Red Roof Inn Chicago Downtown Magnificent Mile
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Perfect location, spotless and comfortable.
Red Roof Inn, Chicago. Outstanding location for exploring the downtown with spotless rooms and a VERY comfortable bed.
Rooms small but we are not IN the room but to grab a rest and to sleep. Perfect!!!!!!!
This is a truely interesting place. You won't find a better bargain in downtown chicago. It is 1 block from the heart of michigan ave. shoppping. The staff is very friendly and the it was a little old, but very clean. It has only one negative. The rooms are VERY small, and I mean VERY. But, if you just need a bed, and plan to spend most of your time around the city, give it a try. You can use the money you save to have more fun shopping! :)
Red Roof Inn Cheep,Clean and good location
My daughter and I stayed at the Red Roof Inn Memorial Day Weekend, May 2004. This was a great location, 1 block from The Magnificent Mile, 6 blocks from the John Hancock Tower. And we caught the bus and EL to see so much of the city. The rooms are clean, and very comfortable, although they are very small. And the hotel did not cost us a lot of money, and the rooms have very current decor. The money we saved on the hotel, was spent on shopping and eating out. In this area the hotels are really costly, so we were pleased with the location, and the extra money I had to spend on my daughter for shopping. We want to go back, so much of the city we still have to see. And we will stay at the Red Roof Inn again. What a deal!!!
1st Trip To Visitor-Friendly Chicago
What a fun and friendly city! This was our first trip to Chicago and we fell in love with it. The reason we chose to go to Chicago, and this may sound odd, was because of a restaurant we saw on the Travel Channel - Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinder. Delicious pizza potpies and Mediterranean bread, you have to try it. Take the 151 bus to Dickens Ave. (near Lincoln Park) and walk up two blocks to N. Clark Ave - you won't regret it.
We stayed at the Red Roof Inn on E. Ontario. Great staff, but small rooms. Since we were touring most of our waking hours, this was not a big deal.
If most of your touring is within downtown, I would recommend not renting a car. The city of Chicago has an excellent public transportation and taxi system, including a free trolley that runs in the summer. Plus, the parking here is expensive and the drivers are, ahem, adventurous. Buy some visitor passes before or when you arrive, these come in handy so you don't have to scramble for change when getting on a bus.
Also, check out the free Chicago Greeter program at the Chicago Office of Tourism. We were assigned a local volunteer "Greeter" that toured us around downtown for two hours. You can choose a theme based on your preferences, but book as far in advance as possible to get your first choice of date/time.
Hope you enjoy the city! We definitely plan to go back!
Uhh Can you say gross and tiny
My husband and I along with our three children tried to stay here in April 2004. Our first room had two beds and a bathroom. We could not even turn around in the room and shabby is the best way to describe the decor. The people at the front desk were nice enough but I felt a little dirty when we left the next day. I couldn't believe that this was a two star hotel. Half star maybe. I would not reccomend this hotel to anyone looking for a comfortable time in the windy city.
Best Deal in Town!!!
I would like to say that our group has been staying at this hotel every year for at least the past 3 years. There are a lot of reasons we stay here. 1.) The location is awesome, 1 block from The Magnificent Mile, 6 blocks from the John Hancock Tower, and in the heart of everything. 2.) The rooms are clean, and very comfortable (although they are very small). And the most important reason we stay here 3.) IT'S CHEAP!!!. This the best deal you are going to find this close to Michigan Ave. This hotel has undergone a lot of changes since the first review, the staff is friendly and helpful, they now have 2 elevators that move at a reasonable speed (instead of 1 slow one), and the rooms have very current decor. Here's an insider's tip, ask for a room facing Ontario Street on a high floor. I was on the 15th floor, facing Ontario Street, and the view was actually half way decent! Just keep in mind, this is a limited service hotel, so don't expect bellhops, doormen, etc.. This is one of my recommended properties. Thanks, RRI no. 281!!! Hotelman
Good place to stay
I have stayed here several times and have found the rooms to be clean and the staff friendly. Along with the good location and affordable price, what more do you want? I will be staying there again.
I stayed here during a weekend in May and I was very impressed. Yes, the room was very tiny but most rooms in the downtown area are tiny so it was not too much of a shock. The staff were very friendly and made me feel very comfortable. Like I said above, the room was rather small but was still a good room. The room was clean, they had an easy chiar located by a lamp so that I could read very comfortablly and they even had a desk which was a very nice additon to the room. When I come back to Chicago then I will have to qualms above staying here again. Not to mention that it is in a great location, only 1 block from Michigan avenue. Kudos to all of the staff.
Dissatisfied with Red Roof
We reserved a room with a credit card #. When we got there they didn't want to give us the room. After telling them we would go to another hotel, they gave us the room.
At about midnight, we were awaken by two guys that got into our room. Scared the heck out of me and they said they were given the key. I called the front desk and they just said "sorry", it wasnt marked in the computer.
When I went back the next day to check out, they said we were not even in the computer and I really think she didn't check and was a bit rude about it.
My feelings, are, with that kind of treatment, I would never want to stay in a Red Roof. Thank you, Vicki
A great location, nothing more nice to say
I stayed at the Motel 6 for a week in June. Great location, great price, the staff is horrible, the rooms are not clean. The day after I arrived in Chicago, I severly sprained my ankle. When I returned from the hospital on crutches, the staff deeked me out on my way into the elevator so that they could take up a laundry cart. I had to wait 15 minutes for it to come back down. When I tried to check out with my bags, still on crutches... they would not help. They were rude and obnxious.
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