The Best Hotels to Book in Joliet, Illinois

Take a trip to downtown Joliet and explore what the area has to offer – before kicking back in one of the city's affordable hotels
Take a trip to downtown Joliet and explore what the area has to offer – before kicking back in one of the city's affordable hotels | © Henryk Sadura / Alamy Stock Photo
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10 December 2021
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See what’s around the edge of America’s Second City with a stay in Joliet. On the outskirts of Chicago, you’ll find riverside parks, historical museums, exciting casinos and tons of shopping. The Windy City is within an hour’s drive, though you’ll find fun at sites such as the Chicagoland Raceway even closer. Pull off the highway, settle in and enjoy an affordable stay miles from the metropolis at these hotels in Joliet – all bookable on Culture Trip.

Harrah's Joliet, for a Joliet good time

A dining room at Harrah's Joliet with red-leather chairs, and a large round table with high seating
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Staying at Harrah’s never feels like a roll of the dice. Book a room overlooking the Des Plaines River and you’ll feel as though you’ve hit the jackpot without ever touching the casino floor. Slots and table games are only an elevator ride away, but why restrict your fun to under the hotel’s roof? Step outside and you’ll be in the thick of downtown with restaurants, a river walk, and gambling-free fun ready to draw.

TownePlace Suites by Marriott Joliet South, for a perfect pit stop

Indoor swimming pool at TownePlace Suites by Marriott Joliet South surrounded by blue sunbeds and seating
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Race over to the Chicagoland Speedway in minutes from TownePlace Suites by Marriott. When you’re not putting the pedal to the metal to catch the cars at Route 66 Raceway, take it slow in this relaxed hotel. All suites have full kitchens and the In A Pinch marketplace is open 24/7, so you’ll never have to waste gas on frivolous drives to the store. This is also one of the top-ranked TownePlace Suites in the country, so expect to feel in the winner’s circle during your stay.

Hampton Inn by Hilton Joliet I-55, for home-like conveniences

A double bed in a room Hampton Inn by Hilton Joliet I-55 with red patterned carpet and dark-wood furniture
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No need to crash on a dorm floor when visiting coeds at the colleges; stay at Hampton Inn and enjoy home-like conveniences without spending a fortune. Breakfast is free, and served in a space much less rambunctious than a college dining hall. Best of all, you won’t find red solo cups or riffraff around the indoor pool; just quiet chairs ideal for reading.

Fairfield Inn & Suites Joliet North/Plainfield, for simple pleasures

An indoor swimming pool at Fairfield Inn & Suites Joliet North/Plainfield surrounded by white-tiled walls and chairs
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You don’t need to hit it big to live large at Fairfield Inn & Suites. The fine, brightly colored suites of this hotel in Joliet are affordable and alluring, drawing you in with extra living space in the Executive Suite. Morning munchies are complimentary, as is the coffee in your room. Use the money saved in the daylight to spend on the casino floor under the moonlight; Hollywood and Harrah’s are within a 15-minute drive.

Holiday Inn & Suites - Joliet Southwest, an IHG Hotel, for families

An indoor swimming pool at Holiday Inn & Suites - Joliet Southwest surrounded by gray-tiled floors and sunbeds
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Requiring a residence en route to Rock Run Rookery? Holiday Inn & Suites will get you in and out before you can say that tongue twister five times fast. Not only will you slide into a smooth stay, but kids under 11 will dine for free at the on-site restaurant. You’ll much prefer the grown-up perks outside of the dining area, particularly if you’re fond of a heated indoor pool and hot tub, plus a fitness center with a yoga room.

Residence Inn by Marriott Chicago Bolingbrook, for all the amenities

A large reception area at Residence Inn by Marriott Chicago Bolingbrook featuring chairs, tables, a television and a fireplace
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If you’re the type that packs a swimsuit even when heading to Chicago in the dead of winter, then Residence Inn by Marriott is the place for you. This extended-stay hotel has the amenities you need to live easy for a few days, weeks or months, including suites with full kitchens and complimentary grocery delivery service. Free breakfasts and evening social hours will help lighten that grocery load, and as for your swim attire, Pelican Harbor Aquatic Park down the road is open all year long (if you don’t fancy the hotel’s warm indoor pool).

Wingate by Wyndham - Joliet, for an accessible stay

A double bed, beige sofa, television and desk in a room at Wingate by Wyndham - Joliet
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Hit a line drive to right field from Wingate by Wyndham and you’ll hit the home of the Joliet Slammers. Only 6mi (9.65km) from the DuPage Medical Group Field, this hotel in Joliet is a home run when it comes to value and convenience. Right off of I-80, you can be in your room with the speed of a fastball and back on the road as speedy as a no hitter. For a seventh inning stretch of sorts, the indoor pool and hot tub will give you a much needed gamebreak on your road trip. The accessibility features, such as pool lifts and sit-down showers, are unrivalled.

Home2 Suites by Hilton Joliet/Plainfield, for an easy-breezy stay in the Windy City

An indoor swimming pool surrounded by brightly colored seating at Home2 Suites by Hilton Joliet/Plainfield
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A joyful stay in a Joliet hotel is on the books at Home2 Suites. Curtains divide the bed area from your fully equipped kitchen, so you’ll sleep peacefully. And there’s plenty to smile about: free wifi, breakfast, pool sessions and so much more. What gets us grinning is this hotel’s proximity to Chicagoland but you might sport a smirk when you discover all of the shopping at the Louis Joliet Mall next door. Whatever gets your pearly whites peeking out, you’ll find it in these studio suites.

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Shorewood, for late check-outs

Two doubled beds in a twin room at La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Shorewood with a desk, chair and television
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Consider La Quinta Inn & Suites a dry place to rest when you’re not paddling the DuPage River. The hotel is literally a beacon of sunshine off I-55, and the river is on the opposite side of the highway, but don’t lace up your boots if you need a little extra R&R. La Quinta is happy to provide you with a late check-out so you can get your water-logged clothes washed and dried at the laundry facilities.

Best Western Plus North Joliet, for a road trip stop-off

A double bed in a room at Best Western Plus North Joliet with a bright-red throw and dark-wood furniture
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No need to rush the final leg to Chicago; take a load off for the night at the Best Western Plus. This hotel in north Joliet is less than an hour from downtown Chi-town, so you’re good to savor every bite of the free breakfast (including the build-your-own breakfast sandwich). Take the time to repack your luggage properly as the coffee brews in your room. The Louis Joliet Mall is right across the street should you need something a little more stylish to wear when you arrive in the Windy City.

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