Loews Chicago O’Hare is not your typical airport hotel. Located in Rosemont, a short 5 minute taxi ride from the terminals, the hotel dazzles with its art galleries, contemporary decor, and inviting rooms. It is also an easy walk to restaurants, shopping, and entertainment. Families looking for a hotel with friendly staff, comfortable accommodations, and complimentary airport transportation will be pleased with what they find at Loews Chicago O’Hare.
Loews Chicago O’Hare
The Loews Chicago O’Hare is unlike any airport hotel I’ve experienced. Not only was I warmly greeted by the front desk staff, I was enthralled by the beautiful lobby space with its modern, artistic design and art work decorating the hallways of the hotel. The rooms were spacious, clean, and well appointed. There was no sound from overhead planes and the hotel’s location provides families with many entertainment options if they happen to be stranded at the airport for a night or two or looking for a Chicago staycation.
What Works for Families
-The location is fabulous. A five minute ride from the airport, the hotel is within walking distance to the Fashion Outlets of Chicago and MB Financial Park at Rosemont, which features bowling, a movie theater, and iFly indoor skydiving experience. Families will love having options outside of their hotel room.
-There are many quality food choices nearby. There’s a gastropub inside the hotel, The Ashburn, which does modern takes on classic dishes (think waffle burger with a bacon mac n’ cheese waffle bun). There’s also a Capital Grille and McCormick & Schmick’s steak house right outside, with other options such as Hofbräuhaus, Adobe Gilas Mexican Cantina, Park Tavern, and Five Roses Irish Pub at the nearby MB Financial Park.
-The hotel staff is very friendly and helpful. No request is too big or too small.
-The rooms are spacious, well appointed, and clean.
-Loews has a “Loews Loves Kids” program to help make travel as seamless as possible for families. Some of their offerings:
- Complimentary “Loews Loves Kids” activity book upon arrival for children under 10
- A “Kids Closet,” offering items available for guests to use during their stay. These include toys, books, car seats, strollers, nightlights, and self-contained DVD players with age-appropriate DVDs and more.
- Children’s menus with healthy options, plus fun books with crayons
- Cribs and roll-away beds available for in-room use
- Child-proof kits for families with children under 4
- List of nearby tourist attractions and activities recommended for children, as well as nearby pharmacies, pediatricians and bonded babysitting services.
- Tweens and Teens receive:
- A music download card
- A list of nearby tourist attractions, activities and shopping geared to teens
- Access to a lending library of Gameboys, DVD players, board games, and more
What Doesn’t Work for Families
-No swimming pool. Thankfully, families will probably only be staying for one or two nights, but my kids love to swim and they love hotels with pools.
-The shower. Our bathroom only had a shower, no bathtub. The shower has a rain shower head and no door. With kids that could really be messy with no way to contain the water to the shower basin. I believe some rooms do offer bathtubs, so if you need one, I would definitely be sure to put in your request.
Loews Chicago O’Hare is between the airport and Rosemont entertainment district making it the perfect location for families. The hotel has 556 luxury guest rooms, meeting space, and an on-site restaurant with delicious food options. Guests can tour the Art/Museo Gallery which features a collection of rotating and permanent pieces of contemporary art, including “The Prince” by Chicago artist Wesley Kimler. Guests are free to tour the gallery independently, or can take a complimentary art tour with an Art Concierge.
The hotel features complimentary wi-fi, a 24 hour fitness center, a business center, valet or self parking, and a complimentary airport shuttle.
The rooms are well appointed,with flat screen TVs, desks, a coffee maker, and good size bathrooms. The rainfall shower head had great water pressure and there is adequate space around the sink for toiletries. The bed was comfortable, but a bit more firm than I like, with plenty of pillow options to choose from for a comfortable night’s sleep. There was plenty of storage in the room and outlets for charging devices. The wi-fi was very easy to use and fast. The only problem I had was finding the lights next to the bed. There are no switches, just two silver buttons next to the pillows. They need a sign to tell you this, I looked all over the room for five minutes before calling the front desk for assistance.
There was a window that spanned the length of the the room overlooking the forest preserve across the street, but unfortunately there was some street noise during the day, even 12 floors up. I did not notice any noise late at night.
Loews Chicago O’Hare has a breakfast buffet every morning in the Ashburn restaurant or you can order from a menu. If children order from the standard menu the hotel will create portions and options that work around their food preferences. There is also a small café serving Starbucks coffee and treats off the lobby as an alternate choice, or room service. Immediately outside the hotel you will find McCormick & Schmick’s steak house and Capital Grille, but you cannot charge meals there to your room.
Loews Chicago O’Hare is perfect for families looking for something more than an adequate airport hotel. The stellar service, location, comfort, and food options make it a great choice for traveling families.
Looking for other things to do nearby? Check out: How to Enjoy Your Time at Chicago’s O’Hare and a review of the nearby Hofbräuhaus Restaurant.