#LaPresse: “Sleeping elsewhere / The Hollander: the heart of action in Chicago | Iris Gagnon-Paradis “

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Specializing in the niche market of boutique hotels that each have their own distinct personality, anchored in the local culture, the company had the right Idea in Chicago to offer an option to travelers looking for more affordable accommodation with The Hollander. This hostel new style offers a convivial and social experience with common rooms (baptized social stay ) as well as individual rooms, for those who desire more privacy.

In all, the five-storey building has 20 loft-style rooms, eight of which are shared rooms (for four or six people, with bunk beds) and the rest, single rooms that can accommodate three or four people, Variations (two large beds, four small bunk beds, etc.). Some shared rooms are reserved for female guests.

WHEN THE INDUSTRIAL WORSENS THE MODERN

If the luxurious The Robey stands on one of the corners of the bustling crossroads where Milwaukee, North and Damen (the epicenter of Wicker Park) intersect, the more discreet Hollander stands a little behind, North Avenue, in a historic building built in 1905, the Hollander Fireproof Warehouse, which was at the time an industrial warehouse.

Affordable, therefore, The Hollander offers elegance, refinement and experience to match what you would expect from a hotel. The design is particularly successful. The lobby at the entrance sets the tone, with its look both industrial and modern. The space is raw and bare but skilfully embellished with polished concrete, birch plywood, circular leather benches and steel frames … which evoke more XXI e than the XX e century.

This friendly and relaxed space serves as a common area for the hotel and allows for unforeseen meetings with other guests of the place. Multifunctional, it houses both the reception – the staff is ultrasympathetic -, a working space, a coffee in the day (Metric Coffee) and a bar in the evening, in addition to a space for renting city bikes (Banker Supply Co .) And a laundry room. We stop there in the morning to have a coffee, or in the evening for the aperitif, or at any hour of the day to relax or work on his laptop.

As for the rooms, many of which offer a view of the "L" Train, the underground, they charming by their minimalism and their ergonomics. The architectural firm responsible for the project, Delordinaire, has retained concrete floors and ceilings without covering them, and the bed frames are made of black steel and birch plywood. Lockers for each guest, seating, a flat-screen TV and a minibar complete the package. The bathroom of white tiles, with shower, offers natural products for Beessential skin.

PRICE FOR ONE NIGHT

Prices vary between $ 50 CAN for a small bed in a shared room and $ 250 for a single room with two full size beds.

LOCATION

At the crossroads of Chicago's two exciting and hip neighborhoods, Wicker Park and Bucktown, with access to many restaurants, cocktail bars, independent boutiques, art galleries and an active music scene. Two minutes walk from Damen station, on the blue line of the "L" Train, which makes it possible to get to the city center in less than 15 minutes.

SERVICES

Free Wi-Fi, TV, lobby at lobby, privileged access to adjacent hotel services, The Robey: small pool, two restaurants, and Up & Up, a rooftop cocktail bar offering a view Magnificent downtown and Lake Michigan. Pets are allowed in single rooms only.


The location, minimalist design and modern, friendly lobby, experience that combines elegance and affordable prices


The bathrooms are minimally equipped, in comparison with some hotels: provide hair dryer if necessary and dressing gown.

A PLACE TO RECOMMEND FOR …

Groups, families, young travelers who want to meet people, all who have a limited budget and who like to be at the heart of the action
2022 W North Avenue, Chicago

“Previously Published on: 13 August 2017 | 12:00 pm, as ‘

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