We travel a lot to Chicago to visit our son
And have stayed at many downtown hotels. The free parking was great, the staff was helpful, and the beds were comfortable. We couldn't control the heat from our room and sometimes felt we were in a
sauna. But overall it was a great value for the location.
What passes for budget in downtown Chicago! But it was very clean, a bit bleachy smelling. Large room, comfortable bed, desk, chair. A block from a decent blues club, plenty of restaurants. Thin walls.
Heat and internet are basically nonexistent. My internet was so bad that I couldn't even load Google Maps to make plans for the day. When I complained about this, the staff blamed it on my computer.
The heat controls are in the main office, so if
you want it hotter or colder you have to call up. The heat automatically shuts off after about 15 minutes, though, and doesn't even give the room enough time to warm up. I had to call the office constantly just to stop from shivering under a blanket.
Additionally, I chose this hotel mainly because it came with parking. I wanted to park my car somewhere safe for two days without worrying about moving it while I was exploring the city.
When I got to the hotel, there were signs everywhere saying a television crew was requesting an empty lot, and that they've arranged for us to park in the McDonald's lot across the street. But when I parked my car in McDonald's and spoke to the managers, they knew nothing of this "arrangement." I did end up getting reimbursed for parking the following morning, but it was a lot of extra hassle and stress. I spent the day worried I'd get towed or ticketed.
All this being said, the room was clean and safe, and within walking distance of major attractions. If you don't care about parking, internet, or heat/ac, then this motel will suit you fine.
This cute little hotel is extremely well located close to the heart of downtown! It's incredibly affordable for where its located! It's around the corner from delicious food, bus stops, shopping & bars! The room was clean & had free parking. We
had a blast staying here & being able to walk everywhere. Downsides: weak wifi, dated interiors, smoking rooms & an uncomfortable bed. But I didnt come to downtown Chicago to hang out in a plush hotel room, if i had, i could have easily stayed in a $500+ hotel room. I came to live it up in the city & have somewhere to drop into bed at night. We would totally stay there on our next trip out!
I took a trip to Chicago to visit the School of the Arts Institute of Chicago. I was looking for a cheap over night place to stay that was still decent. I got that with this Motel. It was within walking distance of downtown Chicago and had several
great places to eat. Another great bonus, there's a two story McDonalds in from of the Motel. Unfortunately, I am a vegetarian so the 1$ cheeseburgers did work for me.
There were 4 of us so we had 2 rooms.
My friend's room was much nicer than mine because it smelled better and it was cooler in there.
The front desk controls the room temp and we had to call them several times to adjust the temperature.
at the front desk was nice but clueless.
She didn't seem to have any valuable information about the area including where to eat. It is also somewhat noisy. Great price though!
It was a business trip & I wanted to be close to the merchandise mart but not pay too much. This hotel fit the bill. Inexpensive, yet clean. No frills, but location was great for me. It is also right next to the 2 story McDonalds & Portabellas, a
good inexpensive place to eat. Also a drug store on the other side of McDonalds in case you forgot anyhing.
Free parking is great, but I always make sure I get there eary enough to make sure I get a spot, usually not a problem, but in peak season it is first come first serve.
Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Short walk from hotel
Just down the street is the Red head piano bar if you want to go out & still be able to walk back to the hotel.