Advantages Fast, friendly, efficient service. Comfortable and spacious bedrooms
Disadvantages Extra charges for wi-fi and parking.
~~A little background~~Chicago was the starting point for our recent road trip touring Northern America. The road trip mapped out, our next step was selecting the hotels.
For Chicago, our choice was the Chicago City Centre Hotel & Sports Club. Why?The hotel is close to many of Chicago's attractions - close enough to walk to many with trolley stops nearby to those further away. But as our preference is for quiet - not on the busy Michigan Avenue!
The hotel has parking facilities - essential as we were hiring a car.And last but not least we wanted a hotel at the beginning of the holiday that was a little bit special - most of the others on the trip mainly travel motels just somewhere to rest our heads. The Chicago City Centre Hotel & Sports Club is classified as three stars but has more of a four star look and feel.
~~Location, Location, Location~~Chicago City Centre Hotel & Sports
From the hotel's twenty-sixth floor you can see much of the city's dramatic skyline including the Hancock Observatory.~~Booking~~
Online booking is available from the Hotel's webpage http://www.doubletreemagmile.com/map.aspx. Drop down boxes enable a check for room availability for any given date, number of nights required and number of people staying. Options are then provided for types of room available giving the cost of each. Cost is given in US dollars and also in any currency you choose from the drop down box available. Given that there are rooms suitable, you can then proceed to book and pay for the room.Many travel agencies will of course book rooms on your behalf.
~~Price~~Rates vary dependant on the type of room required ranging from £90.86 for a twin bedded room (the beds are queen sized - not single) to £116 .23 for a king sized bedded room with lake view.
These costs are bedroom only. For bed and breakfast the cost is about £20 more.~~The Hotel Façade~~
The hotel is twenty-six storeys high. It was built in 1976 - all masonry and glass fitting blending into the surrounding buildings which all look the same. In front of the entrance is a pull-in area for cars, taxis and coaches which is patrolled by uniformed doormen. Just to the right of the entrance are the ramps leading to the car parking areas.A step leads to the glass revolving entrance door with brass surrounds. Just to the side of this is a button operated opening door for disabled or for suitcase laden customers.
~~The Lobby~~Busy, busy, busy!!!
The lobby is a large and spacious compartmentalized into its various functions. As you enter the hotel, the reception desk is directly in front of you manned by two to three members of staff 24 hours a day.Beyond the reception desk to the left is Winners Bar & Grille. To the right is a large double staircase leading down to LaSalle ballroom - which we didn't go into!
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