"Incredible Views at Very at Central Location"
Chicago is a very nice city, but as NY all hotels are one aside the other, so the views you get from your room are of buildings. This hotel is located on Michigan Avenue, at 15 minutes, walking distance, from these hotels located in the Magnificent Mile. We asked for a room looking at the Lake, and the view is wonderfull, becasue there is a big park in between the lake and this hotel, and nothing else, so it,s like been on a hotel just by the sea side. The rooms are big and comfortable. The beds as well with 4 pillows by bed. Good bathroom. The gym club, located on the six floor is very good, with lots of machines for jogging, cycling or eliptical, as well as many weights to do weight lifting. The views from the gym club are also to the park and lake, with nothing in between. But, really what makes the difference in this hotel, is it,s spanish restaurant Merkat. I,m married to a spanish lady, so I know lot,s of spanish food. The dishes they have are extraordinary, the chef is Spanish from Barcelona, all the ingredients of the dishes come from spain, as well as the wine, the beer and the wáter. We had dinner in this restaurant all nights, and never a dish was not well presented, with an exquisite taste. Definitivly, this is one of the best spanish restaurants I have been.
"Great Stay, Helpfull Staff"
This was my first time at this hotel and I love it. It will not be my last. The staff has been so wonderful and helped me out during the most stressful situations during my work trip. Recital Bryant, Front Desk Ambassador, was absolutely the best! ...did I mention the hotel is beautiful'!
I have returned to the Blackstone for a number of years. I love the style of this hotel and was a little apprehensive when I saw that it was under re-construction. I did not think it could be improved upon...that was before I met Tekita, the front desk ambassador! WOW...did she live up to her title. We had multiple requests of her, as a number of us were staying for multiple days for a dental convention. She graciously came through with every request...as I said NEVER disappoints! I can't wait to see the final improvements when our company returns next year!!
"Celebrating St. Pat's in Chicago"
My wife and I really enjoyed a long weekend stay at this property. We usually do this mini vacation at the same time of the year to match our spring breaks from work-and coincidentally-get to enjoy the St. Pat's celebration that Chicago puts on. Ethan at he front desk made us feel welcome at check in. He came around the desk to give us our keys. A map was offered for local sites to see. Directions for the parade were given. Just a very good weekend experience with Ethan-as we saw him several times. Had a very tasty late night dinner at the Mercat' restaurant on site. Breakfast each day was great. Would have liked the addition of fresh, cut fruit for breakfast. Though it is an older property with much history, it was a great location for our weekend and was very clean, well kept and suitable.
"Loved our stay, great history, great hotel!"
After staying at two other hotels in Chicago, for us, this was the porridge that Goldilocks chose! As I have said in other reviews (please see reviews for Chicago South Loop Hotel and The Thompson), in a city with as many choices as Chicago, you have to think about what you want in a hotel. This hotel had everything I was looking for--comfort, a decent restaurant, plenty of breakfast options (including coffee in my room), good restaurants within driving distance, it was in a good neighborhood, reasonably sized rooms with a great view, a beautiful hotel with an historic past, friendly staff--well, let's just begin the review, shall we' As always, you can skip my narrative and go straight to the "Pros/Cons" list at the end if you're in a hurry. I understand the Marriott will be purchasing this hotel. I can only hope they will not rip the soul out of it like the Drury Inn does when they purchase historic hotels! Dear Marriott, PLEASE DON'T RUIN THIS HOTEL!!! This is a wonderful hotel, and the Renaissance has done a wonderful job of preserving the historic nature of it--in fact, my only argument with them is that they have emphasized the wrong history of the hotel--much is made of Al Capone's connection to the hotel, which is practically (perhaps factually) nonexistent--he may or may not have gotten his hair cut there back in the days when there was a barber in the hotel, or he may have gotten his shoes shined there--accounts vary. Otherwise, any other stories about his connection to the hotel are malarkey made up to try to make the hotel more notorious and cannot be proven (I love a good mob story, don't get me wrong, but I love a TRUE story!). And that is sad, because the true history of the hotel is so fantastic. This hotel has hosted many presidents and has played a great part in our nation's history. I won't describe all of it here, but all you have to do is look up the Blackstone Hotel and you can read about all of the presidents who have passed through its halls and all of the great moments in presidential history that have unfolded here. The moment you walk through the doors you will be wowed by the original décor that remains in this lovely hotel. The ceilings, chandeliers, walls, so much of it is incredibly lovely, old, and preserved. The staff here are professional and courteous (I would recommend, however, that you call for your car before you come down stairs, otherwise you may need to wait a few minutes for it because they have to go across the street to get it). We stayed in one of the lakefront rooms, which I highly recommend--the view is gorgeous, and it is not at all pricey. The rooms are not overly spacious, because this is an historic hotel, but they aren't tiny either--surprising in an older hotel like this. The bathrooms have been redone in a modern style that is not really fitting for the hotel--the showers are basically glass boxes, and curiously, they don't provide you with any bath mat at all. That seems to just be asking for trouble. Granted, the floor of the shower is a rubbery material that's probably supposed to be non-skid, but the floor outside the shower is marble. Walking around with bare, wet feet is unpleasant, give us a bath mat! The rooms have coffee makers and refrigerators, which is a very nice touch. There are bathrobes that are thick and fluffy with "Renaissance Blackstone" on the outside of them. There's a little store on the ground floor--just a rack of convenience items, mostly, but it's nice that it's there. And there's a fantastic restaurant which was sadly under construction when we were there, but we were able to order and eat in the bar. This is a restaurant run by an Iron Chef America that serves tapas. Every item we had was absolutely delectable. I will be sure to review it as well. For my fellow down allergy sufferers, I will tell you that there were no down products used in my room (I requested them taken out ahead of time, and that was done, we never saw one the entire time we were there). There was also a butler's stand in our room, which was a curious feature and fun to see--how often do you get one of those in your room' It was an old fashioned touch that I though suited the hotel. The free breakfast was served up on the top floor, so we enjoyed a nice view as we ate. Breakfast was pretty typical of free breakfasts in places like these--eggs, oatmeal, cereal, fruit, assorted breakfast meats, et cetera--your typical spread. It was nice to have breakfast in the hotel. However, there was also a great breakfast place down the street (Yolk) for anyone who wanted something different (we went there on our last day). We didn't order off of the room service menu, but it did look tempting. I loved our stay at the Blackstone. I wish I had stayed there the entire time I was in Chicago. We were right next to the Chicago Institute of Art, right by the Symphony, minutes away from downtown, right by Chinatown (it was Chinese New Year, after all Happy Year of the Rooster!). It was really a perfect stay for us, and as long as Marriott doesn't ruin it, we will probably stay there when we return to Chicago. Pros: --Gorgeous, historic hotel with a fantastic past --Right on the lake in the South Loop --Next to the art museum, the symphony, near lots of great site-seeing opportunities --Free breakfast in hotel --Coffeemaker and refrigerator in room --Great restaurant in hotel --Friendly, courteous staff --Hotel was clean and tidy --Bathrobes provided in rooms --Small convenience store in hotel Cons: --Parking is about $50/day as I recall (although not unusual for Chicago)
Credit cards accepted by the hotel: Visa - MasterCard - American Express - Diners Club - Japan Credit Bureau (JCB) - Discover
Check-in: 4:00 PM , Check-out: 12:00 PM