City Suites Hotel
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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' …
... the Maglev train, perhaps it is a white elephant to the Chinese, but it is an awesome, albeit short ride. Traveling on boats on the canals of the “Venice of the East,” seeing how the centuries have not changed this part of the world. Walking on The Bund, seeing the World Financial Center, the Oriental Pearl Tower, and the Jin Mao Tower again. At the end of this trip, we’ve been able to check off more places on our ...
I touch down in Chicago a little after 1pm today, and rush into the waiting arms of my Jonathan. It has turned brisk, with a cold wind and an autumn chill in the air. Our condo is vintage, with a central (steam) heating system. We don’t turn it on for the winter until it has been inspected and cleaned – which isn’t ...
... with cheese and vegetables.
Lou's turned out to be quite different from the cheese pies I had Googled prior to our trip and from Giordinos. It is featured in the picture, and while being a deep dish pizza, is not basically cheese and grease in a pan. It had a very nice crust, really tasty, lined with some Italian sausages, which apparnetly Lou's is famours for, some cheese and a ...
... up. Caroline has started her own art gallery and then stopped to start a small artist and poets publishing studio. On my last day, i posted Lisa's birthday necklace i had bought at the smart magazine and a few falling water postcards to family and work, all accidentally in the same package...at the Mies's Post Office with Halloween Themed orange fountain outside. Then I jumped on the Modern Skycrapers Tour with the CAF. This took us to Mies's blocks with postoffice etc, ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews City Suites Hotel Chicago
Nice, affordable . . .
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.
Good Value Neighbourhood Hotel
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.
This is not a fancy hotel and the Queen sized rooms are not spacious and there is not a lot of storage space, but rooms are kept very clean, with nice renovated bathrooms. Rooms use window unit air-conditioners. Basic but adequate continental breakfast served in lobby (no separate dining room). There are many options for dining in the neighbourhood. The Belmont El station is on the same block and getting downtown takes only 20 minutes. Noise from El trains not a big problem.
Would recommend that hotel be booked through a travel agent, as they may be able to get a better rate than indicated on the hotel's web-site. ATM type cards currently not accepted.
Good Location Bad hotel
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.
Several reviews warned of the noise but I was unprepared for the volume and consistency (and I live in a big city). The el train was louder in the room than it was at the conveniently located station a half block away. Also a treat is the speed metal blasting all day long on the record store hi-fi seemingly right below our room. Service was mixed.
Front desk was friendly and helpful with making dinner recommendations and arranging reservations. Maid service was non- existent. We left our room at 9AM and returned at 2:30 in the afternoon to find our room had not been touched. When I inquired at the desk they said they only had one person cleaning and they would get to it by 5 when he left.
Unfortunately that conflicted my plans for an afternoon nap. No apology offered, no clean towels. To be fair the price was right $109 a night booked on-line (rack rate was $179). But I felt the hotel was WAY oversold and WAY under delivered.
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.
A Stylish, Friendly Hotel Walking Distance from Wrigley
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.