Our weekend in Chicago
by tobert on May 31, 2012
We had a great stay over this past weekend in a River View Mediterranean Suite. The room was tastefully updated and the view of the Chicago River/Marina City was perfect. We specifically booked this hotel for the location and the view and neither disappointed. The best feature of this room/hotel was the window seats. Our room was a corner, so we had 4 of these window seats that were actually more like window beds! You could sit and watch the boats go up and down the river and watch all the people walk by. We were slightly disappointed that we were only on the 5th floor, but the hotel actually did us a favor and allowed us to check in early, so we had to take what was available.The hotel provided an easy walk to the Sears Tower and department stores, the river boat tours left right across the street at the Trump Hotel, and was easy walking distance to the Magnificent Mile. Really just a perfect location. It was also walking distance to the Clark/Lake & State/Lake train stations. Clark/Lake is a stop for the train that comes directly from the airport (very easy - no need for an expensive cab ride).Our only recommendations for the hotel would be to make better use of the large amount of sq footage in the suite. We did not use the "living room" once....especially since there was a settee in the bedroom area, and that is where the view was. Knock down the wall and make one huge room with a "living area". It would seriously increase the wow factor. Also, the bathroom door was way too big. It should either open out or should just be replaced with a smaller door. It was too big when inside the bathroom. You had to keep it closed in order to move around the bathroom. You had to figure your way around it even to use the toilet. It was obvious that it is an issue as the stairs to our tub had been cracked as the door barely cleared the stairs.The service was great. We called and asked for extra towels and LITERALLY someone knocked on the door within the minute with towels.All in all, this was a great room with an amazing view and fit our needs perfectly. We made the right choice and will definitely be back again.
The SkyDeck on the 103rd floor of the SEARS Tower (now unfortunately called The Willis Tower) was a fun time. With the new glass cubes that are suspended over the side of the building, this is now a must-do for thrill seekers and view-lookers alike! We went on a weekday, so the lines were short, but there were a lot of kids on field trips filling up the glass cubes! One of the glass cubes was set aside for pictures taken by SkyDeck employees that are later offered for sale. It makes sense to get this picture. Otherwise, the other cubes were too crowded to attempt a good picture by yourself.I wish we had been in line longer in order to read all of the information available on the first floor (basement) of the building where the line starts. It looked pretty interesting, but since there were no lines we breezed by it all.
We booked this room as a stopping point between Chicago and the Quad Cities. Check in was quick. The front desk staff was very friendly and helpful. We got a room on the top floor. The room was quite large. I wasn't a fan of the two doors into the bathroom. Two doors into the bathroom is probably a good idea for one person using this room while here on business. But the two doors (one sliding pocket door) lacked the privacy that one might want while in the bathroom. The lighting in the room wasn't amazing, and we never did figure out how to use the climate control. The controls seemed pretty straight forward, but never did what we anticipated.The bathroom was adequate. Maybe slightly dated, but for the price it was better than what we expected.The location was great. Right off the highway and close to lots of shops and restaurants.Would highly recommend this hotel for a good night sleep in a convenient location. Wouldn't necessarily agree that this hotel makes a good spot to stay for spending time in Chicago, but it was perfect for our needs.
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