I stayed here for a conference and the hotel was nice. The decor takes you back in time, and has a vintage feel, so if you're looking for somethign modern/retro, this is not the place.
I was unable to use the facilities (gym/pool (which is lap swim only)/restaurants/bars) because I was either in conference or out exploring Chicago, so can't comment much on that.
The room is slightly on the smaller side, though we did have two bathrooms, but the bed was confortable, so we were fine.
Location is great -- it's walking distance to the millenium park, bukingham fountain and not far from the bean. You can also get a veiw of Lake Michigan.
Overall, I recommend this hotel, rating of 7.5/10.
Directions: If taking the train from airport - it's $2.50, take the B line, and then take it to the main loop (stop at Jackson) and you can walk from there. Or swith to the A line and get off at Harrison and walk 2 blocks. Very easy with carry-on suitcases.
Our visit was a bit pricey.. I did like the soapy stuff in the toilette. it smelled so nice.
Unique Quality: It is centraly located.
Directions: Ok if your on a posh holiday.
We got a nice price on a room at this Hilton which is located across the street from Grant Park and just a couple of blocks south of the Art Institute of Chicago. The fact that we only stayed one night during the middle of the week made getting that price and reservation easier despite being there in August. I would suspect that it is more full during the weekends, especially during JazzFest, BluesFest, or Taste of Chicago, and when the NFL's Chicago Bears are at home.
The hotel's location is excellent being right on the edge of the Loop and the newer developments, restaurants, etc. in the South Loop area. It is also within walking distance of the Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium, and Solider Field. The hotel is large (over 1500 rooms) but service is typical of the top flight of Hilton's properties, namely excellent. The woman who checked us in was efficient, informative, and friendly. Rooms in the front overlook South Michigan Avenue, Grant Park, and Lake Michigan. The rooms at the back, like ours, overlook the downtown area, specifically a parking lot and a segment of El tracks. This was a bit problematic as the El runs fairly frequently on this track and is quite noticeable as it rumbles along. Our room was nice and roomy with two double beds, flat screen TV, and even a couple of comfy arm chairs. The bathroom was fairly large as well.
This being a Hilton, however, breakfast is not complimentary and you'll be at the mercy of the Pavilion Restaurant downstairs. But there are plenty of breakfast alternatives within walking distance that would be more affordable. Also be aware that if you're driving, the cost for parking in the attached lot is a horrendous $41. Per night. Ouch!
Unique Quality: Central location, Hilton service
Directions: Northwest corner of E. Balbo and S. Michigan Avenue
The Hilton Chicago is located right on Michigan Ave. From here you can walk to shopping, tours, museums etc.. It is a prime spot! The hotel itself is lovely! The staff is very friendly and helpful. The beds were very comfy! The room I stayed in had 2 queen beds and 2 bathrooms. I've never seen a hotel room with two bathrooms! I would recomend this hotel to anyone who wants to be comfterble and in the middle of the city.
Directions: Next door to Columbia College. 5 min walk to The Art institute.
I was at this hotel for a business conference. It is an older historic building, but very grande and comfortable. The rooms are large and the bathrooms are spacious, which I wasn't expecting in such a historic hotel.
Unique Quality: The hotel is optimally located. We were out until about 11 on a weeknight and there were lots of students, tourists, and locals milling about, so it seems relatively safe if you stick with the crowd.
There are a large number of ballrooms that would support large conferences.
We has the mini Suite...which was great..the bed was so comfortable, and a great place to relax. The downstairs bars (the Irish Place & the one with fireplaces) are nice and the drinks are pricey, but very good. Quiet and comfortable rooms. The picture is of one of the ball rooms at the Hilton.
Unique Quality: We had a special package that included VIP tickets to the "King Tut" exhibition at the Field's Muesuem. Really great!
We stayed at the classic Chicago Hilton Towers on Michigan Avenue. This wonderful hotel was built in 1927 and has retained it's charm and elegance. The Chicago Hilton has a beautiful lobby and great views of the Chicago skyline from the west facing rooms and Lake Michigan from the east facing rooms. There is a huge heated swimming pool and also 2 hot tubs and a gym that are very nice. The hotel staff was friendly and helpful.
Unique Quality: The Chicago Hilton Towers was the largest hotel in the World when built in 1927. The location on South Michigan Avenue puts you in close proximity of Chicago's museum district and you can walk to the Shedd Aquarium in about 15 minutes.
Directions: Downtown Chicago near the Museum District
Hilton Chicago was a very nice,very expensive place,polite people. But just be sure to do 2 things if you stay at this hotel: ( 1 ) If you ask the conceirge for directions to a certain place,just get a second opinion from someone else. ( 2 ) The if you leave your room hours before you are due to check out,make sure you have all your stuff packed up and know where you left everything or check it into the baggage check downstairs before you leave.
If you are asking why? It's because at 10:00am we left our things half packed and went shopping and sight-seeing and our husbands went to the trade show.We were'nt due to leave till 5:00pm. Well,when my husband came back to the hotel at 4:pm,all of my husband and I's things were gone out of our room and our room key and one of the other couple's room key didn't work.They went to registration and they got security invovled.Well,20-30 minutes later,securtitywent up to our rooms;the other couples things were there in their room,then he went to our room,and all of a sudden,out the blue,our stuff just happen to be back in the room.
Over all,it was a nice place to stay,but,just beware of your belongings if and when you do stay there.
Unique Quality: Breakfast buffet was between $40.00 and $41.00 a person,but was very good.
Think it was built in the 1920's so it was very fancy,great atmosphere,with the huge staircases and at least 4 or more ballrooms .It has 3 bars in the hotel,we went in one called Kitty O'Shea's.It was very nice,good atmosphere.
Directions: About 2 or 4 miles down from the "Magnificent Mile"
Stayed at the hilton, My brother is a frequent business traveller and he had hilton miles to spare. the hotel was nice, the lobby was kind of plain, but the floors to the room were failry nice. I thought the decor was rather loud, but it did look ok, I guess. We stayed on an upper floor due to my brother's executive status, and it had a great view of park. The room itself was rather small, and had too much furniture in it. It had 2 bathrooms though, I think that kept sane.
Unique Quality: You could smoke indoors. Coming from a place like Hawaii, I felt uncomfortable doing it. Besides, It was more cool to call my friends from the snow outside and tell them I was in the snow.
The Chicago Hilton Towers is well located on South Michigan Avenue, very near to Millenium Park and Grant Park. I stayed in this hotel for three nights in November 2004 and it was a truly enjoyable stay. My friend booked a room at the Chicago Hilton with his Hilton Honours Card at a special rate of US$110 plus tax which was quite a good rate considering that it was just before Thanksgiving.
Unique Quality: The room that I had was huge with a king sized bed. The room was decorated with mahogany furniture, complete with wireless broadband access. The bathroom was spacious with marble flooring. The breakfast spread at the Pavillion was sumptous.
Directions: Blue Line CTA train to Jackson/Dearborn.
The hotel is on the Michigan ave. along with department stores, shops, restaurants, and museum. The room is clean and comfortable (typical Hilton room) with Internet access.
The place can get very busy with people attending the events, and the room charge can be very expensive during that time. Always check several reservation websites as well as Hilton website to compare the pricing before you book.
Unique Quality: They hold many conferences and events, and the facilitiy is conveniently set up with business center where you can use copy, fax, internet, package pick up and drop off, etc.
The Irish Pub on the ground floor is always clouded. Check out the nightly live music. (See my night life tips.)
Directions: About 30min. taxi ride from the O'Hara airport.
I love the lobby of this hotel, very pretty and very ornate. Lots of history, very old and feels like it.
Restaurants are lacking. Pipes are noisy. Everybody...like 99% of everyone around you...smokes...while you're eating.
Unique Quality: It's conveniently located near McCormick Place Convention Center.
I cannot understand some of the adverse comments about this hotel.
We have just returned from staying at the Hilton for 3 nights and we loved every minute. Yeah OK it is an old hotel, but it is historic, it didn't need any refurbishment when we visited, we were on floor 13 and the room was enormous, 2 bathrooms, 2 big beds, coffee, hairdryer, massive TV, gorgeous bed linen. The only problem we had (a small one) was the lifts, you waited ages as in 30 mins for one and when one did arrive it was full!!! It was 4th July so the hotel was full so I expect this was the reason.
We visited the Chicago taste at Grant Park which is just across the road, we couldn't have planned our timing better as we didn't know about the TASTE until we got there.
Honestly you are right on Mitchigan Ave, we walked everywhere, Sears Tower etc is 5 mins away, and the Magnificant Mile is just on the top of the road.
I cannot recommend this hotel highly enough for rooms, staff, service and location.....go ahead and book it.
The Hilton Chicago is probably the largest - and one of the most impressive - of the area's "historic hotels." When it was originally opened in the early 1930s, it was said to be the largest hotel in the world - with many incredible features - including rooftop golfing! (You have to see the photos to believe it!)
When I first stayed at the Hilton Chicago, it was the mid-1980s, and the hotel - like most of the city at that time - was a little down on its luck. In particular, this area of the South Loope looked sad and forlorn, especially. Well, things have changed since then. With the burgeoning development of South Michigan, this side of the city is now "happening," and the Chicago Hilton is well poised to take its proper place alongside the city's many other fine hotels.
The public areas of the Chicago Hotel are more than suitable for a prestige propery. I especially like the grand foyer, which seems to belong in a French chateau, and the open bar by the check-in-desk, decorated with what seems like acres of marble. The guest rooms have been updated and redecorated. They're not exactly large, but they are comfortable - particularly if you are fortunate (as I was) and end up getting a room with two full bathrooms!
I was little surprised at first when I saw that Priceline had classified the Chicago Hilton as a Four Star property, but after staying there, I'm a believer. I'd be glad to stay here again.
NOTE: don't confuse this place, the Chicago Hilton, on South Michigan, with the Palmer House Hilton in the heart of the Loop further north. I'd say that the Palmer House has a more spectacular lobby, but the guest rooms there seem to be a little smaller.
I stayed at this hotel on my very first trip to the States and I was pleasantly surprised. The lobby is very opulent, and the check in staff are very friendly, as well as all the other staff in the hotel, they always greeted you with a smiley face and were eager to help.
The rooms were very big, and well heated as it was in wintertime when I visited, and heating is well needed!
Unique Quality: Very clean rooms, and the friendliest staff I have ever been aquanted with at a hotel!
Directions: Located on the South Side of Michigan Avenue.
I need a floor plan for the Hilton, 9th floor and above - with room numbers.
You see, I've been staying at the Hilton in the fall for a convention once a year for several years, but this time I'm bringing my girlfriend. She likes to wake up to morning sunlight. Now I do like to pamper her, but not so much so that I'd pay for an east-facing room with a view of the lake. However, there are rooms on the southern side that have an east-facing window that would get morning sunlight, especially during the winter when the sun is away south.
Trying to explain all of this to a desk clerk sounds difficult; I'd like to be able to simply ask for a certain room number.
Can only find floor plans of the meeting rooms!
Without going into the whole explanation of the hows and whys, you should simply request a South facing room with partial eastern exposure above the 9th floor. The well-trained Hilton desk clerks should have little trouble filling the bill! (Don't be too surprised if they ask you a lot of questions, though, since the announcement of the 'plot' to blow up Chicago highrises might make your request sound 'fishy')
Enjoy our fair and windy city!
Exactly my thought, Pedersdottir.
But I was only going to add: I'm assuming our friend doesn't want to sleep in a meeting room, LOL!
Hotel desk agents are usually inundated with a million requests at a time, so it's better to ask the rooms controller or manager.
I would recommend calling or e-mailing the Front Office or Assistant Front Office Manager directly for the specific request. Get their name just in case you run into any problems.
Thanks everyone, but you're all suggesting that I do it the one way that I was trying to avoid because I suspect that it won't work. But thank you just the same.
In that case, why don't you ask one of the VT members that has stayed there?
Do a keyword search on VT with 'Chicago Hilton' and VT members grkboiler, CliffClaven will pop up.
I just called the Chicago Hilton reservations desk and spoke with Stacey. She reiterated what was mentioned before - call them and make your request. They will fill it 'pending availability of rooms' because the hotel frequently accommodates large groups who - as you know - take up large blocks of rooms. The direct phone number is 312-922-4400. Godd luck!
Er, what's a grkboiler....??
Greek, for sure; Boilermaker, just a guess.
Fine. I'll just put it in my rcetopper and forget about it.....
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Address: 720 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, 60605, United States