Price From $117
'Hood River North near downtown Chicago, north of the Loop and home to Michigan Avenue's Magnificent Mile, an upscale corridor featuring the showcase stores of national chains, including the world's largest Polo store.
First Impression This is a Holiday Inn Express and a boutique hotel? Well, yes, that is the familiar corporate logo on the hotel's edifice, but in the lobby you'll find an attentive doorman, a working fireplace, and ultramodern furnishings—and the guest rooms feel similarly upgraded.
Plus The hotel is a few city blocks from iconic Chicago buildings such as the John Hancock Center and the long-standing Water Tower, a notable survivor of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871.
Minus Standard rooms are extremely small. Two reasonably sized adults toting luggage may find it a tight squeeze.
Free Wi-Fi? Yes, in all rooms.
Credit Cards Accepted Visa, MC, AmEx, Discover, Diners Club.
Details Doubles from $117.