I was always curious about some of the hotels that seem to be out of place found in neighborhoods. One of the hotels I pass quite often is the Hotel Elinore on Cicero and Belmont. My assumption has been that these hotels were for transients and some of them evolved into nothing more than flop houses.
Did any of these hotels ever operate as regular hotels, or were they built as residential hotels that people intended to live in semi-permenentally?
Are most of these hotels single or multiple rooms? Do these hotels have their own bathrooms? Are there still hotels that operate with shared bathrooms like a boarding house?