Rooms can be echoey (no carpeting to absorb sounds)
The 105-room Best Western Hawthorne Terrace is one of the few hotels in the Lakeview neighborhood, a northern Chicago residential area that's home to Wrigley Field and the city's gay nightlife scene. It's got more charm than you'd expect from a chain hotel -- the four-story redbrick building is covered with ivy, the Victorian-style lobby features a fireplace, and the contemporary rooms come with hardwood floors and slate-tiled bathrooms. The hotel offers free Wi-Fi and breakfast, but it's far from the tourist sights, and lacks a full restaurant or swimming pool. Travelers who want similar features from a more centrally located hotel could try the Hilton Garden Inn Downtown Chicago, which has a pool, but no free breakfast.
Surprisingly quaint, quiet hotel with contemporary rooms and suites
This Best Western stands out from the brand's budget category with its ivy-covered redbrick building, lovely courtyard, and elegant lobby. It departs from the typical budget hotel in another significant way: instead of offering just standard rooms, the Best Western Hawthorne Terrace has a collection of 10 different room styles, including several suites (located in an attached apartment-style building). Rooms are modern with traditional homely touches, featuring coffeemakers, hardwood floors, and bathrooms with slate-tiled showers and rainfall showerheads.
Modern and homey, with hardwood floors and coffeemakers
Modern rooms and suites come in 10 configurations, with full, queen, or king beds. Rooms are earth-toned and contemporary, with gleaming hardwood floors and sleek dark-veneer furniture. Suites have homey touches like Oriental throw rugs, ceiling fans, and pull-out sofas. Certain suites feature kitchens with refrigerators, dishwashers, and stove-tops, and all rooms come with Keurig coffeemakers, microwaves, mini-fridges, 42-inch flat-screen TVs with premium cable (including HBO), ironing facilities, and safes. Bathrooms have shower/tub combos (some suites have glass shower stalls) with slate-tile walls and rainfall showerheads, plus bathrobes, hairdryers, and toiletries by Gilchrest & Soames' Zero Percent line.
Vast breakfast with hot and cold items, a pleasant patio, and free Wi-Fi
The amenities at this charming hotel are limited in scope, but they offer lots of appeal. The free breakfast is extensive: cereals, muffins, bagels, waffles, fruit, yogurt, eggs, sausage, and bacon, as well as fresh cinnamon rolls and other baked goods brought in daily from Ann Sather, a Swedish restaurant and catering company in Chicago. The hotel has a small fitness center with a few Technogym cardio machines and free weights, as well as a sauna and whirlpool. Self-parking is charged per day, and comes with in and out privileges. The hotel is non-smoking, and no pets are allowed. Wi-Fi is free throughout the hotel, and a small business center is located in the lobby.
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