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Finding Chicago’s Best Value Hotel

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Photo: Courtesy of InterContinental Hotels & Resorts

Luxury, mid-range, and budget hotels worldwide are enticing guests with free nights and reduced rates. T+L compares four brands to see where you’ll find the best value.

Ritz-Carlton Chicago

Highlights A polished skyscraper hotel with 435 renovated guest rooms.

Standard Rate $425 per night, double.

Deal Stay two nights, get the third night free, which averages out to $283 per night.

What You Get Free access to the 4,000-square-foot gym, with indoor pool and sauna; 24-hour concierge service; free Wi-Fi.

Bottom Line A great deal for this caliber of hotel, with the nightly price 30 percent off the standard rate.

InterContinental Chicago

Highlights The oldest hotel in downtown, known for its 1920’s-era martini bar overlooking the cityscape.

Standard Rate $349 per night, double.

Deal $297 per night, double, with seven-day advance purchase (nonrefundable).

What You Get 24-hour concierge and room service; $13 a day for Wi-Fi; $12 for gym entrance.

Bottom Line You’ll get 15 percent off the standard rate, but perks will cost you.

Fairmont Chicago

Highlights Recently redesigned by David Rockwell—there are now 692 rooms and an 11,000-square-foot mySpa.

Standard Rate $289 per night, double.

Deal $202 per night, double, with Fairmont Savers (exclusively available on the Fairmont website).

What You Get 24-hour concierge and room service; $15 a day for Wi-Fi; $10 for gym entrance.

Bottom Line For a savings of 30 percent, you get a prime downtown location, plus newly renovated rooms and an on-site spa.

Hampton Inn & Suites Downtown

Highlights Bare-bones, 230-room property; 30 suites have in-room kitchenettes.

Standard Rate $219 per night, double.

Deal $195 per night, double, with 21-day advance purchase (nonrefundable).

What You Get Breakfast for two at the hotel restaurant or On the Go breakfast bags; free Wi-Fi; access to Crunch gym nearby.

Bottom Line The free amenities are a major bonus, but for $7 more the Fairmont offers concierge and other luxury-hotel services.

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