My husband and I stayed at the Residence Inn Chicago Downtown/ River North in early March 2012. Our room was the 1 bedroom king bed suite (room number 2005). The room was very clean, nicely decorated, and very quiet. The room had everything we needed for a three night stay. The kitchen had a full size frig with icemaker, microwave, utensils, plates, wine glasses, coffee cups, etc. along with a full size coffee pot. (I didn't see a wine opener, but we brought our own).The prepacked coffee that comes with the room is good, but don't forget to bring your favorite sweetener and creamer if you're picky about that since the generic stuff just doesn't start the day right. The bedroom had plenty of drawer space and nice hangers and the king bed was really comfortable. The sink and vanity being separated from the shower/toilet by a door helps speed up morning and bedtime routines. The shower/ toilet area was very roomy, and the vanity had excellent lighting for applying makeup. The only thing I missed was a ledge or something in the shower to help me shave my legs since it is only a shower, and not a tub/shower combo. Harry Caray's steakhouse is just across the street, three blocks north on Clark is the Rainforest Cafe and Hard Rock. There is a CVS drugstore one block west on Kinzie street that sells beer, wine, and liquor besided the usual stuff you forget when on vacation. The pool and hot tub were really clean, and the hot tub was really hot, not just lukewarm. (Great for sore feet after a long day shopping or museum hopping). The exercise room was tremendous! Treadmills with TV's, ellipticals, free weights, and a combination type fitness machine for rowing and pulldown type exercises. The included breakfast had scrambled eggs, ham or sausage patties depending on the day, breakfast potatoes, fruit, yogurt, make your own waffle, muffins, plenty of juices, milk, and coffee. The dining area was quite large and lots of windows to enjoy the city view. The breakfast hostess was friendly and efficient. The entire hotel staff was friendly too. The check-in process was smooth, but we were a little confused about what to do with our car. If you don't want to valet park, go ahead and park in the Greenway parking garage that's attached to the hotel. The garage entrance is on Kinzie street west of the Dearborn intersection. After parking, take your parking ticket with you to the hotel desk. They will convert it into the plastic swipe card that you pay $40 per day for unlimited in/out use during your stay. We didn't know about the parking garage procedure so we pulled up in front of the hotel and had to give our keys to the attendent while we checked in even though we were not going to valet park. This was some kind of hotel policy and bothered us a little. There's also no luggage carts available if you park in the garage so you might have to make more than one trip to the car. Overall though, once everything was in the room, the parking garage was very convenient instead of relying on valet parking. I was very happy with our stay, and think the location and amenities are excellent value for the money. We used AAA discount, online booking through the official hotel site and for the king suite, and the $40 per day parking along with assorted taxes paid $197 per night. Since breakfast and evening "social hour" were included, I think we got a fair value without having to resort to the discount bidding type of reservation. I would definitely stay here again when visiting downtown Chicago.