by Josh Misner
If you want to treat the family to being treated like a star, take them to the Hollywood Casino Joliet Hotel & RV Park, located directly across from Hollywood Casino, off the historic Route 66 and surrounded by scenic nature. The hotel offers 100 premier hotel rooms and 80 spacious RV sites, and the hotel is only footsteps away from excitement of the casino and incredible dining. Hollywood Casino Joliet Hotel & RV Park offers complimentary hot breakfast daily and free Wi-Fi.
Anyone who feels the need for speed when they are in Joliet should think about heading down to the Chicago Speedway and Route 66 Speedway. The facility has the claim to fame of being the largest sporting venue in Illinois and has seen a range of high profile events held here, such as the NASCAR Sprint Cup. In addition to watching a race, you can also visit the adjacent Champions Park which is filled with live entertainment, interactive exhibits, and a special zone for children to enjoy. At the Route 66 Speedway, which is the adjacent track to the Chicago Speedway, you can get behind the wheel yourself and even drive your own NASCAR!
Our Editor Loves
- High-octane auto racing
- Children's activities at Chicagoland Speedway
- Historic Route 66
- Theme Park
- Water Parks
- Free Breakfast
- Free Wi-Fi
- Onsite Dining
First, they charge a $50 deposit despite the confirmation email stating otherwise.
The room was dusty, walls had marks on them, and the refrigerator required 10 minutes for me to get working. Window had no screen and had a view of a flat roof that was totally unappealing. Look around before you book.
Dirty, old run down hotel. Looks like a hotel from the 70's that was refurbished (?) some time ago and never maintained. Not connected to the casino - you have to walk across a parking lot, down a sidewalk, across the casino parking lot and into the Hollywood Casino. Then you have a long walk into the actual casino. They do not tell you that on their website.
I should have walked out when I first arrived - the mats were filthy at the front door. When I was standing at the check in desk, three people were in an adjoining room looking at a computer screen, two of the three looked up and saw me and let me stand there for 3-5 minutes before one of them got up and asked if I needed something. They were dressed in blue tee shirts, jeans and tennis shoes - not professional looking at all. I should have walked out again at this point - but I didn't. The front desk did not provide me with the first floor handicap accessible room that I reserved several days earlier. I arrived at 1 PM and the front desk manager said I could check in and come back at 3 PM or so to pick up my key. When I returned, they provided me with a second floor room. When I brought it to their attention that I had reserved a first floor handicap accessible room, they were very flippant and said "I asked you when you checked in if you wanted two queen or a king size bed and you did not tell me you needed handicap". I asked if they could see my reservation in their computer system - yes they could but because I did not tell them to their face that I needed a handicap accessible room (even though my reservation stated it), they gave the room(s) to others. There was no attempt to make it right or apology by the front desk manager - they were very flippant and rude. We ended up in a room on the second floor. Elevator door only opened part way and in order for the door to close, you had to jump up and down. The halls were dirty - looked like they had not vacuumed in several days. When we attempted to use our keys, only one worked. Went back to the front desk and they acted as though you were bothering them to get the key programed. Air conditioning in the room was not adequate - had temperature set to 68 and it blew hot air. Water temp in shower was warm at best. "Hot breakfast" consisted of eggs and bacon, cold cereal, toast, juice, coffee, shriveled apples and the yogurt was gone and they did not have any more. They did have Quaker Oats, however, no microwave to cook them. When I inquired, they told me to use the microwave in my room. Needless to say, we did not eat there.
Don't waste your money - stay at a hotel off site - probably cheaper, cleaner and nicer people.