When you choose a vacation, staycation, or business meeting site, there are a lot of places to choose from. There are hotels and resorts located all over the country and the rest of the world. Which one is the right one for you? This might be a question you have when you’re making your next vacation plans. The answer is not quite so easy, because the true answer is – what do you want out of your vacation and what do you want from the place where you stay?
Each type of property (hotel or resort) offers something different and it all depends on what type of vacation you’re looking for. In this article, we’ll explore the differences between a hotel and a resort and you can determine which one is the one you’re looking for the next time you book a vacation or getaway.
Hotel versus resort
You may be asking yourself, what’s the difference between a hotel and a resort. There are a lot of similarities, but the subtle differences are key. Here are the differences.
In general, the concept of a resort is that it provides a getaway for those on vacation. The entire property is designed to provide unique and special value-adds so that, if you wished, you need not leave the property at all to get everything you need to relax and getaway from it all. This includes things like on-property dining options, stores for items you might have forgotten or need, spas, massages, in-room dining, on-property activities and entertainment.
At the Hilton/Chicago Oak Brook Hills Resort we have a series of activities to keep visitors happy and entertained without having to travel off the property. Our B. Restaurant specializes in local, seasonal, menu items. During the warmer months, our outdoor Monarch Pool is a great place to relax in the sun or spend the day swimming with the kids. During the winter, the indoor pool, Monarch Spa and winter resort activities make Oak Brook Hills the place to visit for a weekend getaway, vacation or staycation.
During the summer, enjoy beverages beside the outdoor pool, or spend time on the golf course with putting contests. During the winter months, there are wine and cheese receptions, pizza-making classes and activities for kids in our indoor pool area.
Hotels may have many of the same things as a resort. For example, most hotels have restaurants and dining options right in the building. There are meetings rooms or space for events. The hotel rooms may be suites or standard rooms complete with coffee, in-room beverages and most of them have room-service. However, hotels are meant to be a place to sleep and rest up, a kind of base of operations, to then visit other area attractions during the day.
Staying in in or going out
The benefit of staying a resort is experiencing the “resort life.” What is it? It means slowing down, taking things at a slower pace and disconnecting from the world. A vacation at a resort is like stepping into another world where you can do as much or as little as you want.
Resort life combines the best parts of a hotel, but then adds to it. While staying at the Hilton Chicago Oak Brook Hills Resort, you can stay on the property the entire time, set apart from the rest of the Chicago western suburbs, as if you aren’t even there. However, you are also in the heart of all the western suburbs has to offer. Just a short drive or even a resort shuttle ride away from attractions like the Brookfield Zoo, Morton Arboretum, Oak Brook Center, Yorktown, Cantigny and more.
Oak Brook Hills is close to downtown Chicago and you can get down there easily via train or one of the nearby highways. Being in the middle of so many suburban areas means unique boutique shopping in cities like Westmont, Oak Brook, Warrenville, Naperville, Wheaton and more.
The decision is yours
Of course, when you are planning a vacation, staycation or weekend romantic getaway, the decision is yours. Just remember, the most complete experience is right at your nearby resort. Quality service, great food and plenty of activities to keep you relaxed, refreshed and entertained are right there.
If you’d like to book your Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook Hills Resort vacation or getaway, check out our list of packages and make your reservations today.