We booked our stay online about 2 weeks in advance- the rack rate was about $95/night- midweek stay - Reasonable rate for a location that was 20-25min by L-Train to downtown, plus free parking. We stayed at Candlewood Suites O'hare a couple nights before on the weekend, and to compare they had a $65/night rate, plus a full kitchen although location was not as close to the train, and there was no breakfast included. (Candlewood was a nicer stay overall, although Carlton Inn was acceptable also. We had a car, but didn't want to drive downtown , so we thought staying closer to a train stop was a good idea- which it kind of was...)
Check-In was smooth- Desk clerk was fast & friendly- even gave us a list of recommended places to eat closeby.
Room was clean- airconditioner was on in advance which was nice- available of a fridge was convenient (although it wasn't plugged in, we discovered the next morning that we had to plug it in directly rather than via the microwave, which wasn't working).
Bathroom was a bit small in our room- a small pedestal sink with a shelf above it was all you got for counterspace- but it was adequate I suppose. Soap & shampoo were in a dispenser. Towels were white and fluffly & clean looking. Bathroom was clean overall & water pressure was decent, and hot water available very quickly.
Room itself was on the dark side- area lighting was good, but even when everything was turned on (bedside lamps x 2 , worktable lamp, bathroom light w/ door open- the room was still fairly dim... maybe alright for some people- I like my room to be bright- better to see everything is clean, where all my stuff is...)
Room was a nice size- had a separate desk area - the free highspeed wireless internet worked well for us. We had to call the front desk for the passwords.
TV was a CRT- channels were decent.
Breakfast was nicer than the average continental variety- The bagel w/sausage & egg was good especially with the thoughtful instructions about how to reheat - There were also doughnuts, oranges, apples, bread/bagel for toasting, coffee, tea. A decent enough spread.
There was one computer in the lobby area which was free to use- also free printing which was nice.
My gripes (mostly not the hotel's fault)-
Since it was a motel setup- 2 floors, 2 separate buildings, the parking spots were not always ideal, especially if you don't get your spot early on- first night the closest parking spot we got was way on the other side of our building- so with our luggage to haul in, it wasn't convenient- but I guess with all the rooms they had, there's no way to guarantee a spot close to you room.
Also, since it's a motel setup- there's no way you can open up your drapes (to make the room brighter) without losing all your privacy (especially on the 1st floor)- plus we had a hard time overlapping the drapes closed so that people couldn't see in.
With a 1st floor room, you get a lot of noise pollution potentially. We had a maid on the first morning talking with a friend or a cellphone to her buddy in spanish just outside our window-- woke me up. Also some other guests (inconsiderate) had a meeting/long conversation somewhere outside our room and you could hear almost every word. If you are a light sleeper, maybe request a 2nd floor room.
Overall - a good stay for our first time in Chicago. We went mainly for see the city and eat with some other touristy distractions like museums thrown in. Next time, we will stay somewhere more north of downtown- that seems to be where a lot of the restaurants & stores we are interested in are located. This location was quite adequate though- no real complaints.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Carlton Inn Midway offers the amenities and services of home or office. We are located 1.8 miles from Midway Airport with complimentary 24-hour transportation to and from. Whether you are in Chicago for a convention at McCormick Place or Shopping the Magnificent Mile we are 7 miles from the downtown area, with easy driving access via I-55 and around the corner from the Orange Line Elevated Train, a 15 minute train ride to downtown. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Carlton Inn Midway Hotel Chicago
- Carlton Hotel Chicago
- Carlton Hotel Midway