I recently completed a two night stay at the Aloft Chicago City Center. Without a doubt, this hotel exemplified the casual, youthful, and urban lifestyle that the brand caters to.
Room 1803 is a standard Aloft room with a king bed. That means a room with an open floor plan with a clean, retro modern style. Power outlets are numerous and conveniently located on the bedside stands and desk. (No need to hunt around for hidden outlets!) Moreover, the complimentary wi-fi had a strong signal throughout the room and good speed.
Despite being on the top floor, neither water pressure nor water temperature was a problem. Being on the top floor, the room is well isolated from street noise. Regardless, this a hotel in the middle of a city so don't expect complete noise isolation: the fire station nearby can be a noise offender.
The hotel is in the heart of River North dining scene and nightlife. Some of my favorite Chicago restaurants and lounges are within a 5 minute walk of the Aloft. For the tourist, Michigan Avenue and the Loop are five blocks away. Access to the CTA subway lines is easy: two blocks to the Grand (Red Line) and a ten minute walk to Clark/Lake where you can get to O'Hare (Blue Line) or Midway (Orange Line).
Service here meets my expectations for the Aloft brand: casual yet professional; accommodating but not intrusive. Any requests put through the front desk were completed without hassle and I was always greeted by a staff member, whether walking past the front desk or riding the elevator.
The in-house restaurant, Beatrix, was great: good food at very reasonable prices in a lively setting. I had a delicious breakfast one morning with the savory Spicy Chicken Tinga and sweet Honey & Cinnamon Latte. Combined with a $5 voucher for participating in the hotel's 'Make a Green Choice' program, the meal cost less than $10! I definitely regret not eating here more during my stay.
I had a very good stay at the Aloft Chicago City Center, a hotel that embodies the lively spirit of its surrounding neighborhood. I would certainly return if the price is right; Aloft hotel rates can easily equal or exceed the rates at full service hotels. Nevertheless, it is a great choice for staying in Chicago.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Aloft Chicago City Center is located in downtown Chicago's River North, one of the city's trendiest neighborhoods. Located between the Loop business district and premier shopping on the Magnificent Mile, our Chicago River North hotel will put you right in the center of it all. Aloft Chicago City Center features pet-friendly guest rooms with free WiFi, 42" LCD TVs, plush bedding and beautifully-appointed bathrooms with walk-in showers. Guests can enjoy Chicago's hot-spot, Beatrix, for a full menu and bar in the lobby, order room service or check out many of the city's top restaurants and bars right outside our door. Valet parking is available (fees apply). ... more less
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