Margarita European Inn, Ascend Hotel Collection

1566 Oak Ave., Evanston, IL 60201 United States (USA) near junction 35 on I-94 (~3.7mi)
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2 Star property
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Based on 56 guest reviews

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  • Complimentary breakfast is offered
  • Shuttle from airport available
  • Hotel has 46 rooms
  • 5 floors in hotel
  • 12 suites in hotel
  • Check in time: 3:00 PM
  • Hotel has an eco-friendly policy
  • Group score of 8.3/10

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Local attractions

Northwestern University, Loyola University, Lake Michigan beaches, Halim Time & Glass Museum Convenient transportation to downtown Chicago, Downtown Evanston
4.0 out of 5. Based on 56 guest reviews

Property description

About the Inn… A truly historical experience begins at The Margarita European Inn. From the moment you enter the front door, you will experience the elegance and service of an era you thought only existed in memory.The Margarita European Inn began its life in 1927 as The Margarita Club for Working Women. Originally, the building served as a hotel/apartment house for young business women needing proper housing. Father David O'Leary and his sister, Mrs. Margaret Lynch, with the support of St Mary's Catholic Church purchased the land and built the facility naming it in honor of their mother and sister, both named Margaret. In 1989, the transformation from the Margarita Club to the Margarita European Inn began. Over the years, twenty-two various sized rooms with lovely private bathrooms were created. In keeping with the history of the Margarita's roots, some of the original rooms were kept on every floor. In 2013 a complete renovation was done so there will now be forty-seven rooms, all with en suite bathrooms.The Margarita is a longtime mainstay of the Evanston hotel scene and the Northwestern University community; parents often book a year in advance during the University's busy seasons. Parents, family, visiting professors and speakers, have graced the charming rooms of the hotel. Our neighbors often refer to us as “Evanston's extra guest room.”The Margarita European Inn still maintains the Margarita Club's breathtaking original architecture. Our forty-seven rooms have each been furnished with antiques and many personal touches make each room unique in layout and décor. We invite our guests to enjoy our complimentary continental breakfast served in the charming Grand Parlor each morning. Our Grand Parlor, with floor to ceiling French doors, vintage molding and wood burning fireplace, is also great place to visit with friends or enjoy a glass of wine in true European-Style. You may also find our cozy English library, filled with books for your reading enjoyment, a fine place to just sit back and enjoy life's finer pleasures. With The Margarita European Inn's antique-laden decor, gracious hospitality and intimate atmosphere, it's no wonder we were listed in the Chicago Tribune as one of the top five most comfortable hotel lobbies in Chicago land. The Margarita Inn operated by Michael Pure, a life-long resident of the Chicago land area. Michael's family background in the hospitality business exposed him to the idea of being a gracious host at an early age. It's this same sense of 'being of service' that Michael intends to bring to The Margarita and the international array of guests that frequent the hotel.

Green sustainability

Hotel is using Green Energy

Details / Other expenses

Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
Year of last renovation: 2013
Floors: 5
Rooms: 46
Corridors: All rooms have interior hallways
Non-smoking rooms: 46
Rooms with disabled access: 3
Suites: 12
Room windows: Windows do open
Cleaning frequency: Daily
Meeting rooms: 1 View spaces
Meeting space: 1200 sq. feet
Event space: Holds 72 people
Dist. to food/bars: On-site
Dist. to a 24hr restaurant: 0.5 Miles
Dist. to the nearest gym: 0.5 Miles
Policies / Expenses
Two days prior to arrival by 4:00 PM - if canceled within 48 hours of arrival date a fee equal to a one night stay will be charged.
Nightly parking: $10
Typical group deposit: 25% to 50%
Total taxes: 14.50%
Total misc. fees: £3.93 GBP
(mandatory resort fees/taxes)
State Tax: 6.00%
City Tax: 8.50%
Parking Fee: 10.00 Per Night
Rooms Wireless Internet Fee: 0.00 Per Day (Free wireless)
Additional Room Fees: 5.00 Per Night (Green Energy charge)
Avg. Continental Breakfast Cost: 0.00 Per Person (Included with your stay)

Amenities / Features

  • Air conditioning
  • Airport Shuttle
  • Alarm clock
  • Complimentary breakfast
  • Complimentary newspaper
  • Conference facilities
  • Credit card accepted: Mastercard/Visa
  • Credit card accepted: American Express
  • Credit card accepted: Discover
  • Credit card accepted: Diners Club
  • Elevator
  • Fax available
  • Hairdryer available
  • Central heating
  • Ice Maker
  • Internet - wireless
  • Free WiFi Internet
  • Ironing facilities
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Pets allowed
  • Private bathroom in room
  • Private car parking
  • Quiet location
  • Radio in room
  • Restaurant
  • Shower
  • Telephone in all rooms
  • Television
  • TV - Free Cable

Airport & shuttle information

O'Hare International14 miles - TAXI $37-One bus ride.Midway Airport25 miles - TAXI $55

Is there an airport shuttle? Yes! There is an airport shuttle.

Breakfast information

Complimentary Continental Breakfast

Pet friendly?

Service animals complying with ADA Title lll regulations are allowed.

Yes! Pets are allowed.
Dogs with crates with advance notice. NO CATS ARE ALLOWED. Signature required on Pet Policy Registration.

Parking information

$10 charge for parking in our lot.


Free wi-fi

Cleaning policies

Covid-19 Cleaning Protocols:Our staff wears proper Personal Protective Equipment. All vacant rooms are completely sanitized from top to bottom. After each check out, we first fog the guest room with a hospital grade disinfectant that kills all potential harmful bacteria. We spray the entire bathroom area with a hospital grade disinfectant and let it sit for 15 minutes before rinsing with water and wiping everything down. After a room has been vacuumed, we shampoo the carpets with a sanitizing solution.At this time we do not provide any service in occupied rooms staying shorter than 3 nights. For longer term stays we only provide clean linen and towels and collect the trash. Our public areas are constantly treated with appropriate sanitizing and disinfecting solutions.

About Ascend Hotel Collection

  • Upscale property delivering the highest standards of hospitality, services, and luxury comfort
  • Free wireless internet and continental breakfast
  • Beautiful indoor and outdoor pools
  • Flat-screen high definition TV's
  • Boutique restaurants and cocktail lounges at participating locations
  • Fitness center facility

The Ascend Hotel Collection highlights above are subject to change without notice.

Previously known as:
The Margarita European Inn

Meeting rooms and event rooms at Margarita European Inn, Ascend Hotel Collection

Below are the meeting, conference and event spaces at Margarita European Inn, Ascend Hotel Collection.

Feel free to use the Margarita European Inn, Ascend Hotel Collection meeting space capacities chart below to help with your event planning. HotelPlanner specialises in Evanston event planning for hotel rooms and meeting space for corporate events, weddings, parties, conventions, as well as negotiated rates and trade shows.

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Reception desk for meetings
Registration desk for meetings
Fabbri Room 30 x 40 x 14 120056/7049502034----/----100--
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Fabbri Room

Located in Pensiero Ristorante, the newest incarnation of the critically acclaimed Va Pensiero Ristorante. Featuring 4 star creative regional Italian cuisine, the Fabbri room offers the space and privacy for your upcoming celebration.
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Total size:
1200 Sq. Miles
30 x 40 x 14 Ft
Floor level:
1 Lower ground
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Amenities available
  • Coffee / Tea Setup
  • Food / Beverage
  • Projection equip.
  • WIFI Internet
  • Air Conditioning
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FAQs about Margarita European Inn, Ascend Hotel Collection

What time is check in?

Check in time is 3:00 PM based on the hotel's local time. Early check in may be available if requested at the front desk on the day of check-in.

What time is check out?

Check out time is 11:00 AM based on the hotel's local time. Late check out may be available if requested at the front desk during your stay.

How many rooms does Margarita European Inn, Ascend Hotel Collection have?

There are 46 sleeping rooms in the hotel.

Is there any meeting space at Margarita European Inn, Ascend Hotel Collection?

Yes, they have 1 meeting room that can support various table layouts.

What kind of breakfast is at Margarita European Inn, Ascend Hotel Collection?

Complimentary Continental Breakfast

What parking is available at Margarita European Inn, Ascend Hotel Collection?

$10 charge for parking in our lot.

How much does internet cost?

Free wi-fi


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