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“Awesome! Great Location, friendly service!, Huge rooms” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Homewood Suites by Hilton Chicago-Downtown

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Homewood Suites by Hilton Chicago-Downtown
Ranked #51 of 187 Hotels in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
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5 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Awesome! Great Location, friendly service!, Huge rooms”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2009

Been to Chicago about 5 times so far... & by far the Homewood Suites was our favorite hotel we have stayed. It's only a block away from the subway/ L . The breakfast was great! Pretty busy. We didn't take advantage of the Happy hour, but I am sure it was great as well. We had a great view from our Room as well. This hotel has a perfect location. very close to Mag Mile & centrally located in downtown Chicago. The rooms were very clean. full kitchen w / utensiles as well. we couldnt believe we had a full fridge too. Worked well w left over food (deep dish !) and for any drinks as well. Can't say enough about this hotel! We will stay here again. Highly recommended ! Free wi-fi was very nice. also had a (free) full access business center w printers.

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Manchester, England
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2009

Stayed, for the second time, the last week in June and till 4th July. We stayed here the same time last year and had such a great time we decided to return - which can sometimes be a disappointment, but we needn't have worried. It was great. The one bed suite (2 x doubles and a large sofa bed) was large, clean and comfortable (and brilliantly appointed). We found the hotel to be comfy, the staff (door, reception, housekeeping and dining room) are the nicest we've come across in a hotel, the place was quiet (husband a very fussy / light sleeper, and even he was happy). This was the first stop on our USA trip and the little coin laundry was a huge bonus (everything washed and dried, in 2 hours,for $3). Jewel Osco supermarket & California Pizza Kitchen, both just round the corner, kept us going for conveniant, cost effective meals and snacks and the nearby Binny's Beer Depot kept my husband very happily in beer! Chicago is a wonderful, vibrant city and we will return - and when we do, we will definately stay at the Homewood Suites

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2009

This is my 4th time at this hotel, and once again it was a great stay. This time I brought some family members who had their own room. The staff is friendly and never seemed stressed even though the hotel was filled to capacity the night we were there. Breakfast is crowded on the weekends, but having to wait for the host to seat you is a nice touch - no one takes your table and it seems more like a restaurant. This time we had a huge room, but it was very oddly shaped. Get a corner room if you can, they are small, but have 2 windows in the living area. The location is perfect, right across the street from Nordstrom and Shops at Northbridge. The fitness room is small, but does the trick. The only downside is that there is a pool, but no hot tub. There are plenty of restaurants within a block or two. It's not the fanciest place in town, but it is certainly the best hotel for the price ($99 pre-paid). I'll be back again next time I'm in town.

Stayed July 2009, travelled with family
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2009

We had a great experience from the moment we pulled up in front of the hotel. The valet/bellhops are so friendly. Check-in was a breeze. We had a one bedroom suite with a pull-out sofa. The kitchen was well equipped. Breakfast was great - everything you could think of and they changed it up each day. The hotel was packed but they did a great job of getting people in and out. We never waited more than 5 minutes to get a table. The pool was clean and warm and our kids spent a lot of time in it. The hotel is in a great location - central to the miracle mile and navy pier. If you are going to be there for a few days, get the bus pass - it's worth it. We used the bus a lot. Everytime we had to go somewhere and didn't want to talk, we just went to the front desk and the girls would tell us exactly which buses to take. We will definately stay here again.

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Edmond, Oklahoma
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2009

My wife and I stayed here for over two weeks in January. I have never felt so cold outside and so warm inside. The staff went out of their way to assist us since we were staying so long. The rooms are good size and the complimentary breakfast and evening reception were an added bonus. Get there early because it fills up fast.
The beds are not great, but I have slept on worse. Also, having a kitchen came in handy. The location is within walking distance of many good restaurants and the Magnificent Mile for shopping. We plan to go back next year.

  • Stayed January 2009, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Michigan
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15 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2009

The Homewood Suites Chicago was a new find for us on our annual siblings reunion weekend. The hotel was running a weekend rate special in May, and it looked nice in photos, so we took a chance. The hotel is in the River North section, and parking is expensive - $34-42 a day, depending on whether you choose garage or valet service. But, the location is worth it, it's a block from the Loop train (underground at State and Grand). And, you can walk everywhere in Chicago from this hotel, which is nice on a wonderful summer weekend.

The suite is arranged with a kitcen, dining table for 2, a sleeper sofa and chair is one room, and a king size bed and the bath in the other room. The bathroom sink is separate from the toilet and shower, which is convenient. The kitchen has a dishwasher, serveware, coffee maker and toaster, plus a microwave and a 2 burner stove. And it has granite countertops, a nice touch.

This hotel is thrilling all of the little ones, and fitness freaks. The 19th floor has a very nice pool,, 4 feet deep and long enough to do some laps. I have never seen so many well-behaved children under constant parental supervision in a hotel before, which I loved (thanks to parents who understand it's important to watch your kids at all times). There are lots of towels and tables and chairs for parents to relax, looking out over the city to the west. The fitness center has nice free weights, heavy balls and treadmills. If you prefer, there is a complimentaty pass to the health club Crunch next door.

The full breakfast is a full breakfast - sausage and biscuits, corned beef, bacon, scrambled eggs, pastries, french toast, cereals, yogurt and cottage cheese, fresh fruit, toasted breads, coffee, tea, juices. They serve the breakfast in a dining hall that is crowded at peak times, so you can pack a box from the breakfast buffet and take it back to your room. No dinky cups, either...everything is full sized, and they keep replenishing the buffet until closing time.

Outside the hotel, Nordstroms across the street has great sales, and you can walk inside through a mall to get to Michigan Avenue 2 blocks to the east - convenient on a rainy day. Restaurants in the area offer every kind of food. We tried Shaw's Crab House and Rockit and were very pleased. Be sure to try Ina's on W. Randolph for breakfast, too.

Also not to miss in the area are Millennium Park - what a fun place for kids - and the beaches along Lake Michigan. We tried a street fair to the north and had a nice walk after having lunch there.

Last but not least, the wireless access to the internet. It's free, and there's a router in each room above the kitchen cabinets. We had to reboot the router each time we signed on - unplug the power for a few seconds, then reconnect it. It worked each time we tried that.

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Kansas City
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110 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2009

This was the first of two hotels we stayed at during the week during NPE Week. Overall, the three day stay was very good. Room was large, very clean, bed very comfortable, free internet, clean kitchen and kids enjoyed the pool and breakfast was a huge convenience. Dinners are provided in the evening during the week even though we didn't take advantage of this. Staff response upon arrival and check in was luke warm, but so were we after an 8 hour drive. We tried to switch our room from a default king reservation to a double, but the front desk wasn't too responsive about our request. They offered a roll a way bed, but we used the sofa bed for the kids instead. I would have preferred they rectify the situation, but I let it slide. Workout room is very nice, but it was 80+ degrees. They also offer a free pass to Crunch Gym next door. Great location! 24 hour business center was a great feature too! I was able to use the facility to print discount tickets to an attraction. Loved this!

Stayed June 2009, travelled on business
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Property: Homewood Suites by Hilton Chicago-Downtown
Address: 40 East Grand Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611-3506
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Region: United States > Illinois > Chicago > Near North Side
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#46 Romantic Hotel in Chicago
#53 Family Hotel in Chicago
#68 Business Hotel in Chicago
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Homewood Suites by Hilton Chicago-Downtown 3*
Number of rooms: 233
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Your downtown Chicago experience begins here, welcome to the Homewood Suites by Hilton Chicago Downtown. Our location places you within walking distance to the Magnificent Mile, world-class restaurants and the infamous Chicago attractions. Where service is nothing short of extraordinary, the Homewood Suites family will welcome your every request. All of our guests will enjoy the following amenities,•Spacious, Newly Renovated two-room King suite with separate living, sleeping areas and fully equipped kitchens •Complimentary daily hot breakfast buffet •Complimentary Monday through Thursday Dinner Reception, meal with beer, wine and soda •Complimentary high-speed Wireless Internet access throughout the Hotel •Complimentary executive business center with high-speed Internet access •Complimentary cardio-fitness and indoor pool •Complimentary grocery shopping service •Complimentary coffee, tea, hot chocolate or cider all day long in the lobby •24 hour convenience shop •Hilton Honors Points -receive BOTH airline miles and hotel points for every stay with us. Check us out online for discounts and packages! ... more   less 
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