Overnight Getaway – Westin Lombard Yorktown Center – website
Location: 70 Yorktown Center, Lombard
Parking: There was a large attached parking lot. Valet parking is also available for $4 or $7 for overnight.
Check-in & check-out: 3:00 pm check-in, 12:00 check-out
Price: Prices start at approximately $129/night on weekends and $219/night on weekdays. There are a variety of packages available.
Accommodations: Westin offers a variety of room options: Traditional, Deluxe, Westin Executive Club Rooms, Deluxe Corner Suites, Junior Suites, the Westin Workout Suite, One Bedroom Suites, Executive Suites, and the Governor’s and Presidential Suites.
Traditional rooms have a chair, desk with chair, coffeemaker, in-room safe, Westin Heavenly Bed bedding, a mini-bar, and LCD tv. Additional amenities are available in other room types.
Bathrooms: The bathrooms are very large, with a double shower head and Westin White Tea bath amenities.
Nursing area: There are no designated nursing areas in the common areas of the hotel, but there are several comfortable places to sit in the lobby. The chair and bed in the room were both comfortable as well.
Stroller/handicapped accessibility: The Westin is handicapped and stroller accessible. The lobby is very open and it would be very easy to maneuver. The elevators, room, and bathroom were large.
Food: Both restaurants offer free meals to kids under 12 with the purchase of an adult entree on Sundays.
– Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse – Harry Caray’s serves steak, chops, pasta, and chicken dishes. The dress code is “Casual Sophistication” and they offer a “Little League” menu with items like chicken tenders and grilled cheese for children.
– Holy Mackerel! – Holy Mackerel! serves fresh seafood and has an extensive menu for breakfast, as well as a “Small Fry” menu for children. The dress code at Holy Mackerel! is “Casual Sophistication”.
– Room service – offered 24 hours. A 23% service charge (which includes gratuity) is added to the cost of the food, plus a $4.95 delivery charge.
– Heated indoor lap pool – The pool is open 6am-10pm. There are lounge chairs, a locker room, a whirlpool, and a sauna. Pool noodles and inflatable inner tubes (for children) are available. The pool depth varies slightly, but is over 4 feet deep throughout.
– In-room spa – In-room massages that include a spa basket with a bottle of water, healthy treat, cd of relaxing music, and a flower.
– Westin Workout Gym – The gym is available 24 hours and offers cardio machines, free weights, and weight machines.
Specials & packages:
– Yorktown Shopping Package – includes at $20 shopping card for Yorktown Shopping Center and a complimentary in-room movie.
– Brookfield Zoo Package – includes 4 general admission passes for Brookfield Zoo as well as 4 tickets each for the Motor Safari, Children’s Zoo, and Carousel, and a parking pass.
– Westin Breakfast Package – complimentary breakfast for two, newspaper, and 4pm late checkout if available.
Parties & events: Meetings, weddings, and other events can be arranged.
– Pets are welcome and complimentary amenities for your pet are available – a bed, a bowl and mat. Pets also receive a room sign, a leash & collar, and clean-up bags.
– Free internet access is available in the public areas of the hotel.
– Should you forget an item, there is a long list of items that the hotel can provide, including baby/child items, items for disabled guests, toiletries, and office supplies.
Nearby attractions: Yorktown Shopping Center (which has a large play area and activities for children) is within walking distance (across the parking lot). Oak Brook Shopping Center is approximately a mile away. The Morton Arboretum and Brookfield Zoo are each less than 10 miles away.
After checking in we wanted to go to the pool, but realized we forgot the water wings and inflatable ring for the boys. We were very relieved to find out pool noodles and inflatable inner tubes were available at the pool. We had a lot of fun in the pool, but the water was very cold so we only spent about a half hour there; Cooper begged to keep swimming, but his lips were turning blue so we had to drag him out.
The restaurants looked great, but I didn’t want to bring the kids to places that were that pricey or fancy (and I’m pretty sure my mom uniform of jeans and t-shirts wouldn’t fit in with the Casual Sophistication dress codes!). We went to Buona Beef a few miles away for dinner, and ran out to McDonald’s for breakfast in the morning.
We spent the rest of our stay relaxing, playing, and watching tv in the room.
Overall, we enjoyed our stay; the room was very nice and the beds were comfortable. I think it would be a great place to stay without kids, but it wasn’t my favorite place to stay with the kids. The restaurants were a little too expensive and there wasn’t a lot to do.
A few things I didn’t like:
- Infants and children between 2 and 12 are supposed to receive a Westin Kids Club bag of goodies, but we did not receive anything. I did let them know when making reservations that there would be children staying in the room and the kids were both with me at the desk when I checked in. I didn’t ask for the bags or complain about not receiving them, but it would have been a nice perk that I’m sure the kids would have liked. We probably need more goodie-bag type of items like we need a hole in the head so it’s not a huge loss, but I think it’s a bit of a customer service issue to advertise about the Kids Club bags on the website and not provide them to guests.
- There is a fee for internet access in the room (except for some of the more expensive rooms); I believe it was $10/day.
- The pool was very cold. The site says that it’s heated, but we weren’t able to stay in very long because it was so cold & the boys were shivering.
Things I really liked:
- I think the Westin Kids Club is a great idea. According to the website, kids between 2 and 12 get a bag with colored pencils, a make-your-own postcard kit, a world map, and a sun hat, and infants receive a rubber duck, outlet covers, and a nightlight. Unfortunately, we did not receive these when we stayed (see above).
- The beds were very comfortable.
- The pool noodles and inner tubes provided at the pool were a lifesaver (no pun intended) for us. I forgot our water wings and floaties and John and I were trying to decide whether to try to find them in a store nearby (probably not likely since it was Fall when we stayed) or drive home and get them. We were THRILLED to find they were available at the pool.
- Prices seem to be significantly less expensive on weekends so this is a great place to go if you’re looking for a weekend stay.
- Check out the specials and packages offered.
- Keep this place in mind for a couples getaway or a getaway with the ladies.
I won our overnight stay in a Facebook giveaway conducted by Yorktown Shopping Center. All opinions expressed are my own.