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What We Love

  • Within walking distance of nightlife and shopping
  • Sipping a blood orange Bellini at the hand-carved wooden bar
  • Dining alfresco at Little Market and taking in the view of the John Hancock Tower
  • The lobby, with its fireplace-equipped sitting rooms
  • Keurig coffee machines in the guestrooms and free WiFi and Mac Mini computer
  • The Goddess and Grocer, a gourmet shop across the street

What To Know

  • The hotel was built in 1927
  • The elevators are on the slow side
  • No gym, but access to the Equinox fitness club a block away
  • In-room massages are available
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Overview

The Review

As you pass through the revolving doors into the Talbott’s lobby — which is decked out in mahogany paneling, coffered ceilings, twin sitting rooms with fireplaces framed by hand-carved mantels, and plush brown leather sofas — you’ll feel as if you’ve stepped into an English country manor house dropped into downtown Chicago.

The 149 spacious rooms, spread over 16 floors, offer more of the same, with caramel-colored wall-to-wall carpeting, crown molding and framed prints of hunting dogs and horses. While the decor is conservative, the technology is cutting-edge. All the rooms are equipped with WiFi, 42-inch LCD televisions with HD channels, and Mac Mini computers, so you can plug in and catch up on Netflix or listen to your favorite music. Frette linens, comfy robes, Molton Brown bath products and 24-hour room service from Little Market, a take on French brasserie fare, round out the experience.

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For nightlife and people watching, Rush Street is the place to go. Book a table at Gibson’s, which is known for its steak and its storied past — Frank Sinatra and Barbara Streisand used to perform here. When you’ve had enough, head back to the Talbott for a nightcap at the stunning hand-carved mahogany bar.

How to Get There

Talbott
20 East Delaware Place
Chicago, IL 60611 United States

Reviews

Weekend stay
Tricia P

Our first weekend stay at the Talbott Hotel in Chicago exceeded all of our expectations! The hotel decor and atmosphere was warm and inviting. The location was perfect, with many restaurants, bars, and shopping options within walking distance. The staff was professional, friendly and attentive. We particularly enjoyed Dwayne, and his attention to detail and kind demeanor. He’s definitely a positive asset to the Talbott staff. We look forward to staying at the Talbott when we return to Chicago.
Sincerely,
Trish and Mike Phillips

Nice boutique
hangandrew93

I wanted to earn points with Hyatt so I booked a room for the weekend at The Talbott Hotel. This hotel falls under Joie de Vivre and their boutique hotels are really nice. Especially the one in SF, Hotel Kabuki!

Anyway, the hotel itself is really nice. Kind of a lowkey, contemporary hotel. There was construction when I stayed here, but that didn't bother me. My room was on the 16th floor of the hotel. Very big spacious room (1603) and very comfortable bed. The rooms were nice, but a little dated as far as appearance, same with the hallways. Somewhat reminds me of the Roosevelt (NYC and LA) but more bright. This is def. Old Chicago vibes!

The staff was amazing. When I checked in, Josh (the one wearing glasses) was beyond helpful. He went out of his way to make sure everything went smoothly and gave me some insights on the city. Same goes for the bell guys! Houston knows hospitality, so this place is def. up there! Would stay again.
By the way, please fix that other elevator!!

PS: if you're flying into Midway, hop on the train if you're not in a hurry. It only costed me $3.00 or less vs the Uber that would've been $25-30.

And the location is AMAZING! Close to everything. Literally!

Good, but not Great
TravelHighOrLow

I'd like to start by saying the staff at the hotel were all great, and especially the doormen and bellmen: knowledgable, efficient, enthusiastic, terrific. This hotel was apparently remodeled 2 years ago. It feels beat up and out of date. The design is one whole situation of 'who did this?'. Only one elevator of two works. The staff doesn't have their own elevator as it is an old building so that one elevator gets a lot of work for 16 floors. When there's a wedding in the hotel, it's a situation. It has been that way for awhile now. The room hallway smelt like smoke even though it's a non-smoking hotel. It's 2019. I don't know why. I started in a room facing the inside of the building, so dark, no view, window worn white. It was very depressing. The furnishings were a hodge podge. It definitely did not fit in with the Gold Coast vibe on the street. It made no sense. Once moved to a street side room, junior suite, it was definitely much better. Sunlight was better, the bathroom was much nicer, the fringed purple velvet sofa and chair were still odd but it felt cleaner and better. For a 'boutique' hotel owned by a conglomerate, it desperately needs some classing up. Also, though there is a doorman, it seems odd given the location that the elevator doesn't require your room key to function. It's fine but not quite the level you might expect for the neighborhood. 3 1/2 out of 5