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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
I was at this hotel from 4/11/19 -4/15/19. It is a nice boutique-type hotel. The staff was very helpful and friendly. ALEX the bellman was especially helpful with restaurant suggestions and CTA instructions. Room was clean and spacious. Overall, a very stay.
My wife, and myself recently spent 5 wonderful days in Chicago. The city has many places to see and visit and the people make you feel very welcome.
Visit - Navy Pier, Willis tower, Chicago 360 and all:the big shops up the Maginificent Mile. Feeling sporty visit Soldiers Field or Wrigley Fi3ld for bid American sports.
We stayed in The Whitehall Hotel, an inspired choice. Staff efficient and professional and only too pleased to help. Everyone was excellent with Alyson, receptionist, outstanding. Facilities, restaurant very good. Would go back to this hotel
My boyfriend and I booked a room for one night as we were catching a show pretty late and didn’t want to drive back to the suburbs. We saw a good deal and some great pictures so we went ahead and booked for the night. The front desk service was amazing and we were even given an upgrade! Once we arrived to the room we were pleasantly surprised to find that our “upgrade” was falling apart. The first thing we noticed was the foul smell of must. Then we notice that the wall paper is actually coming off the walls. We decided to just accept that and chalk it up to age. Then we go in the bathroom and discover that the paint is coming off the ceiling from water, like there was a leak. Then we take a peek at the shower and notice that it’s placed so low on the wall that neither my boyfriend or myself could not get our heads under it (I’m 5’7 he’s 6’1). All of this on top of the disgusting carpet was enough for us to call it. The “upgraded” room looked nothing like the picture we saw online and I could not express my disappointment enough in the false advertising. (I double checked to make sure) We placed our cards in the express checkout box and went to the show. I will not be recommending this hotel to anyone I know. I wish I had taken pictures.
My family and I had booked a room at another hotel and when we checked in were appalled at the conditions. I scrambled with 2 kids in tow to book us another room and found The Whitehall. I called before booking as I didn't want another disaster of a hotel. I spoke to Alicia and she was amazing at answering all my questions and is honestly the reason I decided to book as she assured me they would take care of us and she exceeded expectations in doing just that. The hotel is beautiful, 5 star quality, exceptionally clean with amazing views of John Hancock building which is right across from hotel even with view of street down to Lake Michigan. Their Valet parking is great with it's own in building secured parking garage and cut down tremendously on parking costs. This is an amazing hotel for a family trip as well as a romantic trip for couples. As many vacations as I have taken over the years I have never found a hotel manager like Alicia who you can tell takes pride in her job, exceeds customer service expectations, and most importantly genuinely cares about the guests. Thank you so much Alicia and The Whitehall hotel as you saved our trip and made it better than we thought possible. We are already planning our next stay there the end of April for my birthday.
Front Desk were so friendly and helpful. Clean room. You can ask to bring you a microwave or even a fridge in the room. Complete accessories in the room. No swimming pool but not a big deal. Bellman specially Alex was so welcoming, very helpful and friendly too.