It’s time for another Snapshot, this time focusing on the Avid Hotel, Chicago O’Hare (Des Plaines).
In case you’ve forgotten how we do travel write-ups on Economy Class and Beyond, I have two major travel writing styles:
- Trip Reports – These are full deep-dive reports taking you into the experience and the small things… as well as the big things!
- Snapshots – These are bite-sized reviews that show you the basic product in some nice gentle headlines (and normally, only images shot on the phone).
Today, we’re on the Snapshot. The full in-depth review is a work in progress (I’ve only got as far as the first bit at the time of writing).
The hotel is in the vicinity of the Allstate Arena, with Target and numerous shops nearby. It is in the vicinity of the Wyndham Chicago O’Hare (ex-Raddison). It’s within easy Uber/Taxi/shuttle bus distance to the O’Hare airport complex.
It’s on the corner of Mannheim Road and Touhy Avenue, on the opposite side of the rail Metra tracks.
Check-in was delayed, as the hotel was booked up and was going through a cleaning cycle. I dropped off my luggage and headed to Chicago to do a few things, then returned to the hotel at 6 pm for check-in.
During this time, payment was automatically taken from my payment card,
At check-in, I recovered my luggage and gained access to the room keys. Breakfast times were given, as well as access to the limited-timed shuttle bus.
The reception area has a 24-hour coffee machine, with purchasable options available near reception.
The room provided was basic, with laminate flooring, a bed and a seat. Air conditioning was provided, along with a fridge, iron and ironing board.
Interestingly, the Do not disturb sign was magnetic.
On one side of the bed, there were power outlets (both mains and USB-A).
On the other side was a phone.
There was a TV which you could cast to, as well as watch local content.
The bathroom had Dove amenities in it – interestingly, for such a new hotel, they chose to go with individual amenities, rather than bulk products.
A walk-in shower was provided.
Breakfast was available in the reception area of the avid hotel, which is included in the rate. These were pre-packaged products – both hot and cold.
Free Wi-Fi was provisioned, with a login required to utilise it.
Checking out of the hotel was simply a matter of presenting the room key and stating the room number to check out. From there I was able to work in the reception area of the hotel, before going off to the next hotel on this trip.
The full review of the Avid Hotel at Des Plaines is coming soon!
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