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Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel
Ranked #28 of 192 Hotels in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
GreenLeadersPlatinum level
Reviewed 7 April 2014

No issues, 2 nights in Chicago over a weekend for a Monday business meeting. Short walk to great steakhouse (Benny's Chop House), wonderful gym and 2 lap 25m indoor pool. All so central and good value.

Room Tip: King bed very comfortable
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  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled on business
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Radissonbluaqua, General Manager at Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 8 April 2014

Thank you for your review. I am thrilled you loved your experience, especially the pool and gym. I hope that we see you again the next time you are in Chicago!

All the best,

Pierre-Louis Giacotto
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Reviewed 6 April 2014

My husband and I went for a night in Chicago and ended up never leaving the hotel! The business lounge offered cocktails and appetizers and we met lovely people there. Next we ate at Filini's. Our waiter Dominick was fun and our dinner was delicious! We followed dinner with a drink in the lounge. Allison was our adorable waitress. I have never stayed any where for such a short time and learned so many names and faces! Pierre Giacotto, the General Manager, greeted us in the lobby and the time there just kept getting better and better! Not to mention, we had an amazing night sleep on the great bed!

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Radissonbluaqua, General Manager at Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 8 April 2014

Thank you for your review! It was an honor to meet you during your stay, and we are truly thrilled that you had such a wonderful experience with us! I will be sure to share your compliments with Dominic, Allison and the rest of our team. I hope we see you again the next time you are in Chicago!

All the best,

Pierre-Louis Giacotto
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Reviewed 6 April 2014 via mobile

Very nice hotel, really enjoyed staying here, located in the hart of the city within walking distance of Michigan Av. Rooms are very good and quiet. Personnel is very friendly, nice breakfast. When visiting Chicago, this is the hotel of choice !

Stayed: April 2014, travelled on business
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Radissonbluaqua, General Manager at Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 7 April 2014

Thank you for sharing your experience! I am thrilled that you had a great visit and that you plan to return again the next time you are in the city. I look forward to welcoming you back!

All the best,

Pierre-Louis Giacotto
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Reviewed 5 April 2014

Great service at every corner and beautiful hotel. We were accommodated in a corner room with two views of the city, which included Millenium Park, Navy Pier, and Lake Michigan. The hotel location is steps away from everything downtown. We cannot wait to return!

Room Tip: Corner rooms have great views
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  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Radissonbluaqua, General Manager at Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 7 April 2014

Thank you for your review. I am thrilled that we are your new favorite hotel in Chicago and that you plan to return every time you are in the city! We look forward to welcoming you back!

All the best,

Pierre-Louis Giacotto
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Reviewed 4 April 2014

We decided to get away for a few days on Spring Break with our college kids. We were so glad we did and even more so that we chose to stay at the Radisson Blu Aqua. Ever staff person we encountered went up and above to make sure our stay was perfect. And the hotel facility is superb - conveniently located, exquisitely maintained, uniquely and tastefully designed, and with many wonderful amenities. There is great attention given to details to make you feel welcome. We especially enjoyed The Lounge on the 17th Floor with the daily continental breakfast and evening refreshments. When next in downtown Chicago, we know where we will be staying. THANK YOU!!!

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled with family
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Radissonbluaqua, General Manager at Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 7 April 2014

Thank you for your review! I could not be happier that you loved your stay and have found your new favorite hotel in Chicago! I am also glad that you enjoyed the Business Lounge. I look forward to inviting you and your family back soon!

All the best,

Pierre-Louis Giacotto
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Reviewed 4 April 2014

Sounds like reading other reviews I didn't get to enjoy half of the treats at the Radisson Blu Aqua in my one night stay. We selected the hotel because of how close it was to our planned business meetings. I was on the 9th floor facing the park and water (view of the Lake was mostly obstructed by other tall buildings) and it did have some of the noise of a great city (I'm a New Yorker). That evening there was a fair amount of wind, and you could really hear it. But the hotel used a really good architect and designer - modern and calming and lots of beautiful interest - like a wonderful white 3 dimensional tile wall in the lobby restaurant/bar and a really inventive art piece above the bed which, upon closer look, was just papers stitched together to create a similar 3-D texture. Bathroom was large and modern (square and glass is in) with both a large deep tub and large walk-in shower, both with tasteful grab bars.

My room was mostly maple and white - no carpet - and a very large window looking out on the city lights. A colleague had very calming aqua carpeting. And with modern came very clean! Comfortable bed, great lighting, a refrig.

Elevators seemed to be everywhere. We ate a quick bite in the downstairs bar and quick restaurant - didn't go to the nicer upstairs one. Food was tasty, service was really good.

Service at the front desk - outstanding! They remembered things you asked about and followed up (like I asked for a boarding pass more than 24 hours before, and they reminded me and offered again within the 24-hour window).

I would definitely go back again.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled on business
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Radissonbluaqua, General Manager at Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 7 April 2014

Thank you for your review. I am happy that you had such a great experience and that our team was helpful throughout your stay. I am also glad that you liked both of the room designs and the modern feel of the lobby and bar. I hope that we see you again the next time you are in Chicago!

All the best,

Pierre-Louis Giacotto
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Reviewed 4 April 2014

I lived in Chicago for many years and have since moved. I've returned many times for visits. I was pleasantly delighted and surprised with my stay at the Blu Aqua. I'd planned to stay at another Radisson, but could not book on line. I was quite frazzled when I arrived; a long drive in with traffic. The check in people immediately helped me relax and offered me valet parking for my car, at a good price, rather than driving in and out of garage. I look forward to running along Lake Michigan each time I visit Chicago. However, the state of the art fitness room and pool provided stiff competition. This Radisson is in a plum location- right on the Chicago river. Their prices were quite reasonable; no more than other hotels in the area that either look a little tired around the edges or too corporate looking. The lobby, restaurant and rooms are delightfully appointed- elegant yet relaxing. I look forward to returning.! Lisa Foster San Antonio, Texas

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled solo
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Radissonbluaqua, General Manager at Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 7 April 2014

I can't thank you enough for your fantastic review! We are thrilled that you loved the hotel and the fitness facilities. I am also glad that the design was perfect for your needs. I hope we see you again soon!

All the best,

Pierre-Louis Giacotto
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Address: 221 N. Columbus Drive, Chicago, IL 60601-7801
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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 Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #28 of 192 Hotels in Chicago
Price Range: £113 - £419 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel 4.5*
Number of rooms: 334
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago is the contemporary debut of Radisson Blu in North America. A true representation of the brand, it is designed to become a destination in itself. Radisson Blu is the upper upscale tier of our global hotel brand, focusing on design, style and attention to detail in every respect. ... more   less 
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