We visited Chicago March 25th 2006. We wanted a great location for a little money. I was pleasantly surpised at the BW Grant Park.
We too experienced a too-long wait at the front desk, but when it's your turn they do pay attention to you. We dealt with Octavio on a couple occasions and he was very helpful and nice.
The hotel is very clean and well maintained. The soaps and shampoos in our room were replaced each morning we were there. We were on the Lake side and I am glad. Great view of the park, the Shedd, the Field and Adler Planetarium, which are easy to walk to. You'll have to take the bus to Science & Industry but it's an express and it gets you the closest. As for anywhere else in the city the Roosevelt station is just a couple blocks away.
As another reviewer mentioned there are aggravations. The restaurant was under renovation, so they did offer free continental breakfast of donuts, pastry, bagels, watery OJ and coffee...and good luck finding a place to sit in the small lobby to eat it. We ended up going in shifts to carry enough upstairs to eat in our room; no trays were offered so be careful balancing that donut on top of your coffee cup while you push the elevator button :)
Also, when we checked in during the late afternoon on Saturday the hotel's valet lot was full. My husband headed around the corner to the public ramp. It was more expensive. But, they did let us walk up to the car to get the stuff we needed. But, they didn't open until 9am, so it pushed our itinerary back while we waited. We left the car there the whole time and used public transport exclusively; way easier than driving in Chi-town!
The location was GREAT and I'd definitely put up with the aggravations again. Next door is a tiny grocery called Clancy's (I think?) and they have the water, snacks, newspapers etc that we all need to get through the day. Also they have the visitor one day transit passes that cost $5 and are good for El and buses...super easy to use and easy to stop in to buy.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to one of the most fascinating, culturally rich cities in America where you can discover everything the city has to offer from your convenient Chicago hotel. A superb location and competitive price isn't mutually exclusive. When you stay at this comfortable Chicago hotel, you're within walking distance to Museum Campus where Shedd Aquarium, Alder Planetarium, Field Museum and Soldier Field await. You're also right across from Grant Park where the Taste of Chicago, Lollapalooza and other exciting music events happen. Maybe picking up some keepsakes or high fashion is more your speed - and you're in luck. Just one mile away is the famous shopping district Magnificent Mile, and 1/2 mile away is Navy Pier. In town for a special event? McCormick Place Convention Center is also just one mile away - close enough to enjoy a leisurely stroll in the neighborhood or a quick cab ride away. A fantastic location isn't the only thing waiting for guests. These private, deluxe rooms feature spacious living, divine beds, and free Wi-Fi so you're always connected. Consider your downtown Chicago hotel your official home away from home. Everything you need is right here, complete with friendly staff to ensure your stay is fabulous. Don't miss out on our full American breakfast. The most important meal of the day is located in our full service restaurant, so indulge yourself. Enjoy platefuls of sizzling hot eggs and waffles. Delectable sides of flaky pastries and fresh fruits are sublime. Of course, there's an assortment of hot and cold cereals and yogurt, too. Complete the meal with premium 100% Lavazza coffee. Whether you're in town for business or pleasure, we've got you covered. It's all about location (and of course affordability), so there's no need to look any further than this Chicago hotel. All the perks of the city are right at your doorstep. Book your next stay at the BEST WESTERN Grant Park Hotel and know that you (and your travel plans) are in good hands! Enjoy your stay. Please be aware our hotel pool is closed for renovations until further notice. In addition lobby and exterior renovation are currently in progress. We apologize for the inconvenience. ... more less
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