Hotel Review: The Westin Chicago North Shore

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Checking in to the Westin in Wheeling IL for a single night’s stay when we had reserved a Traditional room at 350 square feet, my husband jokingly asked the host, “Are you going to give us the Wheeling Suite?” As it turned out, there was indeed a Wheeling Suite, and the host gave us that room!

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On the way up to the 15th floor, I had no idea what to expect. After putting the key in the door, I was welcomed by a large living room with plenty of windows, and couches for entertaining.

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A cozy throw was draped over the back of one of the couches, and there were several real plants throughout the suite.

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There was a TV with some good Bose speakers and a subwoofer.

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A table centerpiece gave a nod to the nearby Des Plaines river.

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Velvety soft chairs were arranged under some local artwork.

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There was a dining room with seating for six at the table, with a large wraparound balcony. just outside. Two levels of drapes were offered, an opaque covering and then some solid light blocking ones in front of that.

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It was too bad we were only staying for one night, as it was a pretty cool suite!

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Through a doorway was a separate pantry, with tons of cabinet space.

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There were a couple bottles of free water, and a coffeemaker with Starbucks coffee.

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An empty wine fridge was ready to hold plenty of bottles.

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There were coffee table style books around the suite, and plenty of storage areas.

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The lighting was well-placed too, offering just enough so there were no dim corners but not flooding the areas.

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I discovered not one, but two bathrooms. The separate showers had dual showerheads, and there was plenty of room.

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A sunken tub was great for a bath.

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There were even fresh flowers in the bathroom.

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The size of the suite was about 1300 square feet, and though I didn’t try breakfast the next morning or go to the Club Lounge my stay was great. It was an unexpected surprise to get the suite, and even though I know I probably wouldn’t get that room next time I would stay at this property again.

SPG Category 4. 10,000 Starpoints for a free night.

The Westin Chicago North Shore

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Good To Go

- Room upgrade was great
- Close to some major corporations headquarters, good business hotel
- 16 miles to O'Hare airport
- Complimentary shuttle with 5 mile radius

Good To Know

- Location is far from downtown Chicago
- Not many outlets for charging

How many Magic Stars did this hotel stay earn?

 4.5/5 Magic Stars
  1. Nick
    Reply

    That’s sort of annoying because I stayed there one night late July and am a 100+ night Platinum and got….a boring king bed room. No recognition from the staff and nothing special.

    • Melinda
      Reply

      I think the reason for our upgrade was that the hotel had very low occupancy at the time, but I would have been annoyed in your position too Nick!

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