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Our first full day in Chicago. We're staying at the basic 3 star hotel City Suites recommended by my co-worker Laura. It's cozy (but not small rooms) with a homey feel and inexpensive ($75/night) and it's just steps away from the CTA 'EL' (elevated) Belmont train stop. It's not located in the main downtown 'Loop' area but in the funky 'Lakeview' …
... and run down, others look all new and fancy. Sometime the old next to the new and I found it had to tell what sort of area I was looking at. Once I check in and found my room. I set out to find food, taking Naomi's suggestion of pizza I set out to find some, but didn't have any luck. I was so hungry I stopped at some random place and brought a chicken focaccia. It was very tasty. Although I was so hungry I think mushrooms might have been appealing. ...
... have Google Maps to consult. After dumping my bag in my room, I made my way out onto the street intent on spending my afternoon exploring.
The obvious place to visit in Chicago is the Willis Tower, formerly known as the Sears Tower. This 443m tall building was very easy to find - you just look up, spot the tallest building, and just keep walking towards it. Considering it was a Friday, I was surprised by how quiet it was. It only took me 10 minutes ...
... of the leafy suburb. On one or two occasions we took a wrong turn, but were fascinated by the streetscape nonetheless so did not mind making these mistakes. In one (non FLW street) we were captivated by squirrels bounding across gardens, lawns and along the top of fences. We suspect the local residents view them in the same way that we view possums, but we thought they were lovely. Our attention was drawn to one house in particular that looked as though it had been designed for ...
... had another one.
After finishing off my burger I got a few pictures for my nephew, who when he was younger insisted on calling them 'borgers' and headed up to catch a taxi to the ground. After a short trip to the Stadium there was the usual razzamatazz that surrounds any American sporting events which included a $10 beer!!! (which I wasn't allowed to take in despite putting it in a plastic cup). I found my seat which wasn't too bad (10 rows from the front just to ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews City Suites Hotel Chicago
I stayed at the City Suites for four nights in June, 2004, as an affordable soultion to the big convention hotels for which I was in town. The very near-by EL made it easy to not only get to my Convention but also all around town. The room (rooms actually, as I had a sleeping area and a living area with desk, couch, etc.) was generally clean and while not overly big was adequate. The place had a very European in feel to me. Air conditioning was through a window unit and was serviceable for the size room. The location next to the train was a plus for me and while I could sometimes hear it, it was ok. Staff was pleasant and helpful. I never had breakfast there and always went next door for the best cinnamon rolls in town, as I was told . . . My toilet did break but it could happen anywhere. All-in-all, for the money and the location, it was great.
This hotel provides good value in a nice neigbhourhood. It is also very close to gay and lesbian venues on North Halstead St. The front desk staff were very helpful with directions and advice and I think provide a comfortable environment for gay and lesbian guests.
A self proclaimed "Luxury Boutique" hotel located in great neighborhood near Belmont and Clark. Absolutely nothing luxury about this hotel. The "king suite" we stayed in was small and dank outfitted with cheap veneer furniture and discount bed linens. No closet, no dresser, no microwave, no coffee pot, no glassware (plastic cups), leaky faucets.
Not worth the price
We picked this hotel based on reviews about value, unique location, and a personal-service non-chain experience. We received none of this at City Suites. What we did get was a sullen, distinterested front desk employee, charged for an unnecessary upgrade, bad plumbing that varied from scalding to freezing, uninspired decor and sevice. Staying in a neighborhood actually took away from our Chicago experience due mainly to the hotel staff. The total cost of our room was $129 - we could have done much better during this off time.
A couple of friends and I stayed here the last time we were in Chicago (Sept 2003). Great service, great location, very reasonably priced. The only possible complaint could be the noise of the El when the window was open, but having the El so close to the hotel is more convenient than annoying.
Stayed here with a group of 20 people, and can't say enough about how easy they made it. Large rooms-some with 2 doubles and a pull out couch. We walked to and from the Cubs game. Lots of great restaurants and funky little bars within a couple of blocks. One of the best breakfast places anywhere right next door. (free breakfast in the lobby is ok, but Anne Sather's cinnamon rolls are out of this world!) Best of all: they pointed out that our travel agent had over charged us, and credited everyone! You are not going to find a hotel this nice, with rooms this big, so well located, at such an unbelievably low price anywhere in Chicago. And as I learned: if you have a group, call them directly, and they will always give you a good rate. I guess my only complaints are a) the water pressure/temperature in the shower was more than a little unpredictable, b) the elevator only holds 3 people at a time (but the whole hotel is only 4 floors, so you can walk it easily) and c) Belmont Avenue can be a bit noisy. The price you pay for being close to everything! Despite these things, I know we'll be there again next year!
Four of us stayed 4 nights in a double suite. Too small for 4 people and their luggage. They only gave us 3 towels for 4 people...every day...had to ask for more. Convenient to "L"...but would not take the CTA from O'Hare...invest in the cab fare. Continental breakfast was the worst I've ever had. Don't waste your time with it. Go out for breakfast. Smallest elevator in the world. The front desk staff was great. And so was the location. Other than that it's just a place to sleep...close to public transportation and Wrigleyville.
Close to Wrigley Park
What a great find! The main purpose of our trip was to see a ball game at Wrigley Field. We parked the car at the City Suites and walked to Wrigley. Great! The hotel is very nice and the management seems to take pride in it. Very close to the train---maybe a little too close noise-wise. But other than that, I would recommend staying at this hotel. I tried to book it for another trip, but it was sold out. I guess the word is out!
Have stayed twice now!
I have stayed at the City Suites of Chicago twice now. It is well worth it!! The atmosphere is very nice and the location is close to the "L". I was there for meetings and it was only a short 20 minute train ride to downtown. The price was affordable as well.
The neighborhood is very interesting with a lot of variety in food and unique things to see!
Nice place, interesting neighborhood
My family and I spent two nights here. It's a lovely old hotel, clean and attractively decorated. The room was a bit small and had no view, but was comfortable otherwise. It was very quiet for such a lively neighborhood! Parking was somewhat inconvenient but was a secure lot with plenty of room. Be sure to visit Mia Francesca, a wonderful Italian restuaurant only about two blocks away on Clark St.