Hotel Review: Le Méridien Chicago Oakbrook Center Part II

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Welcome to Part II of my Le Méridien Chicago Oakbrook Center hotel review. For Part I, please click here.

Each Le Meridien hotel has a bar/restaurant named after the Longitude that specifies the east-west position that it lies on. The one at this hotel is called Longitude 87.

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It opens at 6am and has a breakfast offering, lunch, and later on, cocktails.

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Last month I wrote about Le Meridien’s new signature eclairs, which you can find by clicking here. This hotel’s special one is salty peanut flavored.

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The hotel has two ballrooms that can be used separately or joined together. If you were to look at both together from above, the pattern on the floor is a satellite representation of people walking through Union Station downtown. The cushy chairs seem like they would make any event more comfortable.

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In keeping with the big-city feel, the boardroom features art on the wall that consists of pictures of other boardrooms downtown.

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Moving on to the other rooms and suites, I was pleased to learn that all room types at this Le Méridien include illy coffee machines.

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Once the suites are available for stays, two of them will be used as spa suites for treatments, featuring a heated lounger and deep soaking tub. I was excited to get a sneak peek even though they are not quite ready for use.

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The regular rooms are about 320 square feet, and the suites are double the size at 642. There are 7 total suites at the property, located at the far end of the upper floors. The décor is modern, with a big city feel.

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The sitting room was quite large, with a leather sofa, coffee table, and one of the 46″ TVs.

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Off to the side of the sitting room was a dining room with seating for five.

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The bathrooms have deep soaking tubs and a large walk in shower. The presidential suite also includes dual showerheads.

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The bedroom layout was very similar to the regular rooms, albeit a big larger. Similar minibar, snack offerings, and TV. Next to the TV there’s also a wardrobe in the suites.

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The hotel has a Spanish restaurant called El Tapeo which seats 90, and is now open. Click here to be taken directly to their website which includes menus.

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Originally when the hotel opened, the price was hovering around $200. The location is next to a mall, the service was great, the room comfortable, the property gorgeous, and saw the price drop to around $100 a night which will make this indeed a reasonable place to stay. My only real concern is about the room walls, which tend to be thin and since it affected my sleep I gave the stay a low rating. I look forward to trying the property again though since the rest of my stay was great and it could be I was just unlucky in my room placement last time.

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Good To Go

- Restaurant El Tapeo is the only Spanish one in the area
- Location is great, next to shopping mall, businesses and restaurants
- 46" LED TV and illy coffee machine in each room
- Club Lounge access can be bought for $40 a night, which has tasty breakfast and evening snacks

Good To Know

- Parking lot is shared with mall, during peak times it can be difficult to find a spot
- Even though opening was at end of July, suites still aren't available and construction is still going on
- Room walls are very thin
- Only 7 suites at this property

How many Magic Stars did this hotel stay earn?

 3.5/5 Magic Stars

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