After staying in an amazing Marriott Suites near O'Hare some time ago, I had high expectations for this hotel located in Downers Grove. This is a typical, business-oriented hotel. Because it is "all-suites", the rooms are very generously sized. The layout of the hotel itself, however, requires guests to wander the corridors turning this-way-and-that to find their rooms. No big deal, though; I've certainly been in far worse.
The fitness center was a bit strange, as it was divided by the center hallway that led to the pool. If you were using only the cardio equipment and treadmills, that was just fine. However, mixing in some strength training meant crossing the hall to the gym's other half. Weirdest, though, was that the restroom facilities for both the pool and fitness center were located inside the door of the fitness center itself (the cardio half). That meant a steady audience of children and families watching you exercise while they waited for the bathroom.
Getting to the hotel required a bit of exploration. Located in a little triangle of land between Butterfield Rd, I-355 and I-88, the signage helping guests to find the hotel is very poor. The hotel is physically located behind a multi-story parking structure, office buildings and large trees. The entrance is off a street called "Opus Place", which isn't well marked; and the street sign is partially hidden by bushes as you approach by car.
I would probably stay here again since the hotel is only a few miles from several of my clients. However, with the exception of the very helpful and courteous hotel staff, and a great breakfast buffet, it's not a great place.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Savor the modern style of the newly renovated Chicago Marriott Suites Downers Grove. From artwork and lighting to work space that works for you, our guest rooms have been redesigned to be stylish, intuitive and smart. A top choice among hotels in Downers Grove, IL, Marriott suites exceeds guests' expectations with a blend of comfort and convenience in a boutique-like setting. Every Downers Grove hotel suite features contemporary design touches, large private bedrooms, spacious living areas, microwaves and mini-fridges. Take a dip in our heated indoor and outdoor pools, or work up a sweat in our 1,000 sq. ft. fitness center. Ideal for business and leisure travelers, our location is in the heart of the East-West corridor between Interstates 88 and 355 and offers easy access to popular attractions like the Brookfield Zoo, Morton Arboretum, or Oak Brook Center. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Chicago Marriott Suites Downers Grove Hotel Downers Grove
- Marriott Downers Grove
- Downers Grove Marriott