Howard Johnson Inn Downtown Chicago
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Historical Traveler Reviews Howard Johnson Inn Downtown Chicago
My husband and I took the Am Trak from Kalamazoo to Chicago for 3 days in Sept. HoJo's is a wonderful value for the travelers who want to be within walking distance to virtually anything. The room was large enough and had a a seperate area with a mirror, sink and hair dryer, besides the shower and toilet and also another complete vanity. great for when two people are trying to get ready at the same time. The beds were comfortable and the room was very clean. I would recomend this hotel to anyone who wants to spend there money on having a good time in Chicago and not accomadations. Trust me you will need every dime for the outreageously priced drinks at the bars. (4.50 for a bottle of miller lite). Pretty rediculous if you ask me. If you go to the signature room on the 96th floor of the Hancock tower, be prepared to open your wallet WIDE 18.00 for two beers. Other than the prices for drinks we had a great time. Division street had the best prices on drinks. We will be back next year at HoJo's. Also Luna cafe had a great breakfast with fast and very friendly service. Check in clerk was also friendly and let us in our room before check in time.
Excellent hotel! Great price, FREE parking, and very clean and quiet. Perfect location to everything. The diner was a good place to have breakfast. I am definitely staying here again!
Great Location, Friendly Staff, Authentic Diner!
I wouldn't normally write reviews, but the hotel was in a great location, and the staff were particularly helpful - strongly recommended. For a solo traveller it is maybe expensive (for my type of budget) but the central location is a huge bonus! Oh, and the diner is cheap, and has a real authentic feel - especially the booths!
A rare gem in Downtown Chicago !
Three of us just returned from 3-night stay at the HJI in Chicago and can confirm it is all true: location, price, free parking, staff incredibly friendly and helpful (plenty of advice for good and cheap restaurants, blues/jazz places, coffee/tea refills), next door diner similarly welcoming with friendly waitresses and huge portions, large and clean rooms, was very quiet too... All this in one of 2 motels in D/T Chicago... Stayed in double room very comfortably... Nothing to envy to 'proper hotels', really ! Congratulations for such a successful operation and a job very well done.
An absolutely cracking bargain!
As budget hotels go this has to be one of the best. The room was very clean and comfortable and the staff were very friendly and helpful. The location provides easy access to major tourist attractions and in addition to the hotel restaurant, there is also good food to be had within easy walking distance. Easy, free parking was also a bonus.
Excellent location - unbeatable value
Thought the place was great - just what an American budget place should be - including the great diner attached.
Really close to everything - walking distance to Mag Mile and Rush St and cheap cab everywhere else.
No frills but if all you're looking for is a bed in the windy city for a couple of nights - it's hard to beat.
Other guests not the best
The hotel was fine, as others had mentioned, clean, cheap and decent location. The negative comment I have has to do with the other guests.
People coming into the hotel hallways yelling and screaming quite loudly (obscenities too) between 1 a.m. - 4 a.m. kept me awake most of the night. The walls were thin.
I might stay here again, but I wouldn't consider taking my kids to a place like this.
You might be better off at one of the inside rooms - closer to the hotel check-in desk. We were streetside - farther away - and their was also music from another club/business/whatever that we could hear in our room until 2 a.m.
Cheap as chips!
Well it is an odd looking place, but the rooms were spacious and clean.
It was within walking distance of the magnificent mile and some brillaint resturants, not to mention McDonalds wierd McGriddles! Don't order a pizza though to be delivered I think we had THE most expensive pizza ever and it wasn't even edible!! However the hotel was cheap and cheerful and did the job for us.
Not fancy, but neither is the price. Comfortable rooms. Parking is free and totally secure, unlike many of the big hotels. Terrific location in the heart of the River North district. Easy walk to Michigan Ave, cheap cab to everything. Coffee shop has good food, excellent service. I have stayed here 1-4 times every year since 1979 with never a bad experience.
Did I mention FREE parking
This was a fantastic bargain. The rooms were nice & clean. It was just a few blocks off of the magnificent mile. And did I mention FREE parking! Great for a weekend getaway with the friends or for couples living on the cheaper end. Will definately stay again.
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We wind our way through the CBD and find our hostel called Getaway Chicago Hostel and park along the street. We soon realise how cold it is though, and we have no idea why because it’s the middle of summer and it feels like the middle of winter in Australia (so like 10-15degrees). We check in, however are told we cannot park from 6pm for free, so we had to go and find parking in the "free unlimited" parking areas. So we went and placed ...
... of us set off to the Buckingham Fountain where they have a light show to music every night. We got there just in time for the last show. It was so magical, such beautiful colours. We all just stood there in awe for some time taking in the lights and the beautiful skyline of The Windy City but then it got very cold. Three of us ended up heading to The Bootleggers bar for a goodbye outing for another group of our tour. This is ...
... where we are staying. Our plan for today was simple - we would meet in the dining area for our complimentary breakfast, then make our way back towards the Old Red Courthouse by 11:00am in order to catch the first tourist trolley car for the day. This trolley car would take us on a 75-minute tour around the city, pointing out prominent landmarks along the way. Breakfast choices were basic - sugar-coated cereals, fresh fruit, yoghurt, a variety of light/fluffy/tasteless ...
13th December - Friday
Fancy us traveling on Friday the 13th!!!
We walked up to the bus stop, the bus arrived on time, it wasn't full when it picked us up and we got on with our bags. All was good till the bus started filling up and then a guy in a wheel chair got on and everyone was packed in. Two ladies behind use kept saying to each other "bags should not be allowed on the buses" so we just kept our head down but then came our stop ...
... in the University of Chicago campus and went into the church there - the Rockefeller Chapel. It has the biggest Carillion in US. All the way the driver put on snippets of the Chicago songs, 'Chicago, my home town' song, especially as we went along State Street.
As we got back into town the rain started, and when we got to the hotel (dropped off by the tour bus) in started to thunder. We ate in the hotel and saw spectacular lightning. Lasted about 2 ...