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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
Valet parking service was sleeping, so we parked our car ourselves (also a few dollars cheaper). When checking in, we were offered an upgrade price for a fantastic view on the river for 40 USD (not worth it, you see the Trump tower on the other side and that's it). Restaurant was o.k., prices quite high, we only went there once.
Rooms were clean, but little overpriced like the whole hotel. Loud neighbours in the next room and also housekeeping quite noisy. Next time I would choose another one.
Unbelievable views. Super friendly helpful staff.
My fiancé and I came early to the city after spending the week north of the city in the suburbs with family. We had never been to Chicago before and wanted something downtown close to everything. London house definitely delivers. Directly across from Trump hotel your a hop skip and a jump from everything. The staff were amazing. Will definitely be back.
Fantastic hotel with views from most rooms and especially the roof top bar. Great staff and comfortable rooms. Do know that on weekends this hotel is busy with guests having a good time. If you need quiet, make sure you ask for it. Avoid the 5th floor and any adjoining room. But would definitely stay here again.