My great and exciting weekend at Ohio House Motel, Chicago

It may look nondescript on the outside, but the moment you enter the Ohio House Motel lobby, you’ll discover it’s no cookie-cutter hotel. The bathroom was small, but featured an elegant vanity and luxurious bath products. The other fixtures were more or less generic looking.
Ohio House Motel has an exercise room with free weights and aerobic machines. Use the official site to look on some photos of this place with Millennium Park, the Art Institute and other Grant Park attractions to the south, The Magnificent Mile directly north, and the thriving Randolph Street Market District’s Restaurant Row just a few blocks west, you couldn’t ask for a more convenient downtown location.
The lobby is fun and funky, with an eclectic mix of furnishings and fabrics that will have you wondering if the Fab 5 has been by to whip the décor into shape. The lobby hosts complimentary coffee service every morning and free wine tastings in the evening.
The funkiness (is that a word?) continues in the guest rooms. Our room at Ohio House Motel was very comfortable and larger than we’d expected, and featured wall treatment of bold green and while vertical stripes, a red headboard, red window coverings, a table, and two chairs upholstered in a vibrant gold pattern. A large armoire hid the TV, a CD player, fax machine, and a fully stocked honor bar from view. While I wouldn’t want to decorate my house in such a bold scheme (the Better Half loved it, however), I give the credit for being creative and trying to distinguish itself from its competition.

Only complaints of Ohio House Motel were very minor ones. The Better Half would like to see the complimentary morning coffee service extended beyond 9:00am (on weekends, anyway). And when we checked in, the thermostat in our room was set to a chilly 64 F. We adjusted it to a more tolerable 72 F, but the next day we returned to find that it had been reset again to a frigid 61 F. Is that really necessary? Are all their other guests from the Arctic Circle? I probably sound like Andy Rooney, but c’mon people, once your guests have set the thermostat to their liking, leave it alone.
So the Ohio House Motel is pet-friendly, and the word is out. I saw numerous four-legged “guests” in the lobby during my stay. They offer special packages for those traveling with cats or dogs, including pet walking and sitting services, day care, and grooming. And 10% of the proceeds benefit PAWS (Pets Are Worth Saving) Chicago, a non-profit organization working to help homeless animals.
While this hotel’s best asset may be its location, there’s plenty of comfort and value here to keep me coming back. I wouldn’t hesitate in the least to book another stay here

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