$87 Avg/night
Rate and special offer based on Check-in: Apr 6, 2015 Check-out: Apr 9, 2015

Best Western University Plaza

3 stars
View map of 1501 Sherman Avenue, Evanston, IL 60201

Hotel Overview

Reviewer score
3.7
out of 5
183 reviews
Convenient

Close to Metro, so easy access to Chicago. Lots of places to eat within walking distance. See full review

  • Bernhard K.
  • Feb 4, 2015
Convenient for Northwestern football games

We loved this hotel , close to shops and restraunts and we were able to walk to Ryan Stadium. See full review

  • Linda Northwestern fan
  • Sep 1, 2014
Budget lodging on the North Shore

This Evanston hotel remains a go-to for the parents of Northwestern University and budget-minded visitors to Chicagoland's North Shore and beaches. The mid-rise hotel adopts the familiar look of other Best Westerns, featuring colorful bedspreads, carpeted rooms, brass lamps and wood furnishings. The smoke-free property offers onsite parking for a fee, but guests enjoy getting to know this walkable neighborhood, where tree-lined streets, charming Victorians and Prairie-style homes turn on the local charm.

Highlights
  • Close to Northwestern University and Lake Michigan
  • Complimentary continental breakfast served daily at the Sherman Street Grill
  • Parking garage (fees apply)
  • Outdoor pool open seasonally
  • Smoke-free hotel
Rooms

Spacious rooms at Best Western University Plaza overlooking downtown Evanston were styled to combine the comforts of home and office. Patterned bedspreads create coziness and coordinate with the patterned carpet, valance and framed artwork. In all rooms, guests enjoy satellite TV, desk and shower/tub combo in the bathroom. Wi-Fi and hard-wired Internet access are complimentary.

Features

Best Western University Plaza is one of the few hotels near Northwestern University and Loyola University in Chicago's Rogers Park. Location is an obvious plus, as is the neighborhood. Whether visitors are in the mood for a pint at a local pub or sampling Evanston's cuisine, the Best Western University Plaza is a strong base for any agenda.

Transportation
  • O'Hare International Airport (20 miles)         
  • Midway Airport (29 miles)
  • McCormick Place Convention Center (40 minutes)
Attractions
  • Northwestern University
  • Downtown Evanston
  • Lake Michigan
  • Frank Govern Memorial Golf Course
  • Westfield Old Orchard Shopping Mall
  • Six Flags Great America
Business
  • 6,000 square feet of meeting space
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Meeting planners available
  • Catering services

Recommendations for you

Customers who viewed Best Western University Plaza also booked these hotels.

Reviewer score 3.9 out of 5
Reviewer score 3.0 out of 5
Reviewer score 3.3 out of 5

Best Western University Plaza Rooms

Standard
This room offers one king or two double beds with pillow top mattresses, continental breakfast, with cable TV, air conditioning, coffee / tea maker, hair dryer, iron and ironing board.

Amenities

  • WiFi
  • Outdoor pool
  • No smoking rooms/facilities
General
No smoking rooms/facilities
Elevators
Activities
Outdoor pool
Fitness center or spa
Dining
Restaurant
Services
Business center
Laundry service
Meeting/Banquet facilities
Conference facilities
Internet
WiFi
Parking
Parking
Accessibility
Handicapped rooms/facilities

Nearby points of interest

  • Northwestern University: 0.9 mi
  • Ryan Field: 1,459.5 mi

Hotel Policies

Check-in:
3:00 PM
Check-out:
12:00 PM

Terms and conditions

Rates quoted in currencies other than the hotel's base currency are subject to the rate of the international exchange. Rate may change throughout stay. Rate may reflect average nightly rate. Extra charges may apply. Incidental charges, such as room service, are not included in the rate.

The amenities and/or facilities may not be located at the hotel, but within a reasonable distance, and additional charges may apply for use.

Ratings and reviews for Best Western University Plaza

Overall score

3.7 / 5
5.01.0
183 out of 183
Amenities:
3.4
Cleanliness:
4.2
Hotel staff:
4
Comfort:
4
Location:
4.3
Value:
3.9

89% would recommend to a friend.

Sort by:
Review of Best Western University Plaza

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Roger K.
Business
Easthampton
Mar 2, 2015

Daniel Lesser's Wedding

Excellent location. Nice rooms. Great price. Helpful staff. Entrance to hotel was under construction.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Was this review helpful to you?
Thank you for your feedback!
Review of Best Western University Plaza

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Bernhard K.
Business
N/A
Feb 4, 2015

Convenient

Close to Metro, so easy access to Chicago. Lots of places to eat within walking distance.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Was this review helpful to you?
Thank you for your feedback!
Review of Best Western University Plaza

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Travel
Business
N/A
Feb 3, 2015

Decent clean hotel

A bit old but room was clean. Nice breakfast, close to downtown Evanston.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Was this review helpful to you?
Thank you for your feedback!
Review of Best Western University Plaza

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Pk11
Business
Dix Hills
Jan 21, 2015

College visit

Close to train station .northwestern university is close. Restaurants close by.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
3
Comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Was this review helpful to you?
Thank you for your feedback!
Review of Best Western University Plaza

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
SP..434
Business
N/A
Jan 15, 2015

Value for money

Near to Northwestern University and has a hot breakfast

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
3
Comfort:
3
Location:
4
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Was this review helpful to you?
Thank you for your feedback!
Review of Best Western University Plaza

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
SP..434
Business
Jacksonville
Jan 15, 2015

Value for Money

Clean rooms and hot breakfast.. construction work in progress seems be adding some dust in the surroundings.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Comfort:
4
Location:
3
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Was this review helpful to you?
Thank you for your feedback!
Review of Best Western University Plaza

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Bump Roadd
Business
Lawrenceville
Jan 12, 2015

Biz Trip

Stayed for a biz trip in January. Room was quiet and had your standard needs for a room and is a good value for Evanston. However, carpet seemed like it hadn't been vacuumed in weeks. The hallways need an overhaul - the wall paper was torn in places and very worn. The carpeting looks very worn and like my room, not sure when the last time it was vacuumed. The big concern is there was an issue with my door in that it would not lock. They did try to fix it. I figured out that I had to pull with all my weight to get the door to engage in the lock otherwise, if i just shut it normally a simple shove would open the door back up again. It's a good value but set your expectations for a worn-down ambiance.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Cleanliness:
2
Hotel staff:
4
Comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

There are a number of great restaurants nearby. Be sure to make time for one of them.

Was this review helpful to you?
Thank you for your feedback!
Review of Best Western University Plaza

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Northwestern Parent
Business
Madison
Nov 24, 2014

Good value

Good value, close to Northwestern University and downtown Evanston. Breakfast included. Room was quiet and comfortable. Friendly, helpful staff.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
4
Comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Was this review helpful to you?
Thank you for your feedback!
Review of Best Western University Plaza

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Gabster04
Business
Elmhurst, NY
Nov 20, 2014

Nice room for nice price

I stayed at this hotel, because I had a job interview nearby. The bus and train station is close by, so it is very easy to get around the town. Bus PACE 250 that take you straight to O'Hare Intl Airport is just 2 blocks away, so it is very convenient.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Comfort:
3
Location:
4
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Was this review helpful to you?
Thank you for your feedback!
Review of Best Western University Plaza

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
LawProfsr
Business
Akron, Ohio
Nov 10, 2014

Room fine, hallways dark, parking scary

Inside the room was just fine and very comfortable. But the hall was kind of rundown, and the entrance to the hotel from the parking garage looks like you're entering a warehouse. The parking garage itself is downright scary, with poor lighting and old concrete falling apart, and narrow staircases. The only reason to stay here is they had rooms available near Northwestern during Family Weekend.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
3
Comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
2
Trip purpose:

Business

Was this review helpful to you?
Thank you for your feedback!
Back to menu Return to top