Motels in Rockford, IL

by Nicole Harms

Rockford, Illinois, draws visitors to its two water parks, award-winning Discovery Center children’s museum and numerous cultural sites. It is also home to the Sportscore Complex, which regularly hosts sports tournaments for amateur sport leagues. When traveling to Rockford, choose motels near the city’s airport or I-90. These not only provide easy access to the city’s most popular attractions, but also sit near restaurants and shopping options that cater to out-of-town guests.

Near the Airport

The Chicago Rockford International Airport sits in southeastern Rockford west of 11th Street and south of Highway 20. The Howard Johnson Hotel is an option for travelers who wish to stay near the airport. A mile from the airport, the Howard Johnson has amenities including free wireless Internet, an exercise room and a heated indoor pool and sauna. Rooms with refrigerators or sofa beds are available, and an on-site restaurant accommodates dining needs.

Near Rockford College

Rockford College is a four-year college in the heart of the city. Four motels sit less than a mile from the college. At the Travel Inn, guests may swim in an indoor pool, use complimentary Wi-Fi and eat a continental breakfast. The Sweden House Lodge pays homage to the city’s Swedish heritage, with architecture inspired by Swedish buildings. It has a small spa, gift shop and game room and offers the lower rates expected of a motel. The Sweden House accommodates extended-stay travelers, offering two apartments for guests staying for more than a few days. The Alpine Inn sits next to one of the city’s busiest intersections, approximately a half-mile from the college and less than a mile from downtown Rockford. It offers a free continental breakfast, and business travelers appreciate free fax and copy services at the front desk, which is open 24 hours a day. Internet access is available in the lobby. Travelodge is the closest hotel to the college, just a block away. This pet-friendly hotel offers an indoor swimming pool and continental breakfast.

Near I-90

Travelers visiting Rockford will find a wide range of hotels near the intersection of I-90 and East State Street, which is close to the Cherryvale Mall, Sportscore and several tourist attractions including the Magic Waters and CoCo Key water parks. At the Comfort Inn, guests dine on a hot breakfast each morning and have access to a business center with fax services. The hotel offers a few suites that have microwave and refrigerator and a separate sleeping and sitting areas. The Hampton Inn of Rockford, which earned Three Diamonds from AAA, is near this area as well. It has an indoor pool and fitness center, and all rooms have Wi-Fi access free of charge. A Super 8 provides yet another option. It is not in the middle of the hotel district but is a few blocks away. Those who stay at Super 8 have access to free wireless Internet and a complimentary hot breakfast.


Those traveling with their pets may wish to consider a hotel near the I-90/State Street intersection. Less than a mile from most of these hotels, the Rockford Park District maintains the Canine Corners Dog Park, where guests and residents can allow their dogs to run for a small registration fee. The Red Roof Inn is pet friendly. Children younger than 17 stay free with their parents. This motel does not charge for pets but allows only one pet per room. Red Roof Inn provides guests with microwaves and mini refrigerators but does not serve a continental breakfast. This area of town also has a Motel 6, which allows pets for no charge. Children stay free with their parents.

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