This hotel is conveniently located on the south end of downtown Chicago and offers free Wi-Fi. It is within walking distance of anywhere downtown and all forms of public transportation. Nearby parking garages are expensive and off-property, starting from $39 on up per day. Otherwise, street metered parking is $4 per hour from 8:00 am to 9:59 pm, where you pay the parking meter box by credit card for a paid receipt to be displayed in your car window. We avoided parking costs by running errands during the day and early evening, and then parking on Harrison Street, right in front of the hotel between 10 pm and 7:59 am, when overnight parking on the street is free.
At the time of our visit the hotel lobby and other sections of the hotel were undergoing renovation, so the lobby level and elevators were dusty. Also, blocks of rooms were unavailable for reserving at the time of my visit because of renovation. There were notices posted apologizing for the dust. The restaurant adjacent to the hotel lobby was closed during this off-peak (early February) period. However, there are plenty of other restaurants close by including Panera Bread, Subway, Dunkin Donuts, Pizza Hut, Epic Burger, etc.
I already knew the hotel and its plumbing/heating infrastructure were pretty old, but didn't care because my basic room was clean, comfortable and warm during one of Chicago's coldest winters. I could hear the trains rumbling by, but that was not what kept me awake most of the night. Apparently students attending several nearby downtown universities (Roosevelt U, DePaul U, Columbia College, etc.) use this hotel pretty regularly on weekends. I was on the same floor as a group of college frat boys who partied until about 5 am the next morning. I did not report their loud music, slammed doors as they went from room to room, or other loud noises because we were only staying one night and believed there was only one hotel desk person on duty during the overnight hours.
I don't blame the hotel for multiple rooms on my floor being turned into one big 'Animal House' frat party, but I would suggest to hotel management that in the future if possible, to put older or business guests on a different floor than younger or college student guests because of different sleeping patterns.
We chose this hotel because it was close to where we had to conduct business and it offers free Wi-Fi. We got exactly what we paid for -- an inexpensive, basic, clean and comfortable place to sleep during our stay in Chicago. The check in and check out front desk agents were friendly and helpful. I would definitely recommend this hotel to others and would return if I had to do business in that area of downtown Chicago again. Perhaps next time I will reserve a suite with a microwave and mini refrigerator in the room if I am staying more than one night.
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- Also Known As:
- Travelodge Chicago Downtown Hotel Chicago
- Chicago Travelodge
- Chicago Travel Lodge
- Travel Lodge Chicago