My boyfriend and I planned a spontaneous getaway for a long weekend, a week later we arrived in Chicago by bus at 7 AM. We planned on sight seeing for the day until we could check into our hotel at 3... but after a long bus ride and a night of no sleep, we were cranky and miserable. We called the front desk to see if there was ANY way we might be able to check in around noon?-- they told us we could check in that moment, at 7am! They saved the day! we were greeted by VERY welcoming staff, were not charged extra for checking in early, and were told we could enjoy the buffet breakfast-- which was music to our ears, we were starving! We were expecting coffee, juice and bagels, the usual-- but the breakfast was absolutely amazing. Fresh fruit, omelettes, sausage and biscuits and gravy, hot cinnamon rolls, yogurt, anything and everything, with a large, pretty dining room with plenty of room to sit down and enjoy. We stayed on the 9th floor in a standard queen, it was right by the elevator but noise was never a problem. My boyfriend is a very big guy, but the small rooms were never a problem. They were comfy, clean, and a great place to relax after a long day of seeing the city, which was exactly what we needed. No, they are not luxury rooms. No, you should not bring the contents of your entire closet. If you're traveling with kids, I'm sure the double queen rooms would be just fine, unless you're planning on camping out in your hotel room all day. But with such a great location (we walked everywhere!! longest walk was 20 minutes, but we didn't mind, we just got to see even more of the city!) who wants to stay in their room all day? Overall, we had a great time. We had a comfy place to sleep in the heart of Chicago, with very friendly staff and yummy breakfast to start off our days of exploring. Would definitely stay here again, even if we're not on a budget.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to our Holiday Inn Express Magnificent Mile Hotel. Our downtown Chicago hotel, conveniently located off Michigan Avenue on the Magnificent Mile, is situated in the heart of Chicago near several businesses and attractions. Business travelers will appreciate our downtown Chicago hotel location near major companies such as Deloitte, Boeing, AT&T, Sun Microsystems, Computer Sciences Corp. and Northwestern Hospital. Flying into Chicago? Our Chicago hotel is close to O'Hare (18 miles) and Midway (12 miles) Airports, saving time for the busy executive. Staying at this landmark Chicago hotel will make it easy to visit popular Chicago attractions like the Shedd Aquarium, the Art Institute, Navy Pier, Lincoln Park Zoo and Millennium Park. Catch a game with one of the 16 professional sports teams in town. At our Chicago downtown hotel, you're just 2 blocks away from Michigan Ave, Chicago's Magnificent Mile. Newly renovated, this historic Holiday Inn Express Magnificent Mile hotel has 175 guestrooms and 3 suites. The public areas reflect 1920s Beaux Arts' architecture and feature a great room with comfortable seating areas for the complimentary Express Start breakfast. Our Chicago hotel provides a chic, urban setting that is Wi-Fi friendly, stylishly updated and convenient to downtown businesses and attractions. Whether you visit Chicago for business or vacation travel, stay comfortably at our Magnificent Mile hotel. ... more less
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