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“Rooms need a face-lift” 3 of 5 stars
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1401 West Green Street, Urbana, Champaign-Urbana, IL 61801   |  
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Ranked #6 of 15 Hotels in Urbana
Chicago, Illinois
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34 hotel reviews
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90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
“Rooms need a face-lift”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2013

All in all, this hotel was quite a bit pricier than other hotels in the area and you are paying top $ for location - and nothing more.
The staff at the hotel was great. Very friendly and accommodating. I very much so appreciated that.
The rooms themselves were very bare bones and extremely outdated -- (minus the big screen TV on the wall)... I felt like I had gone back in time. The bathroom was very tiny, and again in need of some updating. The beds were very comfortable however.
My main concern was the noise factor. While people were respectful at night, in the morning, the hotel got very very noisy. I am not sure if it was people congregating in the hallways or in adjacent rooms (because the hotel is so old, I can see how this would be a concern).
Free breakfast is provided, but only until 9, so we missed it...
Overall, while the staff was great, I probably would not spend the extra $ to stay here unless I really needed to be able to stay right on campus.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Illini_Union, Manager at Illini Union Hotel, responded to this review, October 10, 2013
The staff an management of the Illini Union thank you for your comments. After undergoing renovations from 2004 through 2009, we will be planning more in the near future. We'll look forward to seeing you then!
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Park Ridge, Illinois
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2013

Took a tour of the campus. Parked once and done. Everything is within 10 minute walk which gives you a feel of the campus . The room were comfortable, clean, and breakfast was included. Nice view of the quad

Room Tip: I mentioned visiting for a campus tour received 10.00 discount.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Illini_Union, Manager at Illini Union Hotel, responded to this review, October 10, 2013
Thank you so much for the kind words. It's refreshing to be able to hear the good comments and be able to pass them on the staff. We hope to see you again soon!
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Springfield, Missouri
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2013

Check in was easy, lots of food options in the food court, there is a student rec center in the basement where you can bowl or play arcades, and it is in the middle of campus so it is very conveniently located. Not fancy, but served its purpose.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Illini_Union, Manager at Illini Union Hotel, responded to this review, October 10, 2013
Thanks for the kind words. We really appreciate your taking the time to comment. It's morale-boosting to be able to pass along to the staff that someone's noticed the good jib they do. We hope to see you again soon!
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Maryland
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2013

This bare-bones hotel is located inside the student union at UIUC. The reception area is on the side right next to a main entrance to the union, and rooms are located in various blocks in the hotel, particularly in one area of the the 3rd and 4th floors.

The rooms themselves are clean but tired, with fairly spare furnishings. The bed was okay, and the bathroom was adequate but not particularly nice. One plus at this hotel is that wifi works very well, as it's the (very robust) campus-wide network. The hotel provides "breakfast," but it's pretty poor---there are some cereal dispensers located in a room-key accessible room on the 3rd floor, some refrigerated items, and a few other things to choose from. They had some cut-up fruit available in the refrigerator, but it was particularly awful (it was mostly unripe, even the grapes). There are food options available on the bottom floor of the union, but they close quite early.

All in all, it's not really worth staying here, even if you have business on campus. It's easy to get around the local area, so next time I'd pick a nicer place.

Stayed March 2013, traveled on business
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Bolingbrook, Illinois
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2013

We attended an admitted-student day event recently. The event registration started at 8:15 am, so after a satisfactory continental breakfast, we were just a quick elevator ride to the main event. Not having to make the drive from the suburbs in the wee morning hours, priceless! It was so convenient staying on campus, plus the added bonus of having a parking spot at the union all day. The rooms were clean and comfortable. The bathroom water pressure was weak, and the shampoo & conditioner provided were in a teeny, tiny pouch. I would suggest bringing your own or asking for additional pouches, if there are more than two people in the room. Overall, a very nice stay.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Plymouth, Minnesota
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10 hotel reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

My daughter and I stayed here on a college visit, and it was the perfect choice.

Check in was smooth and professional -- there is no hassle getting here as you pull up right in front of the building, and parking is close by.

Our room was neat, clean and had a beautiful view overlooking the quad. If you are a business traveler, you might miss having a bar and nice restaurant on site-- however we were there for the campus experience.

It was a blast. A student improv group was playing in the main gathering area downstairs. A block away we had access to a vibrant commercial area with plenty of places to eat and shop.

The hotel itself is upstairs, and we had no issues with sound on the 4th floor. A continental breakfast is provided.. and while not fancy, it was much appreciated.

From the union, we walked to our campus tour site and admissions presentation. One of the best perks of staying here -- we were able to leave our car in the student union lot until 6pm the day we checked out. That left us free to explore campus without worrying about where to park.

One other little perk -- a great selection of cable channels, including one highlighting the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. We saw some terrific short films by students that were very funny.

Room Tip: We were on the 4th floor, which was great. I don't know if the third floor might have noise iss...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Champaign-Urbana, Illinois
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

I stayed in this hotel for a visit to the University of Illinois campus and it was extremely convenient. I was concerned that parking might be an issue as is typical on campus, but I was able to park right outside the entrance to the union. My room was very clean, but the rooms are in need of renovation--the bathrooms particularly showed their age. Don't expect luxury at this hotel, but the service was great and it was a very convenient place to stay for a trip to campus.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Illini_Union, General Manager at Illini Union Hotel, responded to this review, February 28, 2013
Hi,
Thanks for the kind words. If your child chooses Illinois we'll hopefully see you for the next four years! I couldn't agree witrh you more regarding the bathrooms- they top our "to do" list. Enjoy the college selection process!
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Address: 1401 West Green Street, Urbana, Champaign-Urbana, IL 61801
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Location: United States > Illinois > Champaign-Urbana > Urbana
Amenities:
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Ranked #6 of 15 Hotels in Urbana
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 74
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Housed within one of the most iconic buildings on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s campus – the Illini Union – is the newly remodeled Illini Union Hotel. This boutique hotel offers 74 rooms, including two VIP suites, and is the perfect location for anyone looking to make the most of their stay in Champaign-Urbana. In addition to 27 meeting rooms, the Union also offers a plethora of food and entertainment options throughout the building. ... more   less 
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Illini Union Hotel Urbana, IL - Champaign-Urbana

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