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Not A Great Step Above A Hostel Sep 13, 2010
I wouldn't suggest staying at this place, unless you want cheap in Chicago. The location was great (3 blocks from the Chinatown Stop-Red Line) and the area didn't scare you. I was walking around there at 3:30am and I felt safe. Quiet neighborhood. There are lots of good restaurants to eat at and a food market a few blocks away.
Let's start with when you walked in. The lobby had that run-down look. There is no elevator in this 3-story hotel. There is a community fridge and that if you want to use, you must label your food/drinks. The hotel did have working WIFI, which I was happy about.
When you book, it's for a Queen bed. After getting then to change the reservation, we ended up getting a room with double twin* beds. Yes, enough room for one person on the bed (and a small person at best). They charge extra for a room with a double bed.
We walked up the 3 flights to our room 312. The hallway smelled like fish. Our room wasn't any better. We didn't have the smell of fish, thank goodness. The room was small, very small. There was no closet, but a shelf that they had the blankets on. There was ketchup on the walls. The room wasn't very clean. The bed linen reminded me of linen that they have at a nursing home. The linen didn't look the cleanest, but the white sheets on the bed looked fine. There are no views from the window, just of the building next to you. The A/C did work.
The television had 4 working channels. 2 in Chinese, CNN, WB network. We watched Jerry Springer every morning. A phone that worked, but when you called down to the front lobby, nobody would pick up and an answering machine asked you to leave your name and number.
The bathroom was quite different. A marble shower and plenty of space. And VERY clean. The soap made you smell like musk, thank god I bought my own. Anything you would think would be included was not with the room/bathroom. They only gave you shower caps and shampoo. The toilet needed to be flushed twice.
Overall, location is great and that's about it. It was the cheapest hotel in Chicago, and therefore that's why I stayed. I wouldn't suggest anyone stay there. Unless you don't care where you stay, then it's cheap and affordable.
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A step above a hostel Sep 18, 2010
So I will simply do a pro and con list to help you decide:
-Affordable (70 a night)
-Close to subway
-The subway needed is a 24 hour line
-Friendly helpful staff
-Maps in hotel are very informative and detailed compared to other tourist maps
-Near restaurants that close late
-Dirty (we found ketchup stains in walls, hair on bed, dirty dusty coffee pot. The hall way smelled like fish
-No elevator in a 3 floor hotel even the lobby has 3 steps
-No fridges except a community fridge
-No real ice cube tray its a mini fridge that makes a bit for the whole hotel and the scoop for ice was dingy yellow.
-For doubles only twin size
-Nursing home over used sheets
-Some staff members are heavily accented I was only able to understand because I am in the tourist industry and you get use to understanding various heavy accents while my friend stayed clueless on what the helpful woman was saying.
-Only 4 channels in English.
Chinatown Hotel Chicago Overview
Location. ChinaTown Hotel SRO LTD is located in Chicago, close to National Vietnam Veterans Art Museum, Soldier Field, and Field Museum of Natural History. Nearby points of interest also include John G. Shedd Aquarium and Grant Park. Hotel Features. ChinaTown Hotel SRO LTD features express check out, coffee in the lobby, and a microwave in the lobby. Guest parking is available for a surcharge. Additional property amenities include air conditioning in public areas. The front desk is open 24 hours a day. Guestrooms. There are 46 guestrooms at ChinaTown Hotel SRO LTD. Bathrooms feature shower/tub combinations. Complimentary Internet access is provided. In addition to desks, guestrooms offer complimentary local calls (restrictions may apply). Televisions have premium cable channels. Air conditioned rooms also include coffee/tea makers. Guests may request irons/ironing boards, hair dryers, and wake up calls.
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