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THE OFFICIAL ITINERARY Saturday, August 26 BBQ at Devu's place at 4:00 pm for introductions and review of trip details. Sunday, August 27 Meet in front of the Orrington Hotel at 3:00pm. Depart from ORD at 7:00pm Monday, August 28 Arrive Shannon, Ireland at 10:00am. Bus to pick us up and drive to Galway. Check in / drop baggage off at hotel. Eat …
... and discounts as long as I was in Australia. For me, the chance to meet fellow backpackers right away and the organization of everything for us was exactly what I needed to settle in Australia for the next 3 months. I was pretty unique among my counterparts; most of them 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, ...
... Car museum
we just so happened to stumble in as they showcased their annual hotrod show...the sights & sounds were an experience to behold
the very ...
... as they do at an AFL game, if someone stands up in front, the people behind don't yell at them, they just patiently wait for them to sit down. The cheering isn't as loud or as energetic either. Now all of this just may be because its a game with nine innings, and at a much slower speed to football or soccer or ice hockey, (well everything is slower than ice hockey, man are those guys brutal)! But the baseball was a slight let down, as it wasn't quite the crowd we thought ...
... praying they wouldn't recognise us as fellow Irish! The reactions from other passengers were split between eye-rolls and laughter at the silly drunken Irish boys.
Another thing to remember are the ridiculous hours of the Social Security Office downtown. Just off the Jackson CTA stop, the office workers get to go home at 3 in the afternoon, as I found out at 3.10 when I finally found the right building amongst the baby skyscrapers. ...
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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.
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.
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!
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!!
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.
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.