Review: InterContinental Chicago O’Hare Airport
As a result of our flight cancellation, we were provided a place to rest for the night courtesy of United Airlines. We were comfortably put up in the InterContinental Chicago O’Hare airport; a four star hotel aiming to be the luxury choice when staying close to the airport. With vouchers in hand, we found our own way from the airport to the hotel.
This post is one chapter on our trip to South Africa, a Safari in the Maasai Mara in Kenya and Mauritius. This trip was redeemed through Air Canada’s Aeroplan and through Starwood Preferred Guest (Marriott Bonvoy) and Hyatt Gold Passport. For more information on how this trip was booked, please see our trip introduction here. For other parts of the trip, please see this index.
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- Trip Introduction: South Africa, Kenya & Mauritius via South African Airways, Swiss and Air Canada Business Class
- Vancouver Airport Transborder Maple Leaf Lounge
- United Business Vancouver – Chicago O’Hare
- United Club Chicago O’Hare – Concourse B
- United Club Chicago O’Hare – Concourse C
- United Business First Chicago O’Hare – Sao Paolo International
- Intercontinental Chicago O’Hare
- United Business Chicago O’Hare – Washington Dulles International
- Lufthansa Senator Lounge – Washington Dulles
- South African Airways Business Class Washington Dulles – Léopold Sédar Senghor International Airport Dakar
- Dakar Technical Stopover
- South African Airways Business Class Léopold Sédar Senghor International Airport Dakar – O.R. Tambo Johannesburg International Airport
- South African Airways Baobab Lounge – O.R Tambo Johannesburg Terminal A Domestic
- South African Airways Economy Class O.R. Tambo Johannesburg – Cape Town international
- Westin Cape Town
- A Visit to Robben Island: South Africa’s Most Famous Jail
- Exploring Table Mountain by Cable Car, Cape Town
- Where the Two Oceans Meet: Visiting Cape Point at Cape of Good Hope
- The Test Kitchen
- Le Quartier Français – Franschhoek
- Touring Western Cape Winelands in Stellenbosch and Franschoek
- The Tasting Room
- South African Airways – Cape Town Cyobab Domestic Lounge
- South African Airways Economy Class – Cape Town – O.R. Tambo Johannesburg
- Hyatt Regency Rosebank Johannesburg
- Soweto & Informal Settlement Tour
- SAA Baobab Premium Lounge – OR Tambo Johannesburg
- South African Airways Business Class O.R. Tambo Johannesburg – Mauritius
- St Regis Mauritius – A Beachfront Suite
- St Regis Mauritius – Le Morne Penninsula, Iridium Spa and The House Reef
- Air Maurituis Amédée Maingard Lounge
- South African Airways Business Class Mauritius – O.R. Tambo Johannesburg
- South African Airways Business Class O.R. Tambo Johannesburg – Jomo Kennyata Nairobi, Kenya
- Fairmont Norfolk, Nairobi
- Travelling the Gritty Streets of Nairobi, Kenya
- Air Kenya – Wilson Airport – Ngrende Airstrip
- Fairmont Mara Safari Club
- Locating Elephants, Rhino’s and Giraffes in the Maasai Mara, Kenya
- Being Surrounded by Lions in the Maasai Mara, Kenya
- Dancing with the Elders at a Maasai Mara Village in the Rift Valley, Kenya
- Air Kenya Ngrende Airstrip – Nairobi Wilson
- Swiss Air Business Nairobi – Zurich
- Swiss Air Arrivals Lounge – Zurich
- Swiss Air Concourse D Lounge (non Shengen) Zurich
- Swiss Air Business Zurich – London Heathrow Terminal 1
- Singapore Airlines Silver Kris Lounge – London Heathrow Terminal 3
- Air Canada / SAS Lounge – Heathrow Terminal 3
- Air Canada London Heathrow – Vancouver International
Review: InterContinental Chicago O’Hare Airport, Rosemont, Illinois, United States of America.
“Probably the most impressive airport hotel I’ve been put up in, as a result of a flight cancellation”
Getting to the InterContinental:
After our flight cancellation, from the steps of the public shuttle rank, we found the Intercontinental Hotel shuttle at about 3 AM and made it to the room for 3:40 AM. Some of our fellow travellers got booked with Embassy Suites and Best Western, it seems, dependent on tier status and fare class. As we left Chicago O’Hare, all were outside looking for the shuttle busses, which weren’t running at top frequency in the early morning hours. Many of the Brazillians on the flight were a bit lost and didn’t speak English. My Portuguese isn’t what it could be.
The InterContinental is very closely located to the Chicago O’Hare airfield. It’s less than 4 miles our 8 minutes drive from the airport. The hotel is nicely situated on the Catherine Chevalier Woods greenbelt, which allows for better views considering airport hotels usually look into office parks, hangars or other industrial facilities.
The InterContinental is a five hundred and seventy room luxury four star hotel aiming for the luxury business segment of the market. On arrival to the hotel, they didn’t have any kings or queens left so we went senior citizen style with two doubles. The check in was relatively smooth with the United Airlines voucher accepted with out issue. We were politely reminded of an 11 AM check out, which only meant a very short seven hour turn around. An inquiry of internet availability today? “That will be $16.” I guess that’s how you treat business travellers. No thanks for us…
The Room: Two Doubles
We made it up to our room which was attractively and freshly designed with fashionable, but neutral colours.
There was a lovely rain shower in the bathroom. This was the last decent shower we had on the trip until we returned to Europe.
A Room With a View:
We awoke the next morning to a view over the Catherine Chevalier Woods green space. I’ll take waking up to a view like this any day over an office complex or other low rise building.
My thoughts on our Seven Hour stay at the Intercontinental Chicago O’Hare:
Overall, the Intercontinental Chicago O’Hare was a much nicer airport hotel than I would have expected. I left this place thinking that I would have liked to have spent more time here. Although we only had a seven hour stay on the property, it was more than comfortable for the brief stop. It was, by far, the nicest hotel an airline has put me up in over many flight cancellations.
As a result of my great but brief experience here, I’d easily stay here again in the future.
At the time of publication, the hotel has been reflagged and is operating as the Loews Chicago O’Hare Airport hotel