This fall I traveled from Washington to Florida, and from there onto St. Simons Island, Georiga. The way my flights worked out put me at Chicago O’Hare Airport for a seven-hour layover at night. I wasn’t too keen on this, as O’Hare has no sleeping friendly furniture (some people might find the S-couches a decent sleeping spot, not me). And, the board rooms close at night. Since I got my ticket with miles and I wanted to show up at my destination not totally sleep deprived I decided to book a room at the Hilton Chicago O’Hare Airport.
I should let you know that Hilton hotels are one of my favorite chain hotels and I often stay in a Hilton or associated hotels like Embassy Suites, Homewood Suites, and Home2Suites. I am also an HHonors member. This means check-in is quicker, I receive two complimentary bottles of water and get free WiFi. I also get a mix of Hilton and airline points for my stay. While many of my stays are hosted, this was not.
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Hilton Chicago O’Hare Airport
The hotel is inside the airport across from Terminal 2 and connected to three terminals by an underground tunnel. It is also outside of airport security, which means you need to bring any items you’ll need in your carry-on. It also means you’ll have to go through the security once again to make a connecting flight.
For me, the first part was easy. I easily fit what I needed with my other essential airplane items. The second part made me a little nervous as I know that O’Hare can have long lines. Since I have TSA Precheck, I hoped the wait wouldn’t be too long.
Hilton Chicago O’Hare Airport Guest Room
From the terminal, I followed the hotel signs to the Hilton Chicago O’Hare Airport, and about 15 minutes later I was checked in and heading up to my guest room. The room featured a queen bed, working desk, lounge chair, flat screen TV, black out curtains and sound-resistant windows (very important).
Online it said their rooms were quiet and I heard NO airplane noise at all. That night I got around 5 hours of uninterrupted sleep. The only issue I had was with the iron. It didn’t work, and I had to call to get another one brought up. In the morning, I dropped my key card in the quick check-out box and headed to TSA Precheck, which was around 15-minutes.
Price: The room costs was $120.60. With taxes, it ended up costing me $141.59. A 7-hour layover stay is not something I’d normally spend money on, but I am glad I did as I arrived at my destination more well rested
Hilton Chicago O’Hare Airport Rooms & Amenities
The hotel features a variety of bed configurations with full, queen and king beds. They also offer a selection of room styles like allergy friendly, business class, parlor rooms, runway views, family suites with a king bed and a sofa bed and a large sitting area (some with a parlor room), accessible rooms for those with a handicap or impairment. They have up to 22 package deals like Bed & Breakfast, Family Fun Package, and Park, Stay, Go. And, they also have Day-Use Rooms from 9 am to 6 pm.
Tip: Family Friendly Suite bookings also receive a Kids Activity Kit with stickers, activity books, and toys.
Tip: Day Use Rooms are $79 to $99, and you can add on services like WiFi and Fitness Center Access.
The hotel also has a pool, sauna, fitness room, business center, a handful of restaurants, a gift shop, as well as services for flyers like baggage storage, foreign currency exchange, local area transportation, and more. Since the purpose of my stay was to get some Zzz’s, I didn’t use any of these services or dine, but they are there if you need them or have more time to enjoy the hotel.
Tip: The Guide to Sleeping in Airports is a useful resource for long layovers.
Hilton Chicago O’Hare Airport Pros & Cons
- Inside the airport
- Quiet rooms
- On-site dining
- On-site traveler services
- Accessible rooms
- Allergen-friendly rooms
- Pet-friendly rooms (up to 75 lbs.)
- Secure baggage storage for up to 12 hours
- HHonors members earn hotel and airline points
- Outside of airport security
- No self-parking
- Valet is pricey
Would I stay at the Hilton Chicago O’Hare Airport again? If I had another long night layover and my pocketbook could afford it, yes. Being located inside the airport makes it convenient. And, if you have TSA Precheck the dreaded airport lines are not as bad, which means you do not have to wake up early. If the layover was during the day, I’d opt to purchase a board room pass or just hang out at the airport.
Tip: If you have TSA Precheck and decide to layover at the hotel, ask an airline agent to reissue your boarding pass with the TSA Precheck noted on it.
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