We stayed at the South Loop hotel Nov 29-Dec 3, 2012. This was our first trip to Chicago. At first glance in google maps, the area looks kinda iffy... there's lots of construction going on right next door, and plenty of vacant lots and abandoned storefronts. But it's not as bad as it sounds!
Pros: although the location was in south Chicago, away from most of the hustle and bustle, it's at the corner of State St. Just take the 29 bus straight into downtown, the bus stop is literally steps from hotel.
The people working at the desk were very nice and polite. They stored our luggage for us until check in.
Our room was huge! We had a corner room on the 3rd floor. Just a basic double queen bed room. Plenty of bright sunlight and space. Included was a desk, mini fridge, coffee maker (eh) and seating area with two high back chairs and a glass table. Great for sipping coffee or eating a quick meal. Bathroom was also decently sized. Plenty of counter space. A full length mirror by the bathroom and a closet with iron that had full length mirrored doors.
Price! Our trip included a 4 night stay plus round trip flight from NC for $318/person. We booked through Priceline and I'm not sure how much of that was flight vs. hotel, but it's still a deal no matter how you look at it.
Pump shampoo and body wash dispensers in the shower. Breck moisturizing shampoo and some kind if great smelling Dial body wash.
Cons: the sheets were kind of rough (but clean!) and the beds were pretty hard. Pillows felt kind of lumpy and cheap. But I had no problems getting a decent nights sleep, no back or neck pain, etc.
The hot water seemed to run out in the morning and evening times. Midday you could take a long hot shower, otherwise you better make it quick. And the shower area was a huge jacuzzi tub (no fancy jets or anything) with a shower head, so while taking a shower if you weren't standing directly underneath the water, you froze.
No conditioner for your hair. No mini conditioner bottles available. Be sure to bring your own! Mini soaps were ok but not really necessary. A regular Hair dryer was also included, not the kind that's attached to the bathroom wall. A plus in my book.
Coffee maker made single cups. It wasn't very good, only okay. No creamer in the room. Only sugar and sweetener. However you can get mini liquid creamers downstairs in the cafe for free. Many flavors. We stocked up!
There's a bar/restaurant downstairs. Foods kinda pricy but very good. We only ordered food to go one time. The pesto chicken flatbreads were yummy and plenty for 2 people. I ordered at the bar. Also the bartender stole my change. It was only 44 cents and I was the only person in the bar. She wasn't busy or overwhelmed. She had the personality of the damp rag she wiped up the bar with. Blank stares. It puzzled me more than anything. She didn't have to count change, the computer did it for her. I could see the subtotal on the screen. Weird.
There was also a cafe Down stairs that made made to order food on the grill, probably good for a quick breakfast or lunch but we didnt eat there. There was also a gift shop that was never open when I passed it. Sometimes this was midday. They must keep odd hours. Also in the hotel was a beauty shop. Also didnt use.
The elevator is the slowest elevator known to man. There's only one. We took the stairs when possible.
Most if the cons were very trivial. I would not hesitate to stay here again. Enjoyed my time here.
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- The Chicago South Loop Hotel is the second closest hotel to McCormick Place Convention Center. It is located within the Chicago Museum District, Chinatown and Bronzeville neighborhood. The hotel is located 4 miles south of Chicago's City Center, 9 miles east of Chicago Midway Airport, and 22 miles Southwest of O'Hare International Airport. ... more less
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