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“Nice room, terrible breakfast. In business district so everything closed weekends”

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Holiday Inn Chicago Downtown
Ranked #120 of 190 Hotels in Chicago
Wisconsin
1 review
“Nice room, terrible breakfast. In business district so everything closed weekends”
Reviewed January 30, 2010

Do not pay for package with breakfast included. Very expensive, very poor quality and amazingly slow (over a hour). Traffic noise very loud all night.

We found that most of the local restaurants were closed the weekend we were here. Room is nice, bed great.

We were upgraded to a suite.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 6, 2009

The hotel was close to the Union Station. We were able to walk there and back. It is an older building but the room was clean and the staff friendly and helpful. We had a suite and for 3 sisters it worked out very well. It included a pull out couch that was better than average. It is not a great appearing hotel but it suited us. However, the restaurant was not the best. As other reviewers commented it is next to a noisy highway.

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled with family
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Framingham
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed October 13, 2009

Stayed here for 2 nights.
Pros: Close to Downtown. You can walk to major downtown destinations (if the weather permits). Subway station is just outside the hotel. Rooms are clean. Friendly staff. Cheaper than other comparable hotels in the area.

Cons: The main lobby is very small. Looks congested when 3 or 4 guests arrive together. The building itself is pretty old. No central location for microwave, refrigerator etc. (None was available in my room so I was looking for a place where I could warm any frozen meals. Could not find any)

Overall, a reasonable place for the price. Other hotels in the vicinity were much more pricier on the dates that I visited.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled on business
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JTChw
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Reviewed August 10, 2009

Great hotel for our first trip to Chicago. We came up for the Harry Potter exhibit at the Museum of Science & Industry - we highly recommend that for any HP fans (take the Blue Line to Jackson and then hop the #10 bus all the way to the museum)! Easy to find (right off highway 250), 1/2 a block from the Blue Line subway - so convenient! 10-15 minute walk to the Sears (er - Willis) Tower, and a little further on to downtown. The restaurant (Aurelio's) was pretty good - definitely go for the breakfast buffet! Remember to stop at the front desk for vouchers if you want to take advantage of the Kids Eat Free thing. Nice clean room, standard bathroom (but clean) and wonderfully firm beds. Fair warning, though, even if the person taking your reservation says it's okay, if you book a 2-double room, a rollaway is not permitted - apparently it's a fire hazard. The front desk employee said I'd have to upgrade to a Junior Suite to have a rollaway - $50 more per night. Oh and parking was pretty steep (but standard for the city) - skip the valet service and park yourself in the well-lit lot behind the hotel. Valet was $30 a day, we paid $23 for the weekend (24 hour $18+ 12 hour $5).

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled with family
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Morton, IL
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Reviewed August 3, 2009

This Holiday Inn was very clean, quiet, and friendly! It was within walking distance from Union Station in Chicago. The room was big and comfortable. It had a small bench/chair, a desk chair and a "comfy" chair. It was nice to be able to sit in a chair instead of always on a bed. The pool on the rooftop was an added bonus. The water was a little chilly, but this summer has been very chilly. We could see the Willis Tower from the pool/rooftop. The hotel sat next to the Eisenhower Expressway, but it was barely heard from our 4th floor room. We walked to Union Station every morning and caught city buses to the attractions we wanted to see. The conceirges were very helpful and friendly!!! We had a great time at the Holiday Inn in Downtown Chicago!

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled with family
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Salzburg, Austria
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed January 5, 2009

The staff in the was really nice and helpful, the hotel was very clean and the rooms were really nice too!

The only thing that was disturbing was that the heater was making loud noises sometimes but everything else was great!

  • Liked — Nice Staff, Location
  • Disliked — Lound heater
  • Stayed December 2008, traveled with friends
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Berkeley, CA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed December 7, 2008

The hotel is located right downtown of Chicago in an area devoid of any tourist attractions, shops, restaurants but next to a VERY noisy and busy highway (24/7). Noise in the rooms is terrible. Other than that is is a standard HI, with somewhat dark decor, all things functional but no special charm. Front desk staff a bit indifferent. The adjacent restaurant is really a pizza place, ok but far from being special. The biggest issue was that the hotel was booked during a big convention and the price was correspondingly high ($200/night). At that rate - absolutely not worth the money.

  • Stayed October 2008, traveled on business
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Property: Holiday Inn Chicago Downtown
Address: 506 W Harrison St, Chicago, IL 60607-4303
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Location: United States > Illinois > Chicago
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#73 Romantic Hotel in Chicago
#84 Family Hotel in Chicago
#86 Business Hotel in Chicago
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Holiday Inn Chicago Downtown 3*
Number of rooms: 145
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to the Holiday Inn(R) & Suites Chicago - Downtown conveniently located near the Chicago Loop, and other prominent area attractions. We are steps away from the CTA Clinton Blue Line station on South Clinton Street and I-290 on South Canal Street, this Chicago hotel is perfect for leisure and business travelers. What's exciting is vacationers are surrounded by Willis Tower, the Museum Campus, Soldier Field and more when they stay in downtown Chicago. Our business travelers appreciate our hotel's location, meeting rooms space of 2,000 sq. ft., free Wi-Fi access, an extensive fitness center, a seasonal outdoor rooftop pool and dining facilities. Clearly, with these choice amenities and prices, it's easy to see why guests prefer us to other hotels in Chicago, IL. ... more   less 
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