Hilton O'HareDriving back from southern Indiana and knowing it would be a 9 or 10 hour trip which I didn't want to deal with all in one day, I started looking for hotels at around the halfway point, which is Chicago. Downtown was stupidly high priced, but out by the airport, a hotel I have used many times but never had the time to blog because I would get in from canceled flights around 11:00pm and have to leave at 5:00am (yeah, great rest time eh?) is the Hilton O'Hare which is connected to the airport via tunnels. So, why not multitask - get a decent night's rest while hitting a milestone bonus with Hilton and writing up the property?
I drove in after wasting a lot of time downtown. At first, I tried to valet while they were not around, there was a sign that said "Full". So I went back around the entire airport to the parking garage literally across the street from the entrance.
The RoomThis hotel is a business convention center, and I don't think there is one suite on the property. Every floor is like 60 rooms of identical size and layout.
Food and DrinkThere is the standard bar, Sports Edition, which has a bar menu, drinks and well, TVs with sports. It's busy as soon as it opens at 4pm. The restaurant, Andiamo, is pretty much a standard hotel dining affair with exactly the types of foods you would expect right down the salad and the burger. But then, there is the Gaslight Club, which is a very unique item, with aged meats and a very distinct 20s, almost western, atmosphere. Not cheap by any standard but very interesting and great ambiance.
Event SpacesMan, talk about event spaces, this hotel is designed for a major worldwide convention, everyone to fly in, stay here, and do all the convention things.
AmenitiesNow, having been here so many times and never once looking at the gym or anything else, I was totally floored that they have a swimming pool, and a decent one. Plus an excellently equipped gym. Oh and a barber and a dentist because you never know what you need these days; actually those are super impressive service items.
SummaryTotally a business/convention hotel, and probably not a destination in itself. Excellent for those overnight emergency stays with the connectivity to the airport, and believe it or not, very soundproof. I didn't hear much of anything from the airport at any hour.
The tunnels also go directly to the subway blue line which makes this a decent option for a cheaper stay visiting downtown.