We stayed here with our 2 young children (ages 6 and 7) for a week, and had a great time. The hotel is conveniently located next to the Merchandise Mart, which makes access to the El very easy. If you are staying more than a couple of days I would suggest purchasing a CTA pass at the CVS pharmacy around the corner.
Our room on the top floor had a great view of the river and city looking west. We left each morning for a new Chicago adventure (museums, lake, boats,....) and were exhaused when we returned in the evening. It was lovely to come back to a very clean and comfortable room. The housekeeping staff was wonderful, and kept us well stocked with extra towels!
We had none of the problems others have mentioned with the wireless access or the air conditioning. And I am not sure why some people think changing elevators is a big deal. The elevators are quick and it really didn't bother us at all.
The staff was a great help in suggesting restaurants that were family-friendly and also giving us tips on train/bus routes.
I agree with others that the parking is very expensive, but that is not the hotel--it is just that ALL downtown parking in Chicago is outrageously expensive. Fortunately we have a friend who lives close to downtown in a neighboorhood where street parking is legal, so we left the car there for the week and just took the train to pick it up on the day we left.
Overall, we had a great stay and I would HIGHLY recommend this Holiday Inn!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Enhance your family vacation, corporate travel, or romantic getaway by staying at the Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza River North. Located atop the Chicago Sun-Times building presenting the best views of the Windy City from a unique 15th floor atrium lobby, our full-service hotel welcomes you with 521 newly redesigned guestrooms and suites, stellar service, and premium amenities that are most comforting to both leisure and business travelers. Amenities includes complimentary Wi-Fi throughout guestrooms and lobby, LCD flat-screen TVs with cable, premium channel access, and Pay Per View movies, over sized work desk, heated indoor atrium pool, 24-hour fitness facility, complimentary business center, and Concierge services. Guests of the contemporary Mart Plaza will find themselves in the middle of downtown Chicago's bustling River North area offering the top restaurant and nightlife options, within walking distance of the Loop, the main business district, and Michigan Avenue, aka the "Magnificent Mile" where chic shops and restaurants abound. Walk across the fully enclosed pedway into the Merchandise Mart where you can ride a train to just about anywhere in the city, including attractions like Navy Pier and Millennium Park. Plan a visit to Chicago and let the Mart Plaza and our award-winning staff provide you with a memorable experience and lasting impression. The Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza River North is located 3 miles from Chicago's McCormick Convention Center, 12 miles from Midway International Airport, and 18 miles from O'Hare International Airport. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Chicago - Mart Plaza Hotel Chicago
- Holiday Inn Mart Plaza
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