One side of the Hotel is opulent with chandeliers, plush carpet and a nice feel the other side of the hotel is a tired old washer women in need of a make over.
I asked for my room to be changed as I could not stand the smell of chlorine that permeated the hotel ..no one used the pool the whole time I was there yet it stinks out an entire section of the hotel..it is foul and frankly a health hazard. The pool had that cloudy murky look that was not inviting anyway....best they put a cover on it and take it off the once a year when someone wants to use it.
IF, however, you stay in what they call the embassy suites you can plan your route around the hotel to avoid the smell.
My room was OK but it used to be a smoking room that is now sold as a non smoking room. Years of smoking has left a stench in the room that is not going to go away in a hurry.
Once in the room you got used to it and you did not smell it but it hits you every time you enter.
The bar was very cool...lots of TVs, good service and good food and beer selection. I watched a BlackHawkes playoff game and it was packed and fun.
The breakfast buffet really stretched the word buffet...my advice is to buy off the breakfast menu which is great value for money..service was good.
Overall the staff tried hard and were pleasant.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Choice for Chicago Hotels...Holiday Inn Chicago North Shore Hotel near Downtown Chicago and O'Hare Airport. Welcome to the Holiday Inn North Shore Hotel. From the hotel's immediate surroundings in Skokie to the heart of downtown Chicago, we offer a full assortment of diversions, services and opportunities. Area attractions include: Downtown Chicago, Brauer Museum of Art, Chicago Botanic Garden, Adler Planetarium, Wrigley Field (Home of MLB's Chicago Cubs), Soldier Field (home of the NFL's Chicago Bears), and Navy Pier to name a few! Area businesses near our hotel include: Life Time Fitness, North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, Music Institute of Chicago, The Winnetka Community House, Bahai Temple, O'Hare Airport, Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, and Midway Airport. ... more less
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