As much as I want to believe my "mom life" remains
super-hip, it's not always the case. Weekends revolve around
sports, homework and shopping-nothing hip about that. But recently
we found a way to "get away" to a very cool, very close and
Chicago O'Hare offers a sleek place to stay, starting at just
$89 a night. It's a wonderful combination of modern adult appeal
and activities for kids, making everyone in the family
Impeccably clean, the hotel's lobby is really a lounge
where guests can grab coffee or a snack and settle in. During the
day, it's brightly sunlit and surprisingly kid friendly. While I
checked our family in for the "Camp Aloft" special, my sons
discovered a host of board games, a pool table and outdoor games in
the enclosed yard off the lobby. In addition to keeping kids
occupied during check-in, it was a great destination for some quiet
family time the next morning.
Once we made our way to our room, the boys were excited to
find some of the bonuses that accompany the Camp Aloft experience
at no extra charge. Each boy had a goody bag waiting with special
treats. They also unpacked an air mattress with Sponge Bob sheets
and blankets and discovered all the iPod docks and the kids'
channels on the flat-screen TV. While the rooms themselves
are small, they're comfortable. Besides, the appeal of this getaway
was not in the hotel room, but in the hotel's amenities.
So we headed down to the pool. Located just off the lobby,
with floor-to-ceiling windows, the pool is where we spent most of
our stay. My husband and I enjoyed drinks from the hotel bar while
people-watching through the windows, as our sons thrashed and
splashed the night away. We practically had to drag them out for
The hotel doesn't have its own restaurant but does offer
complimentary shuttle service (on the half hour) to a host of area
restaurants. We ordered dinner in and found plenty of breakfast
options at the Grab & Go snack area.
Alena Murguia lives in Berwyn, Illinois along with her husband and three growing sons.
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