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Combined Hotel in The Magnificent Mile
Today, this hotel is actually two hotels operated by the Marriott hotel chain, and is divided into SpringHill Suites by Marriott and Residence Inn by Marriott. The two properties share a single entrance, but when you go up one floor to the actual lobby and front desk there are actually two separate desks for the two separate hotel brand names. They can check guests into eachother's hotels.
The room charge I had was $100 (or actually $99.99) and with taxes and fees wound up being a total of $116.39. However, it should be noted that this rate was for early January, without a major event going on. I have been told that the price is vastly increased if there is a convention of some sort happening.
Parking would be an additional $40 per night but I did not drive during my visit, and took the L train for everything instead. This worked out quite well as far as I am concerned.
The room contained a king size bed, a sofa and a small desk separated from the bed area by a divider, and a small kitchen area facing the entry door, and of course a bathroom.
The small kitchen area (see far left of photo 2) was really nothing much than a small space for a microwave, a very small sink, and a coffee maker. There was very little counter space to do any sort of actual meal preparations.
The bathroom had the sink in the entry way for the bathroom, while the toilet and shower were in the enclosed room that could be closed off with a door.
I was in room 1418 and had a great view out the window of the Chicago Tribune building and the Wrigley Building.
One of the most useful experiences was the breakfast, which had enough to be satisfactory but really nothing special except for the waitress / cook that was preparing waffles and a few other cooked items, and cleaning up after everyone. Her personality was absolutely what a hotel like this needs to make everyone feel right at home.
There is a small "market" area between the two front desks that has a few snack items and drinks for sale. There is a food market two blocks east that might be a better choice in terms of variety and prices and selection, but I hadn't time to visit it during this trip.
Directions: By L from Chicago O'Hare take the Blue Line, Clark/Lake street station, and walk a few blocks north on Dearborn. From Midway take the Orange Line, Clark/Lake street station, and walk a few blocks north.
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Chicago accomodation for families
Visiting Chicago for 4 days in May 09 with wife and 2 kids. Would like to find a 2-bed apartment if possible (young kids so need to be put to bed early!) but haven't seen much on a general web search - any suggestions?
Re: Chicago accomodation for families
I've never used it but I've seen it recommended on other travel boards, they are basically short term apartment rentals
There are also a number of suite hotels that I see recommended for families that have multiple bedrooms and amenities such as microwaves and refrigerators plus sometimes free breakfast, you might have a look at Homewood Suites, Embassy Suites, Springhill Suites, Hampton Inn and Suites. Travelzoo occasionally has deals on hotels in Chicago, you might look there to see if any suite type hotels are listed (probably too early right now for May 09).
Re: Chicago accomodation for families
I have recently returned from Chicago with the family and we stayed at the Avenue Hotel within walking distance of a ton of activities. I would also like to add the staff was exceptional with the kids, so personable. Good Luck!
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