Originally my partner and I had planned a trip to Chicago during this holiday season where we were going to be guests in my friend's house who lived locally near the White Sox stadium. Unfortunately at the last minute, he had a house guest that prevented us from doing so and thus, we discovered the South Loop Hotel nearby had availability. Thankfully, they were running a special at $99/night that was in the price range we could afford.
Immediately upon arrival, after a slight miscommunication over the room I thought I was getting (a king size bed), both Steve and Diane (I think?) found a King that was available and placed me in it without any problems. In fact, Steve went out of his way to go searching on foot around the hotel to look for a room because there was a discrepancy in what he was seeing on the computer system. I was grateful when he placed us in Room 539 on the 5th floor because it had a nice view looking out upon parts of the city, as well as being able to see some of the holiday lights.
All of the staff were friendly to me throughout my entire stay and it was always nice passing through the lobby and getting a warm greeting from whomever was at the front desk. During my three night stay, the only problem I truly encountered was not with the hotel or the property at all. It was with a bunch of drunk college guys who tragically were placed in the room next to mine. They were quite loud on two separate occasions, but upon calling the front desk, it was taken care of, of which I was extremely grateful.
My personal favorite in Room 539 was the large bathtub given that I'm a 6'5" guy who enjoys taking baths every now and then when I can fit in one. At South Loop, I took three during my entire stay and each were more than wonderful!
After leaving on my final day and having a very pleasant drive home, I realized in alarm that I had left something personal and invaluable to me in the room that had been a part of my life for almost two decades. It may seem like a silly thing, but what it was is a teddy bear that's been a part of my life since it was given to me after my father committed suicide. On most trips, you'll find this bear, Phillip, traveling with me, bringing me comfort anytime it's needed. And thankfully, Alex and TK searched my room and found him hiding underneath the bed. He was FedEx'd out to me the very next day with a special note left inside for me leaving a good smile on my face and a sense of gratitude for the staff at South Loop.
So I'm truly grateful for nice places such as the Chicago South Loop hotel, as it's truly things like customer service that make or break a business. This hotel's was top notch and it's my hope it continues to prosper. And hopefully any riff-raff like those drunk college kids won't be staying there again any time soon, or at least not next to me when I stay there again! LOL
As a final note, I'll probably be writing an entry in my spiritual blog, www.thetwelfthstep.com, because this whole experience definitely inspired me. Thanks Chicago South Loop for everything!
Peace, love, light, and joy,
Andrew Arthur Dawson
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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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