As you know I am a Marriott Man, or a Starwood Guy and recently became a Hilton Fellow — these hotels were overpriced so I took the recommendation from a colleague and gave the Omni a try. I had never stayed at an Omni. The only thing I knew about the Omni was that “the guests of the Oprah Show stay at the all-suite Omni Hotel in the heart of Chicago’s Magnificent Mile” — and well, that’s not necessarily a winning recommendation for me.
I booked online and selected some special promotion where you get a free coffee each morning plus a $10 Starbucks gift card. Since I don’t drink coffee this wasn’t all that helpful, but the rate was the same as the option without any freebies. I figured I could regift this card — why the hell not, right?
I didn’t even have an Omni Select Guest account. First things, first, sign up and work towards earning a free night. Second step, book this room and hope for the best.
My flight from ORD left at 07h00 and got in at 09h00 (about 40 minutes early) and I went right to my meetings in Orange County. We finally got to the hotel that evening around 19h30. The Omni had a check in board with my name and key already made up for me. I just had to walk up and take it — it was great. I was a bit concerned about the security but obviously this model works for them.
I headed up to my room and was quite surprised by the decor in the hallway, it was sleek and modern — and clean. I got to my room and must admit, it well put together. The room was a good size with a king size bed, a large desk. The desk chair and the side chair near the bed had a great 1920s glam feel to me. The colors in the room were warm and inviting. Unfortunately, these photos were taken on my mobile phone and they came out too dark. I accidentally left my camera at home — dammit.
The bathroom was quite large with a separate tub and shower. I didn’t use the tub, just the enclosed shower — the water pressure was great as was the water temperature.
This trip did allow me to finalize my list of 5 hotel room pet peeves that I just hate. That list will be coming shortly.
Below you will find the specific photos from this room but I’ll throw in my summary here. I loved this hotel. While I didn’t experience a lounge or have much interaction with the hotel staff (other than the bartender or the outsourced valets) I would definitely stay here again. The price was right, the location was pretty damn good and the hotel really had a fantastic clean and modern feel. Perhaps I’ll have to add Omni to my list of preferred hotels.
Have you stayed at an Omni before? Did you love or hate it? How does the Select Guest Program stack up to the Marriott/Starwood/Hilton programs? Is this hotel a fluke in the chain or are they all really nice like this?
|Bed from the entrance hall|
|Full room from entrance hall|
|Hallway Seating Near Elevator|