Not only is this Holiday Inn close to Chicago's main attractions, it's also within steps of CTA trains that go directly to O'Hare or Midway airports. Decor-wise the rooms are a bit bland, but they’re comfortable and equipped with pillow-top mattresses, workspaces, and free Wi-Fi. That’s good news for the hordes of business travelers drawn here by the hotel’s proximity to the financial district. In summer months there's an added incentive to visit—the outdoor rooftop pool. Sunny's Bar and Grill serves breakfast and dinner.
Starving between meals? A grab-and-go snack shop keeps you fueled.
Across six room categories--from the Standard King to the ultra-luxurious "Sleep 7 Suite," with two Doubles and a sleeper sofa, plus a kitchenette--all come with a mini-fridge and Keurig coffee-maker. The King Suite is another option for families that want to give each other space; a door divides the living and sleeping areas. Walls are a bright and cheery orange-yellow hue with a piece of splashy art hanging over the bed. Striped curtains and patterned carpet jazz up the space even further--but not too much. An arm chair is a nice spot to read or watch TV while a long desk with a task chair helps while working on the road.
Want to get breakfast included? Check out non-refundable rates when you book early because daily breakfast (for up to two people daily) is often free.
Hung in a gold frame, the bath mirror spans nearly the entire wall above the vanity. Bath & Body Works soaps are in all baths.
Small but clean, the lobby does the job of checking folks in and whisking them up to their rooms. High-backed love seats in lemon-y yellow and heather gray are a stylish welcome and place to rest, while a large circular light fixture in bright orange casts a soft glow.
Located on the rooftop, this outdoor pool is the property's crown jewel, but only open during the summer months.
The fitness center is open 24/7 to accommodate jet-lagged travelers or business travelers stuck in meetings all day. Typical machines are here, although the space is small.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Looking for more of a full-service fitness center? You'll have to visit LA Fitness, an 8-minute walk north on Canal Street.
Sunny's Bar and Grill serves breakfast and dinner and also delivers to the room if requested. It's not the most inventive dining in Chicago (salads and sandwiches, mostly) but will do in a pinch or if you don't have the energy to leave the hotel for a particular meal.
Parking will run you $50 per night so why not leave the car at home? Most everything you'll want to do is a short ride on public transit or via an Uber or Lyft driver. Or, if you don't mind walking, Loop attractions are a 25- to 30-minute walk east. The L's Clinton stop is two blocks away, where Clinton meets Lasalle, or the Lasalle L stop is a 12-minute walk. The 7 bus can take you east into the Loop, too.
Greektown is a short walk away, filled with restaurants--some of which appeared in "My Big Fat Greek Wedding"--that include Artopolis (12-minute walk), open from morning to midnight, serving everything from dolmas to Yuvetsaki. The famous Lou Mitchell's diner-style breakfast is just three blocks away.
West Loop's and Fulton Market's drinking and dining scene is currently trending and you can check it out over beers at The Publican (10-minute ride or 27-minute walk) or Au Cheval (7-minute ride or 22-minute walk), consistently named one of the best places in Chicago to eat a burger.
WHY WE LIKE IT
The location might not work for all--you won't be within a quarter-mile radius of anything you'd want to experience in terms of culture or dining (the surroundings are mostly offices)--but the good news is that public transit here is quick and convenient. Rooms are large in size and the rooftop pool on a nice summer day makes up for the location. And it's not like you're staying far away, just one neighborhood west of the Loop and downtown.