At the end of my business trip my LOT Airlines flight arrived in Chicago too late to catch the last flight back to Memphis on a Friday evening so I booked a stay at the Hyatt Place Chicago O’Hare Airport. The hotel has a free shuttle that runs every half hour. As I have a friend in the area I did not take the shuttle to the hotel but did take it back to the airport in the morning.
One thing I like about Hyatt Places is the consistency and this hotel did not disappoint in that respect. The check-in desk is just inside the front door and I was greeted promptly and thanked for my loyalty as a Discoverist (gained by holding the Chase Hyatt Visa) and offered a free bottle of water. Check-in was quick and I was assigned a room on the second floor.
The lobby seemed a bit larger than I recall at other Hyatt Places, or perhaps it’s just because the hotel is shaped a little differently. I later realized there were several conference rooms which I don’t believe is something I normally see at Hyatt Places, so perhaps that’s why there was more seating.
The elevator was at the opposite end of the lobby and the room I was assigned was basically over the front door so it was a little bit of a hike getting on and off the elevator but that’s not a big deal. The carpet was quite plush and the hall was very quiet, even at 9 PM on a Friday night.
The king room was not as large as some other Hyatt Places I’ve visited but for a one night stay it was perfectly fine. When entering the room the bathroom was on the right and the rest of the room was a few steps beyond that.
An L-shaped sleeper sofa was to the right and beyond that past a small partition was the king bed. None of the pillows on the bed were anti-allergy but there was one in the closet. I find that the foam pillows keep my head from sinking into them as much and that, in turn, keeps the pillow from holding heat around my head and helps me to “sleep cooler”. The room is near a highway and if you’re a light sleeper you may want to make use of the complimentary earplugs. I was so tired I never heard any noise.
On the opposite wall was a series of furniture pieces that provided desk space, coffee/tea storage, the empty mini-fridge, a few drawers and the wardrobe.
The bathroom, by contrast, was huge! On the left side was the sink which had both counter space as well as shelf space below. The hair dryer plug was conveniently located beside the sink.
Toiletries were by Kenet, MD as is standard for Hyatt Place.
Beyond the sink, against the far wall, was the toilet.
Opposite the toilet was the shower. Europe, please take note: see how this shower is enclosed? It helps keep all the water inside! What a concept! Seriously though, I really liked this shower. Not only was I able to adjust the shower head to provide a very strong spray, in the back corner was a small corner step where I could prop my leg up to shave it. Kudos! The only suggestion I have for improvement is to make the toiletries shelf a bit larger as putting in the bar of soap (and why is it still a bar and not shower gel?), shampoo, conditioner, shave gel and razor in that little shelf/basket thing was a tight squeeze.
Behind the bathroom door was this dressing table with a mirror. I don’t recall seeing one of those inside a bathroom anywhere before.
The air conditioner worked very well and it was so nice to be able to get a cold room after spending a week in Europe.
Hyatt Place puts on a very decent buffet and this hotel had lots of seating areas. I’d been told that the buffet began at 6:30 AM on Saturdays but I was glad to see it actually opened at 6 AM as I had to catch the 6:30 AM airport shuttle.
The hotel does have a bar in the lobby. It was fairly busy the evening I arrived.
In the lobby are a few shelves with snacks and beverages.
In the end
As I waited for the airport shuttle a number of people came in to pay for park ‘n fly so the hotel must charge reasonable rates in comparison to other parking options. This hotel gave me exactly what I expected for my short stay and is just one reason I really enjoy Hyatt Place stays.