I'd heard glowing reviews of Embassy Suites but the photos on the Web site looked just average. I was pleasantly surprised when I met three friends at the lakefront location on Columbus Drive. We had a room with two double beds and a pull-out couch in the living room for two nights.
The room was spacious as Chicago hotels go, and well appointed. The beds were luxurious and comfy, with a view of the lakefront a bonus, and the living room and kitchenette very pleasant. The only negative was a feeling of "being in the joint" as we stepped off the elevator and inched our way along the catwalk some sixteen floors up above the atrium lobby. It really is very prison like! Breakfast and the manager's reception were a nice add ons. Though we only subjected ourselves to the evening experience one night as the crowd awaiting service at the manager's reception looked thirsty and threatening. The thunderous rush to the bar at 5:30 sharp was a bit off-putting. We chatted and waited at our table and watched the chaos for 20 minutes and did eventually get a glass of wine, but the overall experience was hordish. The full breakfast was not so bad, but the hotel did use elevator postings to warn of red and green light times for breakfast. So take heed.
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