Hotel Blake, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member
What We Love
- Top location in the heart of downtown Chicago near State Street, Grant Park, Soldier Field and McCormick Place
- Oversize rooms with 12-foot ceilings
- Free WiFi
What To Know
- This Jetsetter Flex Sale allows for cancellations within the hotel's standard policy
- In-room spa treatments available
- Meli Café is adjacent to the hotel
- Pets up to 25 lbs are welcome for an additional $50 fee (plus tax)
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
In Chicago’s historic Printer’s Row area, the Blake Hotel is a top city pick for business travelers and families. The large lobby sets a stylish, formal tone with dark hardwood paneling, white tiles and red accents from the chairs to artwork. Upstairs, all 162 rooms are large by city standards and have lofty 12-foot ceilings, dark patterned carpets and enormous windows framing views of the city. King or Queen beds are dressed with Egyptian cotton linens, and there are flat-screen TVs, coffeemakers with Lavazza blends and ensuite bathrooms stocked with Bed & Bath toiletries. The next-door Meli Café supplies room service 6:30 am-10 pm, or guests can dine in on hearty breakfast platters or healthy Mediterranean-inspired dishes. The small gym is open round the clock, or head out for a circuit in nearby Grant Park.
In the Area
With a central location in Printer’s Row, a stay here puts all of the Windy City spots within easy reach. Rent a bike for a whistle stop tour of Navy Pier, the theater district and architectural icons along the river, or stroll to Millennium Park and admire Anish Kapoor’s famed Cloud Gate installation. Keen shoppers will get their fix in the upscale department stores along Mag Mile, while foodies should make reservations in advance for dinner at enduring favorites, Frontera Grill and Sepia, or follow our fall 2014 restaurant preview and check out some of the city’s best new additions.
How to Get There
This is my place to stay in Chicago! Clean, comfortable, great staff, close to everything. I trade my time share every December to stay at The Blake. Even when traveling along, I feel safe here. It is only an 11 block walk from Union Station and close to the EL. Lot's of restaurants nearby including a Taco Bell that serves beer!
I needed a hotel for Thanksgiving weekend to visit the Christmas market and the tourist attractions. We chose the Hotel Blake as it was close to the South Shore Line Van Buren Street stop. Also it was a straight show down towards the river for the Christmas market.
Check in was easy and efficient. We had booked two queen rooms and I was pleasantly surprised how large the rooms are. We never had a long wait for an elevator and everyone we encountered was very pleasant.
We did hear a little noise early in the morning from the back alley but that was our fault for not using the provided earplugs that are on the nightstand.
We were able to want to Panera and CVS a couple of short blocks up to grab breakfast and an umbrella.
I would not hesitate to stay here again. The rooms are large and it was a pleasant stay.
I stayed here for my first time on Friday night. My cousin has a timeshare at this location and the staff treated us like family (especially Greg aka showtime). The lobby smelt amazing and felt like Christmas. Room was clean and bed was comfortable. Would definitely recommend this hotel.
I want to like this property— it’s my second visit. This time I got room 302. One of the bay window rooms fronting Dearborn. At first entry, the room seems pretty magnificent— high ceilings and a large space and a large bath. A king size bed and the aforementioned bay window with a view. Nice big TV — clean room, clean bath — what’s not to like? It should be an easy 5-stars. So why the 3-star review? Well, there were two main inescapable reasons and I bet the hotel is already aware of both — HVAC fan noise and distant hot water supply.
The HVAC fan motor was a constant low level but impossible to ignore chugging sound in the ceiling above the room foyer. Worst in the middle of the night. There were earplugs on the nightstand — one might think they’re for street noise— but there wasn’t any street noise. Just fan noise.
Second, it took for ever for the shower water to get hot. Maybe 5-minutes the first night. It worked better the 2nd night, but you could surmise the source was aways away. Once the hot water finally arrives, it is nearly scalding hot, so beware. The shower was tall rain spray, so would otherwise be 5-stars, except for that sourcing problem.
Finally, maybe the bedding thread count could be higher...
Otherwise, a great stay, and if the price is right, I would actually return and recommend. There are other rooms besides 302.
We did not feel much effort was made to make us feel welcome. They did not have much information about the events going on to help with time or best way to get to places. The staff at the front door were more interested in their phone than helping.