We were in town for New Years. I last stayed here more than 6 years ago and was surprised by the changes. While the bricked outdoor terrace and small lobby seemed to be almost the same as I remembered from our last stay, the rooms had obviously been renovated. Our room was on the 3th floor near the elevators but hardly ever heard any noise. Gone were the old fashion looking wallpaper, beige everywhere, with cheap looking curtains, fake pressboard furniture, the typical polyester comforters and circa-1990s TV. Instead, the room was in warm browns, the curtain was replaced by plantation shutters, there was a 42in flat panel LCD, nice wood furniture with actual headboard, and nice plush bedding with duvet. The room also had a small refrigerator with separate freezer, two complementary daily bottles of water, as well as a microwave and a Kurig single-serving coffee maker with various flavors. The bath was also renovated with matching tiled floor and tub/shower surround, rainshower, and even a nice, large back-lit mirror. I wish I had taken pictures of the hotel to upload so you could see all the improvements! I didn't get a chance to see what the continental breakfast looked like, nor the fitness room with jacuzzi, but we were busy having fun taking in the neighborhood with unique shops, a variety of restaurants, and the nightlife of "Boystown."
Not to say that everything was all great. It's still a small hotel with limited in-house amenities. They couldn't see my reservation because it was not booked on the Best Western website (just showed the front desk person the e-mail confirmation on my phone and it was all good), and the tub drained pretty slow, but what can I expect from a building that's probably 100yrs old. The room rate was somewhat more than the below $100/nt deals I could have gotten for similar or even nicer hotels in the Loop or Michigan Ave, but the location was ideal for our purposes of nightlife and restaurants as we walked to everything and probably saved a small fortune on cabs. This is Chicago after all, and parking is scarce and once you park, you almost never want to move your car. Fortunately, parking was only $22/nt (it was valet parking in the garage was next to hotel with in-and-out privileges) compared to $40+ at downtown hotels. There are two red-line train stations, each a 5-10min walk if you want to brave the winter weather, which we did.
There are many good restaurants in the area. Don't miss Ann Sathers across the street for a good breakfast place. Down the street is Joy's Noodle and Rice Restaurant for Thai. PingPong was also down the street--very popular contemporary Asian restaurant populated by the mostly younger and trendy crowd, waits for a table even during the week may be long without reservations, and somewhat loud with the blaring music. There are a host of other restaurants (Continental, Mexican, Diner, Contemporary American, etc) along Broadway and several blocks west on Halsted.
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