Rockford, Illinois, is known as the ‘Forest City’. Perhaps the best part about it is that it has all the amenities a big city, yet a small town feel. Located a 1 hour, 30 minute drive west of Chicago, Rockford attracts visitors with its fresh air and surrounding scenery. But the coolest part of it is the world’s most complete juvenile T-rex skeleton. And that’s not all, the Anderson Japanese Gardens have been voted the best oriental gardens in America, and the Rock Cut State Park provides a rugged backdrop for outdoor pursuits.
Hotels in Rockford
Most hotels in Rockford are clustered around the intersection of State Route 51 and E State Street. This location provides easy access to the attractions and the amenities of downtown. For luxury, you can stay at the globally recognized brands of Radisson, Hilton, or Holiday Inn. The most exquisite hotel, however, must be the Carlson Country Inn and Suites, in the suburb of Sycamore. Visitors with smaller budgets can stay at cheap motels such as the Quality Suites, the Comfort Inn, and the Days Inn Rockford.
Where to stay
Top choice among business travelers is the Holiday Inn Express and Suites in Sycamore, to the southeast of the city.
Families usually opt for a more moderately priced place like the Rockford Alpine Inn and Suites, two minutes’ drive away from the State Route 51 and E State Street intersection.
The Best Western Legacy Inn & Suites Beloit/South Beloit in the northern suburb of South Beloit provides a comfortable stay for both business and pleasure travellers, and quicker access to the city than Sycamore.