Aloft Chicago OHare Main

We recently took a mini staycation at Rosemont, primarily so I could check out the Chicago Travel and Adventure Show (love!), and tour the nearby attractions (Chicago Fashion Outlets and MB Financial Park) that have made Rosemont so popular lately. More on this later! Our home base for the night was the uber trendy Aloft Chicago O’Hare.

Nitty Gritty:

Location:  9700 Balmoral Avenue, Rosemont, Illinois. Close to plenty of restaurants, next to Fogo de Chao, across from highly rated Fashion Outlets of Chicago (FOC), connected to the fun entertainment center, MB Financial Park, and minutes away from Allstate Arena and the Convention Center.
Parking:  Parking is $23 with in and out privileges in the parking garage. Enter from Bryn Mawr or Balmoral. There is a heated skydeck into the hotel from the green level.
Category: This is a Category 3 hotel. Aloft is part of the Starwood Preferred Guest program. I’d definitely sign up beforehand. You get complimentary bottles of water, and with their efforts to go green, you can get 250 Starpoints or a $5 voucher for each night housekeeping is declined. I love racking up my points, so I always go for that.
Price Range: $89 to $109

Hotel Highlights:

  • It seems like a “happening” scene for the twenty to thirty-something crowd, with an open lounge/bar area that I imagine gets really happening towards the after hours. Loved that there were games to play in the lounge.

 

Aloft Chicago OHare Lobby

    • A pool table in the lobby area – how fun!

Aloft Chicago OHare Pool Table

  • As it always should be, Aloft Chicago offers free wi-fi.
  • Pet-lovers rejoice! the Aloft is pet-friendly and there’s no fee to bring them.
  • Location, location, location. As I mentioned before, it’s connected via sky bridge to the MB Financial Park, the outdoor entertainment hub. You can access it through the 2nd floor. The Fashion Outlets of Chicago are right across the street, and would be awesome if they had a connecting skybridge (maybe sometime in the near future?)

 

Room highlights:

We had the opportunity to stay in a double room on the 3rd floor.
  • Again, love the color scheme. I am a sucker for teal and grey, pink and grey!

Aloft Chicago OHare Bedroom

  • It’s not called Aloft for no reasons – the rooms have a loft-type atmosphere with 9-ft high ceilings and extra large windows.
  • Very spacious desk area which makes sense since they cater primarily to the business traveler.
  • Liked how they utilized the space with the closet across from the bathroom. Some may find it less roomy than a traditional closet, but I like how creative it is!

Aloft Chicago OHare Sink Closet Minifridge

  • The always-convenient mini fridge (located under the sink). Great for storing leftovers from eating out at the nearby MB FInancial Park.
  • The delicious smelling Bliss products

Aloft Chicago OHare Bliss Products

  • Really cool option to Plug and Play away with any device. We could watch it on the 42″ television. Don’t have plugs? You can borrow from the front desk.

Aloft Chicago OHare Plug n Play Tech

  • Free bottle of water if you are a Starwoods member


Aloft Chicago OHare Free Bottle Water

  •  Shower with full size body wash and combo shampoo/conditioner

Amenities Highlights:

  • A pretty nice fitness center open 24 hours with treadmills, free weights, bikes, ellipticals. Forgot your earphones? They got you covered!

Aloft Chicago OHare Gym

  • The boys had a fun time at the nice-sized pool.

Aloft Chicago OHare Pool

  • For those that are flying out of O’Hare, there is a complimentary shuttle that transports you.
  • While there is no full-service restaurant, their Re:fuel snack section is a nice alternative where you can just grab and go (well, grab, pay, and go). We did try the make to order breakfast – pick out the bagel, the cheese, and type of meat (we picked sausage). My husband enjoyed his bagel sandwich. A nice option for around $4.50. Plus, they offer free coffee in the morning.

Aloft Chicago OHare Pool Snack Station ReFuel

Bummers:

  • My husband had a very tough time looking for parking at the parking garage. While there is a floor (green level) dedicated to hotel guests, all the spots were taken. He had to park further away on a different level, which normally wouldn’t be a problem except he was hauling three kids!
  • They talk about their Camp Aloft program on the website, where you can request an air mattress. When I asked the front desk about this she said we couldn’t accommodate the request for the air mattress since we were in a double room. I imagine many families won’t be able to take advantage of this perk since most of them will be staying in a double room.
  • The mattresses kept slipping off the base every time we accidentally hit it. With two rowdy boys it was an accident waiting to happen.
  • Be careful when taking a shower – the water spilled through all the way to the sink area.
  • Not particularly a deal breaker for our family, but if you’re a light sleeper you may wake up from the planes flying overhead.

Bottom Line:

While we had a less-than-perfect stay, it was still rather enjoyable with its close proximity to all the entertainment.

Disclosure: Our family was provided a complimentary stay at Aloft O’Hare Chicago. I was not required to express a particular point of view, and all opinions are my own.