A return visit once again proved that this is about the best hotel value in the city. The 1 bedroom suites are huge and comfortable. The location can't be beat. Don't stress out about a high floor or not, the views are not the reason to go with this hotel. Staff is efficient and pleasant.
Breakfast is very good and tends to get crowded after 830 AM. Each room has a small kitchen, big fridge and a coffee maker with tea and coffee provided. Suites have an oven and ice maker, Studios don't. Each have a microwave and stovetop and dishes. There is not a restaurant serving lunch or dinner in the hotel. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights there is food provided for free at 6PM. There is not a manager's drink reception at this RI. ATM in the lobby.
About the location. Perfect. If you want to visit some sites.....walk out the door, turn left walk a block and catch buses to all the major places. The free Lincoln Park zoo and park (bus 151 North) are 15 minutes away and the Art Institute and Millennium Park (151 or 147 South) are 10 to 20 minutes away by bus. Walk to Oak Street Beach (out the hotel, left then right to walk under LSD, you're there!) in about 5 or 10 minutes. The walking/running path along the Lake is right there. The path is a must do. Walk north about 15 minutes, turn around and start taking pictures of the skyline. You can walk for well over an hour in one direction then back if you want. The Mag Mile shopping and restaurants are right out your door. There are grocery stores within walking distance. If you want to get out of Downtown and visit a neighborhood- Lakeview and Lincoln Park are north and you can get there via the same 151 bus that will take you to the zoo.
A pointer about the John Hancock building which is next door -almost. Go up to the Signature Room and have a cocktail with a view. You'll have great views and you won't have to pay an observatory fee. There's a Cheesecake Factory on the lower level of the Hancock with a huge takeout dinner and lunch menu and efficient take out desk. The Hancock has much better views than the Willis tower....just saying.
Studio, or Suite...this hotel is a superior value.
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