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New Boutique Hotel In Andersonville

url1.1The Guesthouse Hotel, formerly known as The Andersonville Guesthouse, may be one block South of the Andersonville border but it is proud to be an active member of the Andersonvile and Edgewater community. Its tagline is “Live Like A Local” and they want their customer’s experience to continue outside of the property. Owner’s David and Simona Krug say, “what makes our hotel engaging is that guests can have a truly unique Chicago neighborhood experience. They can go out and drink with the locals, eat with the locals. They get to be a part of the community even if it is for a short period of time.”

The road to becoming a hotel was never originally planned though. Back in 2008 the Krugs had finished construction on the condos at 4860 North Clark and were completing the next property at 4866 North Clark. While in the process of selling the 4866 condos, the real estate crisis struck. They were left in dire straights with no one willing to buy properties and values falling drastically. For months they looked for buyers with no luck and then a brilliant plan was presented to them – vacation rentals.

Vacation rentals licenses were introduced to the city in 2011. Basically they allow a property with less then 12 units to accommodate guests similarly to a hotel. They gave the idea a shot, with great results. And let’s face it, the property is perfectly located, on the border of andersonville/Edgewater and Uptown. Their success was inevitable and thus the Guesthouse was born. Later this year they will open their new property next door under the Guesthouse Hotel brand which will give them 25 units total and the ability to be licensed as a true hotel and include a lobby.

The real bang for the buck is how elegant and luxurious the rooms are. Every unit is a suite and they are extra large. By the end of the year they will offer 1,2 and 3 bedroom options. To say they are kept in immaculate condition is an understatement.  Manager Rick Verkler explains, “ Each year we repaint and make sure the rooms are absolutely pristine. Every need is met and we strive to constantly make the guest’s stay better.” Customer service is paramount at the Guesthouse Hotel and Rick brings it with enthusiasm.

The unexpected road to becoming two of the Chicago’s newest hoteliers, has been paved with success. David and Simona Krug plan to capitalize on their good fortune by possibly adding more hotels in other neighborhoods in the near future such as Wicker Park and Lincoln Park.

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