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Ramada Hammond Hotel & Conference Center
Ranked #7 of 12 Hotels in Hammond
Reviewed April 20, 2009

This hotel is disgusting - it's so worn you cannot even determine if it's clean. I would not be shocked to see prostitutes in the parking lot. The location is horrible and there is nothing here but a bowling alley across the street. The decor is something along the lines of "country easter bunny" with dusty fake plants and everything you see in here is either broken or cracked. I cannot believe this is a Ramada. It smells like a hobo hangout. The WiFi works and there is a frig and microwave in the room, but the accomodations resemble the setting of a 70s porn film. It looks nothing like the on-line photos.

  • Stayed: April 2009, traveled on business
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Reviewed September 26, 2008

Ok, let's be fair. My problems involve the location and some of the little things.
The hotel itself was tidy, the room clean.  The continental breakfast, while VERY basic, filled the need.  The room TV had a wealth of choices.  There are four (4) casino's nearby.  The staff was extremely friendly and courteous, the cleaning staff did a great job, and the advertised pool looked clean and inviting.  There is a restaurant a very short walk from the front door in the lot.Now, let's address the rest.  I did not have the impression that I was totally safe except when I was fully locked in my room.  Hammond has the appearance of a city that has given up on trying to reclaim the ghetto.  Getting to the hotel reminded me of the Griswolds driving through East St. Louis in "Vacation"---which I hope the city fathers don't want.The hotel announces that it is going through a renovation.  Maybe my room was next on the list, at least I hope they aren't leaving that paint up.  I don't think I can describe the hue of green, because I don't think I've ever seen that hue.  Of course, when the iron is bolted to the ironing board, that raises eyebrows.  Now, let's be fair.  The area is heavily industrialized....I mean, you really don't go to a town that has several steel mills for the sights.  Still, if you're going to throw a ton of money into a 'conference center' it makes no sense to locate it not directly nearby anything remotely connected to a liesure activity that doesn't involve taking your life in your hands just to drive there.

  • Stayed: September 2008, traveled on business
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1  Thank Eyegore
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Reviewed September 12, 2007

For the price and mainly for the "cleanliness" you cant beat staying here. Granted they have a second floor and no elevator but if trouble walking they try very hard to accomodate with a room close to the stairway. Our room was VERY CLEAN and this is VERY important to me. Everything the room should have had was there - an ashtray since we are smokers. Johnels right next door is a super plus if one doesnt want the Continental breakfast which we prefer to sit down and order what we want. Granted nothing much in the way of places to go but we were there for a family funeral. Just down the road is Quality Inn which we experienced and had a horrible one at that - talk about not only dirty but truly FILTHY so Ramada Inn is the place when we need to come back for whatever reason to our hometown.

Stayed: January 2006
3  Thank JudI123
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Reviewed July 1, 2007

As with all hotel properties, this one has several good as well as several negative aspects. Let's start with the good. The lobby is nice and spacious and the gazebo/pool area in the central courtyard is very nice.The hotel has only two floors and most staff were friendly and helpful. There is a basic complimentary continental breakfast each day with toast, muffins, cereal, juices, yoghurt, tea, coffee and some fresh fruit, but there are no cooked items.

I did have some issues with the property. You feel as if you are 'in the middle of nowhere' when staying here. Johnel's restaurant (large portions but mediocre food) is next door: KFC and a bowling alley are across the street along with a pizzaria. Other than that there is really nothing nearby and Hammond itself appears to be a town that prosperity passed by. Those who like to go for a walk after dinner will be disappointed by the 'down at the heels' aspect of the town. The hotel is undergoing a renovation (though I saw no work in progress) as most rooms are very tired and worn. You can hear noises from the hallway and adjoining rooms quite easily. Depending on traffic it will take 30 minutes or so to get into Chicago by personal vehicle. I would prefer a hotel which has been upgraded; has more amenities nearby and is in Chicago or a nicer suburb.

  • Stayed: June 2007
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Reviewed June 17, 2007

The rooms are a little beat up. It's a pre-fab concrete construction hotel, and it's not bad. The furniture can be slightly stained and there can be marks and stains on the walls and bathroom fixtures. Some of the air conditioners are excessively loud and also bent up a bit.

The staff is very friendly and helpful. The pool is ok. No exercise room, and the WiFi works only by whimsy during my stays. This is my fourth time here, so I guess it's ok, and it's far far far cheaper than any hotel room you'll find in or nearby downtown Chicago, which is just a 20-30min easy drive up the Chicago Skyway or US 41.

The area is patroled (the cops eat at the nearby restaurant) and it's near food, groceries, filling stations, pharmacies, and so on. It's about three miles from the Horseshoe Casino, and can be noisy with trains going nearby, the nearby Skyway, and the noisy airconditioners.

  • Stayed: June 2007, traveled on business
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3  Thank toomanymiles
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Reviewed November 28, 2006

My Mom and I went on a bus trip and stayed at the Ramada for 3 nights. The rooms were clean and modern. the breakfast was complimentary and had a great variety.
The staff was very friendly and accomodating. The housekeeping staff even left us little treats in the room.

There was a shuttle bus to the local casino and the driver was soooo friendly. He gave us a brief history of the area. We even won a couple of jackpots at the casino!

The restaraunt was also very good and very reasonably priced.

If I am ever in the Chicago area again, I will definitely stay at the Ramada.

Stayed: October 2006
5  Thank scmorton
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Reviewed November 13, 2006

I had actually went to the Chicago Forum because my trip centered around actually going to Chicago. The Ramada in Hammond was recommended and I am really glad I took this suggestion. It was a very nice, clean hotel and the staff was super friendly and accomodating. The detached restaurant, Johnel's had very good food and the portions were extremely large even the desserts. They even delivered to the room too. We had so much food left over that we brought some back to the hotel and a staff member overhead us saying that we had no where to keep the food. She immediately requested a refrig for our room and it was there in a jiffy! For the price this was a very nice hotel and the commute to Chicago was a snap on the South Shore train whose station was within a mile of the hotel. This hotel was very close to lots of familiars....KFC, bowling alley across the street, Speedway gas station, White Castle, Aurelio's Pizza, Arbys to name a few. But with Johnel's just a hop across the parking lot we didn't need to go to any of the fast food places. The restaurant prices were very reasonable too!

5  Thank ibefit
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Address: 4141 Calumet Ave, 141st St & Calumet Avenue, Hammond, IN 46320-1132
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Location: United States > Indiana > Hammond
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #7 of 12 Hotels in Hammond
Price Range: $100 - $123 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Ramada Hammond Hotel & Conference Center 2.5*
Number of rooms: 100
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