We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
All 168 Chicago hotels

Congress Plaza Hotel

3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   520 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605 (The Loop)
Hotel website
Hotel amenities
Special Price
10%OFF SUMMER SALE
Save Saved
You added Congress Plaza Hotel to your Saves list
Congress Plaza Hotel
Best prices for your stay
Enter dates for best prices
Check In Check Out
Show Prices
You must enter dates to see the best prices.
37%
Ranked #124 of 168 hotels in Chicago
A recent review
4 of 5 stars reviewed yesterday
Lisa B Lowell, Michigan, United States
  • Reviews (1,241)
  • Photos (945)
  • Amenities
  • Q&A
  • Room tips (303)
  • Location
  • More
Write a Review

1,241 people have reviewed this hotel

Traveler rating
    98
    345
    383
    178
    237
See reviews for
207
304
81
245
Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
Traveler tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (303)
Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Norwegian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Turkish first
  • Any
English first
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Staff is Unfriendly!! Room sucks. Air conditioner was not enough to cool off the bathroom let alone the room, bed was horrible, pillows like rocks, I paid for the view and it was a great one, I paid for early check in and my room WAS NOT ready!!!!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Lowell, Michigan, United States
Senior Contributor
47 reviews 47 reviews
9 hotel reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

My husband & I decided on a weekend trip to Chicago via Amtrak. I booked a lakeside view room at the Congress. While the room was small & had some cosmetic blemishes it was perfect for us. The location was great & there is a restaurant/bar on site. Our lake view room overlooked Grant Park & the fountain. All of... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Jefferson City, Missouri, United States
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
5 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I read many reviews and was a little apprehensive in staying here. It's supposed to be the most haunted hotel in Chicago! I checked in late in the evening. My room was a bit of an old smell to it but was bearable and otherwise good. The bed was comfortable and clean. The bathroom was updated with a great shower.... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Newburgh, New York
Contributor
13 reviews 13 reviews
3 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

OH MY. I had a bad feeling from the minute I confirmed my reservation. Was in Chicago for business and was trying to keep costs down. Got dropped off and walked into lobby, look decent and figured I'd give it a try. Staff were RUDE at check in, we asked if we could possibly have 2 rooms near each out... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Incline Village, Nevada
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

centrally located great view of buckingham fountain and grant park great restaurant sheds aquarium the nature museum navy pier harry carey's great sushi right down the street red and brown lines are right down the street!!!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Urbana, Illinois
Top Contributor
90 reviews 90 reviews
32 hotel reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We stayed at this hotel reluctantly after finding out we messed up the reservation on our original choice. We did not want to pay $300 for a hotel near Grant Park for a half marathon, so we checked other reviews and rolled the dice. This place was not at all luxurious; though it appeared to be at one time. People... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Chicago
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Location may be great though but terrible experience. Concierge not friendly, very poor customer service! Worse was around 12 midnight while all of us were sleeping, a man with a very loud voice and walkie talkie opened our door - good thing there was a chain to the door and I'm not a light sleeper - really shabby door as... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
hammond,indiana
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Great hotel great location great price when u dont want to spends hundreds n hundreds of dollars its across the street from grant park close to shopping close to many other things to do and see nightlife is in close proxcimity

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Pennsylvania
Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
9 hotel reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The location is FANTASTIC! The rooms, beds, bathroom and AC unit leave a lot to be desired. Outdated wallpaper and curtains (and by outdated, I mean by 50+ years!). Bedding was old, mattress stained, paint peeling, and the furniture was awful (I've seen better at yard sales and Ollies). I was glad we were only there for 1 night (came... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Miami, Florida
Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
12 hotel reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Great location just next to Buckingham Fountain. The hotel needs major remodeling but its still a good hotel. With remodeling it could be the best hotel in Chicago and could probably charge twice what it charges. The staff is excellent. We walked everywhere from the hotel. We took the Blue line train from o'hare and walked only a few blocks... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Owners: What's your side of the story?
If you own or manage Congress Plaza Hotel, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.
Manage your listing

Been to Congress Plaza Hotel? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Hotel Summarization (Beta)

What travelers say

  • Grant park(27)
  • Great location(26)
  • HOT WATER(14)
  • Very nice(11)
  • Lake view(10)
  • Navy pier(8)
  • Very old(7)
  • Air conditioning(7)
  • Front desk staff(4)
  • Flat screen TV(4)

Additional Information about Congress Plaza Hotel

Address: 520 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605
Phone Number:
Location: United States > Illinois > Chicago > The Loop
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Congress Plaza Hotel 3*
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Expedia, Priceline, TripOnline SA, Orbitz, Booking.com, Travelocity, Hotels.com, Reservation Counter, Tingo, BookIt.com, Cheap Tickets, BookingOdigeoWL, Despegar.com, Agoda, Otel and Venere so you can book your Congress Plaza Hotel reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
Congress Plaza Chicago
Hotel Congress Plaza
Congress Hotel Chicago
Congress Plaza Hotel Chicago

945 photos of this hotel

Traveler photos: See what travelers like you saw

Viewed
All traveler photos (348)
Viewed
Room/suite (90)
Viewed
Hotel & grounds (63)
Viewed
View from room (29)
Viewed
Bathroom (14)
Viewed
Dining (2)
Viewed
Pool/beach area (2)
Viewed
Other (148)

Expert photos: Taken by TripAdvisor travel experts

Viewed
All expert photos (565)
Viewed
Amenities (54)
Viewed
Courtyard Room (63)
Viewed
Lakeview Deluxe Suite (109)
Viewed
Lakeview King (74)
Viewed
Restaurants and Bars (33)
Viewed
Standard Double (79)
Viewed
Standard King (69)
Viewed
The Hotel (84)

Management photos: Courtesy of the property manager

Viewed
All management photos (33)
Viewed
Hotel & grounds (5)
Viewed
Dining (5)
Viewed
Room/suite (20)
Viewed
Other (3)

Amenities

Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Class
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Step inside and experience an extraordinary piece of living history during your next visit to downtown Chicago at the Congress Plaza Hotel. This "Landmark of Chicago Hospitality" has delighted business and leisure travelers for over a century. Guests at the Congress Plaza Hotel can explore art institute, millenium park, buckingham fountain, magnificent mile,museum campus all with in walking distance just by stepping outside our front doors. Situated adjacent to Grant Park, our 14-story property is located along Michigan Avenue, providing unlimited access to the city's finest retail stores, the bustling business district and Chicago attractions. ... more   less 
Number of rooms
851

Questions & Answers

Enter your question for this accommodation's staff to answer. Other travelers may answer as well.
    Posting guidelines

    See which rooms travelers prefer