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
My friend and I stayed at the Whitehall for four nights last week. We loved the great location of the hotel and felt quite safe out and about. The employees were very friendly and I appreciate R and A who helped us with our Lyft rides while offering suggestions for food. My friend left her phone in the room and when we returned, V. from housekeeping had found the phone and placed it on the desk for us to find. It's great honesty like this that made our stay memorable. I loved being at the north end of Michigan Ave. The rooms are a little small, but this reasonably priced hotel fit our needs perfectly. Our next trip to Chicago will definitely include staying here!! Thanks to all for a great trip!!!
The Whitehall Hotel was built in 1928, and it looks it! I seriously doubt if any renovations or upgrades have been done since it was built. Drab decor. Will not stay here again. Shoutout to Alicia and staff.
Location is great, central and within decent walking distance to most attractions ie millennium park, magnificent mile, navy pier etc and plenty of bars / restaurants. Hotel reception looked good so was shocked when we got to our room. Paper pealing off the walls, dirty carpet, the smell was awful, and right under the air conditioning generators outside so it was noisy with a horrible view of a brick wall.
we did ask at reception to be moved to a different room and whilst they couldn't accommodate for the first night they did move us on day 2. Whilst the second room was tired it was clean and comfortable and much better than the first one.
The location really sells this hotel and the price is far cheaper than anywhere else in the vicinity.
For what you pay and the location, this was a good deal. This is not a high-end hotel, but room and bathrooms were clean. perfect for a business trip. The hotel is old which is what i found charming about the place
Staying at The Whitehall Hotel was an amazing experience. The staff was friendly and professional. Room was just what we needed to stay the night after many hours of touring and walking around. The restaurant within the hotel is delicious and highly recommended. Thank you Diana, George, Momo and Jaime for making our stay feel like home. I will definitely be staying here again when visiting Chicago!