Recently stayed at the Blackstone and couldn't be any happier that we did! The location is great on South Michigan Ave putting you in the heart of the city but not the bustling crowds outside your door, with unparalleled views of Lake Michigan (booked a lake view room). However what really made this hotel great was the people, there service was outstanding and personal...It was like I was the only person in the hotel. Because of my Marriott status I was provided access to the 1600 Club where they had nice a nice spread of hors d'oeuvres in the evenings and breakfast in the morning. I would highly recommend this hotel to anyone looking in Chicago, you won't regret it!!!!
"Classic Hotel with All the Modern Touches (plus more)"
The Blackstone is perfectly located just a short walk from the Art Institute of Chicago directly on Grant Park. The view of the lake is breathtaking and it takes little time to walk to the Buckingham Fountain and waterfront. A Divvy bike rental rack is just across the street, making it easy to get to the museums and beyond. And it is surrounded by many great restaurants. The room was wonderful. Comfortable, fully furnished, and appropriately quiet for the city. The hotel has so much history which has not been neglected in its renovation. The booklet telling the backstories of the hotel is a must read. (I just wish all the rooms could be open at one time of the day for visitors to see). And the art displays by contemporary artists is great. The customer service was equally wonderful, as was the dinner at Mercat (restaurant located within the hotel). Will go back again if I am in downtown Chicago.
"Ricardo at the Concierge is fantastic!"
After many years visiting the city, I found myself with an extra 2 days (due to Irma/ Hurricane, I'm still stuck up north awaiting electricity in Orlando!) I wanted to be tourist for a change. Ricardo was extremely helpful in mapping out my weekend. He listened carefully and recommended the perfect activities (art fairs, architecture tours, museums, etc). He also recommended a truly great Italian restaurant. I was looking for something "local" and fresh & I had the absolutely best putenesca sauce along with the best Branzino I've ever ordered. It's increasingly rare to work with true professional concierge's these days who is listening to customers and not pushing the usual fare. Ricardo is the best!
"Classy hotel with history and modern style"
We attended an event at the Shedd Aquarium and wanted a hotel within walking distance. We ended up staying at The Blackstone because it was an easy walk through Grant Park to the aquarium. Although the hotel is in an older building, the rooms are nicely updated with a modern style and furnishings.The hotel lobby is a step back to the time when staying at hotels was a grand experience, with period furnishings, interesting artwork, and even an antique manual typewriter that actually works! An interesting touch is that the card-keys and coasters have unique vignettes about notable people throughout history, such as Louis Armstrong and Al Capone! We upgraded (for about $40 more per night) to a room with a view of Buckingham fountain, Navy Pier, and Lake Michigan, which also meant we got to experience the morning sunrise over the lake. The hotel is reasonably close to La Salle station on the Blue Line so it's easy to avoid the traffic if you're coming from O'Hare. The hotel has a Starbucks on site, but we found the service to be a bit slow the morning we were there -- not a problem because several coffee shops are nearby.
"Best Grant Park Location Hands Down!"
This hotel is super nice inside rooms. starbucks is attached to hotel, customer service is impeccable, stayed here for the taste of chicago and the it was only 2 blocks away, just a super convenient location. there is a parking garage around the corner that i recommend next to buddy guys only 30.00 a night with in and our privilege. great stay, great location best in south loop Real Talk!
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