Fairfield Inn & Suites Chicago Downtown
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By: Hope Alexander
Today, we are at our final stop in Chicago, Illinois where we will spend the next two days. Tomorrow is election day and we are really hoping that we will have had some influence in this election. We hope that we will have changed the way people and the candidates have thought, and will think.
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The pier was buzzing. The sun had started to set which gave us awesome views of the city skyline. Part of the pier was under construction but the rest of it had things to cater for anyone and everyone. Restaurants, cruises, rides, bars, live music, you name it. There was even a wedding reception in the garden area.
People really do take advantage of the good weather here and the city does a really great job at providing the means to do ...
... a taste of the water and confirmed it was fresh, although we later found out not particularly clean.
The first pretty grey day was exciting enough but even better a few days later when we had blazing sunshine which turns the water azure blue. We hired out the City Bikes - which are fabulously named 'DIVY' bikes and let you cycle all day, in half hour ...
... industrial waste and sewage pouring into it as a result of the industrial boom (not to mention complete environmental mismanagement and disregard). Even as recently as the 1980's it was dirty, and often filled with garbage. Finally, in the 1990's, it was cleaned up as part of the then mayors beautification projects. Now, people even fish from it, and the only time it appears toxic is on St Patricks day, when 40 pounds of environmentally friendly green vegetable dye is poured in ...
... the parkland next to the lake. ( it was free) I managed to do some excellent retail therapy at Marshall's by myself, David declined my offer to come .... can't understand why ..... What a better way to relax after some shopping than a a nice hot spa and swim, very relaxing. Off to dinner to a nice restaurant walking distance from our ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Fairfield Inn & Suites Chicago Downtown
Surprisingly elegant and convenient!
This hotel may not be a Four Seasons or a Westin, but it a definite good find for the budget traveler. This hotel is just two blocks off of the Mag Mile, and is central to many other locations. The rooms are simple yet stylish, and immaculately clean. The service staff at the front desk was composed of some of the nicest employees of any hotel I have ever offered. Any request we may have simply mentioned they looked into without hesitation. The valets were also extraordinarily nice. Again, while certainly this is not the luxury hotel you may be looking for, there are no negatives in this hotel and would be a great choice for any sort of traveler.
What a find!
We spent a weekend here in mid October and loved it. The facilities were very clean and the rooms quiet. And what a fabulous location! We'd definitely stay here again. The staff was exceptionally helpful! We highly recomend this hotel.
I recently spent the weekend at the Fairfield Inn and Suites and was pleasantly surprised at how nice it was. I have stayed at several places in the downtown area and a relative made reservations for me here to attend an event in the area. THe staff was exceptionally friendly and accomodating. THe rooms were very adequate. It was very quiet. THe location to Michigan avenue shopping was great. THe continental breakfast was very nice also with a nice variety and staff to replace items that were going fast. I would definetly book here again.
Not a bad Place
Decent but nothing special. The rooms were adequate and the bathrooms were clean. It's not the best price in town, but it beats some of the more expensive places.
I chose to stay at the Fairfield for a few nts. because I had a free night voucher and $ per nt was reasonable. It was within walking distance to sites and they had a free continental breakfast every morning. The room was very clean but VERY SMALL. (Don't know if all the rooms are this size-we had the queen) Checkin and checkout was a breeze and staff we associated with were friendly. We had a hard time finding it (it's not one of the larger hotels) and with the one way streets kept missing it. If traveling on a budget, it's probally a good choice. I knew it wouldn't be a spectacular hotel from the research I did. Don't let the free continental breakfast be your deciding factor it's just a little bonus. (cereal, toast, doughnuts) There was even a line one day.
Had a great stay here on July 1-4. Great location for the Magnificent Mile, and easy walk to the lake. Would stay here again.
The staff was friendly and responsive. The room, though small, was spotless during our stay. Off site parking available. Good continental breakfast. All at a reasonable price for a downtown location.
My granddaughter and I just returned from a 4-day trip to Chicago and we stayed at the Fairfield Inn and Suites on Ontario and I only have good things to say about this hotel. The staff especially was very friendly and helpful and really made us feel welcome. The only thing I would suggest (if you don't already do this) is when you're in your room always make sure the night security lock is locked. A maintenance man knocked on our door one afternoon and without waiting to see if anyone answered he proceeded to try to enter the room using his master key. Housekeeping also did this once. I always use the night lock when in a room but it could've been an embarassing situation. They are located 2 blocks off Michigan Ave. and there are lots of restaurants and bars within walking distance and if you need a cab a doorman is always on duty to help you. I would highly recommend this facility!
I agree with the other reviewer...for the money paid the downtown Fairfield was spotlessly clean, quiet, and the location is unbeatable, especially if you are a first-time visitor and want to experience the highlights of Chicago...eg Gold-coast shopping, Navy Pier, Wrigley Building. The breakfast buffet is copious and if you arrive 15 minutes before it is over there they are still restocking it, unlike most other hotels' continental breakfasts. Only negative is the actual street it is on.. a bit dark and dingy at night, but once you turn the corner onto Michigan Ave, plenty lighting and people.
Most value for the Dollar-Downtown Chicago
For the price paid this is one of the best values in Downtown Chicago.
If you don't need in house Restaurant or bar this a great palce to stay. Newly redone, one of the nicest continental breakfasts around (even has waffle maker), small work out area and rooms but by far the nicest in the low end Marriott properties (nicest Fairfiled I have stayed in). Price and location (right off N. Michigan Ave) can not be beat.