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“Busy and Huge”
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Hilton Chicago
Ranked #98 of 188 Hotels in Chicago
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Los Angeles, California
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“Busy and Huge”
Reviewed 2 November 2012

We stayed at the Hilton Chicago while visiting our daughter for Parents' Weekend based on location only. It was located a block from her residential college housing. The hotel looked nice based on browsing the website. When we arrived, we didn't realize how HUGE it was. There were lots and lots of people milling around and it was very busy-we had to search for the front desk to check in. We felt very much on our own-no personal service whatsoever. No one even asked if we needed help with our bags. We decided to add another room since our other daughter decided to join us. We were given a another executive king room, and upon entering our room, were very disappointed. It was very strange-the room was huge, with a living/sitting area on one end and the bed on the other. The strange thing was that the bed came out of the wall with only 1 mattress and was very close to the ground. The bathroom was tiny-1 sink and a shower only. Definitely not room for 2 people to be in at the same time. We did have a nice view of the Lake though. This hotel just wasn't the place for us. Way too big and impersonal. There was a decent breakfast buffet that was included in our room rate. I don't think we'll be staying here again.

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Reviewed 2 November 2012

This is a first class hotel. The location is ideal for all sights, including the Art Institute, Field Museum, the Aquarium and Soldier Field. Everything is walkable. The view of Lake Michigan is outstanding. Guest rooms are spacious and immaculate, loved the convenience of a 2nd bathroom my son had all to himself. Guest services are top notch, every staff member was courteous and engaging. Our Chicago hotel of choice, we'll return every time we are in the Windy City. Extra perk, seeing Secret Service everywhere the night Michelle Obama was meeting with the Chief of Israeli Defense. We felt safe and secure!

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled with family
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Charlottesville, Virginia
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Reviewed 1 November 2012

Ok first thing to remember , this is a big city and this is a big hotel ( 3000 rooms) . They cater to business conventions ( why i am here) so don't expect this to be a quite romantic getaway even at the weekend . I stayed for 5 days over haloween and downstairs was like a zoo which means check in takes 30mins , getting a coffee at Starbucks takes 30 mins etc.
I was on the executive floor but my room was not "updated " as some of my colleagues , which mainly means the bathroom was clean but well worn ( all the taps and pipes had flaky gold paint on them). Staff were nice , but busy as heck which lead to small things like not having the coffee / tea replaced in the room or stirrers - little things but just annoying.
Its a great place for location of McCormick place , you cant get closer and not bad for visiting the city though if i come back with my wife I would probably stay downtown in a smaller boutique hotel less crazy

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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled on business
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Reviewed 30 October 2012

This has to be one of the largest hotels I have ever stayed in. The booking in desk was very helpful and efficient. They sorted out my problem of door key extremely well and showed high concern and generosity in resolving the problem. The hotel as a whole is quite oppulent but welcoming. The room was pleasant and very clean. After a long flight the shower and comfortable bed were very welcome. The hotel is very well positioned to see Chicago with bus stops just outside and Lake Michigan within a short walk. We ate in the hotel restaurants, service and food was good. Breakfast in the main restaurant was excellent and I would recommend this. The Concierge was very helpful, making our stay very enjoyable. Buses for the airport (O'Hare) park just outside so this is a good venue for business traveller and tourist alike.

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Reviewed 29 October 2012

Very large Hotel. Staff was very helpful and nice. My favorite part in the Hotel was the small cafe/store down in the lobby. It had everything from drinks, to Starbucks, to hot food and cold snacks and salads. Was so great!!! The room service menu was very limited so this was a great alternative. Kitty O'Shea's was good to. Nice Irish Bar. The corned beef was excellent. Very nice gym and indoor pool was great. Great Hotel but expensive.

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Reviewed 29 October 2012

Book a renovated room and if sharing with someone, 2 bed, 2 bathrooms. 2 bathrooms make a huge difference in convenience. The service was good and they followed up any request. Negative, had to call for housekeeping to get shampoo, etc for 2nd bath, one light not working and dark in room-never repaired. Room less money than the 5 star hotel but all other cost for food, drinks just as high. It was warm and humid outside and the air conditioning not cool. Hotel either has heat or air and cannot change with the weather.

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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled on business
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Reviewed 28 October 2012

its nice and clean & in the midle of down town chicago. big room very good service, stylish view was awesome to se lake michigan.we have fun time deauring our sty in the hotle and the city of chicago is great one of my favrot city in the world

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Additional Information about Hilton Chicago

Property: Hilton Chicago
Address: 720 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60605-2116
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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 Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#20 Green Hotel in Chicago
#60 Luxury Hotel in Chicago
#68 Family Hotel in Chicago
#76 Business Hotel in Chicago
#84 Romantic Hotel in Chicago
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Hilton Chicago 4*
Number of rooms: 1454
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Classic meets cool as Hilton Chicago embarks upon a $150 million renovation in celebration of our 85th birthday. The fresh, new vibe inspired by traditional, design rich elements pulls its inspiration from the hotel’s original architecture and intertwines a dynamic and contemporary spin. With the renovation underway, the hotel has already introduced over 400 new guest rooms, 13 new hospitality suites, a new technologically versatile Grab & Go – SNAX and a new restaurant with private dining space and bar – 720 South Bar & Grill. The new contemporary guestrooms have been cultivated with ornamental lacquer finishes, soft leather and rich, bronze wood detailing accented by a cool color palette of velvet and silk textured accents. Guestroom media capabilities include a 37 inch flat screen television, in room touch concierge panel, HCN Navigator computer and wireless and wired internet access. Following a day exploring Chicago, decompress at the largest Chicago hotel athletic club with running track, take a dip in our indoor pool facility or catch some rays on our sundeck during the spring and summer months.Located on Michigan Avenue in the South Loop, the Hilton Chicago is 1.6 miles to McCormick Place, along the Shuttle Route to McCormick Place and the first stop on the returning route from the convention center. Directly across the street from Grant Park and walking distance to Millennium Park, Buckingham Fountain, Shedd Aquarium, Field Museum, Adler Planetarium, Lake Michigan, Buddy Guy’s Legends, South Loop dining and art galleries, Museum of Contemporary Photography, The “Loop” – Chicago’s Financial district, State Street Shopping, Soldier Field as well as two short “L” stops to Chinatown. ... more   less 
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