Whether you are traveling to a big city like Chicago for business or leisure, the place you decide to lodge will either add to your trip, or make it merely average. More than just a place to sleep, an exceptional B&B is one that feels like home while inspiring you to discover the unique qualities the city has to offer – giving you a memorable experience.
Here’s why a unique lodging experience is the best way to explore Chicago:
History, Architecture & Culture Something that you can’t experience at a typical hotel chain is the historic ambiance that most B&Bs provide to their guests. There is so much to learn during your stay at a B&B – especially if it was built in the early 1900s or even earlier. Understanding the history behind the architecture, who resided in the home before it became a B&B, and the culture of the town that you’re staying in will give you memorable stories to tell when you return to your friends and family.
The View Usually, there’s not much to say about a typical hotel room in a city – there’s a bed, desk and chair, a bathroom, and if you’re lucky, a view of something other than an alley. The views from a B&B are often unique windows to the community and environment. The rooms of historic B&Bs often have a significant meaning that is linked to the history of the homeowners, the land, or the designing architect.
A Peaceful Escape Many B&Bs offer extra amenities such as massage, a sauna or the chance to take a yoga class. When traveling, it’s always a good opportunity to treat yourself to luxury and relaxation – much needed “me-time.” Instead of having to go through the trouble of looking for a spa that is up to your standards or that you can trust, look for a B&B that can provide these on-site or has access to local services. Since you trust the B&B enough to sleep and eat there, there’s no doubt that these extra amenities will be rewarding. Plus, you’re more likely to actually treat yourself to these things if your B&B provides them for you, or makes it easy to find and schedule them locally.
Personal Attention It’s all about you! While staying at a B&B you will notice the personalized attention from your Innkeepers and staff. Your questions and concerns will be answered promptly while accommodations will be made to make your stay extra special. It’s extremely easy for guests at big hotels to get lost in the crowd of the hundreds of other guests. While staying at B&B, you’ll find yourself getting to know the Innkeeper(s) whose goal is to ensure your stay is exceptional.
Comfort & Space If possible, try finding a B&B that is just close enough to the city to kick back and relax after a long day of meetings, or exploring the Loop. Convenient public transportation can ensure an easy commute, and your Innkeeper can help you find your way around. B&B owners are very much a part of their community, and they will enjoy helping you explore without stress. At the end of the day, you can return to your home away from home!
See a New Side of the City Do you want an exciting story to tell about your visit? Stay somewhere off the beaten tourist path. See the real Chicago, which is known for its neighborhoods, full of character and history. Whether you’re visiting for only a couple of days or a full week, staying at a B&B that exemplifies the city’s diversity will give you plenty of unique stories to share. Staying in one of our neighborhoods, in a B&B with a history will push you to expand your horizons and explore more than Michigan Avenue or State Street. There is so much to see, hear, feel, smell and taste in Chicago– let the place you stay set the foundation for your trip.
Staying at a historic B&B that exudes relaxation will create an enjoyable and memorable experience, no matter what your reason is for visiting. You will find yourself discovering new things to do that wouldn’t even cross the typical tourists’ mind. The quality of your trip relies heavily on the place you choose to stay, for you will begin and end your trip here, hopefully with us!