We stayed here during my husband's mid-June conference at McCormick Center. On arrival, we were bowled over by the gorgeous lobby, steeped in history and meticulously restored. You could readily imagine you were back in the 1920's and Warren Harding was being vetted as a presidential candidate by stockyard and railroad magnates in the hotel's "smoke-filled" rooms. (In part my loyalty to Marriott stems from its efforts at preserving and renovating national landmarks like the Blackstone in Chicago and the Wentworth in Portsmouth, NH). At check-in, we were offered an "upgrade" due to our Marriott Elite status. We were warned we wouldn't get a view, but the room was "on a concierge floor". That was fine with us; however I had erroneously assumed rooms on a concierge floor were more luxurious, larger. That doesn't appear to be the case. While pretty, the room, located two floors down from the concierge lounge, was unexpectedly small. It would have been fine for a night or two, but we were there for 5 nights. There was no place to sit other than the bed or at a narrow desk against the wall. As noted in other reviews, the bathroom door is a slider. It wouldn't stay shut and frequently slid open at the most inopportune time. We faced the back, and even as high up as we were, heard the El trains. I wasn't bothered by the sound however, and actually found it soothing. We heard absolutely nothing from adjacent guests or people passing in the halls; so in general soundproofing was fine. Housekeeping was excellent and prompt with any special requests (we needed more hangers). The concierge lounge offered snacks at the cocktail hour and a nice breakfast with freshly brewed individual cups of coffee. Unfortunately the lounge was usually packed. The few seats there were occupied and guests were perched on desk tops or ottomans, balancing plates on their laps. Staff did their best to bus the space and replenish food, but the hungry hordes made it nearly impossible to keep up. The hotel might consider enlarging the space, or at minimum adding more seating and staff. The location was perfect; we could walk to the parks and museums, and had no trouble accessing nearby public transportation to get further afield such as Lincoln Park or the airport. Would we stay here again? Probably... although, I'd make more clear our interest in a larger room.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Rediscover a legend with the revival of historic Blackstone, A Renaissance Hotel in Chicago! Meticulously restored to its original grandeur, the acclaimed Blackstone Hotel is back with 332 unique and luxurious guestrooms. Once hailed as "the premier hotel of Chicago", we are eager to welcome you back to this Landmark, and share a story or two with you from our rich history. What will be your story? The Blackstone. How Chicago. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Renaissance Hotel Chicago
- Renaissance Hotel Blackstone
- Renaissance Chicago
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