a traveler from Travelocity.com
on November 11, 2011
Insofar as the Red Roof Inn does not purport to be anything other than a budget hotel, my experience was more or less as expected. I needed a bed and a shower and internet for a few days near the Chicago Loop, and didn't want to pay the truly ridiculous prices of the fancier hotels. The bed was comfortable, and the bathroom was clean enough, if somewhat small. The internet was slow for wifi, but it worked. However, the room had the chemical-y smell of whatever cleaning product was used to remove the odor of the smokers that were in the room before me, and the hotel overall had the thin patina of grime that coats any downtown anywhere. The room was small, though functional, and perhaps most disappointingly had no workspace (i.e., desk). I do not feel it was remotely worth the price, but there are no inexpensive alternatives near the Loop -- most other hotels listed were close to $100 additional per night. Given the choice, I would probably pay a bit more to get a better hotel.
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