Looking for budget accommodation, affordable places to stay or luxury hotels in Chicago? Check out our expert-researched top picks.

Best Hotels in Chicago, USA

The Chicago hotels below have been personally inspected – and recommended as being amongst the best in their price bracket – by travel journalist David Whitley. To look for other hotels in Chicago, try an Chicago hotel search with our booking partner, Ebookers.com.


Top budget accommodation in Chicago, USA ($)

The top bargain in town is the Essex Inn (800 S Michigan Avenue). Flat screen TVs and a rooftop pool with lake views make this an independent, well looked-after steal. Otherwise, you’re generally better off hunting for deals online with two to three star chain hotels rather than bed and breakfast accommodation. The likes of Red Roof Inn (162 E Ontario St) and Travelodge (65 E Harrison St) are centrally located and in good nick. B&B options generally work out slightly less convenient and more expensive, but www.chicago-bed-breakfast.com is the place to start the hunt.


Best affordable hotels in Chicago, USA ($$)

The rooms at the Central Loop Hotel (111 W Adams St) have a bit of a PHD student feel, but for from US$139 a night in a prime location with additions such as iPod docks, it’s cracking value. If you’re prepared for a short train ride into the centre, the City Suites Hotel (933 W Belmont Av) is superb. Wifi is free, the minibar is (for once) fairly priced and big flat screen TVs top off well-furnished rooms. The rooms at Allerton (701 N Michigan Av), meanwhile, are fairly small – but this historic Magnificent Mile building has been given a very cool makeover.


Recommended luxury hotels in Boston USA ($$$ to $$$$$)

The Talbott Hotel (20 E Delaware Place, $$$) dates back to the 1920s, and has kept the period charm whilst adding all manner of high-tech gadgetry. Ultra-plush towels, spacious suites and a non-chainy focus on service make it a winner. The James (55 E Ontario St, $$$) pushes the funk button – the rooms are decked out with ultra-cool, colourful furnishings, and kudos goes to the sound system and full length mirror additions. The Intercontinental (505 N Michigan Avenue $$$) has standardized-albeit-luxurious rooms but wins out by having perhaps the most incredible hotel pool you’re ever likely to see.

The new, independent Elysian (11 E Walton St, $$$$$) combines exceptional service that isn’t gratingly tip-orientated with seriously smart accommodation. In-suite fireplaces and ultra-controllable mood lighting are just hors d’ouevres.  The Trump International Hotel (401 N Wabash Avenue, $$$$$) screams “status” – the enormous rooms have TVs in the bathroom mirrors, proper kitchen facilities and ceiling to floor windows. Meanwhile the Peninsula (108 E Superior St, $$$$$) is a sprawling expanse of marble; the sort of place where everything is just so, Mikimoto pearls are on display and a man is employed to push the revolving door for you.

Chicago hotel prices

Price brackets are based, roughly, on the starting rates that can be found in low season.

$ = under US$80 a night

$$ = under US$160 a night

$$$ = under US$240 a night

$$$$ = under US$320 a night

$$$$$ = over US$320 a night.


Disclaimer: These hotels were inspected in October 2010. Things may have changed since then.




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