Hyatt Centric Chicago Magnificent Mile
What We Love
- Prime location between shop-centric Michigan Avenue and the Lake Michigan shore
- Lobby bar specializes in beers brewed within 125 miles and hires local singer-songwriters to serenade the crowd
- Spacious rooms with skyline views and thoughtful extras like motion-sensor nightlights
What To Know
- Hipsters, book elsewhere: The clientele tends toward business travelers and families
- Though the lobby library offers a half hour of free WiFi, in-room access is $9.95 (basic) or $14.95 (premium) per day
- The pool is more for relaxing than swimming laps
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Straddling cool and corporate. Curios and an eclectic collection of books — from history tomes to dieting how-tos — fill the shelves of the library in the second-story lobby. Three major pieces of contemporary Chicago-themed art, including a wall-size rendering of a city map circa 1910, add interest to the otherwise neutral space in the lobby. The furnishings including a communal table, cozy banquettes and pairs of Eames plywood chairs that encourage gathering in the comfortable bar.
Bed and Bath
In a masculine beige to copper palette, the spacious guestrooms focus on the essentials: downy beds, oversize TVs, mini-refrigerators and generous bathrooms. Egg-shaped leather armchairs, oversize ottomans that double as coffee tables, and L-shaped sectional couches make guests feel at home. The management minds the little details, from earplugs supplied bedside to motion sensor–activated nightlights installed on the floor. Heavy barn doors separate the large bathrooms, which feature makeup-ready mirror lighting.
The open-plan Level Two in the lobby morphs from waiting area to convivial bar, where local singer-songwriters play happy hours kicked off with barrel-aged Negronis and beers crafted within 125 miles. Roll-away doors in the restaurant slide open in the morning to reveal one of the city’s most complete breakfast buffets, including artisanal cheeses and charcuterie. The modern gym has the latest in LifeFitness aerobic and weight machines, plus mats, exercise balls, headphones and magazines. The small pool is popular with families.
In the Area
The Magnificent Mile in the hotel’s name refers to Michigan Avenue, one block west, an energetic thoroughfare lined with designer and department stores, from Tiffany’s to Nordstrom. Better than the shopping are the restaurants, starting with Italian small plates favorite Cicchetti, which is just across the street from the hotel. Rub elbows with locals at the Purple Pig’s communal tables for sharable charcuterie, cheese and pork jowl. Take a culture break at the airy Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. Its neighbor, the Lookingglass Theatre in the historic Water Tower Water Works building, stages innovative shows that often incorporate circus arts. The 18-mile lakefront bike trail is just a few blocks away, with rentals available from Bike Chicago at the nearby Navy Pier.
How to Get There
Recently visited here with my husband and two grandchildren. Everything about it was fantastic, especially its location!!! Very comfortable beds, great tv selection, and first-rate housekeeping staff! If we get back to Chicago, we will DEFINITELY stay here again!
Excellent central location from which to explore Chicago - with superb customer service and friendly staff. Nearby to such attractions as Lake Michigan, the river walk, the wonderful skyline - the buildings have that WOW factor -and all the central attractions of Chicago. Surprisingly, there is also a beach and plenty of parkland in the city. Chicago is a wonderful city. In this hotel you are in reach of it all. Take a boat trip on the river and lake! Best to book a top floor room as there is a hospital nearby and sometimes you can hear the ambulance sirens. I give the hotel 8 out of 10. Enjoy.
The Hyatt Centric is a well-located modern high-rise hotel in Chicago, with all of the amenities that you'd expect in an upscale chain of hotels in a big city. My wife and I and our adult daughter stayed for six days in two connecting rooms that were clean, bright and modern. There's nothing particularly quirky or interesting about the hotel, and it's not, of course, a resort with beautiful grounds and pools and the like. But it was reasonably priced for an upscale hotel, and convenient to seeing all that the wonderful downtown area of Chicago has to offer. We did not eat in the restaurant nor did we need to, with all that there is around the hotel. We even skipped breakfast in the small café for the Corner Bakery across the street.
Overall, a good choice.
Very modern and very clean. The staff is very helpful and friendly. Located in a very good location and surrounded by food and fun places to enjoy. The pool is small, but very clean and relaxing. We felt secure and would stay here again.
First time to Chicago and picked the Hyatt, never stayed at a Centric property and I was very supprised at the Centric concept. The hotel was very chic and minimalist, exactly my taste. The check in counter was one floor above and had a great common and hang out area. Right behind was a restaurant which I had dinner at and that was also quite exceptional. I was very happy with the choice, the level of service and room assignment. All the amenities were well thought out, the lay out of the room was quite large and simple which I like and everything had a fresh and clean feel to it. I had such a pleasant stay, I have already booked my next trip to San Francisco and made sure it was a Centric. I like this concept so much more than the Grand and Regency's.