My boyfriend and I wanted to get away over the holidays and Chicago has always been a city we wanted to visit. We made it a road trip and it took us a little over 8 hours to drive there from Toronto! We stayed at the Best Western River North Hotel from Dec 29 - Jan 2. It is definetly a great location to all the major sight-seeing locations and it was very close to good restaurants and public transit.
Our room was fine although if I ever go again, I will request not to be along the busy Ohio street and not next to the elevator. NYE, you expect noice and happy celebrations but our floor was full of door slamming and very loud arguing from 1am - 5am. We called down to reception because we were a little frustrated and frightened as it wasn't happy noise. They said security would come up but nothing was done. When I went to complain the next day, the manager was nice enough, but didn't go out of his way to ensure we were happy customers. He gave us 20% off our room rate for that night only which didn't amount to much as we paid double that night because it was NYE.
But all in all, it was a nice stay and you can't beat free & covered parking as most hotels charge a hefty fee to park each day/night. My boyfriend found the gym to be efficient but the treadmill was not. We didn't swim but the indoor pool looked very nice and is probably even better in the summer as there is a huge patio off of it. Also, there is free use of the internet in the lobby that we found handy to look up directions, sights, etc. And there is free coffee, tea, hot chocolate, granola bars you can get in the morning hours.
The staff was great. Very helpful and informative for new comers to the city.
We didn't try the attached restaurant but we did have a few cocktails there before heading out for dinner. There is a great (very small) restaurant across the street that serves a delicious, fast breakfast. Other than that, we went to the original Morton's Steakhouse for dinner on NYE - pricey but delicious! And some brunch places that are a must are...Orange in Printers Row and Bongo Room in Wicker Park. Also, try WOW BAO - I believe there are 3 locations in the city. Amazing vietnamise buns and homemade gingerale! And deep dish pizza at Gino's East was super!
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- Experience the Windy City from the only downtown Chicago hotel that offers deeply discounted parking and convenient location just minutes from Michigan Avenue and Navy Pier! The award-winning BEST WESTERN River North Hotel is an affordable and convenient choice for business and leisure travelers alike. Offering great rates, this downtown Chicago hotel makes it easy to explore the city's most famous attractions, from Navy Pier to Sears Tower. World-class shopping along Michigan Avenue's Magnificent Mile is just six blocks away. Some of Chicago's most famous museums are less than two miles away, and visitors of all ages delight in exploring Shedd Aquarium, the Adler Planetarium and the Field Museum of Natural History. And what visit to Chicago is complete without a ball game? Whether its baseball, basketball or football, this Chicago BEST WESTERN is within five miles of Wrigley Field, Soldier Field, The United Center and US Cellular Field. In addition to deeply discounted parking in downtown Chicago, business travelers appreciate that this Chicago hotel is conveniently located near educational, medial and machinery businesses, the Chicago Financial District, and the Chicago Loop Business District. Chicago O'Hare International Airport is just 12 miles away from this Chicago hotel.The BEST WESTERN River North Hotel is known for its great service, friendly staff, cleanliness and amenities that make guests feel at home. Our nicely appointed rooms and suites offer cable TV with HBO(R), free high-speed Wi-Fi, room service, a coffee maker and much more. After a busy day in the bustling city, guests at this Chicago hotel can enjoy a deep-dish pizza at our onsite restaurant, take a dip in our indoor pool, or relax on the sun deck and take in the marvelous city views. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Best Western Chicago
- Chicago Best Western