Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago
What We Love
- Design-forward, from the undulating exterior to the chain-link-walled lobby lounge
- Loaded with amenities including pools for all seasons (one in, the other out)
- Museum-worthy art collection with a smartphone app providing guided tours
What To Know
- Free WiFi and late check-out
- Guestroom balconies offer opportunities to step out, but are unfurnished
- Most rooms offer superior views, but the best are on the highest floors
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Chicago architect Jeanne Gang, a MacArthur Fellow, designed this acclaimed white tower ringed in rippling balconies that make the exterior seem to shimmy. Sexy low-lit interiors feel cozy and inviting. A 50-foot fireplace edges the lobby lounge, and gallery lighting picks out the hotel’s prized collection of black and white photos by street photographer Vivian Meier. Toying with proportion, the hotel’s split-level Italian restaurant resides on an open mezzanine a half-story up, with its communal-table-packed bar a half level below.
Bed and Bath
The hotel’s 334 guestrooms double as inviting sanctuaries and panoramic perches. Floor-to-ceiling windows overlook key downtown attractions from Navy Pier to Millennium Park. Blond wood floors, white linens and original paper artwork set a tranquil tone in some design-forward rooms, while others feature teal carpeting and matching throws. Bathrooms riff on the aqua in the hotel’s name with white tile, pastel blue walls and opaque glass doors that slide across the shower. In addition to fully stocked mini-bars, one-cup brewers come stocked with Lavazza coffee and Rishi tea.
The centerpiece of the hotel is one of Chicago’s most impressive fitness centers, a third-floor span that includes an indoor basketball half-court, lap pool and billiards room with an 8-seat poker table. Outside, the deck hosts a larger pool, fire pits and a running track. In addition to its Italian restaurant and fireside lounge, the lobby hosts a grab-and-go espresso bar. The hotel’s app offers a museum-worthy tour of the prized art collection, as well as a proud overview of its architecture.
In the Area
Fittingly one block south of the design-centric hotel lies Millennium Park, home to a concert stage and pedestrian bridge designed by architect Frank Gehry, gardens, a video-screen fountain and the popular “Cloud Gate” sculpture (aka The Bean), a popular photo stop for its curvy reflective surface. The Art Institute of Chicago is connected to the park by a pedestrian bridge designed by Renzo Piano. His Modern Wing houses the top-floor Terzo Piano, a window-wrapped, light-flooded room that makes a memorable lunch stop. Just north of the hotel, the Chicago River offers spectacular views of the skyline best guided by the Chicago Architecture Foundation on their popular architectural boat tours.
How to Get There
Very good. Surprised at quality of the mattress I had in the upgraded room. Have experienced much better at various other chains when I travel for business. Would have to reconsider ever staying again... as it happened this time I chose it because of l location and availability
Booked an Ambassador Suite and was upgraded again! Amazing service. Family loved it and the concierge had great service. The club lounge was very busy those days so it was hard to utilize and the food wasn’t replenished at one point but the stay was still great!!
Staff is amazing and the nicest! The rooms were comfy and spacious, the balcony view was nice even though it was a bit chilly the weekend we went to attend a concert, BTS! Clean rooms and facility. Would definitely recommend!
The hotel was in the middle of most things I would like as a tourist to chicago.
Itvis minutes from the magnificent mile, millennium park, and the Navy Pier. It is close to a El train stop(5-10 minute walk)
It has a great restaurant/ with wonderful staff at the breakfast rush. Especially Micheal.
The rooms are nice with great views, if you get a balcony.
My only two complaints were:
not enough towels provided for a room that sleeps 4
The fridge was a minibar, thus not allowing one to put in our own drinks or snacks, there should at least be a shelf for that or an ability to opt in or out of the mini bar versus fridge....why not a vending machine connected to a room key?
If I could I would take away only half a star for the minor issues.
Over all we would return
Can't say enough about the outstanding customer service. We were greeted by Vincent, who was gracious and funny as he showed us to our room and managed our bags for us. The front desk staff were ALL consistently pleasant, professional, and accommodating. Our room and bathroom were impeccably clean, too. As a Radisson Rewards member, we would definitely stay in this location again.