by Josh Misner
With a central location, Holiday Inn Aurora North makes it easy for families to access not only the greater Chicago area, but also the nearby communities of Naperville, Oswego, Montgomery, Yorkville, Batavia, Geneva, and Sugar Grove. Kids 12 and under stay free when sharing their parents’ room, and the pool is sure to be a hit with children. Onsite dining is available via the Orchard Kitchen CafÃ©, serving breakfast and dinner, featuring a 45-inch TV for streaming sports or movies.
Close by, visit American Historical Two Brother’s Roundhouse Complex, which boasts a variety of activities. Featuring a restaurant and live music and entertainment, you will be able to eat and drink seasonal fare, or visit the Walter Payton Museum. Only five miles away, is the renovated 1931 Paramount Theatre, which features Broadway shows, musical performances, and timeless movie classics throughout the year. Another must-do is Woodman’s Market north of I-88 on Orchard Road, open 24 hours, where you can buy groceries, liquor, and the most amazing Wisconsin cheese (best cheese in the U.S.!).
Our Editor Loves
- Heated indoor pool
- Close to parks and trails
- Fresh warm cookies at check-in
- Water Parks
- Family Room 5+
- Free Wi-Fi
The place is not nice... dirty and old. The worst about it is the staff and especially the General Manager. He lost some items that we had sent to the hotel (after calling there and getting the O.K., of course). After trying to find a solution with him, he evidentally told untrue things about returning the items (which with proof he never did!) and yelled at us. He kept interrupting us saying it was our fault. He didn't care at all, started to lie and behaved in an absolutely unprofessional manner. DO NOT GO THERE!!! They don't care About anything!!!
This is a SMOKING HOTEL, and should be advertised as such. Signage throughout the hotel says "no smoking", but guests can be assigned to smoking rooms (complete with ashtrays) without being asked for a preference. My room provided 2 ashtrays; a filthly and poorly working heating/airconditioning system; no toilet paper; and dusty, dirty surfaces throughout. The second floor of the hotel and rooms away from the front desk smell like mold and cigarette smoke. Bedding appeared to be clean. Front desk staff acknowledged that this hotel is advertised as a non-smoking and assured me that the manager would call back to discuss these issues. He never called me. This is one of the worst places I have stayed in 50 years of travel!