I flew to Chicago tOn October 3rd to visit the National Shrine of St.Jude on 3200E 91st Street Chicago South side.I was advised to stay downtown as there is a scarcity of lodging and dining in the immediate area of the Shrine.
I booked one double room through Priceline.com and indicated I wanted to stay in the Loop.The Hotel I got was The Allegro a Kimpton Hotel. Priceline does guarantee the type of room they just book a double room and as I was with my son we asked at check in if they could give us a room with two beds which they did at no extra cost.
The receptionist was very friendly and helpful and both our check in and check out was rapid.
Getting to the Hotel from O'Hare International Airport took 45 minutes with the Blue Line train which cost a couple of Dollars each. The problem was the rickety old noisy train and I cannot imagine why those responsible do not put a newer modern train as in any European country where you can take a bus metro or train into town? Not everybody especially tourists drive and in Chicago you do not need a car.
The room and bathroom were very clean. The bathroom was small and had a hair dryer. The large room had a flat TV,safety deposit box,iron and board small bar but no kettle for coffee or tea. The beds and pillows were very comfortable. The aircondioning worked very well .Our room overlooked the terrace of an old building surrounded with taller ones. It did not matter as we were there for two nights and were out all day.
We had breakfast in our room on the first day which was extra and expensive as we had to leave early in the morning to visit the Shrine of St.Jude. Breakfast was good but you could also have a good and cheaper breakfast outside the Hotel.
We did not bother with the daily free wine tasting event as it was so crowded and we preferred to go and have a drink elsewhere.
The Hotel is very well located within walking distance to many of the major sites. Count on a good walk from 10 to 20 minutes. You can get to the theatres, restaurants the Art Institute Millenium Park etc....buses the train lines and taxis are all next door which you only need to go some sites which are far away.
I would definitely stay at the Allegro again and encourage other visitors to do so. Try and get a good rate by booking early.
The beds and pillows wer very comfortable
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- Located in the downtown Chicago Loop and newly renovated, the exquisite Hotel Allegro Chicago has reopened to great acclaim. Centered in the lively theatre district, adjacent to Encore Lounge and restaurant 312 Chicago, this hotel is convenient to Chicago’s greatest attractions. The historic building, dating from 1924, features original Art Deco elements combined with modern luxuries to create a multi-sensory feast. ... more less
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