As a regular visitor to the Elgin IL area for business, this hotel has always provided excellent accommodations. It is a newer hotel, so it doesn't have that "well worn" feeling or cheap renovation atmosphere.
These comments only relate to the less expensive "studio" and "extended" suites and not the larger "1 Bedroom" suite
The room appointments are very good. Comfortable beds, clean bathroom, full size refrigerator with ice maker, stove top and decent microwave, cooking/dining requirements supplied, kitchen sink, dishwasher, large built in closet, quality flat screen TV with DVD player and good air conditioning. The window also opens for fresh air!
Wired or wireless internet is available in all rooms and has always worked very well.
The location is really convenient, just off I-90 at Randall Rd exit. It sometimes doesn't appear on MapQuest for whatever reason, but is seen on any GPS with current maps. Traffic noise from I-90 is not too noticeable in rooms on the highway side, even with the window open. It does seem to vary depending on wind direction. The rooms facing away from I-90 have no noise problems (except maybe for trash collection day - those trucks are never quiet).
As with all rooms with a "self contained" kitchen, it is advisable to wash dishes, cookware etc. before use. I haven't seen any problems during my numerous stays - but just because something looks clean doesn't mean it IS clean. Dish washing needs are supplied for hand wash or dishwasher for peace of mind.
The work desk in the king room is a good size, but the queen/double room desk is a little larger and feels more comfortable.
Top (3rd) floor rooms are obviously quieter then 2nd or 1st floor rooms. The lower floors are usually good, but if there is an elephant in the room above you they are not so good.
If you do not need the "accessible" bathroom, do not request it. They seem to be roomy enough with plenty of hand rails for those with a wheelchair or mobility issues, but there is a lot less surface area around the bathroom sink for your toiletries.
The location is not bad for access, but poor for nearby dining or amenitites. You do need to have a car available to get here and anywhere near here. There are no dining opportunities or shopping access within walking distance. There is a 7-Eleven nearby, and some excellent dining further along Randall Road (Tilted Kilt is located nearby). There are also major supermarkets/department stores in the area (eg. Meijer, Walmart) but these are about 5 minutes away on Randall Road. There is also shopping malls along Randall Road.
For extended stays or just an overnight stop, this is a very good choice for comfort and value for money.
- 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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