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
Due to a snafu with my reservation at another hotel I was forced to make other arrangements. I used my hoteltonight app and was able to find this hotel for a great price. Upon arrival I was amazed, the place was beautiful and the view from my room couldn't have been better (room 610). The room is modern and the bathroom has a walk in shower and plenty of counter space.I would have extended my stay for another night but my Saturday reservation was non-refundable. Needless to say our hotel on Saturday was a disappointment after staying at Londonhouse. We are already planning our return trip to celebrate my husbands birthday. Thank you Londonhouse for making my birthday unforgettable!
I came into town to spend time with my daughter that lives in the city. She recommended the hotel and I loved it. The staff was very helpful even when I arrived after 1am in the morning. Concierge went out of his way to ensure that my questions were answers about one of the amenities. Finally, the fitness room was the best of all the hotels I’ve stayed. I will definitely stay again.
We came to Chicago for St Pattys day to see the river dyed green. We reserved a vista room with floor to ceiling windows, perfect view of the river, it was excellent! Large room, comfy bed, cozy robes, helpful staff, several dining options onsite, perfect location to sites, the L and restaurants and bars. Loved it and will definitely be bacl!
The hotel is very nice. The staff was friendly and courteous. The room was clean and had an excellent view of the city, even from the 8th floor. The rooftop provides and amazing view of the city as well. The location was great for walking to pretty much anywhere. We walked to Navy Pier and Millennium Park and it was a very quick walk.
Only drawback was one instance where one of the staff came to our door to check on us and room. He knocked and as I was waking to open the door he entered and explained he was from guest services to do a check and see if we needed anything. I’m not bothered by the check, more that he came in rather quickly after knocking. It could have lead to a rather awkward situation if I was in the shower or in bed.
Definitely a great place to stay for the views and location.
Spent the night here with some friends when we were in town for our annual "Christmas in Chicago" weekend. Hotel has a great location, as practically everything is within walking distance, and the views from the rooms are nice. The rooms have a modern feel to them, despite being in a historic building. Lobby bar has some nice views of the river, and for some really nice views of the area, head to the restaurant / bar near the top of the building. Staff was friendly and helpful. Well definitely consider staying here next year!