The Hyatt Regency O’Hare
A Celebratory Trip to Chicago
- So, Chicago eh. That’s really different.
- Take the National Express, Manchester Airport, British Airways Terraces Lounge
- BA1385 Manchester Airport to London Heathrow
- T5 – Pick a lounge. Any Lounge – British Airways Galleries South, Galleries T5B
- BA295 London Heathrow T5 to Chicago O’Hare International
- The joy of O’Hare and Crowne Plaza O’Hare
- Experiments with a Canon 40mm lens
- Hyatt Regency O’Hare
- Using Amazon out of your home country in a pinch
- Back to O’Hare, The New AA Flagship Lounge
- AA86 Chicago O’Hare to London Heathrow T3
- Terminal change shenanigans, British Airways Galleries North
- BA1386 London Heathrow to Manchester Airport
- Luggage delivery incompetence, last-minute changes, and CrossCountry Trains home
- Why celebrate?
With my tasks complete at the Crowne Plaza, I headed over the road and a bit over to my normal residence in Chicago – the Hyatt Regency O’Hare.
I could give a million reasons why I stay here – the main one being its near where I need to be with friends. Any other reason could be … interesting.
I was welcomed to the hotel, and my luggage taken off me – and yes – the staff on the front door recognised me. Always nice to see.
I headed upstairs to check in. With the formalities complete, keycards were issued for the room I would be sharing with a friend the next few days.
I must admit – I spied something on the way up that Le Chic Geek would like for her puppy….
So the room – yes, we’re back in a Hyatt O’Hare Room. It hasn’t changed in… I’ve lost count how many times I’ve ended up here. The biggest changes to the room in recent years have been new televisions and the white noise machines.
And as alluded to in the other hotel segment on this trip, familiarity is sometimes not a bad thing.
The beds are the usual wonderful selves – and I have a soft spot for the Hyatt beds – I find them to be just the right level of firmness in a bed that I look for. The air conditioning worked well as usual, and the TV was big and enjoyable top watch Cartoon Network on.
Because, let’s be honest – it’s better than watching any news network whilst in the USA.
There’s a useful set of facilities on the bedside table, with a radio with a lighting connector, a charging point with two mains outlets and two USB outputs (in addition to the two in the middle on the wall). There’s also a white noise machine and a telephone too.
Let’s have a look at the bathroom
The bathroom was clean and appropriately sized (and the bathtub is never a bad call), and the Kent MD amenities kept me fresh and clean (well maybe in body, not in mind).
It seems the hotel is learning a bit about me (and the person who I share the room with, with the hotel sending up a robe and a welcome message.
In terms of views, yes – I had a view of the car park and the city of Chicago
And it’s rather good to watch planes from too.
I also had to grab some food one evening as I was busy – so I got a grab and go for some fried calamari from the Red Bar.
So whilst the room is fine – there were issues with the billing department, with odd holds being placed on cards (a $600 hold on a 3 night stay). On top of that – it took nearly four weeks for holds charged against one of my credit cards to be released.
Which is ridiculous.
Check out was carried out fine, and everything was settled (and money taken from the correct card)
Overall: The Hyatt Regency O’Hare as usual was fine, as was its facilities and food. But this time, the billing department needs taking out for a drumming – with cards charged incorrectly on my friend’s account and on my credit cards. Certainly this needs to be looked at – as billing is pretty shocking.
Again, it’s the little things that change it from a great stay to a stay that is more than anything… forgettable.
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