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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- Room Service
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
I may never stay in another hotel in Chicago! This hotel was in a great location and boasted the nicest staff of people I have ever met! From the car service/baggage holders to the front desk employees to the housekeeping staff. Everyone was so friendly and happy..it seemed they really liked their job and hotel and were actually happy to be there! Our room was handsome and very clean! We also liked how to get to any guest floors you had to swipe your key in the elevator to gain access to any hotel room floors. That made us feel very safe. We were lucky enough to also have lounge access that served us a very nice breakfast in the morning and offered free waters and soft drinks. This hotel obviously very well managed. It is a fantastic place to stay! Thanks you Hotel Chicago for making our weekend so wonderful!
I've been coming to this hotel for about 15 years, and while it changed hands a few times, the staff remained the same and are the most important reason I keep coming back: the doormen Wayne, Ed and Rick are the absolute best. I look forward to seeing them again next year!
Additionally, the hotel is comfortable, fantastic beds, very clean, quiet, beautiful bathroom.
We came for a long Thanksgiving weekend and the hotel was perfect for everything we wanted to do. Perfect location to see all the sights!
Rooms were very nice - clean, quiet and comfy! Staff helped us identify all the best places to see (many that we didn't even know of)
Dad also loved the bar area!
Top rated hotel in my book.....we were greeted by such a friendly staff from the second we arrived. Our room accommodations exceeded our expectations. The beds were very comfortable and felt like home. The bar felt very happening and the drinks were outstanding! The hotel is central located to many activities in the heart of chicago and the staff was very helpful with directing us on where to go! Great weekend away!
From the minute we arrive it is home for us. We are comming to this hotel for more than 10 years. In close range of almost evereything. Expecially the doormen Wayne, Rick, Ed en Murphy and the nice conciërges make the stay so special.