End of this business trip in the United States and, as I like to save the best for last, here is this Meridien hotel inaugurated two years ago in one of the most chic suburbs of Chicago, namely Oak Brook, in the North-East of the city.
Before I knew the area, I wondered why locate this chain in the suburbs? Easy: many offices in the area and especially a chic and international clientele. My colleagues are now fans!
I made the reservation a few days before my arrival on the SPG website. The reason is simple: no previous availability for the lowest category rooms, and last minute cancellations meant that rooms became available.
At $159+tax per night, it’s a bargain, especially considering the rate paid at ALoft Bolingbrook.
The arrival formalities were a bit complicated, again because of my credit card limit problem.
But again, everything was done in a very cordial manner. I paid the first night’s fee in cash, before dealing with my bank the next morning.
As I said, a charming and personalized welcome from the receptionist.
As an SPG Platinum member, I was assigned a Club room and given a welcome letter.
Since the hotel is equipped with a Club Lounge, I will choose the points as a welcome gift for Platinum members.
The room was located on the 7th floor of the hotel, a Club floor, and was really perfect.
Lobby and common areas
The lobby, although quite small, is rather bright. A restaurant is next to it and a nice terrace is available in the summer, as it was during my visit, something quite rare in American hotels.
I have not tried the fitness room at this property, but it does have one.
The offer is very qualitative in the evening as well as in the morning, nothing to do with the usual lounges at Sheraton or Westin in North America.
Here, for your information, is an extract of the evening’s selection. Note that the hotel also offers free wine and beer, an unusual practice in US lounges
I did not use the spa services, but be aware that the hotel promotes them heavily. However, the prices charged and the opening hours seem to me to be incompatible with a clientele that travels mainly for business.
The dry cleaning service I was able to use was of excellent quality and for a very reasonable price.
The departure formalities were simple: the invoice was both printed and sent by e-mail.
A great experience in this suburban hotel… Who would have thought? This is the establishment I will stay in for sure on my next business trips for this client. And I highly recommend it… Except if you want to visit the city, because it is a bit far and especially located near a very busy highway, which means that the trip to the center can take between 20 minutes and 1h30.