This was a great hotel with a wonderful staff. We came to visit a family member at the university. The hotel was very close to campus (five minutes!) and the rooms we had were very clean and modern. Loved the fridge, microwave and kitchen supplies that we could use. The staff was courteous and helpful. ...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I only needed a room to rest in before attending a work training. This location worked out great since it was right off the highway. The front desk staff was nice, housekeeping seemed to have an attitude when I requested another set of towels. Otherwise nice hotel I would stay there again.
This hotel wasn't plush or spanking new, but it was clean and comfortable and the staff was very friendly. Add to that, it was conveniently located to Champaign's downtown - not close enough to walk, but a short drive away. Moreover, we got the same room rate for three adults that we would have paid for two and no extra charge for the rollaway. Rollaway stood on end and did not fold, but that made it more comfortable than most. Cons: Designer didn't think through last reno on the bathroom vanity counter. Could seriously bang a hip! (We marked it with trash cans so as to not run into at night.) Would recommend they have granite specialist round it off until next reno. Also, we had to close the blackout curtains with a safety pin or it would have let in an unacceptable amount of light. Minor issues which we overcame. Breakfast was not free - $7.99 for cold, $12.99 for hot, but we went next door for cold brew coffee and scones.
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 cleaned. All of the linens smelled fresh and the beds were very comfortable. The staff was very friendly and accommodating. Overall, it was a great value and left us feeling very satisfied. David and Judy S.
Perfect place for a comfortable stay in Champaign. Old perfectly preserved house with comfortable rooms, friendly hosts, and great location. Loved everything about the place