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“Great location. Great deal. Comfy but not too fancy.”

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Best Western River North Hotel
Ranked #99 of 189 Hotels in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
Lansing, Michigan
1 review
“Great location. Great deal. Comfy but not too fancy.”
Reviewed 6 July 2010

Had a wonderful stay. Very close to subway, delicious restaurants and magnificent mile. And you can't beat the free parking in the city! Room seemed extra spacious because of the king size bed instead of 2 double beds. Bed was very comfortable. Staff very friendly and helpful. Rooftop deck next to pool well worth checking out. Would love to stay here again! Oh, and the city's pretty spectacular too.

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled with family
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Dayton, Ohio
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Reviewed 5 July 2010

We selected this hotel due to the free parking, this is simply unheard of in a downtown Chicago hotel. Great customer service very friendly and helpful, met the owner upon arrival pleasant and very professional. We got the deluxe over sized king room w/ sleeper sofa (The largest hotel room we've stayed in...ever) nice comfortable bed, flat screen tv w/ free HBO, free internet, and in room safe. The only issue we had was with the air conditioner (VERY NOISY) leave it on and tolarate the noise or turn it off and burn up :-( either way you won't get much sleep. Other than that we would stay here again (with earplugs) and recommend to anyone on a budget looking to explore the downtown Chicago area by foot.

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled with family
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KRALENDIJK
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Reviewed 27 June 2010

very well situated in downtown. very big room. very little price !
I had a room at streetside but no problem with the traffic sounds!
but.. the keycards for the rooms... the failed to work... often!
restaurants for diner and breakfast shopping public transportation... all at walking distance!
you can park your car (for free) and leave it there.. you dont need it!

Stayed May 2010, travelled solo
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Midland, Michigan
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Reviewed 26 June 2010

Thank you- we printed and used the free upgrade. It was great! Room was clean and comfortable. Great pool and deck area. Wallace was very helpful in setting up tours and getting tickets to see the Sox! Great location- excellent value for the money and free parking to boot!

Lynn C Michigan

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled with family
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MaconMO
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Reviewed 15 June 2010

The clean and temperate indoor pool, free parking, discounted activity tickets/coupons found at the front desk for every other tourist spot, delicious free hot breakfast , nearby and walking distance shopping, and good food, courteous service and clean, smell-free room, made this trip to Chicago a pleasant trip.
I dare say if we had not found such a good deal I would have felt our trip in general was too expensive. Lots of ways to spend TOO MUCH MONEY in Chicago! Lol
This is an older buiilding, and it is/was being updated at the time of our stay (new carpet, paint, and such in hallways). The only negative for me is the elevators are not marked very well. I used the extremely small front desk elevator several times before I found the one right next to my room! They have an attached restaurant, a website with printable coupins for upgrade availability, maps etc.
Just across the stree is an "upscale" McDonalds (way over priced!), Rain Forest Cafe (awesome shrimp pasta dish, experience, service and food, well worth the money), Hard Rock Cafe (over rated, food mediocre and over priced) A GAS STATION!! Hard to find in the downtown area! Bars, other restaurants, bus station, shopping, etc.
We visited Navy Pier (A+), Shedd Aquarium (B+), Adler Planetarium (D), Sky Deck (B-), and walked the downtown area.
This is a great little spot and of high value!
Best Western River North gets an A++ from me!

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled with family
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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 2 June 2010

The Best Western River North is in a great location, just five or six blocks from Michigan Avenue, to the east, and the Chicago River, to the south. Additionally, the staff is very friendly and the hotel offers free parking and free wi-fi. However, that's about all it has going for it. Is is, after all, still just a Best Western, a no frills accommodation for those looking for merely a place to crash at the end of a long day. The rooms are mediocre, with so-so beds (bad mattresses, decent linens), VERY loud A/C units (I'd hate to stay here in the thick of summer...I'd have to choose between A/C or quiet for sleep), and tiny bathrooms with little counter space. They do have nice flat screen TVs, though. If you're not planning on spending much time in the room and are a great sleeper, this place would be fine, but if that's not the case, I think you can find much better than this Best Western. I find Hilton Garden Inns to be much newer and nicer than BWs, and there's one right in this area, though I haven't stayed at that particular one to be able to recommend it personally.

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled with family
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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Reviewed 21 May 2010

Free parking, reasonably convenient location, large, clean, comfortable room, decent and inexpensive restaurants nearby, and very friendly hotel staff. The parking attendants were especially cheerful and helpful, but front desk staff and housekeeping were courteous and friendly, as well. This particular hotel was fine - we would definitely stay here again. The Best Western website, however, is absolutely terrible, the worst and most I've ever encountered ... e.g., tells you that certain rooms are available at the "Internet Only" (i.e., the lowest) rate, then suddenly NOT available after you get to the end of the online reservation process. When I then called their toll-free number for clarification, I was told the room I wanted is actually available, but at a higher rate than was displayed online. Talk about bait and switch! In addition, their "Best Available" rate (the rate category that pops up by default) is, literally, the HIGHEST rate. So, don't be fooled by this - instead, open the rate menu and look at the other (all of them lower) rate categories. In addition, it's very difficult to figure out what the BW cancellation policy is. We had to email them to find out (turns out that it varies by rate category, apparently), then later when I tried to confirm the policy with a BW customer service rep by phone, she argued with me that it was different than what we had been emailed. The BW website seems to be designed (I don't know what else to conclude) to be misleading and dishonest. What a shame, since this hotel property itself turned out to be great.

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled as a couple
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Property: Best Western River North Hotel
Address: 125 W Ohio St, Chicago, IL 60654
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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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