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Westin Lombard Yorktown Center, IL [Master Thread]

Old Sep 20, 05, 8:58 am
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Westin Lombard Yorktown Center, IL [Master Thread]

There's been a big vacant lot next to the Yorktown Shopping Center for years. Now we know what's going there.

link to Chicago Tribune Story

Originally Posted by Tribune
A 500-room, 18-story Westin Hotel will anchor the project, which has been in the works for years. Plans also include a 10,000-square-foot Harry Caray's Restaurant and a 6,000-square-foot, first-of-its-kind Holy Mackerel! American Fish House--the Holy Cow Restaurant Group's new seafood restaurant.

The project will be built on the east side of the Yorktown mall and will be the first full-service hotel built since 1987 in a business corridor that includes Oak Brook, Downers Grove and Lombard.
Good news for Starwood fans! The 4P Oakbrook got converted to a Holiday Inn Select last December, so there's been no Starwood properties in the Oak Brook corridor. The Westin will immediately become the premier property in the area, so it won't be cheap.
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Old Sep 29, 05, 10:59 am
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Post Starwood Hotels & Resorts Announces the Westin Lombard (IL)

http://biz.yahoo.com/bw/050929/295131.html?.v=1

Press Release Source: Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Announces the Westin Lombard, Yorktown Center in Lombard, Illinois
Thursday September 29, 10:00 am ET
Westin Debuts in Thriving Chicago Suburb with 500-Room Hotel and Conference Center

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 29, 2005--Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT - News), the Village of Lombard and Mid-America Hotel Partners, LLC announce a new hotel and conference center in Lombard, IL. The property will be known as The Westin Lombard, Yorktown Center, situated in the heart of DuPage County's East-West Corridor on the eastern edge of Yorktown Center, 20 miles west of downtown Chicago. The hotel begins construction today with a groundbreaking ceremony and is due to be completed within 24 months.

"We are thrilled to be working with Mid-America and to be managing The Westin Lombard, Yorktown Center," said Sue Brush, senior vice president of Westin Hotels & Resorts. "Lombard is located in a vibrant and energetic section of DuPage County, appealing to business, group and leisure travelers seeking Westin's distinctive renewal experience."

"Westin is a progressive and innovative global brand that continually surpasses its guests' expectations," said Tom McGuigan, managing director of Mid-America Hotel Partners, LLC., the project's developer and asset manager. "The Westin brand is consistently rated as the finest in the upper-upscale segment of the industry serving as a perfect match with the Village of Lombard's vision for this property. This hotel will be a huge asset to the many corporate offices located in the Lombard area, such as Sara Lee and McDonald's Corporation, as well as a meetings destination."

The L-shaped hotel tower will soar to 18 stories in height and offer private terraces for several suites. Westin's signature service and amenities will abound throughout the hotel, including the popular Heavenly Bed®, Heavenly Bath® in each guest room, the newly-introduced WestinWORKOUT® Powered by Reebok fitness center and WestinWORKOUT guest rooms.

The Westin Lombard, Yorktown Center will cater to business and social clientele alike. Fully equipped with more than 50,000 square feet of meeting space and 15,000 square feet of pre-function space, this new facility will be capable of accommodating large conventions, exhibitions, corporate retreats, association social gatherings, weddings, exclusive celebrations, and private dining events. A distinctive element of the meeting space is a 20,000-square-foot Grand Ballroom, the largest of its kind in the market.

Harry Caray's Restaurant Group will operate a 10,000-square-foot Harry Caray's Restaurant, and its new restaurant concept, a 6,000-square-foot, Holy Mackerel! American Fish House in the Westin. Harry Caray's Restaurant, named for the late Hall of Fame baseball announcer, first opened in the heart of Chicago's River North in 1987 and is now one of the most nationally recognized restaurants in the Midwest.

Source: Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.
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Press Release Source: Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.

Westin Celebrates the Opening of its 150th Hotel: The Westin Lombard Yorktown Center
Wednesday August 22, 9:00 am ET
The New Westin Offers Premier Conference Facilities, Superior Dining, and Renewing Services, Just 20 Minutes from Downtown Chicago

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT - News) announces the grand opening of The Westin Lombard Yorktown Center, an upscale hotel located just outside of the city of Chicago in the rapidly growing suburb of Lombard, Illinois. Operated by a wholly owned subsidiary of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc, The Westin Lombard Yorktown Center is the 150th Westin hotel to open worldwide, a milestone that the brand will celebrate with the release of 150 butterflies at today's ribbon cutting.

Owned by The Village of Lombard, The Westin Lombard Yorktown Center offers a refreshing blend of downtown sophistication, superior facilities and sensory-rich products and services. The hotel is ideally situated in the heart of the Lombard/Oak Brook business and shopping corridor, 12 miles southwest of O'Hare airport and 21 miles from Chicago Midway Airport. Nearby attractions include upscale shopping, the Brookfield Zoo and Wrigley Field - home of the Chicago Cubs. Just 20 minutes from downtown Chicago, The Westin Lombard Yorktown Center offers easy access to numerous attractions including the Art Institute of Chicago and Sears Tower.

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Thanks A320EOW for posting this.

I looked at this property-and am still considering it,as the properties downtown are pretty expensive during the weekend i will be in Chicago(9/27-10/1)Is this on a" EL line"?How is the area around the hotel?
Was hoping *wood would have a sale-but nothing yet.
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Old Aug 22, 07, 7:24 pm
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Originally Posted by bigguyinpasadena View Post
...Is this on a" EL line"?How is the area around the hotel?...
The closest train would be the Downers Grove Metra station http://www.metrarail.com/Sched/bn/main.shtml . Not walking distance for most people. According to the map the hotel is just east of Yorktown Shopping Center.

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Originally Posted by bigguyinpasadena View Post
... i will be in Chicago(9/27-10/1) ... Was hoping *wood would have a sale-but nothing yet.
http://specialoffers.starwoodhotels....OP_US_WI_1526&
Stay any Thursday - Sunday now through October 31, 2007 and receive:

* Rates from $99
* Triple Starpoints®
* Complimentary breakfast for two daily in Harry Caray's Italian Steakhouse or in-room dining
I don't see any $99 rates but there are $169++, you will have book the last day separately to get this rate.
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I just went to see this brand new hotel this afternoon. I originally booked a king-sized room and was hoping that I could get an upgrade to a suite. However, even though today is the grand opening day, there are only a very limited number of rooms available, not to mention no suites are available currently. So I canceled my reservation and went to stay at Westin Itasca instead. Needless to say, Lombard Westin still have a lot of kinks to work on and management is expecting all rooms will not be available for guest until first or second week of Sept (pool is not ready). I've got to mention that they do have good restaurants: a very decent seafood restaurant (Holy Mackerel) and another Harry Carey restaurant will be open tomorrow as well. I'm excited to see all recently opened Westin hotels in Chicago burbs have very tasty restaurants (Wheeling Westin have two Tramonto's restaurants)!
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No C&P availability yet

Checked w/Plat concierge, no C&P availability for this new property as of now. Was hoping to use C&P for 4 days during Thanksgiving, although the $129 rate I booked for a couple rooms won't break the bank.
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Can anyone comment on the possible drive from this hotel to the Cog Hill golf course in Lemont? I'm considering staying here while watching a PGA event. Thanks.
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Old Aug 29, 07, 5:47 pm
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Originally Posted by JNelson113 View Post
Can anyone comment on the possible drive from this hotel to the Cog Hill golf course in Lemont? I'm considering staying here while watching a PGA event. Thanks.
google maps says 16.1 mi – about 28 mins
http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&hl=e...4707&z=11&om=1
I see a minor error in the route description. The step that says
Take the I-56 E ramp on the left
should read
Take the IL-56 E ramp on the left
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We stayed at this hotel for one night last weekend on a $99 rate with double points (and double stay credit with the current promo). Dinner at the Harry Caray's had service issues, but it was resolved to our satisfaction with one complaint. I would warn that the prices there seem about the same as prices at the downtown location -- high.

The hotel is nice -- basically your average Westin, and it's easy to forget you're planted in the middle of the burbs. A movie theatre, Target, and lots of restaurants (not to mention a mall) are within reasonable walking distance, and a second mall is within a short driving distance. The plat checking in ahead of us was informed about the lounge and the check in person commented that there is "a lot of extra paperwork with platinums." We, lowly golds, were thanked for being gold but got no upgrade, no free water, etc. We appreciated being asked at check in if we wanted to take advantage of 4:00 check out. We found that the employees in general were very friendly. There is a huge parking lot with free parking.

We didn't check out the pool, but room service was a total disaster for breakfast.

I'd return.

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20 minutes from downtown Chicago? At what time of day--2am? The closest expressway is 88 or 355, which you could take to 290 or 55. Either way will definitely take longer than 20 minutes to get to downtown Chicago. You could take the train but if you're planning on spending a lot of time in the city it might not be worth it.

I pass through the Lombard area often so I'll have to check it out next time I'm in town. As far as the shopping nearby, as mentioned there's Yorktown Mall and the new Promenade: http://www.oakbrookpromenade.com/
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Originally Posted by CheapSk8 View Post
We stayed at this hotel for one night last weekend on a $99 rate with double points (and double stay credit with the current promo). Dinner at the Harry Caray's had service issues, but it was resolved to our satisfaction with one complaint. I would warn that the prices there seem about the same as prices at the downtown location -- high.

The hotel is nice -- basically your average Westin, and it's easy to forget you're planted in the middle of the burbs. A movie theatre, Target, and lots of restaurants (not to mention a mall) are within reasonable walking distance, and a second mall is within a short driving distance. The plat checking in ahead of us was informed about the lounge and the check in person commented that there is "a lot of extra paperwork with platinums." We, lowly golds, were thanked for being gold but got no upgrade, no free water, etc. We appreciated being asked at check in if we wanted to take advantage of 4:00 check out. We found that the employees in general were very friendly. There is a huge parking lot with free parking.

We didn't check out the pool, but room service was a total disaster for breakfast.

I'd return.
We're at the hotel right now in a suite (that we paid for) on the 17th floor. There were some things at check-in that weren't done as well as they could've been, but the managers today went so far above and beyond to take care of it, that Westin should have them do trainings for other managers. We are just amazed at the way the managers made us feel so valued.

Random other notes for future guests:
We ordered an appetizer and desert from room service. They asked how many guests there were. We told them 2. They brought one fork and one napkin.

In addition to the free parking lot (which was full when we arrived), there is a free parking ramp connected to the building. It is to your left as you face the entrance. The elevator opens up just behind the registration area.

The executive lounge was nice for appetizers -- nuts, cheese, olives, brownies, apples, crab rangoon, and spicy chicken skewers -- but the attendant left for about 20 minutes (asking first if anyone needed anything). For breakfast, they had cereal, fruit, bagels, coffee cake, yogurt, coffee, and juice. (No water (unless you asked for a warm bottle of water) or any soda.)

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Originally Posted by CheapSk8 View Post
I'm at the Westin Lombard again right now, and our experience has been less than great. ...
I have stayed at the Westin Lombard before and know some of the management. The ones I know are not on duty today but I contacted their alternates about the problems you experienced. They are trying to get in contact with you right now to resolve this.

I will be posting a review of the hotel here in a few days, I have been so busy. I have experienced a few small problems, but nothing this bad. Overall I have been quite satisfied.

Added remark below after the issues in the above post were resolved and removed.
I am glad to see they resolved it. The hotel has a few startup and training issues but the they seem genuinely concerned to make things right.

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Originally Posted by CheapSk8 View Post
We, lowly golds, were thanked for being gold but got no upgrade, no free water, etc.
Stayed last night. Great service all around; all staff very friendly.
Booked traditional king; upgraded as Gold to 17th floor club level w/ club access. Sign on 17th said starwood preferred guest floor & executive club level, so might have been a normal upgrade, but it was nice having club access... and good food.
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