My sister and I planned a 4th of July getaway to Chicago and found a good deal at this hotel. The location was good for us because it was located in the Loop and easily accessible to public transportation.
Because of weather issues, we had a very late (after midnight) arrival. We called to notify the hotel and our key was ready for us as soon as we walked in. We had a room on the 4th floor and when we entered, we found it to be small and there were no windows. (Luckily, we are not claustrophobic!) In the morning, we realized there was a skylight near the door, but the configuration of the room didn't allow light to reach where the bed was. The room was also handicapped-accessible. (Not a big deal except when you take a shower, you end up having water all over the place.) We were tired and are not fussy, so we didn't request a change, but a head's up at the desk would have been good.
Also, the hotel touts its "green practices," but for some reason, they had hot water running in the toilet. We found this out when the tank leaked each time we flushed. (We reported the leak issue to the front desk and it was promptly fixed.)
We ate breakfast on-site one day. The restaurant was decent enough, but with so many good places to eat in Chicago, make sure to venture out.
The hotel was clean and a fine place to stay if you're going to be in and out all over the city. I didn't find anything particularly special. The service was average. No one was overly friendly. Just people doing the standard hospitality job.
1. The Blue Line from O'Hare is right around the corner from the hotel. The trip to the airport takes under an hour.
2. We took a taxi from O'Hare because of our late arrival. We were told it would cost somewhere around $50-$60. It actually ended up being <$40!
3. Buses to Navy Pier, Northerly Island (and many other routes) are only a couple blocks from the hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated in the heart of "the Loop," the contemporary Central Loop Hotel is steps from all of Chicago's major business and cultural destinations such as Chicago Board of Trade, Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Grant Park, the State Street shopping district and the Art Institute of Chicago. Tailored for seamless business trips and leisure travel alike, the Central Loop Hotel provides an array of thoughtful amenities, including free, fast WiFi throughout all areas of the hotel, free chilled, purified bottled water, an inviting Living Room/lounge area for relaxing, socializing, and working with work stations and wireless printing capabilities. Well-appointed guest rooms and suites are outfitted with premium bedding, multipurpose workspaces, LCD TVs, and convenient recharging outlets and USB ports at bedside and desk. We proudly offer the comfort and class expected by the most discerning business and leisure traveler. ... more less
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