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... were looking for work in the city, bar tending or another such job, or else they were planning to travel around for a while before working. I personally came to Australia to experience the outback and work on a ranch, which is why I signed up for the 2nd week of ranch training and then immediate job placement services. Usually UltimateOz works with a different farm, but due to lack of availability I went to Leconfield. It's ...
... nearly mistaken for homeless man and thrown out, but thankfully they recognised me and help out again. Luckily the gastro had cleared up otherwise I could have been a real mess! So I decide to soak in the bath, then head to the bar and drown my sorrows in Heinikin and watch the red socks win the World Series (with only one country playing!). After the horror first day, the rest of the stay pans out much better. Headed to the Field Museum ...
... of reinforced glass flooring, walls, and ceiling allow for views straight down beneath your feet. The sensation is dizzying, and commences a war between brain and body to resist perceived danger through activation of logic and trust in 21st century engineering technology. It was well worth the visit if only for the conceptual layout of the city gained from seeing it all at once. We ventured back to our car to take a longer ...
... and got a taxi to take me to S. Wabash Avenue as I wanted to pick up a new camera bag. After getting my new bag I headed off to Millennium Park.
Millenium Park, as the name suggests, was designed to celebrate the Millennium in 2000. Unfortunately it went massively over budget and was massively delayed that, I think, it wasn't finished until 2004. The Park is on Michigan Avenue (aka the Magnificent Mile) and has lots of famous architecture and exhibits ...
... So I go to the place where united luggage is. And I wait. And wait. And I don't see it. ****. So I thought there was a sign saying International luggage. Problem is that I can't go out the way I came in (for some reason they had a bunch of things clocked, or entrance could only be entrances/exits could only be exits...), which made it hard to go back the way I came (because I couldn't), so I actually went outside to try and get back to where I started. This did ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hilton Orrington/Evanston
A great first impression was sealed upon seeing a water bowl and jar of dog cookies just outside the front door. (Made me wish I had my dog with me.) The room was small but the bedding was wonderful-- down comforter, plush pillows, though I could have done with fitted sheets instead of flat, although the flat sheet stayed put all night, so no biggie this time. Good (quiet) AC. I was online in a minute. Location is wonderful, just around the corner from great shops and restaurants. Hope to have a chance to stay there again.
Very friendly and helpful staff
We stayed at the Hotel Orrington in August 2005 while visiting the Northwestern campus. The hotel was great, and the staff went above and beyond in accomodating us. And everything was done with a smile!
The rooms were large and comfortable. We had been travelling extensively during the summer and were tired of nondescript beige hotel rooms. This room was a pleasant surprise. It was bright and roomy. It was tastefully decorated, with a bit of color and a touch of modern.
We would recommend this hotel to friends.
Convenient, but cramped
We spent four nights at the Orrington - in part because it offered the best rates in Evanston over the 4th of July weekend. We wanted a convenient, Evanston location and the Orrington delivered. It's close to nice restaurants, the "L", the lake, Northwestern, etc.
As for the hotel itself, first the good news.
The staff was professional and helpful. When we accidentally left the Do Not Disturb sign on the door all day, the maids honored the sign, but also called up at the end of the day to make sure that we didn't want fresh towels delivered. The parking valets were polite and speedy, and the desk staff were helpful.
They have no pool, but have a nicely equipped exercise room (included in the room price) with a half dozen or so pieces of aerobic equipment and a full rack of free weights.
The linens were comfy and plush, and the bed was very large and comfortable.
Now, the bad news.
The room was almost laughably small. There was about 18" between the foot of the bed and the dresser - such that you could not pull the drawers all the way out because the bed was in the way. We didn't spend much time in the room except to sleep, so we didn't mind the "large bed / small room" problem. But it was pretty cramped.
Also, the air conditioning unit was very loud, and cycled on and off. I personally have no problems sleeping with a cycling air con unit, but if you do, you'll have a problem with this hotel.
With all this said, I still would stay at the Orrington again - especially at the $109 rate (which was less than either the Best Western or the Hilton Garden Inn).
Wedding Guests Beware
We stayed at the Orrington for a wedding last weekend. When we arrived we were sent to a room at the end of a hall (Room 401) which was dismal. The room was half the size of a normal room, the bed took up the entire floor space. So small was the room that the foot of the bed practically touched one of the walls. In addition, the room overlooked the air conditioning unit for the adjacent business complex. The room would be tiny for one person and for two, unimaginable!
We requested another room but was told there was no other and perhaps try the next day. After a few minutes more in the room, we decided that we just could not stay and started checking out hotels in downtown Chicago. Once again we tried to have our room changed. After we threatened to leave, a standard room magically appeared and we moved to that. Alas, we thought all was saved but it was not. We were never able to sleep that weekend. The air conditioning was extremely noisy and was never able to maintain the room temperature.
The hotel did present a lovely wedding and its location is in fact fabulous. Unfortunately however,in the renovation, the hotel squeezed in these extra "half" rooms on each floor and the management hopes to assign them to out of town wedding guests who they believe will accept them. Don't!!!
I Loved it
From the moment I stepped in the door I was treated like a princess! The staff was super friendly and helpful. The rooms were *beautiful*, the bed was so comfortable!! Yes the bathroom was a little small but the wonderful service and great atmosphere makes up for it!!
Very Nice Hotel - Great Location to NW U
Stayed at the Orrington. Two rooms. One with a King and one with Two Queens. Great rooms, great beds! with pillow top mattresses and lots of pillows. Super nice linens! Both rooms had walk in closets, nice big desk area for your laptop and doing work or reading. Elegant, simple, clean rooms with great atmosphere. Help was always very polite and helpful. Lots of doormen to help with directions and bags. Restaraunt was great, but a little pricey. Luckily a full breakfast was included in the rate of 109.00 (special) and was magnificent! I would suggest this hotel to anyone from the hardened business traveler to the family tourist. It's just down the block from Northwestern University so not downtown but we drove to all the museums and it took about 20 minutes. Great little shops all around hotel. Plenty of restaraunts to choose from and funky shops too. I suggest going in the summer so it's not so cold. No bathroom fan and walls did seem to be a little thin but I turned on the heater unit to low fan for some white noise and didn't hear a thing.
Didn't get a chance to make it to the jazz club but heard it was great.
Not Worth the Money
My husband and I stayed at Hotel Orrington for my friend's wedding in February 2005. Luckily, we received a bit of a discount for the room as a result of the wedding block, and although I have no problem paying more for a nice hotel, I felt very cheated here. Our room was at the end of the hall and extremely cramped. The closet held only our 2 jackets and my bridesmaid dress, plus there was practically no dresser space, so we could not even begin to unpack our luggage. The bed was great - large and very comfortable, but it took up the entire room. Both of us could not fit into the tiny bathroom at the same time. Plus there was no fan, so we had to open the window (in Chicago in February) in order to let the steam from the shower out of the small space. We even had to turn away the cleaning service due to there just being no room for her to even clean with our 2 carry-on pieces of luggage there. Also, I love kids, but the young children staying in the room next to us sounded like they were crying at the foot of our bed each morning - the walls were so thin. We could have spent less money for a much nicer room downtown Chicago. The staff was friendly - very slow and somewhat confused (which may get better with time, as the hotel recently reopened) - but still very friendly. I really am sorry to complain, and this is the first negative review I have posted on this site, but unless you are getting a discounted rate - stay elsewhere.
Snazzily decorated hotel with very friendly and helpful staff and the most comfortable bed I've ever slept in. Highly recommended.
Loved the old place-I can only hope that the new looks are just wonderful
We were married there 33 years- and I can still
remember the wonderful time--the stairway was one to heaven.And the start of a wonderful life.
Mixed feelings about this hotel
I stayed at the Orrington in April, 2000 while visiting the NU campus and other places in the greater Chicago area.Room decor, furnishings good; food and room service, acceptable. The bed had at least one nasty, creepy-crawly in it and I got one quite bad bite from whatever it was. Left a red mark and swelling later. Yikes!! This in a major hotel.The lack of an adequate restaurant is a real lack.A sports bar with some food is not an acceptable substitute. Bring back The Huddle restaurant or something comparable.