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Swissotel Chicago
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   323 East Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL 60601 (The Loop)   |  
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Ranked #54 of 167 hotels in Chicago
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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“Lovely!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2012

Stayed here for one night with my husband, booked through Priceline. We had a beautiful view of Navy Pier and the river/downtown area. Staff was nice, the beds were comfortable, the room was clean and you couldn't hear much street noise at all. The lobby bar was pricey- but the white cosmo was delicious!

A tip for parking- Millennium Park lot is about a 5-10 minute walk away and only $26 overnight. That's what we did instead of the $55 (but if you have a lot of luggage or staying many nights and not using your car everyday that night not work).

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2012

Beautiful 4 star hotel in beautiful, busy downtown Chicago; We took the "Priceline Gamble," and booked this hotel for $100/night for 2 nights, $78 less than it is advertised on Swissotel's website. Upon arrival, we were shocked to learn that wifi is $9.95/night, parking is $55/day, & if you've never been to Chicago, EVERYTHING you will do will cost an arm & a leg. We had 2 different maintenance issues 1. Our desk was equipped with a port strip with HDMI, Comp, & Computer Ports and these were non functional. We were told that the following day they would either replace the tv or provide me w/ a different dvd player with comp rather hdmi cables, upon calling the following day, I was told that this was not going to happen. No apology, no attempt to address the problem, just a No. This is not a deal breaker, just an annoyance. 2. We had lukewarm shower water. We complained about this our first night & the following morning we took lukewarm showers again, even though maintenance responded quickly the night before; We chalked it up to others using it all in the morning so we went and enjoyed the city. Our second night, after being in the cold all day, we returned to lukewarm water and again reported it. Maintenance Tech responded very quickly and spent approximately 1 hour to repair the issue & we were tired, however the issue was much better after he left. I too work in this industry and coordinate maintenance and customer relations & I would have been embarrassed at not being able to provide a working port or a solution for this issue. Not a deal breaker, just kind of "low class," and beneath their star rating. Overall, this was/is a great hotel, the employees were very professional, with the exception of the aforementioned issues, & for the price I paid (minus the parking) I came out on top. Michigan Ave aka The Magnificent Mile and "the bean" are within walking distance; Navy Pier, Shedd Aquarium, Bear's stadium, The Musem, and many more attractions are just a short $20 cab ride from Swissotel. It was a great adventure, my family had a fantastic time and although most of our joy came from the location of the hotel, the amenities were very VERY nice. I typically exercise on every vacation, but this time I wasn't feeling well so we only enjoyed the indoor pool and hot tub, which were awesome! You have to access them through the spa and fitness center entrance so I was able to see the facility, I wish I had felt better because this was one of the best fitness centers I have ever seen. I don't believe most travelers will be interested in spending a whole lot of time in the hotel, but you could in this one and have a great time!

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Alp A, Front Office Manager at Swissotel Chicago, responded to this review, November 29, 2012
Dear jppdiddy,

Thank you very much for taking your time to share the details of your experience at Swissotel Chicago. Although we are very happy to learn that in general you have enjoyed your stay, please accept our sincere apologies for the technical errors andthe shortfall of follow up during the resolution process. We will surely look into those issues to avoid similar situations in the future. Looking forward to your next visit and please feel free to contact me if you need any assistance.

Kind Regards,

Alp Akyuz
Front Office Manager
alp.akyuz@swissotel.com
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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2012

the hotel is pretty modern. most happy with the clean up service who folded up all our clothes that was all over the room into stacks - a lot patience! the view from my room was awesome too, overlooking the river and lake michigan.
it was a bit far from magnificent mile from the fact that it is thanksgiving and chicago has the most chilly winds - but overall it is a nice stay.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Alp A, Front Office Manager at Swissotel Chicago, responded to this review, November 29, 2012
Dear Jessica T,

Our pleasure to learn that you have enjoyed your stay with us and we are looking forward to your next visit in the not too distant future.

Kind Regards,

Alp Akyuz
Front Office Manager
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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2012

Good: Fast check-in, great views, friendly staff, super-comfortable bed, nice workstation/chair, awesome HD television, Keurig coffee, glass shower and separate bathtub,

Bad: Cheapest toilet on the planet. The handle was broken and the whole thing was a cheap, plastic construction. Why invest money in such beautiful guest bathrooms, with phones by the toilet, if the toilet itself is junk? My only other complaint: I was almost certain I had read somewhere the wifi was free. It was not. Paying so much for a room and then having to pay for wifi is such an inconvenience. Just tack the extra $10 bucks onto the cost of the room and tell me the wifi is free.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Alp A, Front Office Manager at Swissotel Chicago, responded to this review, November 29, 2012
Dear Ryan405,

Our pleasure to read your kind compliments about the quality of service and amenities you have enjoyed during your visit. Thank you for highlighting the need for better equipment in bathroom and we will surely consider your kind opinion during our future revisions.

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Alp Akyuz
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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2012 via mobile

My son and I spent a night here as a staycation and loved it. Rhonda who checked us in was the best. She was very helpful and kind. Yli at breakfast was such a nice, warm touch to a yummy breakfast. Everyone had a smile. Our room was very luxurious with a great view and surprisingly quiet.

Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
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Alp A, Front Office Manager at Swissotel Chicago, responded to this review, November 29, 2012
Dear Dsquared512,

Thank you for your review and I will be happy to take the liberty to share your kind compliments with our team members that you have mentioned namely. Looking forward to welcome you again at Swissotel Chicago.

Kind Regards,

Alp Akyuz
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Grayslake, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2012

On the river a short stroll from Navy Pier, Michigan Ave and Millennium Park; a walkable distance to he Wilis Tower Sky Deck, the location of this hotel is great. Our first room had a cigarette odor in this no smoking town so they switched us to a different one. The room was clean and very quiet. It had a big bathroom, refrigerator, plenty of room and great river view. The thick feather tick was luxurious but a bit too warm at night. The room did receive some street light at night despite room darkening curtains. The kids loved the 42nd floor pool and we liked the hot tub. Big fitness center that we watched others use. We paid $108 for a Friday night for a family of 4 and $55 for valet parking.

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2012 via mobile

Bought the package of stay and park directly from the hotel's website, which made the crazy normal rate of $55/night for parking a bit more reasonable. They did make the mistake of charging us for parking, but when we called they were extremely apologetic and took it right off.
I'm not used to staying in fancy hotels, this is the nicest I've stayed in - there are even robes in the rooms!
The location is great - within walking distance to Mag Mile, Navy Pier, and the public transportation at the Loop.
The quality of the hotel and service from the staff made this one of thw best values in downtown Chicago for 109 a night. I would definitely stay here again. Plus the energy-efficient elevators are awesome.

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Also Known As:
Swissotel Chicago Hotel Chicago
Swissotel Chicago Hotel
Swissotel Hotel Chicago
Chicago Swissotel Hotel
Chicago Swissotel
Address: 323 East Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL 60601
Location: United States > Illinois > Chicago > The Loop
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#29 Luxury Hotel in Chicago
#32 Business Hotel in Chicago
#37 Romantic Hotel in Chicago
#43 Family Hotel in Chicago
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Swissotel Chicago 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Comfort and productivity come together where the river meets the lake at Swissôtel Chicago. Swissôtel Chicago is graced with European style and contemporary Swiss elegance. The luxury experience includes award-winning hospitality, well-appointed accommodations and breathtaking views. Housed in a distinctive glass triangle structure, our hotel stands out for its international style, downtown sophistication and central location to signature sights. Find peace of mind and productivity in our recently upgraded 661 guest rooms or 40 luxury suites. Our business-friendly amenities make travel simple and seamless and our 65,000 sq ft of state-of-the-art meeting rooms, ballrooms and special venue space excel as an efficient place to meet, connect, celebrate and do business. We also have three on-site restaurants and hotel bar, a penthouse fitness center and 45-foot indoor pool. ... more   less 
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