The girl at the desk told me the hotel is one year old, so everything was new and fresh. The room was very comfortable. She gave us a handicapped-friendly room, so there was even more space in the bathroom; I think my wife would have preferred a regular room.
The business model of this hotel is an extended-stay room, so there's a small but fully equipped kitchen. (There was a little bottle of dish-washing liquid, real plates & cutlery, as well as pots and pans.) This would be great for people with children. We used the microwave to warm up our leftovers from the previous night's dinner (for breakfast); the portions served in US restaurants are absurd. For us, the hotel was a pleasant surprise.
The hotel was a bit difficult to find, mainly because it is not located where all the web-sites say it is. It is farther back from the main road. Again, the girl at the desk said management has been trying to update g**gle-maps information. Flip-side is that road/highway noise was not an issue.
The air-conditioner has an auto-control system that works well, but was a bit user-unfriendly. Most people probably will end up putting the thing on with a fixed fan-speed and then listen to the noise all night long. The fan noise was the only real negative thing I can point to about the hotel (besides the difficulty in finding it). Some might say that helps them sleep...
Most important, they had excellent pillows, as well as an extra set with different characteristics. Also we liked the bed sheets. Very clean & comfortable.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Candlewood Suites Elgin Northwest Chicago, IL is conveniently located 20 minutes from Chicago s O Hare International Airport ORD and only 40 miles from downtown Chicago off Interstate 90. If you are coming to the area for business we are only minutes from Sears Centre, Sears Holdings, Kmart Corporation, Cabela's, Panasonic, JP Morgan Chase & Company and Nissan Forklift. While in the area be sure to experience world-class shopping at Woodfield Mall, Algonquin Commons, Huntley Prime Outlets and Springhill Mall or visit nearby Grand Victoria Casino, Hemmens Cultural Center or the Schaumburg Convention Center. We understand that extended-stay travelers play by different rules and need a hotel that understands your special needs. Candlewood Suites is designed from the ground up and our all suite hotel features full kitchens complete with microwave and full size refrigerator. Work efficiently at your oversized executive desk with free, high speed Internet or relax in the overstuffed recliner while you enjoy the CD and DVD player. Work off some stress in our fitness center or visit our Candlewood Cupboard. Candlewood Suites gives you the amenities that make you feel at home. When you come to Chicago we know what you need. Candlewood Suites is your best stay for a week, a month or even a year. ... more less
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