Hotel Chicago Downtown, Autograph Collection
What We Love
- Heart-of-the-city location overlooking the Chicago River and the new Riverwalk
- Room charging privileges at a slew of neighboring restaurants and bars, including House of Blues
- Views frame architect Bertrand Goldberg’s famous corncob-shaped twin Marina Towers, icons of the Chicago skyline
- Thoughtful extras like fruit-infused water in the lobby
What To Know
- Ask for a south-facing room for the best views over the river and neighboring Marina Towers
- The bar serves snacks and room service is offered throughout the day
- The hotel shares a driveway with the neighboring music club so arriving by cab at rush hour can be a bit hectic
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Hotel Chicago sits amid some of the city’s most iconic buildings in the Marina City complex, and its design reflects that architectural bent. Think blow-up black-and-whites highlighting details of famous Chicago buildings and walls of windows framing river and skyline views. Add to that tech perks, clean-lined furnishings and a central location, and you’ve got the perfect mix of business and pleasure.
Bed & Bath
Damask-inspired wallpaper patterns, tufted headboards and wingback armchairs in faux snakeskin add visual lushness to sun-drenched rooms. A built-in shelf desk with an Eames-style office chair make pleasant business of worker needs. Architectural photos wrap the corners of bathroom walls, and the well-stocked mini-bar offers premium indulgences from full-sized bags of Pop Chips to mini bottles of Patrón tequila.
While it lacks an in-house restaurant, Hotel Chicago offers proximity to the entire Marina City development. That includes the music club House of Blues, riverfront steakhouse Smith & Wollensky, modern supper-club-inspired Tortoise Club and the vast bowling alley 10 Pin. The lobby bar, The Chicagoan, pouring specialty drinks like the bourbon-based Old Capone, offers a central meeting place for guests coming or going.
In the Area
Marina City overlooks the newly expanded Chicago Riverwalk, with three new water-level blocks filled with cafés, kayak rentals and hang-out-friendly public spaces. Take it three blocks east to Michigan Ave. to pick up a Chicago Architectural Foundation river cruise. Just across the river, the Tony-boasting Goodman Theatre offers a worthy introduction to Chicago’s thriving arts scene. More than anything, the location offers couldn’t-be-easier access to the many restaurants of River North, including the Italian Siena Tavern from “Top Chef” hunk Fabio Viviani, old-school surf-and-turf Bavette’s Bar & Boeuf and the hidden tiki bar Three Dots and a Dash (look for it in the alley).
How to Get There
Front desk assistant - Rory is fantastic! - love his energy. Hotel is clean and nice. Some rooms are quite small and barely fit a queen bed. My corner room was quite nice. workout facilities are small and the room was very warm regardless of the time of day. No fan and minimal equipment. Restaurant Yolk adjoining the hotel serves an outstanding breakfast
My sisters and I stayed here for our Sisters Weekend trip on July 5th. I'm a Marriott Rewards member so I always choose Marriott hotels if possible. Hotel is very nice, but the AC outlet directly in front of the bed was not ideal. We had doubles so maybe the King rooms don't have that issue. Many pubs and eateries within walking distance so that is definitely a plus. If you arrive super early as we did, drop your bags and go and just plan for check-in to for sure happen at the designated check-in time. It's fair, but I wish we had simply left the area and not waited around hoping our room would be ready before 3pm.
All for a fantastic price!! The hotel staff was outstanding. Russell Zwolinski, concierge. I’ve traveled all over the nation in different t hotels. He is one of the best in the industry. His knowledge and friendliness, his eagerness to help, his authenticity and his tips were invaluable. Ralfael upon check in was patient and helpful despite our 2am check in. He seemed excited to see us and it was a breath of fresh air considering our exhaustion level. We felt so comfortable here. We knew anything we needed would be taken care of. Therefore we had no worries. We frequent Chicago and I will always stay at this hotel. You have my loyalty as a result of team Hotel Chicago! I believe the managers name is Michael. Upon our departure I mentioned the fabulous service and congratulated him on his great management. All he cared about was his staff and was excited to here I would be me ruining a few of his associate in my review. Sign of a great leader! Great job team! Keep up the great service. So rare, so refreshing!
The hotel was good. They don’t have breakfast. Room service charges are very high. The resturant next door offer an excellent breakfast. Good location. Close to different shops and restaurants. Staff are very nice and helpful
I like everything about this hotel. Yolk, a great breakfast spot, is connected to the lobby so you can put it on your room. Same thing with House of Blues. It's shares the parking lot, so you're within crawling distance if need be. The room was spacious and really comfortable. The view was terrific. I didn't use any of the amenities, but the front desk people and bellmen were all great. Really good visit.