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1. Posted by tania6445 (Budding Member 12 posts) 9y

I am busy planning my USA trip and would love some help working out accommodation in a few places - I've looked up on a heap of internet sites but they don't really mean a lot, I would really love some real feedback and suggestions. If you are familiar with these places and can make any suggestions that would be really appreciated :)

All places we want to stay close to or in the central/shopping/restaurant areas. We are looking at hotels/motels or B&B. Not really expensive just good clean good value places (but hey if they happen to be nicer then thats fine too!)

Rapid City, South Dakota
Niagra Falls

Thanks very much


2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4892 posts) 9y

Chicago has two Best Westerns within a couple of blocks of Michigan Avenue (both just north of the river, so right along the main shopping stretch). Not the cheapest or fanciest, but I at least got very decent rates in one of them (for Chicago standards) for what was just a good room. (The only negative was that they started vacuuming the hallway at 9 AM. o.O)
Looking at their website now, I see a best rate of $140 for a weekday, which is more than my recollection of how much it cost. I might be mistaken (or prices might have gone up since 2003), but I'd say it might be worth searching around for better rates through a third-party website.

3. Posted by tania6445 (Budding Member 12 posts) 9y

Thanks for the suggestion, I'll definitely take a look - always better to have a personal recommendation than a sales pitch from the hotel to rely on. :)

4. Posted by peeps (Full Member 114 posts) 9y

i literally just stayed at the congress hotel on south michigan in chicago. it was one of the cheapest central hotels we could find ,and it wasent that cheap. but it was central and clean and overlooks grant park where there was free salsa classes and music every evening.

5. Posted by tania6445 (Budding Member 12 posts) 9y

Thanks. I came across that hotel when on the internet and it looked ok to me...thanks for the recommendation.

6. Posted by tania6445 (Budding Member 12 posts) 9y

I have been doing some research on the net for Chicago accommodation and I have now reached the point where I have no clue what to do! Please help. The couple of previous suggestions are either booked out of a bit dear.

We get into Chicago on a Saturday morning and we have a flight out at 8am on the Monday. I was thinking that it might be better for us to get a hotel closer to O'Hare so a) we don't have too much of a panic on the Monday morning, and b) it might help keep costs down.

So in my efforts to work out a suitable hotel it is proving very difficult as it has to be somewhere relatively close to the train line and preferably has an airport shuttle as we are not hiring a car. We will undoubtedly drop our bags off and spend most of our time in the city but booking a hotel in the city is just looking like it is going to blow the budget unfortunately.

any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I was looking at the Comfort Inn at O'Hare, or the Howard Johnson Inn & Suites at Elk Grove Village (but I think these are too far away from public transport? and don't have a shuttle).

I would ideally just like to find something under $100 a night, clean, safe and close to the L...

Thanks for your help.


7. Posted by tania6445 (Budding Member 12 posts) 9y

I've also come across the Comfort Inn O'Hare or the Courtyard By Marriott (a little dearer) but they both look ok?

8. Posted by beerman (Respected Member 1631 posts) 9y

Quoting tania6445

I've also come across the Comfort Inn O'Hare or the Courtyard By Marriott (a little dearer) but they both look ok?

Hey Tania

Both of those are comfortable and safe...most all the hotels around O'Hare are. You are right in your plans...stay near the airport for both price and ease of departure. You should be able to get a fairly inexpensive taxi to the airport, and then get on the L, from all of the hotels within just a few miles.

Keep trying the internet, often these hotels will have last minute availabilities. And don't worry....Chicago may seem like the most hectic place in the world, but have patience and you'll enjoy it.

9. Posted by tania6445 (Budding Member 12 posts) 9y

Thanks so much for the advice, I feel a lot more comfortable about my plans now. :)

10. Posted by chezzamite (Budding Member 9 posts) 9y

hey tania

we're looking for hotels in chicago too. expedia and trip advisorhave been usfull. thinking about booking The Essex Inn, looks good and seems reasonable and is downtown.