As a travel agent, I am fortunate to get some great deals on travel and hotels. Normally, I am more of a budget traveler, but found a great deal on this luxury property that I couldn't pass up. The Conrad Hotel is a luxury Hilton property and occupies the hotel formerly known as Le Meridien. The hotel is located on Rush Street and has an attached walkway to Nordstroms.
I have nothing but positive things to say about my experience at the Conrad Chicago (well, except for my traveling companion but I digress... =) From the moment we pulled up to the front of the hotel, the staff bent over backwards to do anything they could for us, and always had a smile on their faces. The main entrance is located on North Rush Street. Once in the entrance you must take an elevator up to the fifth floor where the lobby is located. While I thought that this seemed odd at the time, it was not inconvenient and actually added security to the guest rooms. The lobby was spacious and spotless. It included a concierge desk, front desk, gift shop, comfortable seating, and a piano. Check in was a breeze, although we did arrive in Chicago fairly late and the staff was very professional and extremely accomodating. From there we were escorted to our room on the 14th floor. This entailed walking to a second set of elevators on the other side of the lobby and going up to the guest rooms from there.
The hotel is still undergoing renovations, trying to make the old hotel into the Conrad. We were told in the next 6 months every room would have a wide screen flat tv and other amenities. I will definitely be going back to see what it looks like after it totally becomes the Conrad. If you can get a good deal on this hotel you would be a fool to pass it up!
Unique Quality: Our room was a standard room, but was lovely just the same. It had a king size bed, television armoir, mini bar, desk with chair, another comfy chair, and a radio/cd player. The bathroom was gorgeous. There was a seperate shower stall, bathtub and room with the toilet. The counter tops and tub were all marble. The Conrad gives its clients more than cheap shampoo and soap... the bathroom had a sewing kit, manicure set, lighted make up mirror, lotions and bath products, slippers, fluffy robes, etc. The bed was made up with down pillows and a down comforter and felt pretty much like heaven. The Conrad boasts that all its rooms have views, but I beg to differ on this point. The view that we had was of an office building (which was extremely close to our windows) and the only pretty view of downtown Michigan that we had was on the right hand side, between the buildings, we could see some of downtown Chicago.
The service and hotel staff were prompt with our requests (our room only had one bathrobe and the mini bar wouldn't open) but both problems were fixed within 5 minutes. We ordered late night room service and breakfast on our last night. It was of course expensive, but the breakfast was to die for. The cart with the food on it was a lovely display with real linens, a wide assortment of extras, and flowers. The bar downstairs had a relaxed atmosphere with very nice bartenders. There is also a French restaurant on the lobby level, but we didn't have the opportunity to eat there.
Directions: Within walking distance to Michigan Ave, the loop and Lake Michigan