“ Address: 2185 Marriott Drive / West Dundee / Illinois 60118 / USA „
Marriott Towne Place Suites, Elgin/West Dundee
This hotel we booked as we wanted somewhere pretty close to Chicago but on our way towards the Great River road journey we had planned. We knew we would be landing in Chicago after a reasonably long flight and so a very long day so we needed to have somewhere not too long a drive away.
We are members of Marriott rewards and had enough points for a free night so this hotel fulfilled all our needs on this first night in the USA this holiday. I booked this before we left the UK so we knew we had a decent place to stop and recover before starting our driving trip.
We found the place very easily and it was only about an hour from O' Hare Airport which was lucky as we had had a longer flight than expected with two hours of it on the runway at Heathrow in a baking hot plane.
The lady in reception had our booking and welcomed me. I had only to leave a credit card swipe for accidental damage and everything else was done as all my details are on my Marriott rewards account. The lobby was quite small but modern and had a coffee station in the corner with hot drinks available 24 hours a day.
As we were pretty tired we made our way to our room. It turned out to be a suit with king sized bed and a sofa bed had we wanted to use it. We had a huge room with a window overlooking an empty garden, just grass and trees and then a high wall but better than ugly roofs and buildings any day.
The room was decorated in creams and golds. The walls were plain and cream. The carpet a dark green with sort of gold spots and the curtains and bed runner were gold. The bed was made with quality cotton sheets and the pillows felt like clouds after being sat in the plane for about nine hours. In fact the bed felt like lying on a cloud too, I can't tell you how nice it is to lie horizontal after being squashed in an airplane seat for a long flight.
Beside each side of the bed was a bedside table and light and on my side was a clock radio alarm. We had no great need to set the alarm but it was nice to wake and be able to see what time it was as you do wake quite often when you have been on a long flight and this carries on until you get over the jetlag.
There was a coffee table and a comfortable chair as well as the sofa bed but I can't say we used any of these during our stay. The flat screen TV was fixed onto another table and could be turned so you could watch from the sofa and chair or the bed but once again we really didn't feel the need to watch TV after our journey.
There was also a desk and storage unit. The desk part pulled out if you wanted to make it bigger to work on. A small cupboard and a couple of large drawers were on one side and then book shelf sort of storage above. By the door on the right as we came in was wardrobe I could have slept in it was so large. Inside was an iron and ironing board and plenty of hanging space but not much else just a really big space.
In the kitchen we had a huge American style fridge, cooker and dishwasher, microwave and coffee maker. It was in fact a fully equipped kitchen bigger than some my children have had in their rented houses and flats and certainly better equipped. We had a welcome pack for coffee and tea but nothing else. We dug out our travel kettle as we fancied a nice English cup of tea and I will not make tea in a coffee maker.
The bathroom was really a good size and sparklingly clean with a bath and shower over the bath, a basin and long work space around the basin. I wanted a good long soak in the bath and took advantage of the toiletries provided, soap, shower gel and shampoo.
We arrived here at about 10pm and we were up again making a cup of tea and enjoying a muesli bar by 5.30am. We sorted our cases into what we would not need till we got to Onamia or even Chicago so that at each place we stopped over night we would only have to carry in the one bag. After this we were ready to be on our way.
We headed down to the lobby and found the 'breakfast to go' set out so we grabbed a bagel each, had a coffee and then took a bottle of fruit juice, a banana and an apple each to be on our way. The breakfast was designed to be taken back to your room and little carrier bags were there. The choice was limited to Muffins, bagels, cereals in pre packed bowls as well as the bottle of juice, fruit and coffee and other hot drinks. It suited us perfectly as we took stuff to eat on our way. You could have sat on a bench in the lobby to eat it which we did do with our bagels as we toasted them; we also had our hot drinks there but we very happy to take the fruit and drinks too.
I really have no idea what is in Elgin/West Dundee as we only used this as a stop over point to set us up for our road trip. This would NOT be somewhere to stay if you wanted to visit Chicago as it is way out of the city. It is however a great place to stay after a flight into O' Hare Airport if you are driving westwards as it is only about an hour away from the airport and a pretty straightforward drive too.
You can usually rely on the Marriott for a good quality night's stay and this was no exception. The breakfast was a bit odd but it was designed as a take away and you should have taken it back to your suite but we were ready to be on our way so we ate it in the lobby and took the rest away in our car. We were not disappointed in this as the room was all we needed and the bed was wonderfully comfortable.
This was all the better for being a freebie in that we used our Marriott points to pay for it.
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