Chicago, Illinois, is one of my favorite cities. And the Embassy Suites Chicago is one of my favorite places to stay with my family. There are dozens of hotels in the central downtown area ranging from the ultra sleek to the posh to the historical to the no-frills ones. But when you are traveling to Chicago with kids, the Embassy Suites Chicago is the place to stay!
As a home base for families, the Embassy Suites Chicago can't get any better. It is well-situated, offers value-added extras, has drop-dead gorgeous views, is an all-suite hotel, and it is affordable too! My family enjoyed it immensely!
For my birthday gift to myself, I dragged my husband out of work and had the kids skip school after snagging $30 round trip tickets on Spirit Airlines on my actual birthday. (Yes…$30 round trip!) We spent a whirlwind 48 hours in the Windy City enjoying a gloriously warm (near record-setting) fall mid-week getaway. As our home base, Embassy Suites Chicago was the perfect place to stay. We chose the Magnificent Mile location this time though both downtown locations (Embassy Suites by Hilton Chicago Downtown and Embassy Suites by Hilton Chicago Magnificent Mile) are both great.
4 Reasons to Stay at the Embassy Suites Chicago
1. All suite hotel
Families need room to spread out. Families with more than two kids often find standard hotel rooms cramped and with not enough space for everyone. This is not the case at Embassy Suites Chicago. (And all Embassy Suites as well.) All rooms are two-room suites with a door that separates the bedroom from the living room. The bedroom offered two queen-size beds and the living room had a very comfortable pullout sofa. Since the sofa bed was so nice, my husband and I gave the bedroom to the kids so we could watch TV and eat cake after they went to bed. Love that! There was also a kitchenette with microwave, refrigerator, Keurig coffee maker and an extra sink. Have a bigger family than six? No problem. Connecting rooms are offered!
2. Fantastic location
The Embassy Suites Chicago Magnificent Mile is located within walking distance to Navy Pier and the ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC new park, Maggie Daley Park, in Millennium park. Both attractions are a must-see for families when visiting Chicago. And the great thing is that both these attractions are free! Also, as its name implies, this Embassy Suites is just off Michigan Avenue, also known as the Magnificent Mile, with it's amazing array of stores for every shopper's budget. From Water Tower Mall to the three-story American Girl Place to posh seven floors of Neiman Marcus awesomeness, there's something for everyone. A favorite for our family? The New York transplant store, Dylan's Candy Bar! I'm not ashamed to say that for my birthday we all had candy for breakfast!
3. Tons of extras
There are so many extras when staying at the Embassy Suites Chicago that make this hotel such a good bet for families. The complimentary hot buffet breakfast each morning is delicious. The complimentary Evening Reception snacks and drinks each night hits the spot. The complimentary water bottles, wi-fi, and business service center also saved us time and money.
We opted for upgrading to a Premium room which include a overflowing basket of snacks as well as an assortment of drinks, a Keurig coffee maker, and a fantastic view from a high floor. For about $20 extra we had our room completely stocked! I highly recommend looking into this at all Embassy Suites. It's worth it, especially when you are traveling with your brood.
For a high-rise hotel in the middle of expensive downtown with space to sleep a family of six, you would expect to pay hundreds of dollars a night. But room rates at the Embassy Suites Chicago on the Magnificent Mile starts at under $100 per night! You can spend $100 feeding a family of six breakfast in Chicago. When you count the fact that you don't have to pay for breakfast and pre-dinner drinks and snacks, the hotel room just about pays for itself.
For those who find themselves with their family in Chicago, I highly recommend checking out the Embassy Suites Chicago. Looking for more information? Take a look at this article from Empty Nest TravelingMom about all the free things to do with your family in Chicago. And because you are going to want to head to Millennium Park (where the “Bean” and Maggie Daley Park are located), be sure to check out and this post on what to do with your family in one of the country's best inner city parks.