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Loewes OHare Room 6

Date: 25th to 29th September, 2014

Cost: $240 AUD per night

I was searching for a hotel near the O’Hare Airport in Chicago as I had a seminar in the Marriott O’Hare hotel. After researching some hotels in the O’Hare/Rosemont area in Chicago – I finally decide to go with Loewes O’Hare hotel. Why you may ask? Well one of my pet-hates is an old hotel with old furnishings. There were 16 hotels on Tripadvisor in the Rosemont area – with none of the Hilton or Hyatts that were ranked as high as Loewes hotel. The Hilton and Hyatts usually near the hotels in the States are old and below-par. That is usually why they are very cheap – you can get them at $100 per night.

Loewes O’hare hotel rated number two on the Tripadvisor list. Number one was Springhill Suites – but looking at the photos – looked like an older hotel.

Loewes use to be the Intercontinental until it was rebranded as Loewes 2 months ago. That was a shame as I could have earnt points with my IHG account. I still chose Loewes because it was the newest and most modern hotel in the area.

There is a shuttle bus that goes from Terminals 1,2 and 3 to the Hotel that leaves from the bus/shuttle bus area. I was arriving though on Terminal 5 – which meant that I would have to call the hotel to arrange the shuttle bus to drop off at Terminal 5. I did not have a US Sim card – so decided just to take a taxi ride instead as it was 9pm and just wanted to avoid the hassle.

The taxi ride took about 10 minutes and costed $10USD.

When arriving at the hotel I some trouble located the front door as it was not obvious or noticeable where it is. I did manage to find some revolving doors which was the entrance.

Check-in

Check-in was very smooth – they just required my Passport for ID and within 3 minutes I was issued a keycard for the room. I was given room 460 which was on level 4. There were 15 levels – but I did not mind too much as I was not going to spend that much time at the hotel anyways.

Room

The walk from the lifts to the room was probably a 50 second walk. When entering the room – it was nice and modern – nothing spectacular though. I would compare it to the modern furnishings and layout of a normal Hyatt hotel.

I receive 2 double beds which would have been great for my family of 4. There was a 22 inch LCD TV with around 25 channels – both local and cable.

There was enough storage space to put your clothes and luggage.

The bathroom was pretty good – but was expecting a stand-alone shower – not a shower on top of a bathtub – so would have to give a thumbs down on this. There was a single sink which was fine and a section to put your toiletries. 

Loewes OHare Bathroom 1

Loewes OHare Bathroom 2

Loewes OHare Bathroom 3

The room has a capsule coffee machine – similar to a Nespresso machine. One thing I have noticed about American hotels is that they do not provide a kettle – which is a pain in itself – especially if I wanted to snack on a late-night cup noodle after arriving late-night with no shops open.

I called the helpdesk at the hotel and they advised that I could use the coffee machine to boil water. I can tell you in was cumbersome and not practical because I ended up spilling some water.

Loewes OHare Room 1

Loewes OHare Room 2

Loewes OHare Room 3

Loewes OHare Room 4

Loewes OHare Room 5

 

Breakfast

I went to breakfast at Fresco 21 which is on the ground floor next to the reception. As breakfast was not included in the package - I decided to give it a go. It costs $21. First impressions was that it was a tiny buffet. It has possibly 4 hotel item menus. Overall rating is under average - 4/10.

Loewes OHare Breakfast 1

Loewes OHare Breakfast 2

Loewes OHare Breakfast 3

Location

I chose this hotel also because of the location. It is located right next to the Fashion Outlet of Chicago. This is a upmarket shopping centre consisting of 120 specialty shops. It opened in August 2013 and as I understand it the newest shopping centre in Chicago for 20 years.

Outlet shopping in the US is great – definitely better than DFO in Sydney or Melbourne. The prices are much cheaper – actually everything is cheaper in the US – food, clothes, electronics etc. By the outlet shopping being next to the hotel – I was able to go the shops a few times and buy Nike Shoes, Souvenir caps for my kids, Coach bags for my wife and clothes from other stores as well.

Rosemont Theatre

Fashion Outlets of Chicago 1

Summary

Overall it was a pretty good experience at this hotel – next time I come to Chicago a seminar or if just for a 1 night lay-over I would not hesitate to book this again.

Tip: I have a Amex Platinum Edge Credit Card. By using the link www.hotelclub.com.au/amex - by booking your hotel through there – you can earn 10 bonus points per dollar spent. So my total bill was $960. So this meant I was going to get around 11,000 American Express Membership Reward points. To me this is worth around $600 in terms of Business Class value – so for a points conscious traveller – this is definitely a good way to accumulate points.

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