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The Illinois Beach Resort and Conference Center, BW Premier Collection

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Certificate of Excellence


Certificate of Excellence
Illinois Beach Resort is the only premiere resort hotel in the state that is nestled into the shimmering beaches of Lake Michigan offering its guests a unique experience, which no other hotel in the area can provide. Located just 40 minutes from both Chicago and Milwaukee, it is known for its rolling waves, sandy beaches, sumptuous food and lush accommodations set against the uniquely beautiful backdrop of a Lake Michigan sunrise. Resort guests can step out of the resort lobby to stroll the beaches, enjoy playing in the waves or just lounge on the sand and soak up the sun. The expansive lobby features floor to ceiling windows displaying a panoramic views of the beach below. Newly renovated guest rooms are comfortable and exude an art deco elegance that reflects the original styling of the resort with a distinctly modern feel. Guests can choose from several room styles with views of the state park or windows and balconies overlooking the lapping waves. The resort also offers guests excellent dining options in its Lakeside Restaurant and the opportunity to quench any thirst in the Sandpiper Lounge. The lobby features a business nook and gift shop for added convenience. Guests can take advantage of the fitness club with its impressive atrium style pool and hot tub made complete with exotic flowers and swaying palm trees. Ultimate relaxation can be achieved by scheduling a massage in the on-site spa. The resort features 92 newly renovated guest rooms and suites suited for any manner of occasion. As a popular wedding venue, vacation destination and group meeting venue, Illinois Beach Resort captures the curiosity of thousands searching for a tropical beach retreat without the necessity of a passport.
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Property amenities
Free Parking
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Banquet Room
Breakfast Available
Business Centre with Internet Access
Conference Facilities
Heated pool
Hot Tub
Indoor pool
Meeting Rooms
Non-Smoking Hotel
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Wheelchair Access
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Room features
Accessible rooms
Air Conditioning
Family Rooms
Non-Smoking Rooms
Refrigerator in room
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Great View
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It was a poor time for a beach vacation, but a great time for a rest. There is an Olympic pool and a fully equiped exercise center that we will use next time. We got the calm atmosphere we needed for refreshment. Menu was suited for many tastes and reasonably priced. Lobby was
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This is hotel is a diamond.Okay the basics; clean, quiet, everything worked.AND THEN: oh my god the view, right at the beach! Eat breakfast and look at the waves! Best hotel gym I've ever seen! Holy moly, it was better than my regular gym at home. Half a dozen treadmills,
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My wife and I got married at Illinois Beach resort in July 2018. We are so happy we chose this location. Kim and Donna helped us with the planning and were great. There was something fun for all of our mostly out-of-town guests between the beach, game room, pool, hot tub and
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I booked my birthday party here and the food was excellent as well as the staff. Ashly who was the event planner help me with my planning she answered all my questions and the servicing staff was great. You couldn’t asked for better customer service.
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the remodel at this location was very well done. we enjoyed our stay. Everyone was very helpful with Patricia the front desk manager being the BEST. The pool area feels like you are in the tropics. Rooms are clean and very nicely done.
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Without calling the hotel to be certain, I'd agree with Linda D's response about no hotel shuttle or car service. I'd also agree about no train or bus line going directly to the hotel. However, I could add that it is located about 10 min by car south of the Zion Metra train stop or 20 min north of the Waukegan Metra train station. I'd encourage the Waukegan stop as it is a turn-around for Metra and as such offers a lot more frequent opportunities. An Uber or other transport from these locations would still be necessary.
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You will probably need to rent a car. The regional train, METRA, runs to Zion which is close to the conference center, but there is no car rental available at the train station. It's a little over an hour by train, but it doesn't make a difference if you can't get to Illinois Beach regardless. Maybe you could check out cabs or an uber/lyft once you reach Zion if you do select the train, but I would have transportation reserved before you arrive in Zion.
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I didn't know there were any previous reviews missing, but I suspect they are gone because this resort has been through a year of total upgrading and remodeling. And the only reason I know this is because my husband and I had a chance to talk to the manager about it. I was at the hospital one day and mentioned to a nurse that I was staying at the resort. She commented that it would be nicer if it weren't so "dingy" and if the food was better. I was like, huh? The place is spotless with new carpeting, wall paper, paint, beds, bedding, pillows and all kinds of amenities, so I couldn't figure out what the nurse meant. And the food is literally to die-for, from breakfast to dinner. I told her that, and she seemed pleasantly surprised. The next morning when the manager came by and asked how we liked our breakfast, I shared with him what the nurse had said. That's when he told us he had spent over a year remodeling this hotel, top to bottom, inside-out. They even redid the pool, which he said had been taken out in a tornado a couple years earlier. So, in answer to your question, now that this resort is such a fine place to be, and obviously NOT the same resort it was a year ago, I would say it would be only fair to remove older reviews that reflect experiences with the old hotel.
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"upgrade to a suite with a lake view"
"Corner Suites are excellent"
"We recommend the Lake View rooms...amazing!"
"Make sure to ask for room with a lake view when you reserve!"
"beach view rooms are nice."
USD 105 - USD 163 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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