Thursday, July 5, 2012

Summer Staycation at Chicago's Omni Hotel

Last week, the kids and I enjoyed a staycation at the Omni Chicago Hotel. Located in the heart of the Magnificent Mile, the Omni Chicago is a four star diamond rated luxury hotel, with all the perks that make a family hotel stay enjoyable and dare I say it - restful.
Omni Chicago Hotel
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We live in a northside Chicago neighborhood, Logan Square, and though Chicago's Mag Mile is an El train ride away for us, our staycation in this "fancy" hotel gave us a chance to stay just steps away from some of our favorite shops, restaurants and sights. It's not every day that we can stroll past the old Water Tower, dine and shop at the new Water Tower Place (hello, Lego Store and American Girl Place!), and then head back "home" to a peaceful haven where the beds are made and turned down, where there are no dishes to wash and no toys to pick up. 

As the mom of both a 2 and an 11-year-old, our family suite at the Omni was the best facet of the hotel. The deluxe, separate living and sleeping areas, both featuring large flat screen televisions, meant that I could put my daughter to bed while my son enjoyed some late night cartoons. 

The Camp Omni Program, with rates starting at just $155 per night, offers families deluxe, discounted accommodations, complimentary breakfast for kids 12 and under from the buffet or children's menu, a $10 giftcard for kids to use anywhere in the hotel, and a welcome amenity backpack filled with s'mores-flavored marshmallows, a map/coloring and activity page, crayons, a collapsible water bottle, and a lanyard kid inside a cinch-up backpack. 

Of special note was the breakfast buffet offered at the in-hotel 676 Restaurant. What a delight it was to roll out of bed and enjoy breakfast in this bright dining room overlooking Michigan Avenue! The buffet was brimming with healthy goods for kids, including a huge selection of freshly cut up fruit, a kids-sized oatmeal station featuring a variety of healthy toppings, a delicious selection of fresh breads and jams, and so much more. I appreciated the fact that 676 features fresh and organic goods from local farmers, and I liked to read the origin of each item. In my experience as a travel focused blogger, I rarely come across a hotel that works hard to create a rich yet affordable and healthy menu with a local emphasis. Our breakfast at 676 gave us plenty of healthy fuel to get our busy day underway. Perhaps best of all, as part of the Camp Omni package, kids under 12 dine for free!

For more information on the Camp Omni Program, visit:
To book your stay, visit or call 1-800-The-Omni.

You can also get more information on Omni Hotels by liking them on Facebook and following them on Twitter @OmniHotels; For more Camp Omni reviews by fellow bloggers that have just recently stayed at Omni Hotels across the U.S., follow hashtag#CampOmni 

Camp Omni Terms and Conditions:  Subject to availability.  Blackout dates apply.  Based on availability from June 1 - September 16, 2012.  See participating property for details.  Not applicable to groups, conventions or in combination with other savings or special discounts.

Disclosure:  I wrote this compensated blog post while participating in the SocialMoms and Omni Hotel blogging program. The opinions and ideas expressed here are my own.

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1 comment:

  1. Love posts with travel recommendations! The hotel looks lovely.