Satisfaction Very Good
Value Score Great Value!
Good For Couples
I am not an objective person here. I worked here in the Sales dept. for a few years! And now, we stay with friends or family when we go. I put Hyatt as a choice to stay because you may get a good rate if you go on the right date, when there isn´t big convention around and during the month of November-March (not on New Year´s eve, although there are pakages for this event from $150 pp). This hotel has 2 019 rooms, so most likely you will find a room. And you may run into a famous NBA or MLB player when you least expect it. A lot of teams stay there when they play in Chicago.
If you stay there, try to get a Lake view room, there are great pics from the window. Another choice, least expensive is Holliday Inn City Cebtre, which is not too far and cheaper.
Unique Quality: Huge hotel with restaurants and bar. Connected to Illinois Center Mall, in front of the river and the lake.
Rooms were redone last year with new furniture.
A couple of restaurants in the hotel as well as a couple of bars. Room service and several restaurants near by (within a block or two).
Concierge, Bussiness Center, Shuttle bus every 1/2 hour to airports, taxis all day long.
In the lower level you can find a supermarket, hair salon (Spa), and several bussiness. If it is too cold, you might not even have to leave the hotel.
You will be 1 block away from the Magnificent mile, 3 from the Chicago Theater, 2 from Chicago Library, 3 from a "L". Near by: Grant Park, Chicago Art Institute, Aquarium, Navy Pier, etc.
Directions: Right in front of the Chicago River Bridge
Another Good Choice
I like Hyatts - and this one is no exception. Although it took me a while to check in (unsuprising for a Friday afternoon & something I unwittingly could have circumvented by having joined the Hyatt gold club earlier that day for free) i thought this place was good. Again some good views of the city & river, good location and the rooms must have recently been refurbed as the lovely smell of new carpet wafted under my nose as I swept open the door.
Unique Quality: There is a good Irish plpace just down the street (Wacker) which I can recommend for a hearty (and heart attacke rendering) cheapy breakfast
Directions: Right at the bottom (South) end of the Magnificent Mile, not far from the Chicago Bridge
not bad..pictures coming soon
The room was nicely decorated with a contemporary touch and we had a great view of the river and tall boats below (if you could get past the dirty windows with multiple cobwebs and eight legged critters).
The sky walk between the 2 separate towers was convenient (our room was in the opposite tower as the restaurant/bar etc) but they really need to update their look.... it was 70's'ish.
We decided that we wanted to stay at the Sheraton down the river next time we were in town. It seems to have the best view all around and a would probably be a bit better experience.
Unique Quality: The bar was spactacular (a view of the city... glass walls with nothing but glass shelves and liquor in front) but the prices were high.
The staff was extra friendly and accommodating.
Directions: On the river , downtown
This hotel has a decent location along the Chicago River on Wacker Dr., just a block east of Michigan Avenue and within walking distance to all of the Michigan Ave. shopping and River North restaurants.
There are some restaurants and bars located in the hotel, along with a gift shop and a pool. It is a big hotel and can get very crowded, which means staff will pay less attention to you. Expect to wait in long lines for check-in or for guest services, and don't expect the best service, either.
I would recommend searching for a good rate on a travel website like Expedia. I got a good deal at $135 a night for a double room which can usually run over $200. The location is good, but you can get a much better value for your money elsewhere and at a similar price - there are better hotels in town.
Unique Quality: Rooms are a good size and comfortable. They are decorated with a contemporary style. Rooms come with free DSL, coffee maker, in-room safe, clock radio, and video check out. Hotel security is good and it is very clean.
One thing I don't like is the valet parking. On a Sunday morning at checkout time, the line is long and you can expect to wait a half hour for your car. Parking is $35 a night with in/out privileges and is accessible from Lower Wacker.
Directions: South side of the Chicago River along Wacker Dr., 1 block east of Michigan Ave.
Great for Shopping and Conventions
I stayed here about 14 yrs ago on a conference, and was very pleased with the location. Found the room spacious, and was very impressed with the group handling at check-in.
The conference facilities were great, in particular as some of the conference was held at one of the connecting hotels.
The courtyard restaurant was great for dinner or lunch. In the lower level was a great steak house, which I made a point of returning to on a subsequent stay.
Unique Quality: I liked the location by the river, and walking distance to shopping. Not so far by taxi or shuttle to the McCormack Place.
My favorite hotel
I recommend the Hyatt because it is not too expensive and the service is great. Plus it is located in the center of the city, close to all the attractions. If you stay at the Hyatt make sure to visit "Spa Di La Franza" (located in the Hyatt's lower level), an italian spa which has everything to offer at a great price.
Unique Quality: great view, wonderful location, reasonable pricing, friendly service
As I've only spent the night...
As I've only spent the night in downtown Chicago once (and that place I can no longer find), I will resort to just listing a couple noteworthy places.
The Drake Hotel (Hilton) is probably the most elegant of all hotels in Chicago, resting near the end of Michigan Ave., where it meets Lakeshore Dr.
The Hotel Inter-continental is another fine hotel that sits right in the middle of Michigan Ave. This probably has the best location!
Hyatt Regency Chicago is the 'largest hotel in Chicago.' It's a couple blocks off Michigan Ave., and thus another great location.
These are only three of hundreds of choices in Chicago. Do some research. Personally, when I spend the night in Chicago, I generally go far outside the city (say up to Gurnee or west to Orland Park) and just take a Metra train in.
Anything downtown Chicago will be very pricey. Places in the suburbs will be much more reasonable.
"Luxury and Location at It's Best!"
There is lots of lodging downtown, but one of the top five places to stay would be at the Hyatt Regency Chicago.
You cannot beat the service, ambiance, and location . Right next to the lakefront and Michigan Ave. you are in the middle of it all. Anything you wish to visit is a short walk or cab ride away. It's just steps to the Magnificent Mile or the lake.
The hotel is very polished, and the staff are willing to bend over backward to help you! Get a room with a cityview if available, the views are to die for!
If you visit during Venetian night, get a view of the lake and watch the boats and fireworks from your room!
Rates range from $79 weekend specials to $300 per night.
Unique Quality: The facilities are clean and up to date. They have a gorgeous pool and health club. There are a couple of restaurants, cafe's on the premises, but nothing extraordinary.
They are close to many wonderful restaurants though!
Directions: Right by the corner of Michigan Ave. and Wacker.
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Hi, my husband and I will be coming to Chicago Oct 13-20. This seems to be a busy week in chicago. We have reservations for 14th-19th (flying out from ohare early on the 20th) at the Blake. The 13th was an afterthought and the Blake didn't hava a room for that night so got the hyatt regency chicago for that night on . The Blake reservations are refundable and I am wondering if I should look farther north after reading warnings about it being very quiet there at night. We will be traveling th UofC hospital everyday and returning in the evening and will need to grab some fairly inexpensive dinner.
I know ther is not alot of hotels available that week but I could try. Also I am wondering about safe tranportation to UofC. Thanks so much for your time, linda
Do you mean the Drake Hotel? Which U of Chicago hospital will you be visiting? The main one is in Hyde Park on the Southside of Chicago so you will probably not want to stay on the north side. You might want to consider the Hilton on South Michigan Avenue.
The Blake is in the south Loop and the area is not deserted at night and is well patrolled. Riding public transportation is quite safe, but the routes that the Chicago Transit Authority suggests on its trip planner, which in my opinion are pretty safe, might seem scary to people not used to Chicago. They are also somewhat roundabout because they involve only a very short walk. The hospatals are at 58th St; and it's a four block walk to 55th St., and from there it's a much simpler trip by either going west to the Red Line el (which might strike some people as scary) or going east to the #6 bus (which I don't think people find scary and is pretty ride by the lake).
You should have no difficulty finding fairly inexpensive reatuarants in either the university area, Hyde Park, or in the Loop.
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