The Blackstone, Autograph Collection
What We Love
- Museum-quality art collection of 1,400 works by local artists
- Prime location on the Magnificent Mile across from Millennium Park
- Celebrity chef Jose Garces’s distinctive menu of Catalan-inspired cocktails and dishes at Mercat a la Planxa
What To Know
- Sophisticated atmosphere not ideal for kids
- No spa services, but the front desk offers referrals
- WiFi costs $12.95 a day
- Parking On Site
Since its opening in 1910, this stunning Beaux-Arts grande dame has hosted celebs, sports stars and 12 U.S. presidents. A 2008 reopening brought the design into the new century with avant-garde video installations by Lincoln Schatz and mod chrome lamps that contrast with expertly restored marble floors, gleaming wood-paneled walls and a grand staircase.
Bed & Bath
The rooms are even more contemporary, in a neutral palette of beige, slate and ivory, with pops of crimson. The clean-lined furniture manages to feel indulgent thanks to luxe materials — a marble-topped desk here, a buttery leather armchair there. Spacious marble bathrooms have combo tub-showers, Aveda bath products and funky Rorschach-inspired graphic wallpaper.
Celebrity chef Jose Garces offers a taste of Catalonia with his modern Mediterranean menu at the hotel’s Mercat a la Planxa restaurant. Expect a mix of traditional dishes such as hearty seafood paellas with more modern seasonal dishes such as rabbit agnolotti with truffle chestnut puree, brandied cherries and rosemary brown butter. Chicago’s Art Institute is just down the street, but you only have to take the elevator to the fifth floor Art Hall to see beautiful works by local art students. There’s also a 24/7 fitness center on-site.
In the Area
Deep dish pizza is an institution, so sink your teeth into a cheesy pie at Giordano’s, one of the city’s most famous pizzerias. When you’re ready to get the inside bite on Chicago’s foodie scene, head over to the West Loop’s Girl and the Goat, a 10-minute cab ride from the hotel, for chef Stephanie Izard’s inventive small plates (think escargot ravioli with bacon and tamarind-miso sauce, and roasted beets with green beans, white anchovy and avocado crème fraîche). The Chicago Architecture Foundation offers year-round walking and bus tours and seasonal riverboat tours of the city’s most famous buildings. Speaking of impressive architecture, don’t miss the Modern Wing at the Art Institute of Chicago, designed by Renzo Piano. Across the street from the hotel, Millennium Park, a 24.5-acre urban escape, offers events and activities all year, from concerts in the summer to ice skating in the winter. The Jay Pritzker Pavilion, designed by starchitect Frank Gehry, and the Crown Fountain, an art installation featuring two 50-foot towers with moving faces of Chicago residents, are highlights.
How to Get There
The Blackstone is the place to stay if you’re looking for great service, comfortable and clean hotel amenities all at a valuable rate. The hotel is perfectly located if you plan on watching a Bears victory at Soldier Field and enjoying great Chicago blues at Buddy Guys.
P.S. Thank you front desk Rachel for the chapstick, this California kid lips had no chance Sunday night without it.
We spent the weekend in Chicago to visit friends. We chose The Blackstone as it is part of the Marriott family of hotels. The hotel offered a competitive rate and was well located in the city. We greatly enjoyed our time in the hotel. It has a classic old hotel feel yet has been upgraded to provide the amenities one wants from a modern hotel.The staff was gracious and accommodating. We were grateful for an extended checkout so we could squeeze in a late breakfast with a friend. The bar was warm and friendly. However I did not see a tv which would have been nice in order to catch some football action while enjoying a drink. The hotel had lots of football fans who were later going to the Bears-Rams game Sunday night.Chicago is a great place to visit at Christmas. We would definitely stay at The Blackstone again.
The Blackstone wasn’t my original choice. I had booked into the Langham but I was offered a very very good rate to stay here and as a PPE member of Marriott it made sense to stay within the Marriott/SPG family. Also the huge saving meant I could enjoy more of what Chicago had to offer.
I’m really pleased I did as the Blackstone is a lovely hotel.
Its a cool a quirky place and is steeped with lots of fascinating facts and history! One of my favourite TV shows as a kid - ‘Early Edition’ was set there. Even the Mafia can trace the history of the establishment of the ‘Commission’ all the way back to this hotel!
Firstly, its not a luxury or ‘Over-service’ hotel. Thats not what I wanted for this trip. Sometimes all that over service get a bit stale. Instead - Its simple, friendly and very genuine hotel.
Location is amazing - you can walk anywhere in the city and its in the cultural mile so plenty of museums and galleries!
The building is lovely maintained and has so many of its original features. The staff couldn’t be more helpful. Big shout out to the front of house crew - Eric, Rachel and Lahueesha who were all fantastic!
The service in the Mercat restaurant was outstanding too! Nice atmosphere too! Sadly let down by the food - which I hate to say was such a disappointment. It over-sold an exciting Catalonian dining experience but the reality was very ‘Meh’ and very expensive considering we didn’t drink! Both of us just shifted it around on our plates as it was so uninspiring.
As a PPE Member we had access to the 1600 Lounge which was a nice place to grab breakfast and a nibble. No room upgrade or anything as they were fully booked. We did get a room with the view of the Hilton next door and a partial view of the Aquarium and Solider Field. I tried to offer more money for a nicer room but they were full.
That was another thing, the hotel was bursting at the seams but it didn’t feel busy nor did anything take along time to be sorted out. We had a couple of plumbing issues and each time resolved super-fast!
The only thing which dawned on me as I was checking out was that the Hotel knew I was getting engaged on this trip. I had contacted the Assistant Manager before visiting looking for some advice and explained situation. News traveled fast and every member of staff we met went out of their way congratulated us! It was so nice of them and made our stay really personable.
However, you would think actual Hotel would have done a little something like a ballon, flowers or even a towel animal in our room to mark a PPE member choosing to has such an important trip at their hotel. I get a ticker-tape parade at every other Marriott/SPG/Hilton Honours hotel just for showing up again. Just felt like a missed opportunity. Engagements lead to weddings and weddings lead to hotel ballroom bookings and honeymoons! Make a guest feel warm and fuzzy within the brand and I’m sure they will book their wedding through that brand!
Again - I do not expect this and its totally at the digression of the hotel so I’m still giving the Blackstone a 5/5 :)
The Blackstone Hotel is wonderful historic property located on Michigan Avenue. It is on the north end near Grant Park and Millenium Park. Also just south of Soldier Field, The Field Museum, and the aquarium. It is right across the street from the Chicago Hilton where the Fugitive movie with Harrison Ford was filmed. Wonderful lobby and very nice rooms.
Arrived early on a Saturday morning and our room was ready! Woman at the desk was friendly and check-in was super fast. The lobby is beautiful and was tastefully decorated for the holidays. Our room was at the end of the hall. Rooms are on the small side but laid out well. The bathroom was very nice with a large shower. Not great shower pressure was a little bit of a bummer. The bed was comfortable and provided a good night's sleep. Used the app to checkout and quickly dropped off key cards when heading out. We will definitely consider staying here again the next time we visit Chicago!