The Whitehall Hotel
What We Love
- Cocktails at the Whitehall Place Lounge, one of the first bars to start serving liquor after Prohibition ended in 1932
- Being able to access lots of the city’s attractions without setting foot on a subway or in a taxi
- The warm staff, who go out of their way to be helpful
What To Know
- There are no coffeemakers in the rooms, but morning coffee is provided in the lobby
- Rooms are on the small size, so if you’re traveling with family be prepared for close quarters
- Free WiFi
- A mini-fridge can be provided for an additional fee
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
The Whitehall’s central location in Chicago is one of its biggest draws. Within walking distance from many of the city’s most important sights, it’s an excellent base for visitors. The old-world charm of the lobby—wood paneling; oil paintings—gives way to guest rooms that underwent a major renovation several years ago but still retain a sense of atmosphere with restored antique furniture, exceptionally comfy (Hypnos cashmere) mattresses dressed in Egyptian linen, and marble baths. The rooms are also heavy on earth tones and warm fabrics—a luxury during those bitter Chicago winters—and there are original art works on the walls. While there are just two onsite restaurants, including one gourmet Italian spot and another more casual Chinese restaurant, the neighborhood is full of excellent dining options. Perhaps the most necessary feature: a small fitness center for working off all that Chicago-style pizza.
In the Area
Convenient to nearly all the tourist attractions in Chicago, the Whitehall is especially good for shoppers looking to plunder the high-end stores of the Magnificent Mile. Pre-game first with breakfast at Hendrickx, a standout Belgian bakery just around the corner from the hotel that turns out fabulous breads, waffles, and croissants—so good you may find yourself here every morning. The Purple Pig, a 10-minute stroll south, serves creative small plates and a fascinating selection of house-cured meats (a Chicago specialty) in cozy surroundings. The world-class Museum of Contemporary Art is a half-mile away, as is the Water Tower, a 19th-century Gothic landmark with its own gallery. Oak Street Beach and the lakefront walking and running trails are a few minutes walk, and the nearest “L” train stop is five blocks from the hotel.
How to Get There
My wife and I stayed at the Whitehall during a quick weekend trip to Chicago. It was a perfect choice for us. The rooms are well decorated and comfortable at a reasonable price. The hotel is centrally located in the downtown area, close to many excellent restaurants. Ditka's is actually around the corner from the hotel. The staff was all helpful and friendly. Overall we were very pleased with our stay.
Have stayed at the wonderful Whitehall with wife and family at least 10-15 times. Many of the same people have been working there since I started staying from 1995. Always greeted with big smile from Alex he has been there 25 years best doorman ever. Front desk is friendly. and always willing to help. This particular trip there was misunderstanding, and or communication from Disney on some of the extras we were to receive thru Disney vacation club. Michelle a friendly lady who has roots in Brazil was managing the front desk, she did not hesitate to act , and go beyond the call of duty to take care of us in gracious manor. Oh and the pizza maker, spot on, I believe his name was Jose , great hospitality. Thx everyone. Love the location , the people , and the Whitehall.
A nice hotel with excellent location near the water tower place and the magnificent mile if you are looking for shopping. Easy access to restaurants and very near to the bus stop of the RSNA. The staff is very friendly and trying to help you in every possible way. The room is nice with a very comfortable king bed. Great value for money. It was a nice experience and I will surely choose it the next time I visit Chicago. Thanks Whitehall staff for everything.
attractive hotel, nicely updated...very clean...liked our room except NO coffee maker but they did have free coffee downstairs. staff were all very very nice. Mentioning Abal who was our valet when we left..very very nice, polite young man. The restaurant inside had great breakfast food and a wonderful cozy ambience. Would like to try dinner there next time around. We wil definitely stay here again.
Stayed one night. Room large, clean and comfortable. Staff helpful and friendly. Located within easy walking to magnificent mile. Located in nice part of town. Stayed room only basis so cannot comment on breakfast. Highly recommend