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The Westin O’Hare Hotel
June 14, 2013, 11:10 pm
Filed under: airports, Chicago, hotels, reviews, Westin | Tags: , , ,

One flight delay leads to another and a 30-hour delay in Hong Kong led to missing a connection in Chicago O’Hare.  That however provided an opportunity to sample the Westin O’Hare Hotel, ten minutes away by shuttle from the second busiest airport in the world in terms of aircraft movements.

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While O’Hare has regularly won the crown of “Best Airport in America” as voted by readers of the U.S. edition of Business Traveler Magazine and Global Traveler Magazine, the Westin property that bears its namesake cannot be said to boast such accolades.  Don’t get me wrong, the Westin beds are comfortable, the rooms are spacious, and the Westin White Tea Aloe collection provides a soothing, harmonizing effect perfect for post-flight respite.  The decor of the hotel, from the lobby to the corridors to the guestrooms while contemporary, is soullessly undifferentiated and mass-produced, and is the reason why a growing group of travelers are turning away from large corporate hotels in favor of more intimate, bespoke boutique properties.

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The facilities from the lobby to the adequately equipped fitness room are laudably spacious for an airport hotel.  Guests would not feel claustrophobic despite the crowd, and a real strength of the hotel is the hassle-free access to O’Hare International Airport that is so vital for business travelers.

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