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
The staff were incredibly friendly and the accommodation a good value for the rate. Comfortable room and easy access to transit, walk to restaurants and many major attractions. A great week in Chicago, including a mild snow storm!
I love old hotels. I love visiting old hotels when I am in Chicago. Hotel Blake did not disappoint. There were a couple of exceptions. I'll start with the positive:
From the time we checked in until the time we left, everyone at Hotel Blake were fantastic. They were more than hospitable. They seemed genuinely happy to help. Everyone... the bellman, the front desk people, housekeeping. Thank you.
Our room was clean, comfortable and well appointed. Small refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker and safe. The fridge came in handy for keeping leftovers. The bed was comfortable.
Great location. The hotel sits about a half a block off of Congress Parkway and about a block and a half to two blocks from Michigan Avenue. Millennium Park and the Art Institute are easily within walking distance. Short walk to the Chicago river also.
Meli Cafe is in the same building as Hotel Blake. One can charge your meals to the room. The restaurant is very good. I had breakfast there a couple of times. Since Meli Cafe and the hotel are separate entities, there is no free breakfast like at some chain hotels.
There were three reasons I did not give Hotel Blake an excellent rating. The first, they cannot do much about. We were on the sixth floor. We could hear sirens at all times of the night. Now, Hotel Blake tries to help with this by giving you ear plugs. It helped my wife but I am not comfortable with ear plugs in. At least they tried...
The second reason is a little petty. The TV is hard to work. This is hard to explain but the numbers are like 12-1, making it hard to go to a specific channel. There are a lot of channels, which is great... until you want to find a specific channel. Now, we did not spend a lot of time watching TV so overall, this was not a huge inconvenience.
Lastly, there was a desk extension off of cabinet/dresser in our room. I get the idea. There really is no place for a desk in this room. However, the desk portion juts out past where the bed is. There is a narrow walkway of about 18 inches to get through. There is a chair there also. Now, the desk might make sense if there was an outlet to plug in a laptop. There is not. As a matter of fact, the coffee maker sets on top of the cabinet/dresser but is not plugged in. The nearest outlet is about ten feet away on an adjacent wall. "A" for effort for trying to give a desk area but the room would be better without the extension. I used my laptop on the bed.
I spent a lot more time on the negatives than I meant. This is a really nice hotel with some great personnel. The location is fantastic and the room was clean and comfortable. Oh, and there is a Gino's East pizzeria across the street (a must stop!). The Hotel Blake is definitely worth giving a try.
I cannot say enough good about the staff at this hotel! Everyone was very friendly and helpful. There was always somebody at the front desk to answer questions or help with luggage. The location is perfect, a quick walk to the subway and restaurants everywhere. Downtown is also extremely close so the walk is not terrible. The street noise from the rooms could be a little loud at times but that was to be expected. Rooms were clean and housekeeping was also very friendly. I would highly recommend staying here!
Very nice location, 200m from the subway but you can reach easily downtown on foot. The staff was very helpful and nice. The room was very big and the bed very comfortable. The breakfast at the Meli was tasteful .
Showtime was fantastic!! There is no time like showtime!!! Weekend was awesome!! Made great suggestions of where to eat and how to get there!! We would stay there again if we have the opportunity!! He is an awesome consierge!!