LondonHouse Chicago, Curio Collection by Hilton
What We Love
- The Chromecast-equipped TVs, so you can Netflix and chill
- The three-story rooftop bar is one of the hottest spots in town
- You can text the staff with requests
- The gym is open 24 hours
What To Know
- Be careful not to sleep in—late checkout can cost $100
- Request a river view room on a high floor for dynamite views
- Valet parking is pricey
- Check-in isn’t until 4 p.m.
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Part of the Hilton Hotels’ “Curio Collection,” this massive hotel (22 stories high with 452 rooms and suites) is not boutique in any sense of the word—bathrooms are ultra-spacious, and the rooftop bar takes up three stories—but its impressive eye for design leaves other giant hotels in the dust. Formerly the London Guarantee & Accident Building, a landmark edifice from the 1920s, the creation of LondonHouse (and the addition of a new all-glass building next door) turned this space into a super modern spot that is one of the hottest new hotels in Chicago. Rooms, outfitted in dark wood that offsets the bright white beds (including monogrammed duvet covers), come with Nespresso machines and 55-inch TVs and have workstations big enough to actually accomplish something. The second-floor lobby is enormous and a fabulous place to relax (the armchairs that curve over your head are particularly cool), while the lobby bar has floor-to-ceiling windows that light up the entire space.
In the Area
LondonHouse sits by the DuSable Bridge, with a fabulous position on East Upper Wacker Drive and just over the water from the southern point of the Magnificent Mile. The lakefront is less than a mile to the east, with the running and biking paths of North Lake Shore Dive easily reached on foot. A stroll north brings you to the fabulous Museum of Contemporary Art, while heading in the other direction takes you to the Art Institute by way of the wonderful Millennium Park, whose displays of public art and ambitious design have garnered international praise (fuel up with the city’s best pancakes at the nearby Wildberry Café before a day of park explorations). If you want to give your feet a break, there are a handful of subway stops within minutes of the hotel.
How to Get There
I stayed at the hotel for two nights. Best location with beautiful view, great staff with kindness, and awesome place to stay!!!
Loop top is the best place to see the great view at any time after 11:00am. I took a bus when I visited some place. It’s very close to the bus station. Breakfast at Land & Lake was good. White egg omelet is the best.
The roof top had an AMAZING VIEW!!! But was really crowded and didn't have music pound enough to hear. We headed downstairs to Lobby Bar. Its in incredibly beautiful. Lucia server and TJ made our night extra special. TJ is a great dancer and wealth of information.
Highly recommended. From check in with Tori to the quick text to check out everything was fabulous. If you get a chance you need to visit the rooftop bar on the 22nd floor. Unbelievable view down the river and looking down onto the Trump outdoor bar area. Our group of 14 had a pretty big table area and Mary our hostess/waitress was awesome. Will definitely stay there again.
Beautiful and spotless room. Large bathroom and shower. World class service. Felt as if I was staying in the lap of luxury. Nespresso machine, even soap smelled amazing. Highly recommend and would definitely stay again.
this centrally located hotel on upper wacker is a jewel. The rooms are spacious and beautifully appointed - view of the river is awesome..... nice ground floor restaurant for breakfast or a snack.. the rooftop deck is a must see. you can walk practically to anywhere from it - be it River North, shopping on Michigan avenue or to the Art Institute