Hilton Chicago O'Hare Airport Hotel

Overnight in Chicago: Hilton Chicago O’Hare Airport Hotel

Recently, we found a new love for airport hotels that are located at the airport. Overnight layovers don’t need to be any more inconvenient than they already are, especially before or after an international flight. On our recent trip to Greece, we had two overnight layovers where we arrived late in the evening and had an early flight the next morning; these layovers were in Athens and Chicago, and airport hotels saved us both times. The convenience of being located right at the airport in addition to a comfortable bed and a shower were key to feeling refreshed and ready to go the next morning.

Hilton Chicago O'Hare Airport Hotel

When booking our trips, we tend to opt for the options that give you the most bang for your buck. We usually try to find that intersecting point between comfortable and affordable, but there are many occasions where we have chosen price over comfort. I have been known to book award flights where we have ridiculous connections; hello layover in Norway on the way from Iceland to the USA just so we could redeem miles for a free reward ticket! Or, that time we spent a 10-hour layover sitting in JFK to save a few bucks. Sometimes these decisions make sense because the amount of money we save is definitely worth our time, but I’m the first to admit that I like a little convenience and luxury once in awhile, too.

When we reached out to the Hilton Chicago O’Hare Airport hotel about our layover in Chicago, they graciously offered to host us for the night. After landing in Chicago after almost 24 hours in transit, it was so nice to walk outside and across the street to our hotel—no waiting for a shuttle required.

Hilton Chicago O'Hare Airport Hotel

A few perks of the Hilton are the multiple onsite restaurants, a direct connection to the airport, fitness center and a pool. We ordered a delicious pizza from the sports bar and brought it back to the room to eat, as we were exhausted. Originally, we had plans to head into town, but since everything we needed was right at our fingertips and after such a busy two weeks, we wanted to hang out in our room and relax as much as possible.

Hilton Chicago O'Hare Airport Hotel

Hilton Chicago O'Hare Airport Hotel

Hilton Chicago O'Hare Airport Hotel

If you do stay at the Hilton and want to head to downtown Chicago, you are in luck because it just a short train ride away. You can take the train straight downtown to explore the city, but will still be close to the airport when you check out for your flight.

Hilton Chicago O'Hare Airport Hotel

Overall, the hotel is nice, clean and convenient. We were upgraded to a suite and got to spend an evening in a very nice room, but as with all Hiltons, you can expect a great level of quality no matter which category of room you stay in.

Hilton Chicago O'Hare Airport Hotel

Hilton Chicago O'Hare Airport Hotel

Hilton Chicago O'Hare Airport Hotel

Hilton Chicago O'Hare Airport Hotel

Hilton Chicago O'Hare Airport Hotel

One thing about this hotel that I loved was one side of the hotel faces the runway so you can watch planes fly in and out! It was entertaining to have a view of the airport that you don’t get to see very often, and it was definitely interesting to watch the tarmac when jet-lag woke me up well before our flight’s departure!

Hilton Chicago O'Hare Airport Hotel

Hilton Chicago O'Hare Airport Hotel

Hilton Chicago O'Hare Airport Hotel

Hilton Chicago O'Hare Airport Hotel

The Chicago Airport Hilton is a great spot to visit on a layover in Chicago, and I can say that if we have another overnight layover in Chicago, we will definitely stay there again. After lodging in two on site airport hotels over the course of our Greece trip, I can say that we are officially sold on pampering ourselves a bit on long layovers—it’s one cost that’s definitely worth it in our book!

Many thanks to the Hilton Chicago O’Hare Hotel for hosting our stay. As always, all opinions are our own.

 

12 Comments
  • Megan Claire
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    Posted at 16:46h, 18 November Reply

    Airport hotels are the best! Especially on overnight stopovers – we’re done sleeping over in the airport just to save a few bucks. This one looks great!
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    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 18:10h, 21 November Reply

      Same here–to much hassle and time that could be better spent relaxing and sleeping 🙂
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  • Tam Gamble
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    Posted at 18:02h, 18 November Reply

    I have often looked into cheaper flight options to see just how much money we can save but when flying from the UK often the cheapest option is to fly direct. I say this because, when you add in how much you could spend on a hotel or on coffees whilst waiting around in an airport these little extras soon add up. Looking early often means we can fly around Europe for about £29 each way – we are never going to achieve anything cheaper. Even with certain airlines now adding in long haul flights, it doesn’t work out cheap enough to justify the extra time – I would prefer an extra day whilst we are away!
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    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 18:14h, 21 November Reply

      Yeah, totally agree–I always try to book early and avoid the overnight layovers too. It’s so much easier to fly straight to the destination and gives more time when you are there. In this situation though, unfortunately we couldn’t avoid it–we saved well over $2,000 by booking an award flight with miles, so the cost of the hotels were minimal in comparison. So in that case it was nice to have a hotel rather than sitting at the airport! Europe really does have some cheap flights though–I wish we had more cheap options like that in the US!
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  • Sammi Wanderlustin'
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    Posted at 05:22h, 20 November Reply

    I used to live under the flight path in the Canary Islands, and whilst I got used to the noise (and the airport closed from 11,30pm- 6am) if you’re not used to it you can find it noisy- did you find that a problem?
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    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 18:24h, 21 November Reply

      We didn’t actually hear any noise from the planes and found it very quiet. The hotel has sound resistant windows and planes don’t fly directly over the hotel, so that seems to work for keeping noise away! The Canary Islands–sounds like a fun spot to live! We are just a few miles from the airport at home and in a flight path too, so I can see where that’s definitely something to think about though!
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  • Chris Boothman
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    Posted at 09:42h, 20 November Reply

    We have actually stayed at the Westin by O’Hare and it was an awesome experience also. We generally like to find hotels that are close to the airport and sometimes even stay there when we are exploring a city because they are frequently next to the subway/train to find easy access to the city center rather than having to deal with parking etc downtown.
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    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 18:25h, 21 November Reply

      That’s not a bad idea! It is nice to get away from all the congestion of a city sometimes, and easy parking is definitely a plus!
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  • Lauren
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    Posted at 13:06h, 20 November Reply

    This is a really great idea, so much better than sitting in the airport for hours and hours!
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    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 18:25h, 21 November Reply

      Totally agree! It was so nice to get a break from the airport for a bit!
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  • Sudden Sojourns
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    Posted at 13:39h, 22 March Reply

    We’ve been doing this for a few years, starting with our experience in Boston’s Airport Hilton. Like Chicago, getting into and out of Logan is easy (Blue Line, Silver Line, Water Taxi, cab)… and you can’t hear any airplanes at all… I don’t know how they pull that off.

    We also did this in Calgary and Vancouver with great results.

    But if there is enough time, we also like trying to get a bit of local flavor. On a recent layover through Madrid, we had just enough time to find a really quirky hotel that was easily subway accessible, but also found some great neighborhood tapas instead of overpriced hotel or airport food.
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    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 02:20h, 29 March Reply

      I’m always surprised that you can’t hear planes as well! I agree though, it’s nice to get a bit of local flavor if you have some time! Sounds like you found a great spot in Madrid!
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