Sunday, July 3, 2011

Chicago- Flop house

On our first night we stayed here. From the Write Inn website- The Write Inn, a historical landmark, originally opened in 1926 as the Oak Park Manor. The architectural gem was the home to many literary figures, including Nobel Laureate & Pulitzer Prize winner, Ernest Hemingway and poet Vincent Starrett, who found the ambiance of the hotel an excellent atmosphere for writing and relaxing.

This place was originally an old flop house in the 20's. It is a fine old building, but as a place to stay we can't recommend it. Tiny , dark, uncomfortable rooms. A fellow traveller we shared an elevator ride with even remarked how the elevator was bigger that his room, we had to concur

This is one half of our room, taken from standing on the far side of the bed which was billed as a queen but was a full. The bathroom which is located right at the foot of the bed with about a foot of clearance. And you had to step up about 10 inches into the bathroom. 

Being an old building, it did have nice old touches

I was fascinated with the stairway, which was way faster than the elevator.

The Hemingway Museum is located just across the street.

About The Ernest Hemingway Museum

Just a short walk from the birthplace, housed inside the Oak Park Arts Center, the Ernest Hemingway Museum is host to permanent and temporary exhibits that explore the author's life. Kiosks fashioned from historic doors hold exhibits of rare photos and artifacts, including Hemingway's childhood diary and the famous letter from nurse Agnes von Kurowsky-later portrayed in A Farewell to Arms-terminating their engagement. Special exhibits highlight Hemingway's love of nature and the arts, along with his involvement in both World Wars and the movies. Other exhibits include The Eye of the Writer, Picturing Hemingway, and Hemingway and the Arts. A museum bookshop features books by and about the author, gift items, videos and posters.

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