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The Alise Chicago - A Staypineapple Hotel
Ranked #25 of 190 Hotels in Chicago
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356 reviews
57 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 179 helpful votes
“Nice old fashion hotel”
Reviewed 3 June 2014

This hotel was designed by Daniel Burnham, which was used to be an office building but now converted to a boutique hotel operated by Kimpton.

The location is unbeatable. It is less than one block from the blue line from O"Hare; the stop is "Washington". And maybe 2 blocks from the orange line coming from Mid-way. There were a lot of shopping with 1-2 blocks such as Macy, Nordstorm Rack, Target, H&M, TJ Max, etc. IT is also 2-3 blocks from the Millenium Park.

The room was comfortable and decent size. I had a room on the 5 Floor overseeing State Street. Rooms on higher floor could have a view of the Park and Lake.

There is a happy hour from 5-6 pm everyday; the hotel would serve complimentary red and white wines. They also serve complimentary coffee and tea in the morning.

If you are a member of their loyalty program, the wifi is complimentary too. It is worth joining.

My only complaint is the exercise room. It was small and required a bit of tender loving care.

Room Tip: Ask for higher floor facing State street to get a view of the Park and the Lake
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled on business
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BurnhamGM, General Manager at The Alise Chicago - A Staypineapple Hotel, responded to this review, 16 June 2014
Dear DavidNYC11,

Wow! Thank you for taking the time to review the hotel on Tripadvisor. We really appreciate your positive assessment of the property and staff. This is an amazing building and has held up very well, it was orginially built in 1985. Thanks again and we hope to see you soon.

Warm regard,

Tonya Scott
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Hotel Burnham
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Reviewed 29 May 2014

The Burnham is a nice hotel, with an old fashion style. The service is excellent - helpful and attentive. We had some sort of an lake view from our room in the 8th floor. The room was bigger than many hotel rooms in the US.

The wine hour from 5 to 6 in the afternoon is excellent.

Highly recommended.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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BurnhamGM, General Manager at The Alise Chicago - A Staypineapple Hotel, responded to this review, 3 June 2014
Dear Norwegiantraveller,

Thank you for sharing your wonderful review on Tripadvisor. It sounds like you had a great weekend. The rooms are a nice size to be in the city and the lake view really helps. I'm so happy that the Burnham was able to enhance it. Thanks for your review, and hopefully we'll get to have you back again soon!

Warm regards,

Tonya Scott
General Manager
Hotel Burnham
1 West Washington Street
312-782-1111
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Reviewed 28 May 2014

As someone with a weird anachronistic crush on Daniel Burnham, I adore this hotel. In the lovingly renovated Reliance Building (Burnham, Root, & Atwood, ca. 1895) and perfectly located at the corner of Washington and State, catty-corner from the old Marshall Field's (Burnham & Co, ca. 1897). Request a room on one of the higher floors to see the restored staircase (also visible from the elevator lobby), and to see the rooms with the restored frosted-glass office doors.

The hotel is steps from the blue line (straight shot to O'Hare), the red line and the L. It's 2 blocks to Millennium Park and the Chicago Theater. Kimpton has done a great job with this property, and if you're a Kimpton fan, you'll love it here even if you've never heard of Daniel Burnham. But you should look him up. ;)

Room Tip: The higher the floor, the more historic features have been preserved (office doors, staircase).
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled solo
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BurnhamGM, General Manager at The Alise Chicago - A Staypineapple Hotel, responded to this review, 3 June 2014
Dear Lori D,

Wow..... You know your history and it's all correct! Daniel Burnham and his architects (Atwood & Root) were the best in their time. The Rookery Building, Union Station Washington, DC, Science and Industry Museum, Marshfield's and our course the Reliance Building can Nerver be recreated. These men were genius and very proud that Chicago has this amazing architecture to display to the world. Thank you for being a loyal guest of the Hotel Burnham we would love to have you with us again soon. Thanks for sharing your experience on Tripadvisor.

Warm regards,

Tonya Scott
General Manager
Hotel Burnham
1 West Washington Street
312-782-1111
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Reviewed 28 May 2014 via mobile

Absolutely outstanding, phenomenal experience. Best stay ever in downtown Chicago!! Jon Luc was over the top on helpful. This was our 41st wedding anniversary and the entire staff went way out of their way to make our celebration extra special...upgraded to the executive suite, red rose arrangement on the desk, a heart in Hershey kisses on the bed and a card from the staff wishing us a happy anniversary. How cool is that?? Help with getting into a sold out Musical ( Motown -- highly recommend it!!) and great tips on evening dining. This was a trip we will never forget. We will definitely be back soonest!!

Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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BurnhamGM, General Manager at The Alise Chicago - A Staypineapple Hotel, responded to this review, 3 June 2014
Dear Kevin S,

Happy 40th Anniversary again! I'm excited to hear that you enjoyed your anniversary and Jean-Luc was able to help make it special. The Staff is what really make the experience in the hotel and I'm happy we are able to deliver on our service promise. Thanks again for sharing your wonderful review on Tripadvisor. We hope to see you again soon....

Warm regards,

Tonya Scott
General Manager
Hotel Burnham
1 West Washington Street
312-782-1111
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Boston
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Reviewed 27 May 2014

We stayed at the Burnham for three nights and we absolutely loved it there. From the moment we arrived, they made us feel welcome. The concierge, Jean-Luc, was exceptional. He welcomed us and helped us plan out our days. He was very friendly and went above and beyond to make sure we had everything we needed.

The staff met my request to be upgraded to a historic floor. This is a must-do if you choose to stay here, which you should. The whole hotel is full of ornate historic detail. From the lobby to the elevator shafts and the original staircase...it is truly stunning. On the historic floor, we had an original door with actual keys. This was so charming. Our room was #1201 and we had a spectacular view of the city, and a peek-a-boo view of the lake. The room was small but sufficient. We did not hear any noise from the street...only some late-night noise by the elevators but even that was minimal.

Given the proximity of the hotel, we were able to walk to almost everything. We were able to walk to Millennium Park, the lakefront, the river, and all of our now favorite restaurants (Chicago Cut Steakhouse, The Purple Pig).

This hotel is worth the cost. Their service, nightly complementary wine hour for guests and location are the best. We wouldn't think of staying anywhere else when we return.

Room Tip: Splurge for an upgrade to an upper historic floor, you won't regret it.
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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BurnhamGM, General Manager at The Alise Chicago - A Staypineapple Hotel, responded to this review, 3 June 2014
Dear Eastbostontraveler,

Wow! We love your review... Thanks for sharing your experience on Tripadvisor. Jean-Luc is amazing and I'm not sure what we would do without him. I'm just excited to hear that you enjoyed your stay and was able to experience the neighborhood by foot. The location can't be beat... Thank again and we hope to see you soon.

Warm regards,

Tonya Scott
General Manager
Hotel Burnham
1 West Washington
312-782-1111
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Norcross
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Reviewed 24 May 2014

This is the second time I have stayed at the Burnham for the Restaurant Show in Chicago. I returned due to the EXCELLENT service provided by the staff and in particular two employees: Vane who took such good care of the folks each day during their happy hour. John Luc who works the front desk and is one of the managers was stellar as well in addition to helping us with restaurant suggestions, reservations and directions. I HIGHLY recommend this hotel!

Room Tip: Rooms are NOT large but ample.
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled on business
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Thank chuck2950
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BurnhamGM, General Manager at The Alise Chicago - A Staypineapple Hotel, responded to this review, 3 June 2014
Dear Chuck2950,

Thank you for being loyal to the Hotel Burnham! Welcome Back......You letter was so inspiring and gave Vane and Jean-Luc the motivation to keep going strong. There not a lot of people writing about there experience anymore so this was definitely a treat. Thank you for the entire staff and we hope to have you with us next year during the NRA show. People like you makes the difference.

Warm regards,

Tonya Scott
General Manager
Hotel Burnham
1 West Washington Street
312-782-1111
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 14 May 2014

Perfect location right across from Macy's (the historic Marshall Field's), the theater district, and near many restaurants and other conveniences like a HUGE Walgreen's that even has soft serve and a manicurist, although you might want to enjoy your soft serve before your manicure ;)

The breakfast at the Atwood, the hotel's restaurant, is amazing, especially the French toast. I also appreciate the great salads at lunch.

The staff is very friendly and helpful and I love how you can feel the history of the hotel, especially in the elevator lobby. As always, they have 5 pm wine hour at this Kimpton, complimentary coffee and tea in the morning, and are dog-friendly.

I've stayed here at least twice.

Note: if you've never been to a historic downtown hotel before, the rooms are smaller than you might be used to. If you want a McMansion-sized room, this isn't the hotel for you.

Green Features: It's evident that they work hard to be environmentally friendly here. There are recylce bins in the rooms and if you hang up your hotel, they won't change it out every night, saving water.
  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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BurnhamGM, General Manager at The Alise Chicago - A Staypineapple Hotel, responded to this review, 16 May 2014
Dear Nicole R,

Thank you for being a loyal Hotel Burnham Fan... Welcome Back!

We aim to please! We feel like we have met your expectation and have made a friend for life. This historical landmark is a charm.... We keep try to keep it warm and welcoming so we can attract guests like you. Your survey really makes us happy and we love that you shared it on Tripadvisor. Please keep us in mine when you travel brings you to Chicago. Thankj for sharing your Highlights. We are looking forward to your return for another unique and exciting stay.

Warm regards,

Tonya Scott
General Manager
Hotel Burnham
1 West Washington Street
Chicago, IL 60602
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Property: The Alise Chicago - A Staypineapple Hotel
Address: 1 W Washington St, Chicago, IL 60602-1603 (Formerly Hotel Burnham)
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Region: United States > Illinois > Chicago > Downtown / The Loop
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Green Hotel in Chicago
#15 Business Hotel in Chicago
#15 Romantic Hotel in Chicago
#21 Luxury Hotel in Chicago
#24 Family Hotel in Chicago
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — The Alise Chicago - A Staypineapple Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 122
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Chosen by Conde Nast Traveler as one of the best hotels in the world, The Alise Chicago is an intimate boutique hotel like no other. Housed in the landmark Reliance Building, now beautifully restored, The Alise provides an authentic, luxurious and historic taste of the Windy City. In the heart of the Chicago Loop, across from Millennium Park, and home of the Atwood Restaurant, The Alise is near Chicago's top destinations and attractions. See the Windy City with the perfect homebase: Staypineapple at The Alise Chicago. ... more   less 
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