Very impressed with the ambience of this hotel. The entrance off Michigan Ave was stunning. The chandeliers, grand ball room, winding staircase- all magnificent to see. Check in was quick and easy. We stayed on the executive floor - never had to wait more than 30 seconds for an elevator. All staff were quite pleasant and cordial. Especially the afternoon attendent in the executive lounge (didn't catch her name, but she is there every evening except Mondays and Tuesdays)!
Room size was adequate. We had enough space to leave the roll-a-way bed open the entire time. Can't stress enough how comfortable the beds were! Elegant drapes and bedspreads. We had 2 bathrooms - one had a window which opened about 4 inches - nice for ventilation. We could see Buckingham Fountain from our room. Nice flat screen TV. Very quiet stay - we never heard a sound from other rooms or from the hallway.
Since we were on the executive floor (we paid extra for this) we had use of the executive lounge. This was very convenient ! Had continental breakfast every morning - Bagels, mini muffins, cereal, fresh fruit, small pastries, juice and coffee. They also offered afternoon hourdourves - two items each day - proscuitto wrapped around aparagus spears, mini pizzas, crab rangoon, mushroom tarts, as well as bottled water and cans of pop. You could also buy beer there. The view out the windows of the lounge was of Lake Michigan - very nice. There were also cookies at nighttime.
The only complaint I had was that guests from other floors took advantage of the executive lounge. Like I said, I paid extra to stay on the executive floor and didn't appreciate having to wait in line behind a freeloader to toast my bagel, not be able to sit in the lounge because all the tables were taken, or not be able to use the 1 computer in the lounge because someone who did not pay for the convenience was there.
Traveled with 3 teenagers - hotel was within walking distance of Shedd Aquarium, Field Museum, Grant Park, Millenium Park,, Taste of Chicago. We walked down to the river and the magnificent mile - families with younger children may want to consider a taxi or subway. We actually did end up taking a taxi to the Field Museum because it was raining. The bellhop estimated it would cost $7.35 for our family of 5 to get there by taxi - That turned out to be the exact fare - cheaper than the subway, and we stayed dry.
I would definitely stay at this hotel again. Loved the hotel, the city and the people of Chicago!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Hilton Chicago Hotel Chicago
- Hilton Hotel Chicago
- Chicago Hilton Hotel
- Hilton Towers Chicago
- Hilton Chgo Hotel