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Alex in MI

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  1. This rate was for two queen beds; one bed would have been $76. Amenities = Free internet, Smoke-free rooms, Fitness center, Restaurant(s), Business center, Internet access. Used the BB HOTWIRE link, of course.
  2. Boutique, Free breakfast, Free Internet, Business center, Pet friendly, Smoke-free rooms This also was Hotwire's "The last person got..." hotel. Used the BB HOTWIRE link, of course. Total cost after Cyber Monday's 11% Hotwire discount was $578.94.
  3. This was for 2 double beds; "Guest room" was $69. Total with tax, fees, and BB 5% Priceline Coupon was $272. Thanks again, all. Free Internet (in Room) Indoor Pool Non-Smoking Gym Restaurant Handicap Accessible Business Center
  4. Free parking, Free breakfast, Free Internet, Pet friendly, Boutique hotel, Airport shuttle, Smoke-free rooms, Fitness center, Restaurant(s), Business center, Self-service laundry, Internet access, Golf nearby, Accessible for visually impaired, Accessible for hearing impaired, Accessible path of travel, In-room accessibility, Wheelchair accessible, Accessible bathroom, Accessible parking, Roll-in shower The BB $15 Hotwire coupon pretty much sealed the deal. And I used the BB HOTWIRE link, of course.
  5. Definitely didn't have all those amenities pre-purchase, especially the accessibility ones. I think I forgot to include Free Parking in my list, but that's it.
  6. $101/night including taxes and fees (same as the apartment I was considering!) Amenities = Boutique, Free Internet, Pet friendly, Airport shuttle, Smoke-free rooms, Restaurant(s), Golf nearby Used the BB HOTWIRE link, of course.
  7. Good point re amenities. I ran the same dates through PRICELINE again. What looks to be the same place (same ratings, same # of verified reviews) is now $133/night. The pre-purchase amenities were as I remembered them: Free Internet, Fitness Center, Non Smoking, Restaurant, Swimming Pool. Actually, I should have expected the Renaissance, as the current BB listing for the Monaco doesn't include a pool. No problem, though -- the Renaissance is an excellent hotel.
  8. Less 5% BB discount plus $56 taxes and fees. Used the BB PRICELINE link, of course. Amenities Free Internet (in Public Area) Indoor Pool Spa Non-Smoking Gym Restaurant Handicap Accessible I was hoping for the Kimpton Monaco, but this is a well regarded hotel, too.
  9. Total including taxes and fees = $93.48 (king bed; 2 queen beds +$2) Amenities = Free breakfast, Free parking, Free Internet, Indoor pool(s), Smoke-free rooms, Fitness center, Pool(s), Business center, Self-service laundry, Internet access Used the BB HOTWIRE link, of course
  10. Total cost including tax and fees, less $30 coupon = $472 Free Internet, Smoke-free rooms, Fitness center, Restaurant(s), Business center, Self-service laundry, Internet access, Golf nearby Accessible path of travel, In-room accessibility, Wheelchair accessible, Accessible bathroom, Roll-in shower Thanks again, BB
  11. Started with 4* at 149; Priceline countered with 182; I added an area and bid 159. Used the BB PRICELINE link, of course. Amenities: Accessible Room Accessible facilities Airport Shuttle (Free) Business Center Fitness Center Free High Speed Internet Free Internet in room Free Internet In Public Areas Gym Non-smoking Rooms Pets Allowed Restaurant
  12. Two double beds Total cost with taxes and fees = $328 I used the BB HOTWIRE link, of course. Amenities = Free Internet Indoor pool(s) Fitness center Pool(s) Restaurant(s) Business center Internet access Tennis nearby Accessible for visually impaired Accessible path of travel Accessible bathroom Accessible parking
  13. Amenities (matches one of the BB hotel guide listings): Pet friendly, Boutique hotel, Fitness center, Restaurant(s), Business center, Self-service laundry, Internet access, Spa services Total cost = $398.75 minus $15 discount sale = $383.75 Thanks again!
  14. Amenities = Fitness center, Restaurant(s), Internet access, Pool(s), Business center $91.13/night after taxes, etc. BB does it again!
  15. Used QuickQuote, of course Amenities: Free Internet Airport shuttle Fitness center Pool(s) Restaurant(s) Business center Internet access Accessibility Accessible for visually impaired Accessible for hearing impaired Accessible path of travel In-room accessibility Accessible bathroom Accessible parking Roll-in shower
  16. Rated 4.5/5 on TripAdvisor! Listed on HOTWIRE as a "Weekend special" Used QuickQuote, of course Amenities: Free Internet Fitness center Restaurant(s) Business center Self-service laundry
  17. Thanks, BB (and the HOTWIRE link), for a stunning deal. Thanks also to thereuare and BB member Lei for ID'ing Le Meridian in a previously started thread. ^_^ Tax recovery and fees came to $52 for the four nights. Amenities = Boutique, Pet friendly, Smoke-free rooms, Fitness center, Restaurant, Business center, Internet access.
  18. You'll like the Allegro -- and it's truly not that far from much of what you'd like to do. I see that Aaron reiterated my mention of the Kimpton InTouch program; you definitely should do that. Also highly recommended at the French Market: Vanille Patisserie. Public transportation is easy, easy, easy. Check out the CTA's How-To Guides. You also might want to email or call them and see if they'll send you a couple of route maps. Don't forget to order your Ventra cards! Do not--repeat, do not--miss the Chicago Cultural Center. Simply walk along Randolph toward the lake; it's just before Michigan Ave (and just after an Intelligentsia Coffee shop!). It's housed in an absolutely stunning building that used to be the main branch of the Chicago Public Library. Toni Patisserie is a favorite of mine for lunch; it's very near the Cultural Center. Hannah's Bretzel, near the Allegro, is great for breakfast or lunch (closed on Sunday).
  19. The Allegro is a Kimpton hotel, a very well-run chain with good amenities. I've stayed at Kimptons in Chicao (but not the Allegro) and DC and have never been disappointed. If you join Kimpton InTouch (free), the hotel is likely to allow free in-room wi-fi even though you booked through Hotwire. No offense to Aaron, but the Allegro is in the far west (northwest, actually) part of the Loop--not in the neighborhood called the West Loop. It's on Randolph between LaSalle and Wells. That places it about a half mile to Millenium Park or the lower end of Mag Mile shopping, and about 1½ miles to the Hancock Building or Navy Pier. Wrigley Field, Chinatown, or Lincoln Park are easy rides on the El (or bus, if you prefer). Estimate the number of public transportation rides you'll be taking; that'll give you a good idea whether the three-day pass is worth it. Remember, it's $20 per person. Either way, it's good to get your Ventra card ahead of time. All the info you need is on, or linked to from, the CTA web site. Re nickel and dime-ing, as you mentioned, Chicago is a big city, with lots of business travelers, so if you stay downtown (vs. the suburbs), yeah, it'll be harder, but not completely impossible, to locate those free services. For example, the Blackstone Renaissance on S. Michigan Ave, where I stayed last time (via BB/Hotwire), offers free wi-fi. And in many (most?) places that charge, there's free wi-fi in the lobby or other public area. Some places do offer a free breakfast; Embassy Suites, which can appear on Hotwire, is one. Parking, well, that's another matter. Occasionally you might spot a parking-included (or reduced-fee) deal on Travelzoo or the like, but generally it's just something you need to figure in to your total cost if you want to stay anywhere in or near downtown. The only free parking I know of in that area is the HoJo in River North. Are you driving there? If so, I can post a couple of links to Chicago parking information, plus clue you in to a couple of places I tend to use--depending on where you'll be staying, of course. Also, as you know, where to go for deep dish pizza is a matter of furious debate. Do you have a place or two picked out? Regarding other food, if you'd like some input, post what kind of food you'd prefer and I'd be glad to offer some suggestions, as would others, I'm sure.
  20. Topaz is a Kimpton Hotel, so if you're not already a Kimpton InTouch member (free), I recommend doing so. At the very least, it gets you free wi-fi and the ability to request certain room amenities in advance. It also gets you on their mailing list for special rates. It's also on a very pleasant block. I highly recommend the recently re-opened and re-done Iron Gate restaurant, which is right across the street. (Check out the reviews under the "Press" link on the website.) Next door is the Tabard Inn, which used to be one of *the* places for brunch. However, there's been serious turmoil and turnover there over the past year, so no guarantees.
  21. This is a new addition to the BB Hotwire Hotel List. Based on the "95% recommended" and the 4.5 on TripAdvisor, I had a notion this might be the place. Nevertheless, I was absolutely thrilled to get this stay at this price (via the BB Hotwire link, of course). FYI, I first looked at a check-in date of August 6 instead of 7, and this listing didn't show up. Full amenities list: Fitness Center, Pool(s), Restaurant(s), Business Center, Internet access. It's odd, though, that "free breakfast" wasn't there. Perhaps they thought it then would be way too easy to identify the hotel before booking it.
  22. Actually, the Metro station (Red Line) is right in Union Station. It's a bit of a walk from the Amtrak and MARC gates, but at least you don't have to go outside.
  23. Greetings, dc. I'm not with BB, but I do travel to DC semi-regularly. I'd be willing to bet that your hotel is the Willard Intercontinental. As far as the best area in which to stay, I guess it depends on which tourist attractions most interest you this trip. There's so much to see, and three days, plus or minus, is just starting to scratch the surface. For walking around at night, I'd certainly choose Dupont Circle. The White House-Downtown area is pretty centrally located. The Union Station thing is a minor consideration. Cabs are abundant, and there's a Red Line stop right at the station.
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