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
Check in easy, staff friendly, accommodating, room clean, complimentary coffee and tea, ice delivered on request. Energetic staff always willing to lend a hand. Convenient to Magnificent Mile, John Hancock Tower Tilt experience, Hop on/off bus at Water Tower and restaurants. Recommend Lou Malnati’s Pizza for delicious Italian and Wildberry for breakfast, Sprinkles for the cupcake ATM, all within walking distance. This hotel is convenient to CTA Red line “Chicago” stop. We drove from Ohio, checked in, took our car to Midway airport for the best parking rate and took the EL orange line back to town, rode the EL during our 5-day stay. Also recommend Ann Sather’s for breakfast, Batter and Berries for breakfast/brunch.
We celebrated our anniversary with an overnight trip to Chicago and needed a budget friendly place to stay! We absolutely loved The Whitehall! The room was beautiful, well-appointed, and super clean. The staff was extremely friendly. The location is great for shopping—walk to Water Tower Place and the 900 N Michigan shops (Bloomingdales, Tesla, etc). Mike Ditka’s restaurant is steps away. Hotel valet parking was $65 a night but you can find a self park across the street for $45. It’s a short cab ride to the theater district. You can’t go wrong!
When my friend tried to check in the clerk said she could not read the credit card number on the card. I was easily able to read it! The staff, overall was nowhere near as friendly and helpful as the previous staff had been during the 22 years my friend has frequented this hotel. At 10 pm, wanting to take a shower, there was absolutely no water! The handle in the tub was completely broken. The window coverings are so old we didn't want to touch them. The beds were okay, but the comforters were all bunched up on the inside.
Good location right off Michigan Ave. Bar/restaurant good enjoyed wood fired pizza and the staff there. Front desk personnel were not helpful. Price charged was not price quoted by phone when made reservation 3 weeks ahead. Room was cold, small with a dark bathroom. We had two bath towels and robes were hard and stiff. Toiletries were have used. All for $300 a night. Have stayed many times in the past but not again. Beds were good and there was an extra blanket.
This is an older historic hotel so don't expect fancy but I can't complain because it was so close to being anywhere downtown. We walked everywhere we needed and felt very comfortable and safe. The room was small but served it purpose.