For my second night in Chicago I booked the Courtyard Chicago Downtown, which is just two blocks away from the AC Hotel Chicago Downtown. Confused as I am I actually walked to the Hyatt Regency Chicago first and realized that my second night was at the Courtyard only later. Oh Well.
The Courtyard is a high rise tower with (at least) 26 floors. The lobby is tiny though – like a few sofas and mini-reception. It gets crowded even on this rather low season day (December 26th). It took a while to wait in line for check-in. Once done it was very friendly and quick.
My room would be on the 24th floor (yes I like the view from higher up). The front desk mentioned that at the 24th floor the street noise wasn’t audible anymore and that turned out right to be right.
The room was like any other Courtyard you have been in (yes even those ugly sub-urban) ones. Gladly it is very functional and you don’t have to guess slight switches for 15 minutes. Everything is exactly where you assume it to be and it also works exactly that way.
The regular (free) Internet was limited to 2 Mbit which I find to slow to do work. It was easy to log on though.
The hotel air conditioning worked fast and much quieter than in the other two Chicago hotels I tried out.
The hotel is right in the center for all downtown attractions and just a $20 UberPool ride away from the airport. This is a solid choice for a city trip especially if it prices around $99 in low season. It’s not exciting but it gets the job done.
You can book Courtyard Chicago Downtown/Magnificent Mile here.