You’ve got a couple extra dollars in your pocket for your next stay in Chicago, but you’re not sure where you want to spend your nights. You value comfort and the little extras, but you still want to be able to afford to buy souvenirs on Navy Pier or a tour of the Shedd Aquarium. What you need is a middle ground- and that’s where you’ll do best by staying in a three-star hotel.
The hotel rating system shouldn’t be confused with star ratings that are made popular on travel sites. A three-star hotel may have a two-, four-, or even five-star rating if customers so choose to rate them on sites. Rather, this system gives a comparison for expected standards and amenities to be found. National chains that are typically considered three-star include the Hilton and Holiday Inn. Examples of three-star hotels in Chicago include the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Holiday Inn & Suites, the landmark Inn of Chicago, and a vintage hostel, the Freehand Chicago.
When looking for a three-star hotel, remember that it should be easily accessible from highways or located in a nice neighborhood. You should expect a larger room than you’d receive in a two-star. The furnishings may be a better standard, though you can anticipate the standard number of features. The bed or beds will likely be more comfortable than lower star ratings offer. A balcony may be available on higher floors. Three-star hotels usually include an indoor or outdoor pool and a workout center. There may be a business center, and they’ll usually have a restaurant serving food throughout the day. Your breakfast may be included in the bill, and you should expect WiFi. There won’t be a bell hop, but there will be a cart or two on hand for you to use in moving your luggage.
There are three-star hotels scattered throughout Chicagoland, and you can generally locate several downtown. The prices will be a little higher downtown, as you might expect, and though they’ll be more pricey than a two-star, they’ll try to make it up with the above stated amenities.
Regardless of which three-star you choose, your room should be clean above all else. If you’re at all dissatisfied with your accommodations, promptly report them to the staff. If they can’t move you to a different room, they should make every effort to improve your stay. Above all, three-star doesn’t mean mediocre service. It simply means you’re paying a reasonable price for slightly more features, room, and opportunities to enjoy your stay.