- Reviews: 15
Diplomat Motel: Good bargain and clean motel
Clean rooms, a bit old all, but un-beatable price. Busses run on Foster ave. to Berwyn on the Red Line until 8-9 pm (afterwards Taxi from Berwyn to the motel is approximately 6-7$). Hotel is 60$ per night for a single, this really is a good business for Chicago. The motel has two floors on busy Lincoln Ave. arount a side-court for the cars - rooms are not too loud there. Breakfast is not available, but there is a nice department store on the other side of the street and the environment is safe - middle class / multicultural with some small shops and restaurants.
Clean rooms with large bathroom / shower / WC, great prices, by bus 10 min to red line, good access to airport via Lawrence Ave. / IS 90.
- Reviews: 211
Sheraton Chicago Northwest: The best stay in Chicago!
I had a lovely experience here in this hotel. A great place for families since they offer an indoor pool and spa tub. I was very happy to stay in such a friendly hotel. Really big rooms with a great atmosphere.
The Sheraton Chicago Northwest has very spacious guest rooms and excellent recreation facilities, including a heated indoor pool and tennis courts.
- Reviews: 211
Hilton Lisle/Naperville: 100% smoke-free hotel
The Hilton Lisle/Naperville hotel in Lisle, Illinois features beautifully appointed and elegant hotel rooms. The Hilton Lisle/Naperville hotel offers complimentary shuttle service to local area companies and Metra train station.
Direction: From Chicago take Eisenhower Expressway to the Aurora exit which is Interstate 88 (East/West Tollway). Go approximately 10 miles to Route 53 South to Warrenville Road. Go one and one-half miles west. The hotel is on the left Transportation is available from downtown Chicago via the Metro Train-only 30 minutes. Courtesy hotel shuttle available from Lisle train station.
I visited nearby attraction like Chicago Premium Outlets Mall and was satisfied. Very satisfied. This hotel offered to me a private jacuzzi and swiming pool ...
- Reviews: 282
I stayed at my friend. He is the nicest person and went out of his way to ensure I had a great time. Thank You! I regret to advise that this accomodation is not open to public!
Click here to return to my VT CHICAGO HOMEPAGE.
Went to lots of trouble for me;
Cooked for me, fetched me, drove me etc etc.
I owe him one huge THANK YOU!
- Reviews: 4100
Various: Loop Hotels
The Loop, Chicago's business district, also has quite a few hotels and is closer to the museum campus (Shedd Aquarium, Adler Planetarium and Field Museum), the Art Institute, the theater district, Grant Park where many of the summer food/music festivals are held and Millennium Park. There aren't as many restaurants in the Loop as there are in the Magnificent Mile/River North area but both areas are a short cab ride (or bus or el) away from each other.
Grand Dame hotel: Palmer House Hilton
Boutique hotels: Hotel Burnham, Hotel Monaco, Hotel Allegro, Crowne Plaza Silversmith, Hampton Majestic
More contemporary hotels: W City Center, Hard Rock Hotel, Hotel 71
Large hotels: Hilton on S. Michigan, Hyatt Regency, Renaissance on Wacker, Swissotel
Budget hotels: Travelodge, Best Western Grant Park, Essex, Congress (see my other tip)
- Reviews: 2750
Sheraton Gateway O'Hare: Sheraton Gateway O'Hare
If you're looking for an airport hotel near O'Hare, the Hilton is your best bet. The rest of the O'Hare airport hotels are located a couple of miles away. The Sheraton was a bit disappointing. Its well set up as a business hotel, with suites and workspaces, but things did not seem to be running too well. Shuttle service is a bit sporadic too and its remote location makes it not to well suited for anything.
- Reviews: 47
Downtown is EXPENSIVE
If you are looking to stay in Chicago...either don't go when its tourist season (summer) or stay on the outskirts of the city centre. A lot of Chicagos hotels downtown are 5* properties who will charge an average of 300USD a night!! If this price doesn't bother you than by all means pay it!! The Drake Hotel looks lovely, but I won't be staying there if it will make me bankrupt!!
- Reviews: 93
Marriott Suites O'Hare: Nice on the Cheap
I was eyeing the fountains from my room window, and wanted to take a gander at them a little closer. So, on the last day there, I did. I truly believe this fountain should be dubbed: "Geyser With a Prostate Condition". It would mightly suck up about 20 imperial gallons into a little holding tank, then would spit up a little jet, maybe 3" into the air, then fizzle out.
I have no idea why I thought this, but I had a good laugh.
- Reviews: 93
Marriott Suites O'Hare: Very Nice on the Cheap
This Marriott is only a few minutes from O'Hare, and about 20 - 25 from Downtown (depending on who was just rear-ended on the highway). I have to admit, they have the fluffiest beds on the Planet (and when you're hurtling *toward* the Planet, that's a good thing).
Wasn't too crazy about the construction noise, but they swore it would be completed by July 1st. Jackhammers do not a pleasant waketh, maketh. The rooms are among the most stylish in a Hotel of this sort, read that, 'really cool'!
I got a great deal from AAA for $101 (USD)/night
They do have a good sized pool, a hot (and Katmo says, "HOT"!) hot tub. Oh, yeah, and a sauna. Also, a moderate work-out room with treadmills, cycles, and some other stuff, but no free weights.
The Restaurant is rather nice, I had a dinner of Ahi Tuna when I got there, and it was quite nice. (Note, they also have Guinness). The buffet breakfast included made-to-order omelettes that were great.
The grounds were well-kept and landscaped, although, if you go to see the fountains, well, that's another thing. (See below)
- Reviews: 130
Hi Hostel Chicago: Hi Hostel Chicago
I would describe my stay as perfect. Probably the best hostel in United States in terms of facilities. Really big quiet clean rooms with enclosed bath rooms. 5 star quality hostel. Just a 2 minute walk from the Sears Tower.
Clean, Centrally Located, Excellent facilities.
- Reviews: 26
Quality Inn Downtown: Neat Greektown Location
We stayed at the Quality Inn on Halsted St. in Greektown for 3 nights. The location is not actually in the downtown area - it's a short walk across a bridge over the interstate. But Greektown is a very vibrant and interesting cultural area of Chicago. We walked into downtown each morning and grabbed breakfast at the McDonald's in the lobby of one of the buildings right across the bridge. Service was standard and appropriate for this class of hotel. The room was great - high floor with a balcony and lovely view!
Great views from the balcony on high floors. Beautiful at night.
- Reviews: 43
www.hospitalityclub.org www.couchsurfing.com are great sites to check out for travellers who:
A. could use a free place to crash for a little while.
B. would like to meet new people from all over the world to hang out with.
C. little bit of A and B.
You can meet unique people with unique perspectives. This blurb is off the HC site:
The Hospitality Club is a non-commercial project. We founded it, because we truly believe in the idea that bringing people together and fostering international friendships will increase intercultural understanding and strengthen peace. We do not want to make a profit with the site. To keep it free and working well, the biggest challenge is to motivate other people who share our vision to help with the club. That's why it is set up as a volunteer organization where anyone can contribute. At the same time, the club is a long term project for us that is going to be a big part of our life for many years to come. We try to run it as professionally, as safely, as intelligently and as friendly as possible. We take full advantage of technology where it makes sense, but always focus on our main mission: enabling face-to-face meetings between human beings.
- Reviews: 2377
Chicago Metropolitan Correctional Center: Not your first choice for the night :(((
Errrrrrrrmmm ... well I haven't actually STAYED here ... It was designed by the well-known architect, Harry Weese.
To quote Christy Rogers:
Although hailed as an inventive, stylish, post-modern solution to an urban jail, it is difficult for me to enthuse over what is an example of the potential of architecture to express state control through surveillance and confinement.
- Reviews: 305
Elms Hotel: A Family and Pet-Friendly Place
For families, especially those with pets, this could be a good solution for visiting downtown Chicago. It's sort of shabby, but then again, you won't feel bad if your kids whoop it up. I stayed there for a weekend with my husband and 3 boys. They were little kids at the time, and had a blast in the huge family suite they gave us, which was more like an old-fashioned apartment than a hotel room. My boys loved hiding in all the big empty closets...We stayed there in the winter and found it a little overheated for our taste. The elevators were also sort of slow. It's not the Ritz, but it certainly served the purpose.
The location is good. There's a beach one block away (which we didn't try out because we were there in the winter). The lakefront, Water Tower, John Hancock building, Michigan Ave. and other Chicago musts are right around the corner. The street is lined with trees, home to a huge squirrel population. We didn't have any pets with us, but apparently the hotel caters to the sort that bring their animals along on their travels. Short-term stays of 30 days or more are also possible. Some of the rooms have kitchen facilities.
- Reviews: 101
Dylan & Mark's Home for Wayward Kitties: Thanks, Guys
Dylan and Mark were kind enough to let me stay with them during my visit to Chicago, which is cool, considering I was there to visit them. They have a cute little apartment in North Chicago, conveniently located directly next to a mexican restaurant and a convenience store, otherwise known as "the fridge".
They were really good to me, though. They woke my passed-out-on-the-couch-drunk-ass up to put me to bed, didn't complain about my hair dryer that resembles a giant ray gun living in their bathroom, and didn't even complain when I ate their Rice-A-Roni out of the fridge with my fingers-oh wait, well Mark might have, had he known I did that.
I would have to say the most unique quality is the two cats. Brother and sister gray and white kitties, named The King of Town and The Cheat. They seem like cute little unassuming tiny beasts, but they're actually incredibly neurotic little furballs (as any cat should be).
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