Went to Chicago for a conference ( not my first vist ) and sought some advice on the Chicago travel forum on hotels that would help me mix a little buisness with pleasure. I intended on getting my brother and sister to join me on the trip - but they never got their act together. So I ended up traveling solo.
I usually ( because of just pure laziness and the prospect of accumulating points) stay with Marriott, but I decided to take a leap of faith and try out this boutique-type hotel that offered river views. So very glad I did. .\
First -the view was excellent. Nice large windows to enjoy the view from. The Hotel is situated somewhat perpendicular to the river; So from your river view room you Look down the river as it opens out on the lake gives you such a unique feel to Chicago. Especially at sunrise and sunset. The way the light plays along the streets, river makes it seem as if Chicago has laid a golden carpet out you and only you....and that the city is yours for the taking. I think this is by far this Hotels top selling point.
The service was excellent. I booked my room through the hotels website- because they had a special running at the time. I got a Deluxe room ( with two queen beds and river view) for 227/ night during the last week in August. The room was Clean, appeared freshly renovated, more spacious than I expected. I think the catch was that it was a Physically impaired (disabled) -accessible room... but dont let that fool you. You could hardly notice the modifications. Contemporary styling keeps the bars looking as if they are just part of the decor and I did not note this until I was checking out.
Of course you cant beat the location. Took one train from midway to the State/Lake station ( 45min ride one way) and had 5 min easy walk to the hotel. Another 5-10 min walk from the hotels steps and I was in a millineum park enjoying a sandwhich and perrier listening to jazz floating through the air from the free summer concert series. Ahh heaven.
Loved this hotel so much that when I had to return to Chicago 1 month later. I tried to book it outright and didnt even bother searching for an internet deal...But they were full !!! The horror!
No worries though, investigated the closest hotel that offered the same location and thus the same views...... and found the River Hotel next door with slightly cheaper rates- However, in comparison, River Hotel had much smaller rooms and they were missing the nice decor, no friendly doorman, had to wait in a line at the checkout counter. *sigh* Yes, I had been spoiled by Hotel 71 and I probably looked like a jealous lover as rolled my carryon luggage past that day with a huff. But let that speak to Hotel 71's quality and value, not truly anything against River Hotel.
Would return to hotel 71 in a heartbeat.... If Hotel 71 would take me back :)
- Also Known As:
- 71 Hotel Chicago
- Hotel 71 Chicago
- Hotel 71
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel 71 boasts an unrivalled location in the heart of the city--where the Chicago River and North Michigan Avenue meet. Fresh off a $20 million renovation, the hotel features a new lobby, 24-hour complimentary fitness and business centers, and Hoyt's--a new restaurant concept located on the lobby level of the hotel. This all-day dining venue features culinary delights inspired by Midwestern tastes and locally grown produce. Whether you're visiting Chicago for business or leisure purposes, you'll find yourself within minutes of your destination--the Loop, Michigan Avenue, Millennium Park, Navy Pier, the River North District and more. ... more less
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