For Chicago, this hotel was a bargain for the rate we paid. The discount, provided by a race we were participating in, made it the perfect location because the packet pick-up was at the same hotel. The hotel is acrosse the street from Buckingham Fountain & about 1.5 miles from Soldier Field. You are about 6 blocks walking distance from the shops on Michigan Avenue. The rooms are very old as evidenced by the cracks in the baseboard where they are supposed to connect to the wall and the wallpaper. Very high ceilings are nice & the bed was very comfortable. The drawers were very roomy & large. The pillows were too thick for me & you either chose to sleep with your head elevated or removed them & slept flat on the mattress. The heat was either on or off, could not adjust the temperature. The hotel charges a fee to use the internet ~ not a good thing with so many 'connected' these days. The room itself was nicely arranged with plenty of room although the bathroom was on the small side but again, adequate for our stay. There was a safe, ironing board & iron inside the room and an ice machine conveniently located on our floor. The front desk staff was very friendly. We requested a room on a high floor on an end where it would be quiet, as we are both light sleepers. We were put on the 11th floor of the north tower (Room 1114) but in the middle of a long hallway, which was wonderful on our first night as they were painting in the room next door, which meant it was not occupied. The 2nd night however, about 9PM, someone moved in & they partied until midnight. The walls were very thin & we could hear way too much & could not sleep until after things shut down at midnight. Regarding the hotel parking, there is none. You must park in a public lot ($35 a day) or valet in the same lot ($39 a day). This is NOT a park it yourself & take your key. Even if you choose the self park for $35, you MUST give the parking lot attendant your key. We did not feel comfortable with this at all but had no choice if we wanted to be near the Congress. The weather was extremely cold & wet, otherwise we would have gone elsewhere to park. This was St Patrick's Day weekend & we had no idea what a party would take place with this holiday, very exciting for the city; however, the Big 10 college basketball was also in town so everything was crowded & busy. More than likely, we would not choose to stay here again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Step inside and experience an extraordinary piece of living history during your next visit to downtown Chicago at the Congress Plaza Hotel. This "Landmark of Chicago Hospitality" has delighted business and leisure travelers for over a century. Guests at the Congress Plaza Hotel can explore art institute, millenium park, buckingham fountain, magnificent mile,museum campus all with in walking distance just by stepping outside our front doors. Situated adjacent to Grant Park, our 14-story property is located along Michigan Avenue, providing unlimited access to the city's finest retail stores, the bustling business district and Chicago attractions. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Congress Plaza Chicago
- Hotel Congress Plaza
- Congress Hotel Chicago
- Congress Plaza Hotel Chicago