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Congress Plaza Hotel

3.0 of 5 520 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605
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Windsor, Canada
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3 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Had a good stay. Hotel,is old (it's in chicago after all) but clean and convenient to the downtown loop. Went for a couple hockey games and we were close to transit for each game. Plenty of restaurants within a short walk. Went with a Groupon..........very reasonable, even cheap. Not a lot of extras, but for a father son trip, perfect.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

My girlfriends and I shared a room for a one night stay in Chicago, December 2014. The room was perfectly suitable for us. Nothing fancy, but we loved the historic features of the hotel. It is conveniently located downtown and reasonably priced. Probably would stay here again.

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Belvidere, Illinois
14 reviews 14 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a great view of Grant Park. The room was OK. It was old and needed some work. It was borderline clean enough. The hotel as a whole needs a makeover. Many details of the place are worn out. The desk folk were nice enough but the concierge was somewhat rude. We didn't get anything from the lounge because... More 

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Munich, Germany
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A great hotel for those who can accept that an older hotel can't be perfect. Rooms are clean, Wifi is free, staff very friendly. Windows can't be opened and A/C had been a bit of a challenge. Great location - short walks or bus/train rides to most attractions.

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Chicago, Illinois, United States
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I stayed for a two day seminar, never again. The rooms were shabby and furniture was chipped and carpeting so old it was no longer to the base board, Bathroom was horrible. We got to pre order our food for lunch which was a big joke, for it still was not ready for another 30 minutes after we were in... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I recently stayed at the Congress Plaza for a girls shopping weekend. It is an easy walk from the Metra Lasalle Station. The staff I encountered were very friendly and helpful. My friends had dinner in the hotel restaurant and said it was very good. The hotel is extremely old and you can really appreciate the charm it still has... More 

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Saint Charles, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The hotel is located within walking distance of the loop and south loop attractions - Grant Park/Millenium Park/Daley Park is right across the street. The hotel lobby is beautiful, and easy check-in. The room we were in (10th floor; north tower) could use some updating but it appears some of the rooms and other floors have already gone through some... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I booked this hotel through Groupon, so the price was right and the location is excellent - in the Loop, walking distance to the Art Institute and public transportation. It's an old building, and has a lot of charm if you like old buildings with high ceilings, antique hardware and wide woodwork. The lobby is quite beautiful, and there are... More 

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San Diego
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26 hotel reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stayed for 4 nights between Christmas & New Years. Given it's prime location and $100/night we thought this hotel was a good value. Our only complaint is the beds were somewhat uncomfortable. The hotel is old but well maintained and very clean. We gave the hotel "very good" instead of "average" because the entire staff was very friendly and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a Lakeview king room on 14th floor. It was absolutely perfect for watching New Year's Eve fireworks! The trade-off though was a shower with very little force and only moderately warm water, instead of hot. This is such a great location! And the historic atmosphere is wonderful! Both restaurants and the lounge are terrific - quality and friendliness!... More 

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  • Grant park(25)
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  • HOT WATER(13)
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Address: 520 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605
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Location: United States > Illinois > Chicago > The Loop
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Congress Plaza Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 851
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Hotel Congress Plaza
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