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Illini Union Hotel
Ranked #6 of 13 Hotels in Urbana
Reviewed April 8, 2013

My daughter and I stayed here on a college visit, and it was the perfect choice.

Check in was smooth and professional -- there is no hassle getting here as you pull up right in front of the building, and parking is close by.

Our room was neat, clean and had a beautiful view overlooking the quad. If you are a business traveler, you might miss having a bar and nice restaurant on site-- however we were there for the campus experience.

It was a blast. A student improv group was playing in the main gathering area downstairs. A block away we had access to a vibrant commercial area with plenty of places to eat and shop.

The hotel itself is upstairs, and we had no issues with sound on the 4th floor. A continental breakfast is provided.. and while not fancy, it was much appreciated.

From the union, we walked to our campus tour site and admissions presentation. One of the best perks of staying here -- we were able to leave our car in the student union lot until 6pm the day we checked out. That left us free to explore campus without worrying about where to park.

One other little perk -- a great selection of cable channels, including one highlighting the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. We saw some terrific short films by students that were very funny.

Room Tip: We were on the 4th floor, which was great. I don't know if the third floor might have noise iss...
  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 25, 2013

I stayed in this hotel for a visit to the University of Illinois campus and it was extremely convenient. I was concerned that parking might be an issue as is typical on campus, but I was able to park right outside the entrance to the union. My room was very clean, but the rooms are in need of renovation--the bathrooms particularly showed their age. Don't expect luxury at this hotel, but the service was great and it was a very convenient place to stay for a trip to campus.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled on business
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Illini_Union, General Manager at Illini Union Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded February 28, 2013

Hi,
Thanks for the kind words. If your child chooses Illinois we'll hopefully see you for the next four years! I couldn't agree witrh you more regarding the bathrooms- they top our "to do" list. Enjoy the college selection process!

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Reviewed February 23, 2013

This hotel is located right on the campus so if one has to visit the school-UIUC- it would be perfect. I don't see why anyone would stay here other than that reason. The room was clean and quiet. Small room size, though. Within the hotel, there are small shops and eateries that you can grab quick snacks if you do not feel like going out but they are not sit down quality places. One thing that didn't help us was the wi-if situation. Their public access was broken down so that was a major inconvenience. Overall, it was a good location for us because we were visiting the school but it is just an average hotel.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with family
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Illini_Union, Manager at Illini Union Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded March 5, 2013

Thank you for taking the time to review your stay. Wehope that we can be of service to you in the future.

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Reviewed October 6, 2012 via mobile

The Illini Union hotel puts you right @ the heart of the campus ... Within walking distance of great restaurants and surrounded by the sights and sounds of university students in action on the Quad.

The rooms are a bit tired, it took awhile for hot water to arrive in the shower head, and the continential breakfast was average.

However, for us, location trumped datedness. It was a great place to stay for a night after watching a women's soccer match, and brilliant to show our children, from an up-close vantage point campus we once attended.

  • Stayed: October 2012
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Illini_Union, Manager at Illini Union Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded October 10, 2012

Thank you so much for staying here and for your candid review. While it seems like only yesterday since we remodeled it'sreally been since 2009 so yes we are looking at refurbishing some things.
Thanks again.

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Reviewed August 24, 2012 via mobile

Stayed here on a work trip, paid by the university. First impression was pretty good - slow check in but friendly, happily gave us a parking pass ahead of when our room was ready, room clean and completely serviceable. They also gave us a choice of rooms when we checked in and we chose a quad view room. HOWEVER... When we returned from dinner around 9:30 there was very loud music and DJing outside our window on the quad. Now, we understand it is a college campus and we waited until 10:30 then decided to call the front desk to find out how long it would be going on. No one answered the phone - apparently they just done staff the desk overnight?? Not only that, but they had ample opportunity to warn us about the noise when they offered us a choice of rooms. It would have been easy to say that the quad room would be noiser... Nope, nothing. Loud music on a college campus I understand. Failure to warn us, total unavailability when we needed assistance... Totally unacceptable to me. Not worth the convenient location or the money. Seriously. Never again.

  • Stayed: August 2012
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Reviewed July 31, 2012

we were visiting the u of I. it was a room on the third floor of the student union. a perfect place to stay! we arrived the night before our tour and walked around and enjoyed the beautiful university grounds. the next day we were able to use the university gym- it needs a little face lift, as does the student union, but the rooms were very nice. our room was very comfortable and included a good continental breakfast across from our room. on these trips we usually stay in hamptons or fairfields and this was just as good.
we had a tour the next day so having the car parked - no charge- and right near the info session and tour was perfect! urbana champagne downtown is very cute and enough to do for an overnight.
front dest staff are students or employees but were really helpful.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 15, 2012

Very old building, but they have done a nice job keeping rooms updated. Location says it all, but rooms are very nice and reasonably priced (at least for the time of year we went). Another thing to consider is it comes with free parking at the Union - that could be worth it alone. The continental breakfast is low end but there are other places to eat nearby. All in all, if you're visiting the University, you can't go wrong here.

Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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Illini_Union, Manager at Illini Union Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded July 20, 2012

Thank you so much for the positive comments. I do wish we had more space for an expanded breakfast bar. It's on my wish list.! We hope to see you again soon!

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Address: 1401 W Green St, Urbana, Champaign-Urbana, IL 61801-2953
Location: United States > Illinois > Champaign-Urbana > Urbana
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 13 Hotels in Urbana
Price Range: $86 - $170 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Illini Union Hotel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 74
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Housed within one of the most iconic buildings on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s campus – the Illini Union – is the newly remodeled Illini Union Hotel. This boutique hotel offers 74 rooms, including two VIP suites, and is the perfect location for anyone looking to make the most of their stay in Champaign-Urbana. In addition to 27 meeting rooms, the Union also offers a plethora of food and entertainment options throughout the building. ... more   less 
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