While our son was "shopping" colleges and subsequently chose Columbia College, we stayed at the Blake and other local hotels. The Blake is far superior (and closer) than the other hotels we stayed at in the neighborhood. When we moved him to Chicago to attend school we booked the hotel as well. It was a very emotional day and when we finally checked in about 6 pm we were told we were the "customer of the day" and had received a free upgrade and where handed two drink vouchers. We immediately went to the bar to redeem the drink vouchers. There we chatted with the nicest bartender (she is a senior at School of the Art Institute of Chicago) and she did everything to assure us that the location was safe, that our son would adjust quickly, that Chicago is an awesome place to live - she basically dispelled all our fears of leaving an 18 year old in Chicago as she was a transplant from Boston. Words we needed to hear. She also told us the hotel was dog friendly and we could bring our dog to visit our son next time. Then we went to the "upgraded" room and were "wowed and delighted" to find we were upgraded to a suite. If ever there was a day that we needed an uplifting experience it was the day we moved our only child 300 miles away to college in another state. The room was stunning. Upon check-out, we were told how to take advantage of exclusive offers/upgrades for future visits. We have four years of college to go and I see many stays at the Blake in our future - including the upcoming Parents Weekend.
- 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