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“Pleasant Surprise” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of BEST WESTERN River North Hotel

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BEST WESTERN River North Hotel
Ranked #100 of 187 Hotels in Chicago
Woodstock, Il.
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30 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Pleasant Surprise”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2012

We stayed here on a recent business trip to Chicago, and I wasn't expecting much--thinking that the property might be dated and at first I thought the location wasn't that great. But I was (pleasantly) wrong on several points.
This hotel had parking included, which is a huge value. We had a unit with a king sized bed, second floor, that was quiet ( back side of the building, not facing Ohio) and the bedding was comfortable, modern, and clean.
Another surprise was being able to walk to the Merchandise Mart, and there are several great restaurants and clubs within a few blocks--such as Rick Steves Fontera Grill and Blues Chicago. Great winter time values as well. Great experience, and we'll stay again.

Room Tip: Book a room on the back side or alley side rather than facing the busy street out front.
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled on business
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RiverNorthHotel, General Manager at BEST WESTERN River North Hotel, responded to this review, 8 February 2012
We are so pleased that we exceeded your expectations! We know you have a lot of lodging choices in Chicago and we appreciate you staying with us.
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Champaign, Illinois
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2012

We love this hotel. Great location, superior service and free parking to boot. One of the best buys in the city.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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RiverNorthHotel, General Manager at BEST WESTERN River North Hotel, responded to this review, 31 January 2012
We are happy you had a great stay and appreciated the value that our hotel offers. Thank you for sharing your feedback on TripAdvisor!
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2012

The staff were very polite, helpful, knowledgeable and accomodating. It really is a BIG plus that the parking is free. Much of the sites and food venues were within walking distance. A free trolley ride to Navy Pier allowed us to enjoy the landscape and the lake.
This is a great spot to enjoy what Chicago has to offer.
Will definitely come here again!

Room Tip: The oversized/suites sleep 5 comfortably. ALL rooms are very clean.
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with family
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1 Thank katerinamyl
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Shawano
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46 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2012

The entire staff starting in the parking area, front desk etc. went out of their way to make everything pleasant. It was a great experience.

Room Tip: Pool and exercise area were closed. If this is importnat to you, check when booking.
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank RiverAngel2013
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San Jose, California
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24 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2012

The location of this hotel (motel?) is perfect if you want to go downtown every night, which we did. And, parking us free that saves you about $40 a day. Otherwise, the rooms are very small, the noise level is very high from street traffic AND we were next to the ice machine. If you want somewhere to just shower and sleep a few hours, this is for you. Luxury? Not here.

  • Stayed January 2012
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1 Thank Picarota2010
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Chciago
2 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2012

Had a 8-day business stay. Very well run hotel - excellent desk staff, particularly Mike. A warm friendly staff. Restaurant is a very nice addition to the hotel with good, simple food and fairly priced drinks. Very good location with some inexpensive restaurants, Walgreens and groceries near by. It is a older property but very clean and gives a good value if you are looking for comfortable accommodations.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled on business
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1 Thank Cubsin45
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RiverNorthHotel, General Manager at BEST WESTERN River North Hotel, responded to this review, 24 January 2012
Thank you for your comments, we will make sure that Mike is made aware his mention. We strive to be Chicago's best value, so we are pleased to hear you found us to be a good value. We appreciate your business and look forward to seeing you again.
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San Francisco, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2012

Not too fancy, but just a very comfortable room to relax and rest while checking out the windy city. For the price, I believe the best deal one can find in Downtown Chicago.

Pros:
great location, very clean, comfortable bed, free in room wifi, cable, LCD TV, free parking with in and out privileges

Cons:
loud heater
no refrigerator

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank paym01
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Property: BEST WESTERN River North Hotel
Address: 125 W Ohio St, Chicago, IL 60654-4410
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Region: United States > Illinois > Chicago > Near North Side
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#66 Family Hotel in Chicago
#80 Romantic Hotel in Chicago
#97 Business Hotel in Chicago
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — BEST WESTERN River North Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 150
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Experience the Windy City from the only downtown Chicago hotel that offers deeply discounted parking and convenient location just minutes from Michigan Avenue and Navy Pier! The award-winning BEST WESTERN River North Hotel is an affordable and convenient choice for business and leisure travelers alike. Offering great rates, this downtown Chicago hotel makes it easy to explore the city's most famous attractions, from Navy Pier to Sears Tower. World-class shopping along Michigan Avenue's Magnificent Mile is just six blocks away. Some of Chicago's most famous museums are less than two miles away, and visitors of all ages delight in exploring Shedd Aquarium, the Adler Planetarium and the Field Museum of Natural History. And what visit to Chicago is complete without a ball game? Whether its baseball, basketball or football, this Chicago BEST WESTERN is within five miles of Wrigley Field, Soldier Field, The United Center and US Cellular Field. In addition to deeply discounted parking in downtown Chicago, business travelers appreciate that this Chicago hotel is conveniently located near educational, medial and machinery businesses, the Chicago Financial District, and the Chicago Loop Business District. Chicago O'Hare International Airport is just 12 miles away from this Chicago hotel.The BEST WESTERN River North Hotel is known for its great service, friendly staff, cleanliness and amenities that make guests feel at home. Our nicely appointed rooms and suites offer cable TV with HBO(R), free high-speed Wi-Fi, room service, a coffee maker and much more. After a busy day in the bustling city, guests at this Chicago hotel can enjoy a deep-dish pizza at our onsite restaurant, take a dip in our indoor pool, or relax on the sun deck and take in the marvelous city views. ... more   less 
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