5 BEST Hotels near Illinois State University

These are our staff picks for the 5 best hotels near Illinois State University – we pick one type of hotel for every budget!

#1 – Marriott Bloomington Normal Hotel and Conference Center

Marriott Bloomington Normal Hotel and Conference Center

– $$$$

– 2-minute drive to Illinois State University

When you walk into the lobby, the first impression of Marriott Bloomington is mostly like going to be… wow. 

Well-decorated and boasting some impressive reviews, this is the nicest hotel in the area. The rooms are big and bright, the bathrooms are clean and spacious, and the on-site restaurant is delicious. Be sure to take a dip in the indoor pool!



#2 – Hyatt Place Bloomington / Normal

Hyatt Place Bloomington / Normal

– $$$$

– 3-minute drive to Illinois State University

Another beautiful hotel in Bloomington, Hyatt Place offer its guests a ton of value.

While the on-site restaurant is awesome, and guests love the terrace, we are most impressed with the attentive and helpful staff. Be sure to check out the fitness center.



#3 – Comfort Suites Normal University area

Comfort Suites Normal University area

– $$

– 7-minute drive to Illinois State University

A bit more budget-friendly, Comfort Suites offers cozy rooms and comfy beds.

Boasting on-site laundry machines, free parking and free breakfast – this hotel offers a ton of ways to save money. The indoor pool is open year-round, and if you are traveling with a furry friend you’ll be happy to know that pets are always allowed.



#4 – Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Bloomington-Normal University Area

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Bloomington-Normal University Area

– $$$

– 8-minute drive to Illinois State University

Perfectly meshing a classy vibe with a modern twist, Holiday Inn Express is one of the highest-rated hotels in the area!

The fitness area is small but clean, and guests love the jacuzzi and indoor pool. Rooms are equipped with safety boxes, and microwaves and a free breakfast is served in the morning. Extra points for the super-fast wifi!



#5 – Quality Inn & Suites Bloomington

Quality Inn & Suites Bloomington

– $

– 8-minute drive to Illinois State University

Easily our favorite budget hotel in the area, Quality Inn & Suites has cozy rooms and serves a quality breakfast buffet every morning.

Very clean, this motel is well-staffed, and is located in a quiet part of town making it ideal for a good night’s rest.



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About the Author Emma Johnson

Emma Johnson lives to travel! Born in Washington D.C., Emma is a hotel connoisseur and a staff writer at Hotel Jules. An army brat, Emma got the travel bug early and has never been able to stop. Now, she has proudly visited 70+ countries and plans to visit every country in the world! Passionate about her ukelele (obviously) and her family, Emma eventually wants to retire in Thailand and write a book about all of her travel experiences.