- Reviews: 3530
Embassy Suites O'Hare: Close to the airport
I know it's a bad photo, but it was the only one that I took on an October, 2004 business meeting trip. It is a 6th floor balcony shot of their enclosed central Atrium restaurant area taken in the poor morning light, showing where breakfast was being served.
The hotel itself is quite nice and I ended up with a sizeable suite that cost US$202 with all taxes included. It so happened that this was where the one-day meeting was booked.
Their breakfast options were a bit better than some that I have experienced. You could either have the standard buffet line-up or you could ask their on-duty chef to cook you an omelette or other such egg combination while you waited.
The room had high-speed internet connection or dial-up with the first hour free (using your 1-800 number) and then 10 cents/minute thereafter. The hotel has a free shuttle-bus service to the airport. At the Ground Transportation area inside the airport building, just follow the big Red Arrows in the floor and they will lead you to the shuttle bus area - wait at Post #15.
- 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: 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: 4298
Various: Other options for busy travel periods
If you are having a hard time finding a room because of a convention or the Chicago Marathon, here are a few ideas.
Evanston I think this is the best suburban location because of it's location next to Chicago and the access to Chicago's public transporation system (CTA, buses and Metra commuter trains). There are also many fine restaurants in Evanston.
Oak Park the closest suburb to the west, you can take either the el or Metra to get into Chicago
O' Hare airport hotels most of the airport hotels will have shuttles that go back to the airport where you can pick up the blue line CTA to the city, it takes about 45 minutes. O'Hare hotels are cheaper than downtown hotels and excellent rates can usually be found on Priceline or Hotwire
Midway Airport hotels about 30 minutes from the center via the Orange line CTA, check to see if the hotel offers shuttles back to the airport
Lincoln Park Belden Stratford and Windy City Inn are two are the options located in this safe fun neighborhood of Chicago
Vacation rental by owner Private apartments rented out by owner, lists them by neighborhood VRBO
- Reviews: 4298
Various hotels: Priceline/Hotwire
Don't overlook the Name Your Own Price option on Priceline as a way of getting a great hotel in Chicago for not a lot of money. Hotwire is also a decent option, usually a little more than Priceline but you have a better idea of which hotel you'll be getting.
On Priceline, you can bid on the various areas of Chicago, most travelers opt to stay in the North Michigan Avenue/River North area but the Millennium Park, Loop & Grant Park Area is also fine. The Greater Chicago category appears to contain hotels near McCormick Place, over by Little Italy, near Greektown and near the Greyhound Station all of which will require some traveling to get to and from. Be careful bidding this category. I'd also be leery of the Lincoln Park category, although it's a nice area, there aren't many hotels in that area and it appears there are only 2 and 2 1/2 star hotels.
You don't want to stay near O'Hare or Midway unless you have business out there or have early flights. Travel time from O'Hare to downtown via el is 45 minutes and Midway is 30 minutes, not including getting from the hotel to the el station. Skokie/Evanston/Niles are northern suburbs, some hotels might be convenient to public transport back into the city, some are not. Travel times into downtown will probably be in excess of 45 minutes. O'Hare Airport South only has hotels in the 1* category so do not bid that one by accident.
Check out Bidding for Travel or Better Bidding before bidding to get an idea of what hotels come up for what price, what hotels are in what areas and also for reviews of the hotels.
If you don't like the idea of blind bidding, there are a couple of other websites you might have a look at, Hot Rooms and Travel Zoo which often has excellent hotel deals where you do know which hotel you are getting.
- Reviews: 76
The Pink Palace - Rainbow Motel: The Sybaris for Trailer Trash
This eyesore might be compared to the Sybaris for trailer trash.
Located in the general Midway airport area, its pink exterior can be seen from miles and miles away.
What makes this seedy hotel different from all of the rest is the fact that they not only provide their customers with a "four hour getaway" but also a variable amount of different "action" packed rooms. All rooms are fully equipped with mood lighting, a marble whirlpool, stereo system and complimentary champagne all at your very own finger tips.
If that hasn’t sold you, then let me also remind you that there is also a 24-hour adult lingerie shop right in the hotel lobby!
I look at it this way, if you ever have to get a hotel in Chicago and for some reason happen to be in the Midway Area, this hotel would be an excellent test to give your partner. Their reaction will either be that of horror and disgust or of a lust filled night of fun and laughter.
They offer all of their high line clientele 10 different rooms to choose from other than your average crab filled bed and old TV set.
Go and enjoy the following rooms:
Space Walk: This is my personal favorite. If you have ever had the dream of taking one giant leap for all of mankind you seriously need to check this room out. With the galaxy painted on the ceiling and astronauts floating around in space painted on every wall you will feel like Neil Armstrong the minute you step into this "launching pad".
When going to bed, get ready to blast off the bed actually resembles a mini Challenger cone complete with the American Flag on top of it!
Hawaiian Waters: As if the painted palm trees and Hawaiian sunset painted on the walls where not enough to capture the true essence of any Hawaiian vacation, the bed actually has tiki lights surrounding it to complete the mood.
Little Vegas: Consisting of Vegas style murals on the walls and a bed complete with the Ace of hearts on it this room is as tacky as any Las Vegas show room. Decorated with the colors red, white and black it certainly appears that the fun will never stop.
Also you will not want to miss out on these fun and exciting rooms:
Touch of Brass
Out to Lunch
Wine and Roses
Most Suites also include waterbeds
- Reviews: 1415
Comfort Inn O'Hare: Nice place close to airport.
The hotel is located at the heart of the North West Chicago area in close proximity to many of the region's business centers, visitor destinations and attractions. Just 2 miles north of O'Hare International airport at I-294 and Touhy Avenue in Des Plaines, Illinois
Is located very close to the airport,and all rooms are renovated and with a lot of extras as:Iron,coffe facilities,nice restaurant,air conditioned,internet conection in rooms and also at the reception.Also has a sauna and spa in the hotel and a free shuttle to O'Hare airport for all guests.
- Reviews: 284
ALOFT CHICAGO O'HARE: GREAT Airport Hotel
For a stay needed near the airport, this is IT!! GREAT RATEs--we were fortunate to get a limited-time offer; not sure if it wass due to being a new hotel and/or economy problems, but our rate was onlyUS$68.50 INCLD Taxes! (I just checked their website and the room is now US$135 incld taxes; so the rate we got has passed, but it is still much less expensive than most other hotels and has absolutely everything one needs; is new, clean and fresh!)
They are very close to the airport, with SHUTTLE, the rm was a 315sqft room, Deluxe, w/2 huge beds, sooo comfortable and with wonderful bedding (I wanted to stay for days), big flat screen TV with many selections incld pay-movies, safe in the closet, 2 phones (one portable), FREE WIFI and good desk space, large bathroom with separate room for toilet and oversized shower; coffee and tea-making facility and a fridge. No restaurant, but a breakfast bar available. Nice large lobby with many comfortable seatings and large TV.
EVERYTHING needed by the traveler at great rates! A totally smoke-free hotel!! Very courteous, helpful staff. Our room was exactly like what is on their website; a member of STARWOOD GROUP!
- Reviews: 2379
Lake Point Tower: Where I want to live if I get rich :)
You can't stay here without buying -- one of the most beautiful apartment buildings in Chicago -- the curved walls look out on stunning views of both the lake and the city.
In my dreams :(
In case you are richer than I you can register and search for availabilities here:
- Reviews: 2608
Hyatt Regency O'Hare: Convenient to both the Airport and the City
Usually when we visit a world class city such as Chicago we prefer to stay downtown within walking distance of the major attractions. However, on a recent business trip we were booked into the Hyatt Regency O'Hare. It turned out to be a great experience. Not only were we convenient to the airport, but a train station within walking distance of the hotel gave us easy access to downtown as well. This would be a good choice for those flying into Chicago, or for those who are driving but want to avoid the downtown traffic.
Restaurant, Pool, Meeting Rooms, etc., and connected to the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center. It is a 15 mile subway ride to Chicago's Loop.
- Reviews: 311
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: 4298
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: 335
Chicago O'hare Garden Hotel: Nice place, walkable to the train
Single room, with free breakfast included. Brekkie wasn't much to write home about, but it was free and ok. Bathroom was clean, towels and free soap and shampoo. Free parking in the lot right in front. 2 nights cost me $136.
You can walk to the train ~ 10 minute walk, only 1 bad intersection to cross. Or you can talk the free shuttle which leaves every 30 minutes.
- Reviews: 335
Motel-6 -Elk Grove: About as cheap as you can get.
If you don't want to pay $100 minimum downtown, you can stay out at the end of the subway lines. This one is near O'Hare airport, on the blue line. The subway gets you downtown in about 45 minutes. There are about a dozen in the Chicago area.
If you book over the internet it's only $35.99/night. Add $2-3 for a full day of parking at Cumberland train station and $4 for a r/t train ticket.
- 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.
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