Hotel Review – Travelodge Chicago Downtown

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  1. It's definitely a great review for a rather historic hotel of its kind. The bathroom is definitely nice and the room was, for the most part, clean. If it were me, I would've probably docked the hotel's rating a little bit for the syringe, but then again, not a bad room for that type of hotel, especially since it was the cheapest in downtown Chicago.

    Whenever I go on trips (and I grade each one based on my experience), I do a 10-point scale with a weighted average of 10% transportation/flight, 15% lodging/hotels, 25% dining/restaurants, and 50% activities/excursions. For example, the train ride to Chicago on business class would probably be a 10/10 for getting you there safely, the hotel would probably be an 8/10 for the room quality, one restaurant could have a 10/10 for exceptional service and food quality, and one tourist attraction in Chicago could have a 10/10 for a good overall experience; so then I calculate the weighted average and the grade for the trip would be an A (97%). Just thought I'd give you my suggestion as to a grading system for when I go on trips.

  2. BOYCOTT
    One of Britain’s biggest hotel chains has removed Bibles from its rooms to avoid upsetting non-Christians.

    The decision by Travelodge has been condemned as ‘tragic and bizarre’ by the Church of England, which says Bibles in hotel rooms are important to provide hope, comfort and inspiration to travellers.

    But the chain, which runs 500 hotels, said the country was becoming increasingly multicultural and it had taken the action for ‘diversity reasons’.

  3. Dude, you will not believe the 2 dumps I stayed at in Houston just recently. One was Knights Inn in Greenspoint, and OMG, they do not clean the rooms well and there was dandruff on the pillows. When I went to sleep, I flipped one of the pillows and felt the nasty flaky stuff. Turned on the light and saw it. I was so grossed out. Not only that, but the hotel was in a dangerous area and there is no security. Then OMG, at the Travelodge by Hobby Airport, a hoodrat knocked on my door. I was so scared, I just did not open it. He left eventually, but there was not any security either. Not only that, but the room was a dump and there was an electrical hazard issue with one of the outlets. Just wait until you see the room tours of those hotels in a few weeks or months.

  4. Anthony Melchiorri would've lost it at the syringe… lol!! Anyway, I (again) totally agree with you. Not being rich (and, God willing, someday I will be), I can't justify spending a bundle on a room when so many of this type of safe, clean affordable lodging is available. Unfortunately, while the miracle of gentrification is renewing areas that have long been in need of cosmetic and social renewal (which, in turn, provides much needed employment in many cases), some of these gems are either being renovated or replaced… which, in either case, usually replaces $85 rooms with $250 rooms. A perfect example is my beloved Cadillac Hotel at Venice Beach (LA, CA). Throughout the late 90's and most of the 00's, you could still stay there, right on Ocean Front Walk, without selling a kidney! Thank goodness a few places still exist a few blocks inland (I recommend Rose Hotel when at Venice Beach).

  5. Another excellent vid! I liked the Club Quarters hotel where you stayed (the River Hotel) better, but, say, if that hotel were completely booked, I would stay at the Travelodge — but only at the kind of discount rate you had (and no more than $80). That syringe would be a deal breaker for me, too, but alas: I'm so short, I wouldn't have found it.

  6. That IS an insulin syringe. I work in a hospital and we use these all the time. The distinctive feature is the orange cap on the needle. Still kind of gross, but at least you know that people probably weren't shooting themselves up with that, it would be quite hard to do that with an insulin syringe as it has a needle that's thinner and shorter than needed for typical vein infusion.

  7. That IS an insulin syringe. I work in a hospital and we use these all the time. The distinctive feature is the orange cap on the needle. Still kind of gross, but at least you know that people probably weren't shooting themselves up with that, it would be quite hard to do that with an insulin syringe as it has a needle that's thinner and shorter than needed for typical vein infusion.

  8. Wow, that place is nicer than expected! In Fredericksburg, the only time you see Travelodges is when a hotel loses its previous franchise, but this doubtfully was the case. Unfortunately, the government has enforced very strict rules on what building owners can and can't do with their old buildings, like replace the windows. The outlets on the wall were added in at some point with Wiremold, but it is better than nothing, if anything it shows effort. I think this is a great hotel, the syringe thing was most definitely a fluke. If it was on the floor, or in the bathroom, that would be different, but it is on the back of a very tall shelf. I will bet if you told them about it, they will make it right.

  9. I always enjoy your video reviews. I have also stayed in some "budget" rooms. The issue with the syringe would make me wonder about the other guests staying in the hotel and what they might be doing. But in truth, this is none of my business although I might feel uncomfortable. In such an old hotel I would not expect some of the nicer features you pointed out. Good job.

  10. Next time you're in Chicago, you should check out the Chicago South Loop Hotel. It looks pretty dated from the outside, but the rooms look are pretty nice. It is a bit pricier than the tavelodge, but lower than the name brands. I always try to stay at the Chicago South Loop Hotel whenever i'm there, but could not this past labor day weekend, it was all booked!

  11. Not a bad looking hotel. That used syringe is…seriously…unacceptable! The ugly looking curtain should be replaced. I've never seen a hotel room with so many power outlets, but it's sometimes good for people who brings many gadgets without having to use an adapter in one outlet and charge all three gadgets at once.

  12. That syringe in my opinion would be a safety hazard. Other than that, this place looks nice. Luckily for me since I live in Milwaukee, I can just do a daytrip to Chicago and not spend so much on a hotel. But parking in downtown got more expensive recently. Its like $45 for only staying for about 4 hours now. Its way overpriced now I'd say. And its probably like $70 per day. Its way cheaper for me taking the Hiawatha train down there. Lol. But its almost impossible to find a 3-star hotel in downtown at $130 or less per night with all the demand.

  13. I always enjoy your videos, but for a completely different reason than most, I suspect. While I'm not that interested in elevators, car washes, or motel rooms, I watch every video, because you have the best voice. You should be doing voice-over work!

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