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Best Western Plus River North hotel, Chicago

A convenient hotel in downtown Chicago with free parking

About.com Rating 2.5 Star Rating


Best Western Plus River North hotel, Chicago
Best Western

Best Western Plus River North hotel in downtown Chicago is a family-friendly hotel with free parking and rooftop pool. Business travelers will appreciate the reasonable prices and downtown location. The hotel has a small on-site restaurant and offers free cookies, coffee, and hot chocolate in the lobby. Be aware that the hotel is located on a busy street, so some noise may filter into your room. The Best Western Plus River North is a solid choice for value-oriented business travelers.

Hotel Overview

Best Western Plus River North is located a few blocks north of the river in downtown Chicago, close to a range of restaurants, bars, and businesses. The hotel features free parking with in-and-out privileges, has an exceptionally friendly and attentive staff, and is value-oriented.

My room was large and clean, with large windows. The bed was comfortable and the lighting in the room was good. The bathroom was clean and basic. The room had both an in room safe and a refrigerator. There was a medium-sized supermarket (and a blues club) just around the corner, and a McDonald's across the road.

The air conditioning worked well, however I did have a problem the first night with the drapes in room. They were broken and couldn't be closed correctly. A call to maintenance the next day fixed the problem nicely.

Best Western Plus River North has both standard rooms and (very) large suites, with an ample living room. Rooms feature premium cable (including HBO), free in-room coffee, ironing board/iron, hairdryer, and free local telephone calls.

Business travelers looking for luxury may want to check in somewhere else, but the Best Western Plus River North is a reasonable choice for business travelers that want friendly service, good value for their money (free parking that might cost $50 or more at other hotels), and bonuses like a rooftop pool and deck.

The Business Traveler View

The Best Western Plus River North is in downtown Chicago, a few blocks north of the river. It's close to a number of restaurants, bars, and pubs, as well as Chicago landmarks like the Wrigley Building or the Chicago Tribune.

The hotel provides free Wi-Fi, which worked well from my experience. The room had a comfortable desk, nice chair, and lots of space.

The hotel also offers a corporate rate program for discounted rooms and added perks. A computer station is located in the lobby.

For exercise, the hotel features a full-size swimming pool open from 6am to 10pm, with nice views of the city. There’s also a small but usable fitness center with cardio and weight lifting equipment.

Room service (limited hours) is available through the hotel's on-site restaurant, Pizzeria Ora. Pizzaria Ora is a casual restaurant that features pizza, pasta, sandwiches, salads and more. Its lounge includes a full bar.

Meeting Rooms and Business Events

The Best Western Plus River North does not have any meeting space.

The Best Western Plus River North Information

125 West Ohio Street
Chicago, Illinois 60654

Phone: 312-467-0800
Fax: 312-467-1665

Website: www.rivernorthhotel.com

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