Allerton Hotel Chicago

3.5 out of 5 stars3.5 Stars

701 North Michigan Ave, Chicago, Illinois, 60611, United States

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Rated 12% higher but also costs 34% more than other 3.5 star hotels

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  • Families67
  • Couples68
  • Solo68
  • Business55
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    All’s well at the Allerton

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    The hotel has 443 rooms all renovated in spring 2008, mine was on the small side but more than adequate. I had bed only, hence $108 per night, internet was additional $9.95 per 24 hours, breakfast from about $12.

    May 2009

    Unique Quality: Great location, on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile - right in the centre/walking distance of shopping, movie theatres, parks, museums, and restaurants.

    Directions: Located near the Water Tower

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    Great Location on Michigan Avenue!!

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    Staying at the Allerton was an excellent choice for us. From the moment we stepped into the lobby we felt welcomed.

    Since our room was not ready, we opted to "explore" some of downtown Chicago. We were very pleasantly surprised to learn that we had been upgraded to a suite when we returned to the hotel.

    My husband and son used the fitness center on several occasions (I personally frequented the many stores located close by).

    For someone who is not familiar with Chicago, this hotel is one I'd recommend. From the convenience to the "L" train, to the closeness of restuarants and shopping, this location, makes most of what you'd want to see and do easy access.

  • Allerton on Michigan Ave.

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    Very nice location on Michigan Ave. Our room was not the standard square and had a good-sized bathroom and bed.

    Unique Quality: Parking was approx. $32/day valet.
    Nice little bar/restaurant inside.

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    A Designated Landmark Hotel....

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    "Chicago is basically our loveliest city. It has a tradition of architecture going from Louis Sullivan, Frank Lloyd Wright, and so on. You can see frightful things in Chicago, but there is still modern architecture that can blow the mind with the imagination of its beauty. Clive Barnes, Chicago Daily News, 1974

    A recent renovation has greatly improved the Allerton Hotel (now the Allerton Crowne Plaza Chicago Hotel.) It is now updated, refreshed, and elegant once again. Allerton's location always made it a good spot to stay; now, its location is just one of many positives about it.

    The staff speaks Arabic, Chinese, Spanish, Czech, Polish, German, Croatian, French and English!

    Many of the rooms are wired for high speed internet as are all of the public areas. Those that are not, are equipped with telephones and Data ports. They have a Complimentary Onsite Fitness Facility, Day Care Services, and a Pet Policy. With a $100 deposit ($25 non refundable), if your pet does not exceed 20 pounds, you can take your pet with you to stay in the room.

    The Taps on Two (hotel restaurant) is a Traditional Italian Restaurant, but American dishes are also available. They have a Starbucks Coffee Kiosk on the second floor, which also has fruit and pastries.
    There is a Taps Lounge on the second floor.

    Unique Quality: The City of Chicago has designated this hotel a Landmark. It has an ambience that is difficult to define. Its service is more European than American, and the decor and furnishings are quite elegant. There are 443 rooms, but it actually feels more like an intimate, small hotel.
    Like most downtown or Miracle Mile Hotels, Parking is expensive. Daily Parking Fee is
    $36.00 per day with unlimited in/out priveleges.

    They offer two double beds, queen beds, king beds, Junior-Suites and One-Bedroom suites. There is Cable and Satellite TV, a CD Player, Coffee Maker, Electronic Door Locks, Free Morning Newspaper Delivered to the Room, Iron/Ironing Board, Work Desk with Lamp, and Mini Bar.
    For a perfect location, elegant surroundings, and wonderful service, select the Allerton Crowne Plaza Chicago Hotel the next time you visit the city.

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    Splendor on the Magnificent Mile

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    "Get out of your train and drive up Michigan Avenue! I defy you not to respond to the excitement in the air, not to throw your hat to the sky and shout "Beautiful, how beautiful!" How beautiful it is as you whirl northward past the Tribune Tower." Mary Borden, novelist, 1930s

    Recently renovated, the Allerton Crowne Plaza is a building that is characteristic of "old" Chicago. It's been a favorite for decades, and now it really "glows" with charm. It has a meticulously recreated Art Deco (which I love) lobby. The rooms are large and elegant. But, the real importance is the spectacular setting. It is located in the heart of the Magnificent Mile where it is surrounded by the Gold Coast, Water Tower Place Shopping, miles of lakefront, Old Water Tower Place, Wrigley Building, and many exclusive shops and restaurants.
    There are 450 rooms with over 130 junior, one, and two bedroom executive suites.
    There is "The Avenue Cafe and Restaurant", a cocktail lounge, adjacent parking available, a Brooks Brothers men's store, a fine jeweler store, a gift shoppe, and a renowned beauty salon.

    Unique Quality: Even though this is in an exclusive neighborhood and near to many sites and the best shops and restaurants, the prices are reasonable. When we were there, the double room was $129.00.
    The most expensive part of staying in Chicago (if you drive) is to pay for parking. Parking is up to $20.00-35.00 per day, depending on the hotel.

    Directions: North of Loop along the Magnificent Mile.

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Outsiders guide to Allerton Hotel

by A TripAdvisor Member

Here are a few points for those who do not know Chicago well.

Located in the heart of the magnificent mile, this is a very nice hotel. Clean rooms, all updated. Shower pressure is a bit weak. Staff is very friendly. All surrounding restaurants are mostly upper-scale. This may or may not be for you. If you find a hotel further south towards the Art Institute, you may find less swanky restaurants.

(For all 'Priceline' reviewers: you pay next to nothing for a hotel, then have expectations???)

There are different level of rooms. Small/non-suite rooms, which have either a full, queen, 2 queens, or 1 king bed. These are also grouped into view of Michigan avenue, no view, near elevator, upper floors, etc. Then there is the junior suite, then the king suite. If you pre-paid for a room, they will try and upsell you to a suite.

also note this motel is about 1/2 a mile from the red train, which can connect you to the blue line which goes to OHare Airport. To get to red line, you go up Chicago Rd. You can also take a taxi to get directly on the Blue line.

Great location, good hotel

by TripAdvisor Member michiganmand

We booked two rooms for the last weekend in July 2004, one for our adult children, through a Chicago visitors' area website where we got rates much lower than advertised through the major booking agencies (Orbitz, Expedia, Hotels) or at the hotel's own website. But I had to keep calling to make sure the hotel was holding two rooms, as the hotel kept seeing just one on their records. Interestingly, although we paid the same price for both rooms, one was quite a bit larger with a different room lay-out. Our room was smaller, but with a better view.

The good and the bad, with the good first. The staff here is very kind as was previously mentioned. Our room was not ready at 3, which is not surprising considering the generous noon check-out time, but the desk clerk gave us vouchers for free drinks. Then the bar gave us an extra two free drinks for our adult children. They didn't even flinch when I ordered a $9 chocolate martini.

Also good--the location is close to everything, the trolley to the Navy Pier, the Gold Coast, the subway, river tours, and it is ON the magnificent mile. If you're a shopper, you'll like it. Although we didn't have a tub, the shower was marble and very chic. The bed was comfortable and they supplied a free relaxation CD kit, which was interesting but not relaxing.

Not so good--the lobby is on the third floor and there are only two elevators to get there, whereupon you have to board another set of elevators to get to your room. We often took the stairs to get to the lobby so not to wait too long. This is not a hotel for kids. There is no pool, which surprised me, this being a four-star hotel and all. The rooms were decorated okay, but a chair was badly stained in the corner of one room. I couldn't see paying full price for this room unless your business is picking up the tab.

will not visit again

by A TripAdvisor Member

I recently booked two rooms at the Allerton for our parties, and was quoted one price and the conformation stated another. Upon bring this to the attention of the staff, no change was made. Our two rooms were specified to be connecting, but upon check in we were 5 floors apart and nothing could be done due to being sold out. The elevators and rooms were like match box cars. Although the bathroom was decent size, if you have more than one adult, fitting toilettries on the counter was quite impossible. We had other individuals meeting us at the hotel, but the sign is difficult to spot, especially to those that are unfamiliar with the area and urban traffic. Though these bumps in the road may seem minimal to some, when you put in your time, effort, and hard earned dollar to stay somewhere, you want a good experience in return.

Old World Hotel in Great Location

by TripAdvisor Member polka party

This was a great hotel for a single person. I stayed three nights and was able to check-in a little early (1:30 PM). Pretty good work-out room (wish there were more free weights) Small guest room, but it didn't matter since I was alone. It was clean, tastefully decorated and laid out well--good pillow, sheets and mattress, etc. Friendly staff, Great location--easy walk to shops, transit, etc. Well worth the low price I received on an on-line reservation site.

Not a 'Guest Friendly' Hotel

by A TripAdvisor Member

We booked our reservation online thru Priceline, stating that there would be 3 guests. Upon arrival we were given a room with one queen bed. When we requested a room with 2 beds the clerk said we'd have to pay an additional $29 per night for the extra bed. The hotel was not full, but the clerk wasn't interested in making a customer happy. My son ended up sleeping on the floor for 3 nights. Also, the parking at the Allerton is $36 per night, which seems outrageous. The staff acted indifferent and rarely did we see a smile or greeting from any of them, except for the concierge, who always smiled and greeted guests warmly. I think I will stay somewhere else on my next visit to Chicago.

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close to Allerton hotel

by SheilaE

I am looking for suggestions for places to eat breakfast and dinner downtown within walking distance of Allerton hotel. Nothing too fancy or expensive please. Thanks

Re: close to Allerton hotel

by Dabs

There are A LOT of restaurants near the Allerton, you are right in the heart of the tourist district. For inexpensive there are a couple of places in Water Tower Place, one is Wow Bao which is Chinese dumplings to go and the other is Food Life which is sort of like a food court but all connected. You get a "credit card", get your lunch/dinner and then check out. There is a Giordano's Pizza on Rush although it gets a little crowded on the weekends.

For a little nicer, there is Bistro 110 which is French bistro fare, on Rush Street there is Carmine's or Rosebud which are Italian. For higher end there is Gibson's, Hugo's Frog Bar, Tavern on Rush (I hated it the one time we went but others seem to like it), RL, Joe's Stone Crab, Morton's, McCormick & Schmick.

For breakfast, you might look for a Corner Bakery which are all over the city, I've seen recommendations for Tempo Cafe on Chestnut or West Egg on N. Fairbanks, I've never eaten at either. If you want a unique breakfast and are willing to travel a bit, I love Bongo Room for over the top pancakes, there's one in the South Loop on Wabash that you can go to if you are hitting the Field, Shedd or Adler.

I'm sure I'm forgetting all kinds of places, maybe if you come back and give me a specific type of food and a budget I can give you some other suggestions.

Re: close to Allerton hotel

by TOPSHELFPUBCRAWLER

For breakfast I would recommend the Corner bakery (Behind the Allerton)
676 N. St. Clair
Chicago, IL 60611
P: (312) 266-2570
F: (312) 266-2678

Mon - Fri: 6:30 AM - 8:00 PM
Sat: 7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sun: 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Re: close to Allerton hotel

by TOPSHELFPUBCRAWLER

Ooops, sorry Kristi, I had not seen your post yet mentioning the Corner Bakery.
Did not mean to repeat.

Re: close to Allerton hotel

by Dabs

No problen, you were nice enough to find the closest one for her :-)

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Address: 701 North Michigan Ave, Chicago, Illinois, 60611, United States