"Very Pleasant Stay"
We had a long family weekend at the Blackstone with nice memories. Due to some mix-ups, we ended up in a junior suite on the 8th floor. Everything was fine, though we had an interior view of other building’s windows. Given that, it was very quiet at our end of the hotel, versus other guests in rooms facing Michigan Ave. street noise. Pros - Since this was a pleasure (vs. business) trip, I enjoyed the boutique feel of the hotel versus the sprawling spaces at the Hilton or Sheraton. The lobby is small, if not cramped, but well-appointed in early 20th century decor. - The brochures, which mention former presidential stays, add to the history of this place. - The front dek staff was serviceable and very business-like, so no small chit-chat with these folks. - The porters were friendlier, with one of the guys sharing the story of the wonky elevators and the random need for repair. - The rooms were clean and entirely functional. Since we stayed several nights, we got used to all the controls, lighting, blinds, the shower head, etc. - I like the location, since it’s not on the craziest part of Michigan Ave. and there’s both a liquor store and a Dunkin Donuts one block behind the building. It’s about a 20 minute walk to the top of the Magnificent Mile. -There's a Starbucks downstairs on the Michigan Ave. side which is not visible from the lobby. Cons - The Aveda shampoo, conditioner and soap were very average, almost motel quality. We were hoping for products that at least smelled more high end. The lotion was runny and had no fragrance. - Wifi is not normally free in-room, but our block booking allowed us to bypass wifi charges (thank you!). - The shower head pressure was more like trickling rain, though I would not know how to turn that pressure up if needed. - The smallish but stylish lobby has a pop-up cocktail service in the early evening, but no all-day beverage service. - The steep overnight parking ($70/night) can be addressed by parking lots that are a block or two away ($30). Also, the Mercat restaurant was decent. Frankly we had a toddler with us and I wasn’t fully able to concentrate on all the good food. The tapas selection was adequate but some guests thought the paella was overpriced. The Mercat had a nice atmosphere and the wait staff was quite welcoming and very attentive. This is a family friendly place too, which we appreciated. Overall, this was a satisfying experience for a family visit. I would recommend this hotel.
"Favorite place to stay in Chicago!"
After just one stay, The Blackstone has become my favorite place to stay in Chicago. The hotel has history and you are constantly taken back to a time in Chicago history that had a profound impact on the country. The hotel rooms are exceptional and well appointed. The beds are very comfortable and the corridors remain quiet in the evenings as the elevators have a separate vestibule to prevent echoing in the hallway. Also, doors do not slam shut when guests leave. If you get a rooms facing the lake, you will not be disappointed in your view. We were on the top floor, so we could see from Navy Pier to past Soldier Field. There are lovely garden across Michigan Ave that offer a great place for an early evening stroll. There are several great places to eat, namely Mercat a la planxa in the hotel. It offers great tapas options. But, if you are looking for more casual options there is a Lou Malnati's a short walk away, Flaco Tacos and even Epic Burger over by the University corridor. The neighborhood is vibrant with great public are and the hotel displays local artist work on every floor. They provide a guide to the hotels art collection in every room. The Art Institute is a short walk away as is Grant Park/Buckingham Fountain. It was simply a perfect weekend stay in Chicago.
"Older hotel with modern amenities "
Stayed here 1 night. Great location across the street from Grant Park and an easy walk to Millennium park, the bean and Buckingham fountain. Beautiful hotel with lots of character. Room 1012 was clean and comfortable with good amenities
"Neat old hotel!"
Had a quick business trip to Chicago and the price was right at the Blackstone. What a neat old hotel. Convenient location on S. Michigan across from the park. Very comfortable, though TV was at an awkward angle mounted on the side wall to the left of the bed. Nice to have a mini frig in the room, adding a small microwave would have been a great touch for my thai leftovers! I had a AAA package which included parking. I will definitely stay here again!
This was our first time staying at the Blackstone and we absolutely loved it! The architecture and decor are really something to see. The lobby is beautifully decorated and has a business center as well. A jazz band played Wednesday evening that added to the ambience. They are pet friendly. We brought our 5.5 month old puppy and we're treated so well by the entire hotel staff, including the ladies at the concierge lounge. Jessica was the absolute best at the front desk. She always greeted us with a genuine, warm smile and took extra time to make us feel welcomed. We think our puppy may have liked her more than us by the end of the trip! If you're staying in Chicago and like the Autograph collection hotels, you won't be disappointed with this one! We will definitely be back! Thank you Blackstone staff!
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