Great place to stay downtown Posted Jul 2, 2009
This hotel has got to be one of the hidden gems of downtown Chicago, because if more people knew about it they would probably charge more to stay there. It's far enough away from the "L" tracks that the noise from the trains isn't a factor, and the tracks for the nearest station (Blue Line) run underground. It's an easy walk to Grant Park (we attended the Taste of Chicago while we were there), and a $10 cab ride to Navy Pier. The hotel doormen (and the desk staff, for that matter) know the area very well, and can get you discounts at some of the local clubs and attractions. The king size bed was comfortable, and the room was quiet, for the most part. Check-in and check-out went very quickly, at least after reserving here on Travelocity. Although it's a fairly small hotel, it's located between an upscale restaurant and a sub sandwich shop, and there's a Starbucks across the street, so there are some close options for dining if you don't want to venture far away. As for general street noise, we didn't find it bad at all, especially considering that this hotel is downtown in the third largest city in the country, and Chicago isn't one of those cities that rolls up the sidewalk at 8:00pm - or 1:00 am, for that matter. The hotel is on a street that seems somewhat quieter than Michigan Ave, which is a major north-south street. I wouldn't hesitate to stay here again the next time I'm in Chicago.