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Inside The Affinia Chicago

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  Site Where: 166 E. Superior Street [map], Chicago, IL, United States, 60611
June 17, 2010 at 4:02 PM | by | ()

No doubt the Affinia Chicago's doormen have confidence thanks to their snazzy fedoras but how do the rooms inside the hotel stack up? Let us tell you now.

Check-In: We checked-in rather early and despite the front desk's best efforts to rustle up a room in time for us, we decided to head off to Wrigley Field to catch the Cubs game. We would just have to unpack when we got back. Which is what we did at around 7pm.

We were sent to a room on the 26th floor (Room 2601) and while we were thrilled at the prospect of being high up, the elevator took forever at the lobby level. By then, a small crowd was gathering in the elevator bank. When we finally got to our room, it took about five different floor stops. But we made it.

Room Reaction: We had booked a junior suite on Quikbook so we expected spacious digs and Affinia did not disappoint. The only bummer was that it was a junior suite with a queen bed. That might be the first time we've seen that before. The bathroom, as a friend warned us it would be, was also rather small for a suite accommodation. But we did not mind terribly as it was just one night. The rest of the room was great.

Amenity Madness: The hotel had lots of yummy treats in the minibar (for a fee of course), an interesting Colorstrology book on the nightstand and a flat-screen TV that swiveled off the wall so you could watch it while in bed or while in the sitting area on the couch. We also dug the nifty nook for the desk which allowed us to work and look out over the room and the windows.

Internet Connect: We didn't use the hotel's internet but it costs $9.95 a day.

Dining: Affinia is home to Top Chef Master Chef Marcus Samuelson's C-House restaurant and rooftop. We hit up the C-House for brunch but we ordered just a basic eggs and toast dish. However, the breakfast potatoes were delicious. We'd go back and order two servings!

Location, Location, Location: The hotel's location is stellar just off Michigan Avenue on Superior Street. How can we complain about a place that's close to Neiman Marcus AND Gino's East deep dish pizza joint? We were also able to run down to Lake Shore and the Navy Pier and in the other direction, a CTA station is just a few blocks away.

What We Liked: We loved the super-friendly staff, the hotel's clean, simple and modern design and the hotel's awesome location.

What We Didn't Like: The queen bed in a junior suite and the long elevator rides.

Bottom Line: We nabbed this room on Quikbook for $159 a night. Such a deal. And yes, we'd do it again.

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