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“A great hotel - nice people, nice rooms, fantastic gym & pool”
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Union League Club
Ranked #124 of 190 Hotels in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
Cambridge, UK
Level 4 Contributor
32 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“A great hotel - nice people, nice rooms, fantastic gym & pool”
Reviewed 25 June 2013

4 nights here in June, and couldnt have asked for any more. The room was big, comfy and well equipped (terrible lighting, but that's the only complaint). Wifi was fast and free. The food is good, the bar was excellent.

the best part is the gym which is really well equipped, and the pool which is amazing - very retro, original and really quiet - perfect for escaping to after a long day in the office!

the only complaint is the 'dress code' which means you cant wear jeans in any of the restaurants, including the bar.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled on business
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Basel, Switzerland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 June 2013

I stayed here for 3 nights. Overall I was rather disappointed after reading the very high ratings here. The hotel is clean and my room was a decent size but it is rather basic and shabby.
The food is really not that great and the service was terrible throughout my stay. I am under the impression that the staff feel you are they one that should feel great full for being allowed to stay there as a paying guest.
I am quite used to dress codes being ex army but to be honest the level of requirements set by ULC is out of context it's current state, delusions of grandure spring to mind.
I will not stay here again.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled on business
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Marshall, Michigan, United States
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 May 2013 via mobile

Nice quiet hotel great for relaxing the rooms are clean and alot of space.Small and I mean tiny bathroom the only down side is to go any where touristy or for great food you need to take a cab and because its in the financial district nothing is open on Sunday even McDonalds was closed

  • Stayed May 2013
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Washington DC
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 May 2013

As a business traveler, I stayed in ULC for a week. I was very busy and mostly used the Gym and had casual breakfast at the Gym-Pool area. Never had a chance to take an art tour or been in the ULC restaurants. Briefly peeked into the library, wished I had time to spend time in the library. Surprisingly, it was around 6 pm on a Sunday afternoon and realized a woman in the library was having a loud cell phone conversation that was really odd. The casual breakfast at the Gym-Pool area was relaxed had fresh fruit, coffee, tea, hot oatmeal and costs around $9, very reasonable, and it is an honor system.

The building is old and looks like lost its glamour and opulence of its earlier days but I believe can be restored with proper investment. The staff is extremely friendly. The room I stayed is very clean almost similar the room I stayed in Ritz-Carlton. The hall-ways are clean but the carpets, surroundings need upgrade. Wifi infrastructure needs upgrade as it has very poor reception from most of the guest rooms. Even one is lucky to have a better Wifi signal reception; the Internet connection speed is very poor. I was lucky to be one of those best Wifi reception rooms per my earlier request. Even then speed test was showing 2 Mbps downlink. When more than two guests start using the Internet, Internet becomes unusable. In this Internet age, this is not acceptable for business traveler who needs to be connected.

My client reserved the room since I am not a ULC member nor I have any other membership privileges. The common belief is that ULC has better room rates than the surrounding hotels. Maybe so in peak seasons, but the rate maybe cheaper but 20% surcharge for ULC amenities etc. brings and exceeds comparable rates from hotels like Allegro. I paid more than a comparable Allegro. For sure ULC had better rates than W and Marriot of the Loop at the time I was there due to some convention was taking place and both W and Marriot had double the rates I stayed at ULC.

Gym facilities are decent for a basic workout: Cardio, weights, etc. It has basketball, squash courts, a pool. Sauna, Steam rooms are very decent. The shower facilities are very functional but would benefit from a modern upgrade.

Overall, I will certainly stay again for my next business trip as it is conveniently located in the Loop area and close by to most of my clients. My only reservation would be the lack of usable Internet connection bandwidth that I need to perform my work in the evenings. I certainly recommend ULC for business travelers who may not need Internet.

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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled on business
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Chicago, Illinois
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103 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 April 2013

My family has been members of the Union League Club for several years and it's been a dependable, private escape in downtown Chicago. The rooms aren't anything fancy, and it definitely has an older feel to it, so it may not be appealing for a younger crowd. It's ideally suited for the business traveler with plenty of areas for a quiet meeting to take place, workout facilities/pool, and a restaurant that always serves quality food in a civilized atmosphere. The location is great for business, but the area quiets down at night and you'll have to take the train or a taxi to find decent food outside of the club past 5pm. If you are looking for a conservative place to call home several times a year and will use the facilities, then it's worth joining.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with family
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Goettingen, Germany
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25 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 January 2013

I went there with a friend of mine and his colleagues. We first enjoyed an atmosphere typical of a quiet high level English pub, with plenty of choice for Appetizers. then we moved one level lower into the restaurant. I ate one of the best steaks I ever eat in my life, perfectly made. Also the "antipasti" were very good, as the Wine. Service was always prompt and nice and we could entertain ourselves in Spanish

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled with friends
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Naperville, Illinois
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 232 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 January 2013

The Union League Club is simply the best private club in the country. Great food, wonderful people, and beautiful amenities. They have made a lot of upgrades over the past few years and it can't be beat. To stay downtown in the loop for the prices it's great. You'll need to have reciprocal privileges through another club, but if you are in Chicago I say take advantage of the opportunity.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Union League Club
Address: 65 West Jackson Blvd., Chicago, IL 60604
Region: United States > Illinois > Chicago > Downtown / The Loop
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#82 Business Hotel in Chicago
Number of rooms: 182
Also Known As:
Union League Club Hotel Chicago
Union League Hotel
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