrote a review Feb 2020
Huntington Woods, Michigan2 contributions1 helpful vote
Very nice quaint and comfortable hotel in Evanston walking distance to shops, restaurants, train and Northwestern University. The hotel was very comfortable and clean, and the front desk help was amazing. Taiyone made check in so easy, was very pleasant and ensured we had everything we needed for our stay.
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Room Tip: We stayed on the 3rd floor facing the street. It was very quiet and comfortable.
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Response from Tour19698309661, General Manager at Margarita European Inn, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member
Responded 11 Feb 2020
Dear Guest, A massive thank you for staying with us from our entire team here at the Margarita Inn! We also greatly appreciate you taking the time to write such a lovely review about your experience at our little Inn. Thank you for your kind words about Taiyon, you are so kind! I will most definitely share your comments with her and with the whole team! We all work hard to take care of our guests and it is absolutely wonderful when one of our associates gets recognized! We all look forward to welcoming you back and if there is anything we can do ahead of time to make your stay more enjoyable, please let us know. Kindest Regards, TJ Geurtsen General Manager
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MidwestKathM wrote a review Jan 2020
Detroit, Michigan553 contributions333 helpful votes
We are repeat customers of the Margarita European Inn, having discovered this gem of a hotel when it was an independent. Our trips to the area are usually to Chicago, but we certainly do not mind the drive to and from Evanston via the Lake Shore Rd./Sheridan Rd. route as we enjoy entering Evanston through the neighborhood streets which are full of beautiful and unique architectural styles and then driving through the downtown to the hotel. The ambiance of this unique hotel property brings us back over and over. From the old-time cage elevator to the lovely parlor and the library all the way to the rooftop terrace, we enjoy it all! Nicely decorated for the holidays too! The rooms are spacious enough (keeping in mind that the property once was a business school for young women) and clean and comfortable. The complimentary breakfast offerings are generally quite tasty, from the eggs and sausage to the croissants and other baked sweets to the fruit and coffee. Additionally, if you want to eat or shop in Evanston, the downtown center is within walking distance. So is the train station. For the price, it is worth it. One caveat is the parking for which there is an additional daily fee; be sure that you understand where guests are allowed to park.
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Date of stay: December 2019
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Response from Tour19698309661, General Manager at Margarita European Inn, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member
Responded 4 Jan 2020
Thank you so much for being our guest and thank you for your loyalty to the Margarita European Inn in Evanston! I can't thank you enough for your beautiful words, they provide us with an energizing fuel burst to be the best we can possibly be every day! I will most definitely share your feedback with my team, they get a kick out of hearing how our guests love us! We hope to see you come back many more times, one thing is for sure, we will be here waiting for you with open arms! Best wishes for a joyful, safe and healthy 2020! TJ Geurtsen General Manager
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Leofranc Holford-Strevens wrote a review Nov 2019
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Extremely helpful and friendly manager, delicious breakfasts by a French pastry-chef. The hotel is quiet, and conveniently located for restaurants and trains (CTA and Metra). Our kingsize bed was very comfortable. It is next door to a museum devoted to stained glass (much of it Tiffany) and the history of timekeeping, with an amazing collection of clocks.
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Date of stay: November 2019
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Room Tip: The south side is brughter.
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Response from Tour19698309661, General Manager at Margarita European Inn, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member
Responded 14 Nov 2019
Dear Execestides, Thank you so much for staying at the lovely Margarita European Inn. Thanks as well for writing such a great review about your experience. I am flattered if the Manager you referred to is me, but regardless, we all get such a kick out of the positive feedback from our guests! It is through lovely words of praise like yours, that we find the motivation to give it 100% every day! We hope to see you again very soon! Kindest Regards, TJ Geurtsen General Manager
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Janet S wrote a review Nov 2019
Berkeley, California27 contributions57 helpful votes
I was excited about this hotel, as it was clearly not the cookie-cutter corporate hotel experience. Staff were kind and bathroom was lovely. Short of that, nothing to recommend it. We were three, arriving late, and I wrote an email before arrival to make sure they knew we were arriving late and to make sure the bed for the third was ready to go, and . . . no bed set up when we arrived. Not that it mattered--the pull-out was the most uncomfortable pull-out we have experienced in our years of traveling as three (son with us). Either replace the pull-out with a bed one can actually sleep on, or scratch the claim that the room sleeps three. Received no maid service, even though we left around 9:30AM and returned late at night. For these prices, I expect to come home to some fresh towels and emptied trash cans. When I called down to ask for towels and ask why no maid service, not much of a response. They brought up a 2 towels, although it was a room for three, no wash cloths, hand towels. I gave up. The hotel needs maintenance badly--the wood on the windows has decayed, so that the wind gets in and it can get cold and in the morning, noisy. Breakfast was okay, but they ran out of hot water, stuff had run out when we came to eat at 9, had to hunt down someone to ask if they could replenish. My sense is that they need more staff, the ship needs tighter running, and they need to put some money into basic maintenance. Shame, as the location is great and the historic building could be charming with some TLC.
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Date of stay: October 2019
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Trip type: Travelled on business
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Response from Tour19698309661, General Manager at Margarita European Inn, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member
Responded 4 Nov 2019
Dear Janet, Thank you so much for staying with us and thank you also for taking the time to write an honest review of your experience with us. I apologize that we were not able to provide you with an amazing experience. Our goal is for every guest to leave with a warm memory in their heart. In your case we were obviously not able to do that. In regards to the breakfast I will follow up with breakfast team, because that is absolutely unacceptable. As you can read from other reviews, our guests are typically raving about our breakfast. Philippe, our French baker, makes wonderful croissants and pastries, and they are loved by many of our guests. I will also follow up with my Housekeeping Manager to find out why your room was not cleaned. This is highly unusual because our housekeeping team truly takes such pride in their work. It seems that we failed on many levels, and that is not who we are and how we normally present our hotel. Every single person who works here, loves the hotel, loves our guests, and loves going above and beyond. I understand that you were not happy with your stay, and there is likely not a whole lot I can say that will magically make your experience any different. I will share your review with all our staff and let them know that it is completely unacceptable. I once again apologize, but hope that you will come back and give us another opportunity. One thing is certain and that is that we look forward to welcoming you back. Kindest Regards, TJ Geurtsen General Manager
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sbfenton wrote a review Oct 2019
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We spent a weekend in Chicago area visiting our niece and doing Chicago Open House. We had not heard of this hotel before, but happened on it in an internet search. Although this hotel is associated with the Choice Hotel chain, it is not the usual cookie cutter Choice hotel. The Margarita Inn is a lovely place to stay with unique ambience decorated in the manner of the early part of the 1900s. Our room was small but comfortable; the furnishings were minimal but very nice. The bathroom was modernized but had an old world look. Yes, the elevator is old, but works well and is what you would expect in this hotel. We enjoyed the large parlor, smaller liabrary and the roof top patio, taking advantage of the opportunity to sit and spend time with family. The breakfast was very good; scrambled eggs and sausage and many kinds of pastries; excellent greek yogurt and hot oatmeal with garnishes. The coffee was good; not te usual cheap hotel coffee. We agreed with family members we were traveling with that this hotel is excellent and we will definitely stay here again if/when we travel to Chicago again.
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Date of stay: October 2019
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Response from Tour19698309661, General Manager at Margarita European Inn, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member
Responded 27 Oct 2019
Dear Guest, A massive thank you for staying with us from our entire team here at the Margarita Inn! Thank you as well for the amazing review you posted about your experience with us! Your kind words are the reason why we work hard every day. Thank you for your appreciation, I will definitely share your feedback with my team! If there is any additional information you would like to share with us, please let me know. We hope to see you again soon, one thing is for sure, we all look forward to welcome you back with open arms Kindest Regards, TJ Geurtsen General Manager
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86MissyJ wrote a review Oct 2019
Wheelersburg, Ohio815 contributions220 helpful votes
Really neat hotel to stay at! The staff was very friendly and helpful. Check in and check out went smooth. Our room was very nice and comfortable. Neat pastries are served for breakfast! The hotel is very charming and close to area attractions. Would stay here again when visiting the area.
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Date of stay: October 2019
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Responded 27 Oct 2019
Thank you so much for your awesome review of your experience with us, and of course thank you also for being our guest at the Margarita European Inn! Your kind words really touch all our hearts and I will most definitely share your comments with the whole team! We all work hard to take care of our guests and it is absolutely wonderful when our guests leave with a warm memory of our hotel and our staff. We all look forward to welcoming you back and if there is anything we can do ahead of time to make your stay more enjoyable, please let us know. Kindest Regards, TJ Geurtsen General Manager
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debbiecarcione wrote a review Oct 2019
St. Petersburg, Florida95 contributions48 helpful votes
The employees are laid back. The hotel is in a GREAT location... blocks from all the restaurants and bars. They are next door to the clock and glass museum--A MUST SEE--ESPECIALLY THE CLOCKS... watch the videos with the clocks...super cool. Parking is a little scary because is it dark...but we never felt unsafe. The neighborhood is dark, so get your bearings during the day so when driving at night you can find your turns :) free tip from deb. They do not have microwaves or fridges in the room--FYI. The breakfast in the morning was lovely... It reminds me of old English movies having coffee and a bite in the sitting room. We also enjoyed sitting in the little library. The roof patio was very nice and our floor had a back terrace. The elevator is the original with the metal sliding door and at first a bit intimidating but worked fine and never had an issue. LOVED THIS PLACE!!!!
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Date of stay: September 2019
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Response from Tour19698309661, General Manager at Margarita European Inn, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member
Responded 27 Oct 2019
Dear Ms. Carcione, I am so grateful for your amazing review of your experience with us at the Margarita European Inn! Your kind words are what keeps us going every day and they provide the best motivation you could ever ask for! In regards to the parking lot. I have reached out to the company that we lease our area of the parking lot from a few times to inform them of lights being out. I have just sent them another reminder and will call them tomorrow to make sure that this gets taken care of. Even though we are in a very safe neighborhood, I know it is dark out there and this needs to be taken care of. We all look forward to welcoming you back and please don’t hesitate to ask for me in person, I always love meeting our guests! Until next time, TJ Geurtsen General Manager
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butterflyshadows wrote a review Sep 2019
Chicago, Illinois621 contributions101 helpful votes
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In late August I checked in here for a second visit and the hotel made sure I'd be able to check in very early without any issues or drama. The day before check in I checked with the front desk over the phone to make sure there would be a room available to me before their original check in time and they reserved the room for me for the next day. This time my room was a bit smaller than my first stay but it was still extremely charming and colorful. I love the vintage charm of this historical landmark building and if you enjoy boutique hotels, historic architecture and pastries for your breakfast then you should definitely give this lovely Evanston hotel a try. My bed was so comfortable and it was easy for me to get s good night of sleep and enjoy the ambiance of this darling hotel. Breakfast is something you shouldn't miss because the French pastry chef cooks these decadent chocolate croissants from early morning till 10 am. The Margarita European Inn is a darling hotel with character and great attention to detail. You won't regret choosing this hotel especially if you love unique and beautiful surroundings.
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Date of stay: August 2019Trip type: Travelled solo
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Responded 5 Sep 2019
Dear Butterflyshadows, Thank you so much for yet another great review! We all appreciate it so much and you have no idea how much reviews like these help keep us motivated to do all we can for our guest every day. We are so proud of our little hidden treasure in Evanston and I am glad you found it again! We look forward to you coming back again and again. On behalf of all of us here at the Margarita European in .... "THANK YOU & SEE YOU SOON!" TJ Geurtsen General Manager
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Hobie591 wrote a review Sep 2019
Boulder, Colorado4 contributions1 helpful vote
The Margarita is best hotel in Evanston. Located in a quiet corner of downtown Evanston and previously a 1920s inn for professional women, it has been lovingly restored while maintaining its wonderful historic features, including an old-fashioned elevator, an elegant spacious parlor (where a complimentary and delicious full breakfast is served), and a well stocked library. Reserved parking is available 300 feet away for only $10/day, which is cheap for downtown Evanston. The rooms are very well furnished with comfortable beds and beautifully remodeled bathrooms.
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Date of stay: August 2019
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Responded 5 Sep 2019
Dear Hobie591, A great big thank you for staying with us from our entire team here at the Margarita European Inn in Evanston! We also greatly appreciate you taking the time to complete such an outstanding review about our little Inn. Your awesome survey is exactly the reason why we work hard every day. Thank you for your appreciation, I will definitely share your feedback with my team! If there is any additional information you would like to share with us, please let me know. We hope to see you again soon, one thing is for sure, we all look forward to welcome you back with open arms! Kindest Regards, TJ Geurtsen General Manager
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$223 - $247 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Margarita European Inn, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member
Which popular attractions are close to Margarita European Inn, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member?
Nearby attractions include Lock Chicago Escape Rooms (0.4 km), Halim Time & Glass Museum (0.04 km), and Kansaku (0.4 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Margarita European Inn, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and breakfast buffet.
What food & drink options are available at Margarita European Inn, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Margarita European Inn, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member?
Yes, paid private parking nearby is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Margarita European Inn, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member?
Conveniently located restaurants include Edzo's Burger Shop, Cupitol Coffee & Eatery (Evanston), and Bat 17.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Margarita European Inn, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.
Are there any historical sites close to Margarita European Inn, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Baha'i House of Worship (3.1 km), Grosse Point Lighthouse (2.1 km), and Anita Willets Burnham Log House (7.8 km).
Is Margarita European Inn, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member accessible?
Yes, it offers reduced mobility rooms. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.