Inn of Chicago Magnificent Mile, an Ascend Collection hotel
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TravelPod Member ReviewsInn of Chicago Magnificent Mile, an Ascend Collection hotel
This hotel was the most expensive out of the four I've booked. Probably because it was in Chicago, and it was near the Magnificent Mile. Just like all overpopulated cities around the world, the room was cramped and smelt mouldy. There was no control for the air-conditioning, which was fine with me because I thrive well in the cold (but definitely not an ideal environment for those who loves heat).
Cleanliness wise, it was alright. Toilet wasn't exceptionally clean but there's nothing to complain about, really.
My encounter with the front desk was kinda amusing though. I've approached the receptionist to ask for wifi passwords (who had given me a wrong one, insisted that it was correct when I couldn't logged in, then gave me an amended one and pretended nothing happened after that. No apologies), hot water (same receptionist who asked me to get it from the coffee maker?.?) etc. The good thing about the lobby is there is alot of area for hotel patrons to sit comfortably and enjoy the wifi.
In terms of location, this hotel is strategically located, with pubs, brunch places, restaurants and Dunkin donuts within its vicinity. In fact, the magnificent mile is just a stone throw away!
Conclusion: if you just want to sleep and do nothing else in the hotel room, then this hotel will be an ideal one for you. Otherwise, keep your expectation low.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.
Historical Traveler Reviews Inn of Chicago Magnificent Mile, an Ascend Collection hotel
A pleasant stay for a weekend trip
My fiancee and I were on a weekend trip in January '04 for both business and pleasure. The Inn of Chicago gave us a perfect launching point for the entire weekend. We walked everywhere (despite the 15 degree weather), including the art institute, cultural center, hancock center, northwestern university. It is only several blocks from most major sites. The staff was very friendly and gave us above average service. They gave us recommendations for local sites and how to get there, they always offered to arrange ground transportation, and they were consistently pleasant. They also made up our room even when we left late in the day. We ordered room service one morning and recieved ample portions with mediocre quality. The room was spartan and medium/small, but will serve your purpose well if you are on a budget ($63 per night with AAA). Just be sure to ask for a DELUXE ROOM. It's the only way to go, and there's no difference in price. The only complaints about the room would be the drafty window and poor reception on the TV. But overall, serves well for a pleasant, budget-conscious launching point for a fun weekend. I would stay here again. Remember to ask for a deluxe room! (the only difference is that the interior is renovated - new rugs,etc.)
Service is amazing
I enjoyed my stay at the Inn of Chicago. I was pleased with the service Shaune Pratt gave me in reservations and I look very forward to returning to The Inn of Chicago in the near future.
Thanks Shaune and everyone else who made my stay as pleasant as it could be.
Excellent! Just a little small
Considering that we paid $77 for one night, this hotel is excellent!
The only thing bad about it is that, like others have said, the rooms (especially the bathrooms) are smaller than that of an average hotel.
The elevators are also very small, but didn't cause much of a problem since the hotel wasn't very crowded (although I can see how it would if there were more people staying there). The beds are comfortable, and the whole hotel is clean. The staff is the most professional that I have ever seen at a Best Western. Parking is alright. We used the "Park 1" self park (which looks like it was built not too long after the hotel). For some reason they want your key if you are staying overnight. The parking garage accepts CASH ONLY, and there are no in/out privilages. I noticed that if you are parking a van, the rate is $30 per night (instead of $22), probably because space is so tight in that garage that a few extra inches makes a lot of difference. The location is great! We were able to walk everywhere we wanted to go (other than MSI and the museum campus).
This is a great hotel in a superb location. You are literally minutes from the Magnificent Mile and first-class restaurants. We got a great rate on a room for two and were even upgraded to a deluxe room at no additional cost. Rooms are fully renovated and tastefully decorated.
Friendly, efficient staff. Parking in the garage across the street is easy and convenient. What more could you want? There are fancier hotels in this city, but this one is affordable and really helped make our stay in Chicago a pleasure.
Fabulous hotel/Excellent location
We loved this hotel. A wonderful deli is just across the street and is on the same block as the magnificent mile of shopping; museums are close by and Navy Pier within walking distance as well as an excellent Italian restaurant, Bice!!!!!
Great location, decor, price!
Although we were told when booking that only a room w/1 queen bed was available (so my teenaged son brought his sleeping bag), we were given a lovely room w/2 double beds when we checked in. The location was perfect -- just one block off Michigan Ave. on Ohio, w/easy bus service anywhere we needed to go from there, and an easy couple of blocks to the subway (which translates to $1.50 train ride to/from O'Hare). The bathroom was small, but updated and clean, and there was a shelf for toiletries. We also found our room on the 12th floor amazingly quiet.
For the AARP rate of $125, we thought it a very nice surpise in Chicago!
Great service. We stayed 3 nights. My 1st time in America. Room had no bed for our neice on arrival. Room swapped within 2 minutes. Great hotel service/ tourist advice/ cab arranged back to airport for us.
I just returned from a 3-night stay at the Inn of Chicago. The room was large and very clean, but, the bathroom was way too small. There was no counter top to the sink, therefore no place to set make-up, hair products, etc. There was only one small shelf above the toilet. The towels were stacked inside the shower and there was only one plug. Worst of all, there was no fan!! After your shower the mirror was so foggy you had to wait to put on make-up or anything else. I may be picky, but I want a bathroom with room to put things. I wouldn't stay there again.
Try it, you'll love it!!!
We stayed at the Best Western Inn for five nights in mid-September. I had read some bad reviews and some good so was unsure what to expect. However, I was very pleasantly surprised. The room (no 1222) was certainly large enough and was spotlessly clean with a view over the front of the hotel. The only problem was that the taps were loose on the basin, but overall this was not a problem. The location was perfect. We had a deluxe room and paid $91 per night booked directly with the hotel. I asked the receptionist on arrival what the difference was between the deluxe and standard - the deluxe rooms have been renovated. The decor was on par with any large chain hotel and indeed I have seen a lot worse in more expensive establishments. I would definitely recommend this hotel! I have very high standards so would not recommend somewhere lightly!
We had a wonderful time staying at the Best Western Inn of Chicago. The hotel is in a fully renovated historical building dating back to the 1920's. Although the room was small, it was tastefully updated with modern amenities and spotlessly clean. It felt more like a room at a Marriott or a Hyatt hotel than at a Best Western motel. Parking is a little pricey, but public transportation is plentiful and convenient. The location can't be beat - it's only a block away from the bustling shopping street of the Magnificient Mile. We would definitely stay there again when we return to Chicago.