This was my first stay at a Best Western. I usually stay at the Marriott closer to Magnificent Mile, but since I was with friends and was looking for a more "value-oriented" trip, we chose the BW River North.
Extremely satisfied with the value, for the free parking alone. Lot was safe and well-managed. It can get a bit crazy with cars coming in and out, and with many cars double (even triple!) parked, but no issues.
Room was much smaller than expected. Hallways and corridors smelled really weird and definitely has the signs of being a much older hotel, but the room itself was very clean. Bathroom was also very clean, though the toilet was surprising...it was like a public toilet! Maybe bring your own body lotion and conditioner though, or grab extras from the housekeeping trolley; only one small bottle of each provided. Shampoo and body wash are dispensed in those old school units fixed on the inside of the shower. Towels are clean and fluffy.
The A/C was really loud but necessary as there was very little air circulation in the room without it and the room felt stuffy.
Great location, directly across the flagship McDonald's and famous Portillo's. Quick walk to Mag Mile, the river, and a 20min walk to Navy Pier and Milennium Park.
I'm not sure if I would necessarily WANT to stay there again, but if I needed to I wouldn't mind.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Best Western Chicago
- Chicago Best Western