Hilton O'Hare (image courtesy; Hilton)
Despite the convenience of the Hilton at O'Hare, this was my first time inside the hotel. As a regular with Hyatt, all of my stays near O'Hare have been at the local Hyatt Regency, a modern property that I rank in my top 10 list of Hyatt properties in the United States..
Coming from Terminal 3, there are two ways to get to the Hilton. The easiest is to walk outside of baggage claim, cross the street, and enter the hotel through the doors near the bus/shuttle center. The harder way is to take the elevator down from baggage claim, walk to the bus/shuttle center, and then take another walkway to the Hilton. This is a much longer walk and when you have luggage, and a foot injury, ends up taking about 15 minutes. For reasons unknown to me, we took the longer route.
Hilton O'Hare Walkway
Hilton O'Hare Underground Entrance
Inside, the lobby looked like what I would imagine most Hilton properties in the late 1990s looked like. With lots of gold trim, light colored woods and an odd carpet style, it sure looked like the property hadn't been renovated in many years.
Hilton O'Hare Lobby (image courtesy; Hilton.com)
Thanks to the limitless promotions that Hilton runs with various US airlines, I had secured Hilton Gold for another year, allowing me to use the priority check-in. With most, if not all, of the passengers from the Beijing flight being issued vouchers for the Hilton, the lines were long and grew longer as an entire 777 worth of passengers filled the lobby. Within five minutes, I was checked in and on the way to my room.
Tired from a long day of traveling, I was frustrated when my keycard would not open the door. Knowing that the lines downstairs were going to be incredibly long, I spent about five minutes trying to open the door. It opened for me on the 15th try.
The room was nothing special, but for being free and next to the airport, I was not one to complain.
Hilton O'Hare Guestroom
Hilton O'Hare Guestroom
It was pushing 9:15pm when we got into our rooms, and having not eaten since lunch time, we were starving. With over $100 in American Airlines food vouchers in hand, we met in the lobby and decided to eat at the Gaslight Club. The hotel also offers Andiamo, offering a variety of Italian dishes.
Inside, we were welcomed by one of the 'Gaslight Girls' and offered our choice of tables. Despite the late hour, the restaurant was quite busy.
Within minutes, our waitress came over to explain the menu and take our orders. We showed her the meal vouchers provided by American and were told they would cover everything on the menu...except for alcohol.
The prices were quite high, though with $174 in meal vouchers, I had no problem ordering a steak. My two travel companions also ordered steaks and an appetizer, figuring it would allow us to use up as much of the vouchers as possible. About twenty minutes later, our meals were delivered.
Though I wouldn't say the steak was one of the best I've had, it was pretty damn good on an empty stomach. We passed on dessert and left with full stomachs, having spent over $100 in vouchers (and cash to offer a nice tip to our Gaslight Girl).
The rescheduled flight to Beijing had an 0930 departure time, so I did not get to explore the rest of the property. Sleep seemed like the #1 priority after such a long day. My only hope was that I would make it to Beijing the following day- as it stood, I would only have one evening in China before flying back to Chicago.
For a look at the fitness center, be sure to check out Rohan's report.
HHonors Category 5: 30,000 to 40,000 points required for one free night