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Check out cosmopolitan university town Champaign

Popularly known as the home of the University of Illinois, and bordering its twin city of Urbana, Champaign is characterized by leafy suburbs, diverse attractions ranging from the Staerkel Planetarium to Wyldewood Cellars winery, and a developing local arts scene. The town adds about 30,000 people to its population every fall as university students return, and visitors are treated to a hip, micro-urban atmosphere that's miles away from the rural Illinois imagery of cornfields and dust tracks. Complete with an abundance of sporting events and more restaurants than you would expect from a city this size, Champaign is a good access point for university conferences and business travel, almost equidistant from Chicago, St. Louis and Indianapolis.

Things to see and do


The combination of cute sidewalk cafes, and an abundance of brew pubs and thrift shops make Downtown Champaign a hive of activity. Enjoy specialty martinis and Mediterranean-inspired tapas, and then head around the corner to vintage shops where you can come away with one-of-a-kind finds. Downtown nights should include a stop at JT Walker's Brewery for a robust dinner and samples of Champaign brews, followed by live, local music.

Krannert Art Museum

Part of the College of Fine and Applied Arts at the University of Illinois, the Krannert Art Museum is open six days a week and is arguably the best art museum south of Chicago's world-renowned Art Institute. The museum's permanent collection contains pieces from throughout world history, stretching all the way back to the fourth millennium B.C., and into the present-day.

State Farm Center

Home of basketball, big-name musical acts and other large-scale events, locals still call this Champaign institution by its traditional name, Assembly Hall. With its retro 1950s-look flying saucer, the structure is a prominent part of the Champaign-Urbana skyline. Several Champaign hotels, including Hilton Garden Inn and Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham, can be found within sight of the venue.

Where to stay

North Champaign

The majority of Champaign hotels are located on the north end of the city, along I-74. These lodging options range from two- to four-star hotels, and their location means that guests are on the doorstep of the largest retail district in the city. Guests are also 10 minutes from Downtown Champaign and the Illinois Terminal, a transportation hub where you'll find local bus services Greyhound and Trailways, as well as Amtrak trains.

South Champaign

Champaign also has a good sprinkling of hotels south of Springfield Avenue, representing brands like Wyndham and giving you handy access to the university campus. There's even a couple directly on the site, like the I Hotel at the Conference Center. The area is also within brushing distance of the University of Illinois Arboretum and the massive football arena Memorial Stadium.

Special events

The Pygmalion Festival

The first annual Pygmalion Music Festival rocked Champaign in 2005, and it continues to grow every year, showcasing live indie rock music from local and national acts, in a variety of venues across town. Revelers can also take part in Pygmalion's two-day handmade craft and vintage fair, as well as a free literary festival. Pygmalion is held every September.

Roger Ebert's Overlooked Film Festival

Founded by Champaign-Urbana native and Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic Roger Ebert, Ebertfest takes place every spring at the historic Virginia Theater in downtown Champaign. Ebert died in 2013, but his family made sure to keep the festival alive, which showcases independent and culturally relevant films. Q&A sessions follow each Ebertfest screening, with some big names taking the stage to discuss their work.

Best time to visit

Summers in Champaign mean a smaller population, fewer crowds and lovely weather (temperatures reaching the 80s), but in the fall, the city shows off its true grandeur. The abundant foliage in Champaign transforms the town into a golden sunset and you can still enjoy averages of 40-50 degrees through September and October.

Recently Rated Champaign Hotels

Hotel Reviews Stars Price from
Wingate by Wyndham Champaign
4.0 / 5
85 reviews
3 stars $71
Red Roof Inn Champaign
2.9 / 5
59 reviews
2 stars $42
Hyatt Place Champaign
4.7 / 5
3 reviews
4 stars $94
La Quinta Inn Champaign
3.8 / 5
92 reviews
3 stars $62
Days Inn Champaign/Urbana
2.6 / 5
11 reviews
2 stars $46
Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham Champaign
3.9 / 5
34 reviews
3 stars $84
Extended Stay America - Champaign - Urbana
3.0 / 5
25 reviews
2 stars $79
Super 8 Champaign
3.2 / 5
44 reviews
2 stars $48
Hilton Garden Inn Champaign/ Urbana
4.2 / 5
14 reviews
3 stars $102
Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Champaign
2.8 / 5
23 reviews
2 stars $46

Featured Champaign Hotels

From $62

1 La Quinta Inn Champaign

3 stars
3.8 / 5 92 reviews

1900 Center Dr Map

The La Quinta Inn Champaign was recently named a 2014 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence award winner! Flat-panel TVs with 30 channels of HD programming. Easy-access Plug-and-Play feature makes... More

Nice Weekend
This hotel has recently been remodeled and the room was very attractive and clean.
Feb 28, 2015
From $71

2 Wingate by Wyndham Champaign

3 stars
4.0 / 5 85 reviews

516 W. Marketview Drive Map

Stay 3, Save 20%

Conveniently located off Interstate 74, this Wingate by Wyndham Champaign is near the University of Illinois, museums, shopping, and many local restaurants. Ideal for both work and play, this... More

business trip
I have stayed at this hotel twice. It is very clean and the rooms are very nice. Breakfast is good. Would recommend it.
Apr 10, 2015
From $99

3 Drury Inn & Suites Champaign

3 stars
4.4 / 5 24 reviews

905 W Anthony Drive Map

The Extras Aren't Extra at Drury Hotels. Your great rate includes FREE hot food and cold beverages at our 5:30 Kickback. FREE hot breakfast, FREE wireless Internet access and FREE long distance.... More

Clean rooms with friendly staff
This is a nice hotel with clean rooms and very friendly staff.
Sep 8, 2014
From $94

4 Hyatt Place Champaign

4 stars
4.7 / 5 3 reviews

217 N Neil St Map

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The Hyatt Place Champaign/Urbana hotel is opening in the Spring of 2014. This 9 story hotel features 3200 sq. ft. of meeting space and 145 well-appointed guest rooms, including 5 suites. The... More

Very Clean new hotel
My stay was work related. Very nice clean hotel. Many near by places to eat just accross the street from hotel. I would stay there again when in town.
Mar 24, 2015
From $84

5 Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham Champaign

3 stars
3.9 / 5 34 reviews

101 Trade Center Drive Map

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Host your next event with ease at this Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham Champaign, IL lodging, just off Route 45 and close to the university, shopping, dining and entertainment for the whole family. Pets... More

School Visit
Very nice hotel for what we were looking for. Location looked much better on the maps then actually being there. But still close to campus, which is what we wanted. Overall nice experience. Nice...
Mar 23, 2015
From $42

6 Red Roof Inn Champaign

2 stars
2.9 / 5 59 reviews

212 West Anthony Dr Map

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The Red Roof Inn Champaign is located off I-74 at exit 182 and is only three miles from the University of Illinois, home of the Big 10 Fighting Illini. For shopping fanatics, Market Place Mall is... More

Good one night stay
Good one night stay for the price. We've stayed here before as the price is cheap and reasonable.
Apr 22, 2015
From $109

7 I Hotel and Conference Center

3 stars
4.6 / 5 20 reviews

1900 South First St Map

Located on the University of Illinois campus and constructed to AAA Four Diamond quality standards the I Hotel and Conference Center provides travelers with the ultimate guest experience. The... More

pleasantly surprised
courteous friendly staff. room clean and comfortable. maybe the best hotel in champaign urbana. .
Dec 1, 2014
From $74

8 Quality Inn & Suites Champaign

2 stars
3.4 / 5 28 reviews

305 Marketview Dr. Map

Free deluxe continental breakfast, free local calls, free USA Today newspaper, free parking, indoor heated pool and hot tub, inside corridors, cable with HBO, ESPN, CNN and Big 10 Network,... More

needs work
housekeeping below standard (finger prints on pool windows, coffee urn with stains) . Staff friendly, room adequate. Okay for a single night stopover which is mostly what the hotels in this site...
May 26, 2014
From $102

9 Hilton Garden Inn Champaign/ Urbana

3 stars
4.2 / 5 14 reviews

1501 S. Neil Street Map

Complimentary wired and Wi-Fi Internet Access

The Hilton Garden Inn Champaign-Urbana hotel in Champaign, Illinois is located within two blocks of the University of Illinois Assembly Hall and Memorial Stadium or a short drive to the University... More

football playoffs
staff in restaurant was super helpfull,,,we were close to stadium, food was great,,,perfect for what we needed,
Jan 14, 2015
From $46

10 Days Inn Champaign/Urbana

2 stars
2.6 / 5 11 reviews

914 W. Bloomington Road Map

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At Days Inn of Champaign/Urbana, you can expect convenience and care in every aspect of your stay. Located right off of Prospect Avenue Exit 181 on I-74, this Days Inn features several amenities to... More

wrestling state finals
Best thing about the hotel - VERY friendly staff!! This is just an average hotel but a good value. The room was nothing special but we did have a nice refrigerator and microwave. The bed was...
Feb 24, 2015
From $63

11 Baymont Inn & Suites Champaign

2 stars
3.4 / 5 38 reviews

302 West Anthony Drive Map

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Enjoy the hometown hospitality at this Baymont Inn and Suites Champaign, just off Interstate 74 and close to Interstates 52 and 72. Pets are welcome at this lodging, which is convenient to downtown... More

Clean, affordable and easy to locate
The hotel was clean and affordable. It's right next to eating places and a mall. The area is good. The front staff were pleasant, friendly and helpful. The housekeeping staff did a marvelous job....
Oct 13, 2014
From $89

12 Courtyard by Marriott Champaign

3 stars
4.3 / 5 4 reviews

1811 Moreland Boulevard Map

Rate includes breakfast

Welcome to the Courtyard Champaign hotel, located near the University of Illinois. Our hotel in Champaign, IL is conveniently located near many great local attractions such as Market Place Mall,... More

Would definitely stay here again.
Clean, comfortable, nice rates. Close to shopping and dining.
Dec 1, 2014
From $109

13 Residence Inn Champaign

3 stars
4.3 / 5 3 reviews

502 West Marketview Drive Map

The Residence Inn by Marriott® Champaign is located just off I-74 and just minutes from the University of Illinois. Our residential-style hotel offers boutique inspired elegance in the heart of... More

Great value
The rooms are modern, clean and comfortable. They are set up like a tiny little studio apartment - perfect for any type of travel. The included breakfast had a lot of nice options (but mediocre...
Apr 9, 2014
From $58

14 Americas Best Value Inn Champaign

2 stars
3.3 / 5 8 reviews

1019 Bloomington Road Map

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Welcome to Americas Best Value Inn Champaign conveniently located on Route 150 and I-74 at exit 181 close to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Visitors experience the urban feel of... More

Visited the kids at college
We had occasion to visit our children on short notice, and Americas Best Value Inn Champaign turned out to be a very nice choice. Our room was ready upon our early arrival, and was meticulously...
Nov 16, 2014
From $61

15 Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Champaign North, IL

2 stars
3.8 / 5 43 reviews

602 West Marketview Drive Map

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Located only 10 minutes from the University of Illinois. This hotel is 100% smoke free in all guest rooms and public areas. Smoking allowed in designated areas only. Smoking in non-smoking rooms... More

Third Time at Hotel
My previous two stays at hotel were better. This room had a musty smell to it but was okay once I turned A/C on. Room otherwise was good. I don't normally sleep well in hotels but slept like a rock...
Aug 4, 2014
From $48

16 Super 8 Champaign

2 stars
3.2 / 5 44 reviews

202 Marketview Dr. Map

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The Super 8 Champaign is located within minutes of the University of Illinois, Parkland College, the Assembly Hall and Memorial Stadium. We are adjacent to the Marketplace Mall and within walking... More

Weekend Getaway
Located is convenient to get to, not far from highway exit. Room was decent to stay in for a few nights. The toilet wasn't working properly, notified front desk and asked if we could switch rooms...
Jan 15, 2015
From $112

17 Homewood Suites by Hilton Champaign-Urbana

3 stars
4.5 / 5 13 reviews

1417 South Neil Street Map

Free hot breakfast and high speed internet access

The Homewood Suites by Hilton® Champaign-Urbana hotel offers central accommodations in the Champaign-Urbana metropolitan area in Illinois. Located near the University of Illinois, our Champaign... More

Great family night-out
Awesome room for 2 couples one teenager and a baby. Great price for the room size, considering that breakfast was included. Great gymnasium and pool.
Aug 11, 2014
From $79

18 Extended Stay America - Champaign - Urbana

2 stars
3.0 / 5 25 reviews

610 West Marketview Dr Map

At Extended Stay America, guests find a friendly home away from home, whether for a day, a week or a month. Each of our 89 spacious suites offers a fully equipped kitchen, free WiFi, and a flat... More

Great stay
Loved the kitchen to cook for friends, close to everything you would want to do.
Feb 10, 2015
From $73


2 stars
4.2 / 5 6 reviews

1917 Moreland Blvd Map

Champaign Hotel's Location Ideal for Fighting Illini Fans Minutes from the University of Illinois, the Candlewood Suites® Champaign - Urbana University area offers extended-stay accommodations and... More

Friendly staff, good location
The staff was very friendly and helpful, and the hotel was clean, quiet and had helpful extras (like a toaster!) in the room. Although not directly downtown I liked the location because it is close...
Jul 3, 2014
From $81

20 Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Champaign

2 stars
4.0 / 5 2 reviews

1807 Moreland Boulevard Map

Enjoy your time in Champaign, Illinois at our Fairfield Inn & Suites Champaign hotel. We are conveniently located off of I-74 between Neil St. and Prospect Ave—just minutes away from downtown... More

college visit
I stayed 1 night with my daughter while vistiing U of I. the room was clean comfortable, nicely decorated. carpet was clean. we used the pool and fitness area. both were small but it was not...
Jul 20, 2014