Into the USA and The Candlewood Suites, Schiller Park.
Taking the Longer Way Home
In this trip
- So. Keeping it original for autumn, aren’t we?
- Off to Heathrow in the Dead of the Night
- Terminal 3 Lounges… And more delays
- American Airlines AA99 London Heathrow to Chicago O’Hare (Main Cabin)
- In the USA, Candlewood Suites O’Hare
- TRAVEL PLUS: Fooding around Chicago
- Hyatt Regency O’Hare
- Airplane Art Extra – from the 10th Floor of the Hyatt Regency O’Hare
- TRAVEL PLUS: The Art Institute, Chicago
- Back to O’Hare, Air France/KLM Lounge
- Finnair AY010 Chicago O’Hare to Helsinki Vantaa
- A Helsinki Layover
- Finnair AY1335 Helsinki Vantaa to London Heathrow
- To the Coach
- Sometimes, it’s more the journey
Into the USA
With the plane on the ground late – I headed past the waiting Oneworld connection people who were starting to get inundated with transferring passengers. For me – I headed straight to the US Border.
I completed the APC border check and was directed to an agent. There were a few questions about why I was visiting the USA, and with that satisfactory explanation, a healthy stamp of my passport was made.
With that formality completed, I proceeded onto the luggage claim, wherein the time that I had been through the long way round of immigration, my baggage had just arrived on the belt.
With my baggage in hand, it was time to clear customs. A glance of the paperwork and I had completed the gauntlet for entering the USA.
With that done, I took a few minutes to assemble myself for the next step of the trip – how to get to the Candlewood Suites.
In the end – it was easy – get an Uber.
I could faff around with shuttle or some Chicago taxi person who is scared to go beyond the city limits (without a 1.5x danger fee). At that price and the time limits I’m on – it’s easier to deal with a rideshare and be done with it.
Thankfully, using Uber is just as easy using at home – and soon enough, I was heading down the Manheim Road to the Candlewood Suites.
Candlewood Suites, Schiller Park
Most of you will be wondering… huh? Why the Candlewood Suites? It’s convention season in Chicago. That means prices are through the roof for even a basic room – let alone any sort of “nice” hotel room (getting this room for £85 a night was “good going” in my opinion).
I dragged my bags into a very homely reception and found my name on a screen as a platinum member.
Heading into the main reception I was greeted and checked in. I was advised where the pantry was in case I needed to stock up on anything, and where to go for the room.
With that, I was clear to go.
I headed to the slowest lift in the world – which took me to the 6th floor – and my room not so far away from the lift.
So, let’s see what we have here.
This room could be best described as a studio rather than a suite – but that’s no bad thing in itself.
As you enter, there’s a full kitchen on the right – with all the mod-cons like a microwave, hob and so on – along with decaf coffee and popcorn for some reason.
Moving on, we have a desk, which whilst spacious in theory has a critical problem – no power sockets at the desk.
That’s a little annoying for when you want to work sat down as opposed to lying in bed (and let’s just say my laptop precludes working without power for long these days – especially when Adobe LightRoom decides to consume every CPU cycle it can find – the battery charge vanishes faster than you can say “That’s £200 for a new battery please”).
Moving on, there is also a lazy-e-boy style recliner and a Queen bed. The bed itself is a little soft for my liking – but more than passable if you’ve been travelling, and an hour sprawled out on a flat surface can’t come soon enough.
Don’t lie. You’ve done it too.
Moving onto the bathroom, there was an individual soap and body lotion – however, most of the amenities were bulked packed – and looked rather clean at least.
The bathroom has a nice sized tub in it too – which is always welcome to see.
Sadly, the views were nothing to write home about.
The hotel has one disadvantage – its location. Whilst Schiller Park isn’t an awful location, it is a little far outside the hub of Rosemont – along with the connectivity back to the airport. Whist there’s adequate parking if you’re driving – if you’re not, you’ll be reliant on Uber, Lyft or other taxi services to get you from A to B.
Thankfully, connectivity to the city is easy – either take a rideshare to Rosemont station, then train – or an Uber to where you need to go. I did the latter – as I had a few things I needed to tick off along the way whilst I was at this hotel – but was running late when I left it.
Check out was simple – I was handed by invoice and sent on my way.
Overall: I haven’t explored the extended-stay brands too much in the USA – mainly as I’m staying a night or two, and that’s it. But the hotel – whilst basic compared to others provided a great experience at a low cost (compared to most in the O’Hare Region).
I’d consider staying there again without a second thought.
Next: Fooding in Chicago
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