Zen King Suite Great Chicago Value

House - Private room · S Prairie Ave, Chicago, IL 60653, United States
Mejai Kai
Your host, Mejai Kai
21 Reviews
Response rate: 95%
Response time: within a day

The Space

This private bedroom in our home is dedicated to savvy travelers like us. Bed with extra pillows, personal desk and chair. Enough space to be comfortable working or stretching out for some deserved rest. Have your own private space with wifi access in a easy location that connects you to all buses and trains in the city.

Our home plays host international travelers looking for 3 things:

1. a comfortable place to rest, eat, study and connect to the internet.

2. a location that offers access to all buses and trains at the heart of the city.

3. a common area to cook, watch television, hang out and socialize with other travelers from around the globe in a home cooked setting

Parking is easy and free on the street. Leave your car parked and walk to Starbucks, IIT, Jimmie Johns, Kinkos, Sox Park, McCormick Center, 31st Street Beach Harbor. Public Library, Green or Red line CTA parking is available for free just outside the house.The Zen Master Suite is a large Master Suite with adjoining bathroom, marble shower and seperate soaking tub.. WIFI through out the house is free. Zen Suite has a king sized bed, sofa, chase lounge, desk with comfortable reclining/rolling chair. Bedding and towels are included. Comfort and Value are what we intend to provide here.

Its our pleasure to make your Chicago stay as nice as possible. We love the city and are happy to show it off. You can ask us for recommendations or directions. At Zen you are close to train under 15 minutes from downtown and the city center. Its location is perfect for travelers to see the splendor of Chicago. You are 10 minutes from the University of Chicago. You can walk to IIT or McCormick Convention Center. We have bicycles available for rent also. It's really the best location in the City.

Laundry is $10 per load and includes wash, dry and fold. There is also a laundry service and cleaners just 2 blocks away if you would like to do your own laundry.

We look forward to meeting you at Zen.

Room type: Private room
Accommodates: 4
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 2
Extra people: $20 / night after 2 guests
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Weekly Price: $413 /week
Monthly Price: $1100 /month
Cleaning Fee: $20
Check In: 5:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
Cancellation: Strict
Overall Guest Satisfaction
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  • We rented a room for 2 months. It was very dirty. The sheets and the towels were never changed neither washed. The kitchen was so dirty (particularly the owen) that we only had breakfast in the the house. The bathroom has never been cleaned (there was sand on the floor when we arrived and still when we left).

    We couldn't lock our bedroom. Someone came in and broke a mirror. Mejai complained after we went back to France and accused us, he stayed we played soccer in the room (it was just impossible the room is small) and he asked for 500 $ for the mirror and to clean the kitchen after our departures.

    Mejai washed our clothes. He put his own clothes, he mixed the colors and several clothes were damaged.

    Other guests left their dishes in the sink of the kitchen, it was so dirty that we had to wash all the dishes in the morning before having our breakfast. I ordered on a website, the post office gave a paper to me that prooves the packet was delivered but Mejai didn't give it to me and said he didn't get it.

    It smells tabacco in the house (Mejai and his family smoke). I don't recommand this house.

    July 2014
  • Buena habitación amplia y cómoda para una pareja, la ubicación es ideal y no tiene perdida para llegar al centro de la ciudad. Genial la estancia

    March 2014
  • My girlfriend and I were certainly given much privacy which was nice, but I must forewarn future guests that the room we were given was drastically different from what is displayed in the picture (Zen king suite). We weren't given any prior warning that this would occur. Also, upon arriving and asking Mejais brother why the change in room had occurred, Mejai had told his brother on the phone that he wouldn't be home for a few hours to discuss the issue, yet he was clearly sleeping upstairs. We were also promised extra linens that never arrived. I was surprised all this had occurred given the many positive reviews. The experience was enjoyable otherwise though. Bronzeville is a nice area of Chicago rich with culture and the quick walk to the CTA made transportation easy and affordable.

    December 2013
    Mejai Kai
    Response from Mejai Kai:

    I found this guest to be a bit inconsiderate and rude. For starters they arrived at 4am waking the house up with a request to change rooms. Of course I was asleep at 4am. I offered to talk later in the day and he pushed back with frustration at 4am.

    The next day I explained the mix up with the room and offered to relocate them but they insisted they were already comfortable. Thus the 4am push back and wake up call was for naught.

    As my daughter and I were leaving the house, we find the guest sitting on top the high back part of my kitchen chairs with his feet on the seat cushions. When he saw me he did not correct himself and apologize but rather stayed affixed on the high back part of the chair with his feet on the cushions. I asked him to not sit on the chair that way and he relocated without acknowledgment.

    I got the impression that this young man was head strong and self absorbed. He was unwilling to communicate on polite terms.

    December 2013
  • Kai is probably the coolest cat you are going to meet here on Airbnb, seriously. The room I had was great, the building was great the other guest where great and the location was just walking distance to public transportation, VERY convenient. I enjoyed watching american football with the other guest in the shared kitchen space as well. My room even had a skylight hehehe. This is definitely a good place to be.

    September 2013
  • me and my son just spent 3 nights there. the room was large and comfortable, i just wish i could have thicker curtains or something so the sun wouldnt wake us up at dawn every morning!!!
    other rooms are rented also so the common area has a feel like a youth hostel and i loved that. i met very interesting people who i was playing jinga and connect 4 with in the evenings.
    i didnt see mejai much but when i did he was helpful, he let me used his tablet to check my emails and he searched the net to give us the best option to go to a museum by bus. he was very pleasant
    the train to the city center is about 1 block away so very convenient

    August 2013
  • A great host, and a comfortable, affordable option for Chicago. The red or green brings you downtown in under 15 minutes, so it was very convenient in terms of location. Also, very close to The White Sox, if that happens to be of interest. Overall, a good place to stay.

    July 2013
  • A hassle-free stay, thanks to Mejai. The room I originally wanted was double booked (an airbnb glitch), but Mejai was a great host & took care of us in the end! :)

    July 2013
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    March 2013
    Mejai Kai
    Response from Mejai Kai:

    Nice to have you Audrey

    March 2013
  • decent place. spartan.

    September 2012
  • Excelent host!! Mejai is a complete easy going and cool person. He helped us in our 3 nights there recommending us how to move arround chicago and giving us a lot of advices! I completely recomend this place if you want to have a cheap, safety and near place to stay in Chicago! GREAT.

    June 2012
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Very Nice University of Chicago, IIT, McCormick Place, Parking is Free. We enjoy making visitors feel comfortable, welcome and confident about traveling around Chicago. We've made our house comfortable for academics and proffesionals. The location is one train stop away from the city center and a short walk to the lakefront. The Mansion was purchased in 2008 and has undergone complete rehab. The first floor has a social room with eat in kitchen. This space features the Bar Top for casual dining and conversation and a sofa for lounging with your feet up. Zen Mansion is located in the city center off the campus of Illinois Institute of Technology 5 minute walk. All trains, buses, cabs are here within 5 minutes walk. You can also walk to the lake front here. The rooms are perfectly functional and comfortable. Our purpose is to be the best value in Chicago for comfort and convenience. We intend to be the best value on airbnb. The rooms are very generous in size at 22' long X 16' wide. They are intended to serve as a suites for sleeping, working or lounging in privacy. Each room has a queen bed, dresser, desk, desk chair, sofa, love seat, chase lounge, proper art work , bedding and towels are all included. This location is safe and central to all trains and buses. We are quietly the best kept secret in Chicago and we intend to stay that way. Namaste
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