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Chicago Cheap Hotels

Updated on December 25, 2014

If you're traveling to the Windy City on a shoe string, take heart. There are a variety of decent, well located Chicago cheap hotels out there. But not all are created equally. Find out what you should look for and what you should bypass while visiting this area for fun or business.

Chicago has everything you could want in a metro vacation. Whether you are going for a weekend or longer, there is something here for everyone.

Shop, stroll and ride the Ferris wheel at Navy Pier. Check out the Willis Tower (still known to many as the Sears Tower). Visit the huge assortment of animals at the Lincoln Park Zoo. Don't miss the Millennium Park, with the incredible Cloud Gate sculpture, seasonal pleasures, gardens, architecture and more. Or shop down the Magnificent Mile.

Since there is so much to do, you'll want to plan your visit ahead of time. Investigate the transportation options and look for a spot to stay that works within them. Many Chicago cheap hotels are located close to shopping and attractions. Find something within walking distance of a major attraction and there is sure to be good public transportation available as well.

If you're flying in, there are also many Chicago cheap hotels near O'Hare International Airport. Some have complimentary shuttle service to and from the terminals. The blue line train into the city is also close by.

The facilities in cheaper hotels should still be comfortable and convenient. Make sure there is adequate room for sleeping and storage. Look for the basics, such as free wireless internet, coffee makers and satellite TV in the rooms. Complimentary breakfast and a fitness room are added bonuses in less expensive hotels.

Some Chicago cheap hotels will accept small pets. You'll find that chain hotels are more likely to welcome them, but your room location may be limited. Book early if you're traveling with your pet.

Make sure to weigh the value of your accommodation cost. If the hotel is centrally located and has excellent facilities that are clean and comfortable, you may find it's worth paying a little more. Other spots that are far off the beaten track, with substandard offerings and very little to make you feel at home might mean that the money that you saved is not enough. Every traveler has different expectations and requirements.

You can expect to pay under $100 per night for a Chicago cheap hotel. Some are much lower than that and still have good ratings and reviews. Others have off season rates or packages that make them more affordable.

Look on unbiased travel websites for honest reviews of a hotel. For a visitor's opinion, stay away from the hotel's site or any other places where they might be paying a fee for advertising. Use those references for detailed information about what's offered, but for a real-life experience (instead of a sales pitch) check out other places.

Request discounts and the best rate at any hotel you contact. You may be surprised at what is offered when a customer asks. Also don't be afraid to use any discount cards or memberships that you may have to get a better rate.

Enjoy your stay in one of the Chicago cheap hotels available.


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    • kenneth avery profile image

      Kenneth Avery 6 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Milla, thank you for sharing this hub. Now I won't feel so intimidated when I ask some cold-hearted desk clerk for a discount. Thanks.

    • Milla Mahno profile image

      Milla Mahno 7 years ago from Florida

      Chicago is different. I bet it gonna be fun - enjoy it! :)

    • eovery profile image

      eovery 7 years ago from MIddle of the Boondocks of Iowa

      My son has been in Chicago for two years. We going to visit there next month.

      Keep on hubbing!