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City Suites Hotel 2.5

Lakeview, Chicago, Illinois

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Pros

  • Lively Boystown location, next to the subway
  • Spacious suites have mini-fridges, luxe toiletries, and sitting areas
  • Free continental breakfast and afternoon cookies
  • Free 24-hour coffee and tea service in lobby
  • Free access to a local gym
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout

Cons

  • Far from the main tourist sights
  • Some units face elevated train and may get noise
  • Small standard rooms
  • Old steam radiators can be noisy
  • No on-site restaurant, fitness center, or business center
  • Limited room service menu
  • Bland decor

Bottom Line

This 45-room hotel is located in lively Boystown, close to shops, restaurants, and bars, and right next to the subway. Standard rooms are small, and some rooms get noise from the elevated train tracks, but all have flat-screen TVs, bathrobes, mini-fridges, and free Wi-Fi. The hotel has zero property features (no restaurant or business or fitness center), but it does offer free continental breakfast in the morning, warm cookies in the afternoon, and coffee and tea all day. City Suites' proximity to local transit, apartment-like rooms, and free breakfast make it a fine choice for the price. If you'd rather be closer to the tourist action, consider the features-packed Millennium Knickerbocker, which is steps from the Magnificent Mile.

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Scene

Small, service-oriented hotel in Boyston

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This unpretentious 45-room hotel occupies a beige-brick building a few steps from the elevated Belmont Red/Brown/Purple Line Station in Boystown. City Suites doesn't have any property features; its lone common space is a good-sized lobby lounge, where a free breakfast is served in the morning, free cookies are put out in the afternoon, and free coffee and tea are available throughout the day. The decor of lobby's breakfast area -- like the entirety of the hotel -- is basic and slightly dated, but it's pleasant, with its fireplace, sets of armchairs, dark wood communal tables, and shelves with free newspapers. Plus, the hotel is making updates throughout late 2016, so that should address much of its dated appearance. The location is a stone's throw from public transit (the aforementioned Brown, Red, and Purple lines, plus several local buses), the service is sincere, and many of the homey units are two-room suites with double amenities (two flat-screen TVs, two mini-fridges). All this gives City Suites solid appeal for a range of travelers, including couples and small families.

Location

Located in lively Boystown -- the heart of Chicago’s LGBT community -- and close to restaurants and bars

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City Suites Hotel is located in Boystown, the heart of Chicago’s LGBT scene, amid restaurants, shops, and bars. Most of Chicago’s top tourist attractions are a 20-minute subway ride away, but there is an elevated train station right next to the hotel, as well as several bus stops nearby. This is also a great location for baseball fans: Wrigley Field is a 15-minute walk away. 

  • One-minute walk to Belmont Red/Brown/Purple Line Station
  • One-minute walk to Vic Theatre
  • 15-minute walk to the Wrigley Field
  • 15-minute walk to Lake Michigan's Lakefront Trail
  • Eight-minute drive or 19-minute bus ride to Lincoln Park Zoo
  • 13-minute drive or 16-minute subway ride to Old Town
  • 14-minute drive to Navy Pier
  • 14-minute drive or 20-minute subway ride to the Art Institute of Chicago
  • 16-minute drive or 20-minute subway ride to The Loop
  • 40-minute drive to Chicago Midway International Airport
  • 35-minute drive to O’Hare International Airport

Rooms

Some rooms get noise from the train, but all have flat-screen TVs, luxe toiletries, and free Wi-Fi

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Except for the base-level Standard Queen rooms, units at City Suites Hotel are reasonably large. The outdated decor is nothing special and certain rooms get noise from the subway running outside (about a third of the hotel's 45 rooms face the train station), but all rooms come with amenities like 42-inch flat-screen TVs with premium channels, free Wi-Fi, minibars, and bathrobes, as well as air-conditioning and ceiling fans. Plus, rooms should be benefitting from City Suites' late-2016 renovations along with the rest of the hotel. Note that some suites only have a low wall dividing the bedroom from the living area, so the lack of privacy could be an issue. Some suites feature pull-out sofas, wet bars, and microwaves. Bathrooms feature shower/tub combos and wall-mounted shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, hand soap, and body lotion by Gilchrist & Soames' Essential Elements collection.

Features

Breakfast, cookies, coffee, and gym passes -- all free

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A free continental breakfast is served in a space off the lobby with a fireplace on one end, clusters of striped easy chairs, potted plants, fresh flowers, and brightly colored vases on two big communal tables. Despite these homey flourishes, the lackluster color scheme and thin carpeting keep the room feels a bit more corporate than cozy. Breakfast spreads typically include bagels, muffins, pastries, cereal, oatmeal, yogurt, orange juice, hard-boiled eggs, as well as microwaveable Jimmy Dean egg and sausage biscuit sandwiches. Coffee, tea, and real milk are available here 24 hours a day, and warm cookies are set out in the afternoon. City Suites also offers a limited room service menu of burgers, sandwiches, and pizza.

Wi-Fi is free throughout the lobby and in the rooms, and the hotel offers free passes to #1 Gym, a fitness facility that's a three-minute walk away. Overnight self-parking in a covered, secured garage a short distance from the hotel is less expensive that at most Chicago hotels, with in-and-out privileges.

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Things You Should Know About City Suites Hotel

Address

933 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60657-4408, United States

Phone

(773) 404-3400

Room Types

  • Double Suite
  • Executive Suite
  • King Suite
  • Queen Suite
  • Standard Queen

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