We stayed at the Hotel Burnham in May, 2005 and found it a very nice experience. The hotel itself is really beautiful -- the mosaic tile in the elevator lobby is gorgeous, the Lobby very attractive, and the Atwood Cafe practically a work of art. The hotel rooms are quite small (I agree with other reviewers stating this) but are uniquely done. The room seemed immaculate (and I'm pretty particular) and the bathroom was simply spotless. The Aveda products supplied were a nice treat from the ordinary. We had a great view from the 9th floor right up State Street, which was cool (we never seem to get view rooms when we stay in hotels, but this time we did). Nice chaise lounge to relax on and enjoy the view, too!
The staff was very friendly and warmly welcomed our dog to the hotel. Check in was easy (I had booked via an online service and was a little nervous if it all would work out -- but it turned out fine).
Now the negatives -- relatively slight and some out of the Burnham's control: we had booked a King Bed room and I maintain that if this was a king-sized bed it was the smallest I've ever seen. I think it was actually a queen but we didn't challenge them on it.
The carpet in the room looked warn and was a bit stained. It was a fairly light color, which seems a mistake in a hotel room -- and had seen better days. This should be replaced. Same goes for the bed skirt -- could use replacement.
As mentioned, we had our dog with us on the trip. The hotel itself was wonderfully accommodating to her -- greeting her by name, petting her on the way in, etc. She's a great dog and an experienced traveler so it was nice to see her welcomed in the manner she deserves! However, pet owners should be advised that there is nowhere close by the hotel to take animals to relieve themselves. Millennium Park is about three blocks to the east, but dogs are NOT allowed there (not even along the edges, from what we could tell). We are very responsible pet owners who never fail to pick up after our dog (and we even rinse the grass after she wets) but just the same we were rudely moved along every single time we went near that park. They are apparently trying to keep it pristine but are simply rude. The park also seems grossly overstaffed in terms of security personnel -- they are on their little scooters at 7 a.m. apparently waiting for dogs to chase away! Believe me, some kids and adults stand to do a lot more damage than any dog! Grant Park is a bit more forgiving but that's a quite a long distance for a polite Midwestern dog who prefers a blade of grass to go potty on. . .
- Also Known As:
- Hotel Burnham Kimpton
- Hotel Burnham Chicago
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Chosen by Conde Nast Traveler as one of the best hotels in the world, the Hotel Burnham is an intimate boutique hotel like no other. Housed in the landmark Reliance Building, now beautifully restored, the Hotel Burnham provides an authentic, luxurious and historic taste of the Windy City. In the heart of the Chicago Loop, across from Millennium Park, and adjacent to Atwood Café, the hotel is near Chicago's top destinations and attractions. ... more less
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