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... front door and were greeted by a huge, fat bouncer sitting on a stool who took our cover and let us in. The bar was small, dark, hot and loud with a long old style, well worn bar along the side. We ordered some buds and coronas and found three stools. The first act was a band with four members jamming out some loud old style blues. We were all tapping our feet to the music as it was super catchy. Next up the same band was joined on stage by a large, sassy, 70 year ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsChicago O'Hare Garden Hotel Norridge
Hadn't appreciated how far out this was nor the walk to public transport (which wasn't working well with buses replacing trains and limited late night availability)
However hotel bedrooms comfy and food (breakfasts only) nice though portions too large for our taste.
Staff seemed OK but we didn't really need them.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.
Historical Traveler Reviews Chicago O'Hare Garden Hotel Norridge
Nice Refuge When Stranded in Chicago!
We had several flights cancelled, and had been travelling for a long period of time when the airline offered us a "discount" rate at the Wyndham. We took it and it was a very pleasant stay.
OLD Holiday Inn that needs transformation.
This former Holiday Inn must be under going a Wyndham transformation/re-branding... but they have a long way to go. The bathroom/shower was terrible, no phone at the work station, and the Wyndham By Request program not yet really functioning so the room not personalized, if you're used to Wyndhams... this is very disappointing. Noise of traffic outside crazy... big room, but outside the room... a "dive feel." Faded carpets, peeling wallpaper, 80's lighting...
VECCHIO Holiday Inn che necessita di rinnovo
Questo ex Holiday Inn si sta trasformando in un Wyndham/...ma ne ha ancora per molto. Il bagno/doccia erano terribili, senza telefono alla postazione di lavoro, e il programma Wyndham By Request non ancora del tutto funzionante e quindi la camera non era ancora personalizzata, se siete abituati al Wyndhams...rimarrete davvero delusi. C'è il rumore del traffico folle...la camera è grande ma fuori dalla camera... una sensazione di "nuotare nel vuoto." Tappeti scoloriti, la tappezzeria che si staccava, illuminazione anni '80...
Great big room, big comfy beds. Recommend
We were only staying one night in Chicago, then back to O'Hare for a flight to Canada. There were no plans to go into the city, so this hotel was perfect. It's close to the airport, a short taxi ride.
Our room was huge compared to the European ones we had been in. We got a huge queen size bed each! The bathroom was big, there was a big cabinet with cable TV. We slept for 14 hours, the beds were so comfy. Reception staff were friendly and helpful.
Next day, to pass time til our flight out, we just walked around area. It gave us an insight into an above average Chicago suburb, very nice houses. Saw my first squirrel. We ate a meal in the restaurant attached to the hotel. The food and service were great. There was a free shuttle to the airport.
Great proximity to L Train
We just got back from this hotel. Overall, it was a good visit. The 1st room they gave us was occupied, the 2nd didn't have the fridge we requested. The 3rd room was just right. The breakfast buffet was good, plenty to eat and good quality (bacon, sausage, eggs, waffles, cinnamon french toast, potatoes, oj, coffee, water). They gave us a lift to L & back, and even let us park in the lot and use the shuttle on the day we checked out, for one last trip downtown. I would definitely stay there again. Everyone was helpful and friendly.
Will look elsewhere next time...
I booked this hotel based on location from a conference the next morning. One night stay. Booked a king size, non-smoking. Arrived to see the system had me booked for a smoking/double bed room. Front desk was able to find a non smoking/double that was still available.
This is a small, two story facility, right next to the major highway leading to O'Hare. LOTS of traffic noise, and the "L" transit system runs right along the center of the highway.
Got to room, the door was cracked open and the AC wasn't working. It took 30 minutes before maintenance came out and fixed. Room was ok, condition was ok, obvious wear in the bathroom. Generally clean, but not what I expected for almost $200 with taxes. If this location wasn't right next to the airport, I wouldn't have paid $60 in a smaller city. Glorified motel at best.
Clean and convenient
We spent a weekend at this hotel and were very pleased with the room and especially the helpful staff. The hotel is convenient to I90 and also to the train -- a park & ride is just a few blocks away. The room was very clean and spacious -- better than I would have expected. I wouldn't recommend the adjoining restaurant. Would definitely stay here again as an inexpensive alternative to Loop hotels.
My husband and I stayed here for 1 night on 14 July. The front desk receptionists were very
knowledgeable, courteous, and efficient. Our room was ready upon arrival which was earlier
than the ususal check-in time. We even received a bag of "goodies" because we are Priority Club
Members. Our room was clean and well equipped with the amenities. So far so good.
The problem was the water. There was none!! Well actually, you could turn on the spigot and
hear a trickle of water rushing in to the drain...ha. The toilet barely flushed. But truth be told, it
was the shower experience that prompted me to write this review. The water trickled gracefully
down the wall of the shower stall. If you were coordinated, you could cup your hands, catch
some water, splash it over your body. But if you lacked this coordination, you had to be creative
in getting wet, washing, and then rinsing off. I am continuing on my trip with soapy hair. I did
swim, and the cool, clear water of the outside pool was rather refreshing. But it was not filled to
capacity so there was a great deal of "junk" clinging to the edges around the pool because the
skimmer could now skim if the water level was below the intake.
So, would I stay here again? No thank you. I need water.
Great staff, location and rooms
Held a conference here May 14 & 15, 2005. Reservations handled well, guest rooms spacious, clean & well appointed. Very fast WIFI "Free" internet access (unlike Doubletree & Hyatt). Location XLNT. Free shuttle service to subway. Domenicks supermarket w/in 2 blocks of hotel. Market has everything including sushi, organic fruits/veggies, wonderful sandwiches & Starbucks. Mom & Pop breakfast/lunch diner 1 block away. Geno's pizza w/in walking distance or hotel shuttle w/take/pick you up. Rosemont area w/in area where hotel shuttle w/drop off/pick up free.
Hotel food very good. Prices reasonable for Chicago and portions large.
Only negative, no business center. Desk clerk directed me to Summerfield Suites next door. I got on-line, access to Word etc. + able to print documents for free.
Very good banquet staff. Continental breakfast was ample and presented well.
I have a conference to attend in June and have booked this hotel instead of downtown for $60 less per night.
High Quality Room In Chicago Surburb
What a great place. 24 hour shuttle service to O'Hare. Walk 2 blocks through a safe neighborhood to the Cumberland subway station, and be in the Loop in 30 minutes. This surburb of Park Ridge is extremely safe, full of private homes, and is a pleasure to visit. The hotel is spotless, rooms are big and clean. Next door is Hooters, and across the street is Spuntino Pizza & Pasta. This location near the airport can save you big bucks, since Chicago hotel rooms are among the highest in the country. Save, and walk to the subway. Within a reasonable time- you can exit right in the loop on the convenient CTA Blue Line.
We paid $ 80.00 for each weekend day, and $ 109.00 for a weekday. Save the money and spend it on one of the great restaurants in town. Courtesy shuttle will take you to any destination, including subway, within 3 miles of hotel.