I stayed here for 3 nights on a business trip. The front desk staff was tremendously nice and friendly and was able to check me in to my room early. I would have given it a "5", but feel like I needed to knock a point off because of the restaurant.
The room was very nice and spacious with a view overlooking the riverfront. I will say I slept better at this hotel than I normally do while on travel. The beds and pillows are very comfy.
I do agree with a previous reviewer about the lack of plugs in the room. After hunting for a little bit, I did find a power strip under one of the beds - but could definitely use more near the desk and in the bathroom. I was in a corner room that adjoined with the room next door. I was a little concerned at first because I could hear everything going on in the next room, including their loud television (fortunately they piped down at a reasonable hour and I was able to sleep just fine). Overall, though, I could hear a lot of noise in the hallways. My only other issue with the room itself was the thermostat. It was either "on" or "off". I could adjust the temperature...but since it's the middle of summer, I didn't want warm air blowing. So...I would just leave it on during the day, come back to a cold room, and then shut it off until it warmed up a bit.
I think my only real "gripe" with this hotel was with the restaurant, Hoyt's. After attending a conference all day and networking events in the evening, I arrived back at the hotel 2 nights in a row very late and starving. The restaurant is open until 11:00 - and while I hate being "that person" who shows up right before closing time, I felt like arriving at 10:30 wasn't THAT bad (not to mention I just ordered an appetizer to go - not an entire steak dinner or anything). The minute I walked in, the girls at the bar glared at me and seemed really put out that I was there. I waited at the bar for my order with no interaction from the staff until my food arrived. I had a very similar experience the following night - that time arriving at 10pm - a full hour before the restaurant closed. If the kitchen advertises that it's open until 11, it seems they should be prepared for guests to order food.
Aside from the less-than-stellar restaurant experiences, I would definitely recommend this hotel. The location is AWESOME - there's a Starbucks and a Corner Bakery in close vicinity, you can walk to Michigan Avenue for shopping/eating. Overall, a great experience!
- 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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