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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- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- 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
From the smiling and joyful doormen to the front desk everyone is so willing to please. Liliana even went to find us dishes to eat the amazing deep dish the front desk recommended. I know where to stay next time I am in town!!
Right in the heart of down town with everything at walking distance
Nice Riverwalk ,restaurants and shopping at the magnificent mile
Friendly staff and big clean rooms with comfortable pillows and bed
Good value for money
I requested a room with a tub. Was told by the front desk that I was given a Deluxe King. When I saw the bathroom, I almost laughed. I had never seen a 3 foot tub before. Fortunately my stay was very short.