Given the superb location and great building this should be a much better hotel than it is .
The staff is friendly, courteous and efficient. Rich at the front desk was very helpful and Showtime, the doorman, was a real treat .
My room, while being spacious, was dull and boring in decoration. One bed was comfortable, the other far less so - to the point of being painful to sleep in . The bathroom was clean and functional although the water from the shower did not easily drain away and could present a slip hazard .
The curtains did not quite fully close and the resultant small strip of daylight is annoying in the mornings.
The aircon does not adjust and so it is a choice of on or off .
There is no way of getting the TV guide to appear on the screen and this means that other than scrolling laboriously through the myriad channels there is no way of easily seeing what is on and when .
The cleanliness was good throughout .
Reception is presentable and functional.
Meli's cafe, attached to the hotel, offers poor food at expensive prices. Far better to eat elsewhere.
The hotel tries to be achingly hip with the annoying loop of jazz in the elevators but fails in this attempt as more thought should be given to the rooms than the choice of music.
It is an expensive choice of hotel given the lack of onsite amenities and the overall character f the rooms.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Indulge in Hotel Blake, a landmark of luxury in one of downtown Chicago’s most vibrant neighborhoods, Printers Row. In walking distance to shopping, Millenium Park, Soldier Field, Willis Tower and many other cultural places, The Hotel Blake Chicago offers a robust taste of Chicago’s rich culture and diversity. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Wyndham Blake Chicago Hotel Chicago
- Blake Hotel Chicago
- Blake Motel Chicago