Travelodge Hotel Downtown Chicago

2 out of 5 stars2 Stars

65 East Harrison, Wabash St & Harrison St, Chicago, Illinois, 60605, United States

4 Reviews

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  • phenomenal staff


    I stayed at this hotel the last week of May.
    The hotel was simple but the location and the price are suitable ,the staff are phenomenal specially" Sam and Melissa" at the front desk they made me feel very comfortable.
    Definitely I will come back again and I will recommend this hotel to my friends.

    Unique Quality: I stayed at this hotel the last week of May.
    The hotel was simple but the location and the price are suitable ,the staff are phenomenal specially" Sam and Melissa" at the front desk they made me feel very comfortable.
    Definitely I will come back again and I will recommend this hotel to my friends.

    Directions: Location is excellent
    Close to public transport and all sites

  • MisterMuse's Profile Photo

    You cannot beat this prime and location!


    I've read some of the reviews and I must say that I'm astonished by some of the bad reviews. I did not deal with any rude staff members or bed bugs. In fact it was quite the opposite. The staff was more than helpful. They held our luggage, called a taxi for us and even let us get our room earlier than the allotted check in time. The room was fairly simple. It was more than adequate enough for two people. My only regret is not having a fridge. The room did come with an ice bucket and that is how we kept our beer cold. A lot of the reviews also seem to focus on the grandeur of the rooms. For the location this hotel is a super deal in Chicago. If you stay 2 nights you get 20% knocked off and 3 nights you get 30% knocked off. The red line subway is only a block away which makes all the touristy area's very user friendly. Shed's Aquarium, The John Hancock Building and several of other places are within in walking distance. If your a light sleeper you might want to bring some ear phones because at times you can hear the trains rolling by but overall this is a good place to stay. I mean how long are you really going to spend in your hotel anyway? Especially if the trip is for leisure purposes.

    Remember folks you usually get what you pay for. If you want to pay three hundred dollars a night for some over the top hotel, then you go right ahead and do that. If your sole purpose is to hang around some posh hotel room, why are you even traveling anyway? All you really need is a bed to sleep in and maybe as a bonus a toilet! (Sarcasm)

    I would recommend this hotel without hesitation because my experience was excellent.

    Unique Quality: There is nothing fancy about the characteristics of the Downtown Chicago Travel Lodge. You won't find any dazzling timeless architecture or foreign art pieces. What you will find is an excellent location, a bed to sleep in, hot water and AGAIN EXCELLENT LOCATION.

    Snobs please look elsewhere.

    Directions: You're basically within walking distances to all the major tourist areas. The Red Line is literally a block outside the door.

  • machomikemd's Profile Photo

    budget hotel in Downtown


    cheapest budget hotel in south loop and downtows areas. Hey, it may be old and has a slightly musty smell but chicago is known for expensive hotels and i would rather spend good money to shop than in hotels hehehe. besides it only costs $ 75 a day including taxes for a single king bed room. I may be a splurge type of person but I don't splurge on accomodations since I just need a place to sleep and hit the sack unlike when shopping or eating where I spurge ok! Back to the Travelodge, Built in 1928 as the Harrison Hotel , the Travelodge Hotel Downtown has been a mainstay in the area of Chicago now known as the South Loop. Travelodge Hotel Downtown Chicago enjoys easy access to Chicagos loop area shopping, theatres, museums, and most of the famous tourist attractions such as; McCormick Place, Sears Tower, Grant Park, Millennium Park, Navy Pier, Lake Michigan and others but don't offer breakfasts hence you eat breakfast at the two independently owned restos inside: the Chicago Carry Out and Thai Spoon or the many restaurants just accross the street.

    Unique Quality: cheap plus old and the rooms has a musty smell but is very convenient plus with free WIFI. Travelodge hotel, in the city centre, is conveniently located 800 metres from McCormick Place, 2 blocks from Lake Michigan, and half a block from Lake Shore Drive.Chicago Travelodge is only walking distance to Loop Shopping, Magnificent Mile, theatres, Sears Tower, and museums. If you are not a sensitive type of person on accomodations and just need it for a place to sleep and shower, then this is the place for you.

    Directions: 65 East Harrison, Wabash St & Harrison St, Chicago, Illinois, 60605, United States

  • crmeers's Profile Photo

    Great budget hotel


    Not alot of amenities in the hotel, but it had everything we needed in the city. Just the kind of hotel we were looking for. Great location in Downtown Chicago.

    Directions: Downtown by Sears Tower.

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Super value and convenience

by TripAdvisor Member DonnaandRick

The Travelodge/Chicago at Harrison Ave. was a great value (under$90) and very convenient this past weekend.Our room was clean, had in room coffee and safe. Only 2 short blocks from the red line made transportation to/from O'Hare and around town very convenient.Be sure to purchase a visitor's transportation pass at the airport CTA booth,unlimited use on all bus rail etc. for the amount of days purchased. Easy walk to breakfast at The Orange-fun and yummy!

Great Location, Great Price

by A TripAdvisor Member

While attending a national convention we spent four days in this very
efficiently run hotel. A double under a $100 in downtown Chicago is
nothing to be sneezed that. Our room was large with two double beds,
not one but two closets and a small kitchen complete with microwave
and fridge. While there is no view, the room was clean and well kept up, Several tour groups of Asian youth were there with us. Just a half a block to Michigan, around the corner from the Chicago Hilton and three blocks from the Art Institute-- Noticed the hotel had recently received an award for improved service-- they deserve it! For a great breakfast be sure
to try Orange on Harrison, just four blocks down on the left.

Give it a try.

by TripAdvisor Member princesshoovy

This has a great location. It is 2 mins walk from the subway, 5mins from Lakeshore and 15/20mins walk from the Magnificent mile! The room's are ok but I think it is luck of the draw we 1st got a grubby room but complained (politly) and got changed to a fab room. There is a cafe downstairs that serve's breakfast, lunch and dinner but there is also plenty of place's to eat around the corner. The staff are very helpful and chatty.
Good tip for breakfast's and snack's the chain of corner bakery's were the cheapest we found; try the oatmeal it's to die for!

No Problems Here

by TripAdvisor Member 1NicePerson

Well this is a Travelodge, not the Ritz. But it's very clean and comfortable and a block from the Red Line Harrison station. For the price, I doubt it can be beat. Yes the building is old and somewhat shabby but the rooms are renovated and the bathrooms are new and spotless. Had everything I needed including a coffee maker, in-room safe, lots of towels and toiletries, new heat/AC unit, just about everything. Bed was comfortable and everything was in order. Staff varies from very friendly to very indifferent but that's normal for this type of hotel. The snack bar off the lobby is handy for an inexpensive but good meal or snack. If you're looking for a safe, clean and inexpensive place to stay in the Loop, try the Travelodge.

travelodge downtown

by A TripAdvisor Member

The hotel is a little drab with no bar, and no restaurant ( recently closed chineese looks as if it is going to be replaced with something else). Our room ( a suite ) had been refurbished and was clean. A little noisy from the EL and I would take ear plugs, but if just a bed is what you want then its OK. The hotel is well placed for the "EL" connection to the main area, and I would recommend day passes as the most economical. Ideal for Buddy Guys Legends Blues club, just round the corner ( cover is 10 dollars ) and the food great. 10 minute walk to the Aquarium ( superb ), Field Museum and Planetarium. Chicago is a superb place to visit and shop.

Travelodge is a good bet

by TripAdvisor Member geowubby

We stayed at the Travelodge from 10/14-10/16/05. The location is great--right next to a subway stop. We took the train from O'Hare. Buy a visitors pass at the train station at the airport, and you get unlimited trips on buses and trains. Room was clean w/comfortable bed. No problems with service. The only drawback of the location is that you constantly hear the trains as they pass by the hotel, though turning on the room's fan mostly covered the sound. You might want to ask for a room on the back side away from the trains.
It's a great place for walking--very close to the Art Institute and waterfront. The Field Museum and Soldiers Field are a 10-15 minute walk.
Make sure you eat breakfast at Orange, a great restaurant which is 3 blocks to the left on Harrison. Also a Starbucks on Harrison, and a Dunkin Donuts opening soon.
You can also walk to Millenium Park, which is very nice. As far as views go, try the John Hancock Building. Take the red line there; we had no wait, and you get a AAA discount (at the Field Museum too). A taxi ride to the United Center is quick, and costs $12. For a funky shopping area, take the blue line towards O'Hare to Damen Ave--lots of little shops and restaurants.
All in all, Chicago is a great city, and we would definitely stay at the Travelodge again.

Decent hotel but don't stay in cold weather

by TripAdvisor Member TravelingMan446

Good points: Very old building with some character. Room was spacious with a generous-size refrigerator and microwave. Excellent price for the downtown location. Easy access to CTA. Free in-room safe big enough for a 15" laptop.

Bad points: Heating system is steam-heat radiators. The pipes banged SO loudly that I thought there was a man with a sledgehammer hitting them. They literally vibrated the bed as I was trying to sleep. Cable TV reception was poor. TV remote controls won't control volume (management knows about this and they have instructions posted on how to use the on-TV controls). 2 out of 4 light switches were flaky. Internet directions from CTA say to walk 5 blocks from Jackston station. It is better to switch to Red Line and walk 1 block from Harrison station.

Summary: For the price and location, it was a good deal. Bed was comfortable but I never got a good night's sleep due to banging steam pipes. I'd try it again in the summer.


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 Travelodge Hotel Downtown Chicago

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Address: 65 East Harrison, Wabash St & Harrison St, Chicago, Illinois, 60605, United States