I had never stayed at this hotel before and to be honest I didn't realize that it would be so convenient a location when I booked it. It's an unusual set up where you enter the building and have to take an elevator up to the hotel lobby on the 5th floor. The hotel is housed on the 15-19th floors of the hotel. When we checked in they mentioned "corner view" room but I didn't know what they meant.. well.. if you stay here, get a corner view room! Two of the room's walls were almost completely glass. One view was of the river and the other towards the city. At night it was gorgeous!
Our first night there we didn't know where to eat and the woman at the desk suggested Lou Malnati's .. for it's traditional Chicago Style pizza. The restaurant was a quick walk to blocks over.
The next day we were able to walk to Michigan Ave, the Navy Pier and back to the hotel.
That night it was a $7 cab ride over to the Hyatt Regency for the event we were in town to attend.
I would definitely stay at this hotel again the next time I visit Chicago.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Enhance your family vacation, corporate travel, or romantic getaway by staying at the Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza River North. Located atop the Chicago Sun-Times building presenting the best views of the Windy City from a unique 15th floor atrium lobby, our full-service hotel welcomes you with 521 newly redesigned guestrooms and suites, stellar service, and premium amenities that are most comforting to both leisure and business travelers. Amenities includes complimentary Wi-Fi throughout guestrooms and lobby, LCD flat-screen TVs with cable, premium channel access, and Pay Per View movies, over sized work desk, heated indoor atrium pool, 24-hour fitness facility, complimentary business center, and Concierge services. Guests of the contemporary Mart Plaza will find themselves in the middle of downtown Chicago's bustling River North area offering the top restaurant and nightlife options, within walking distance of the Loop, the main business district, and Michigan Avenue, aka the "Magnificent Mile" where chic shops and restaurants abound. Walk across the fully enclosed pedway into the Merchandise Mart where you can ride a train to just about anywhere in the city, including attractions like Navy Pier and Millennium Park. Plan a visit to Chicago and let the Mart Plaza and our award-winning staff provide you with a memorable experience and lasting impression. The Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza River North is located 3 miles from Chicago's McCormick Convention Center, 12 miles from Midway International Airport, and 18 miles from O'Hare International Airport. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Chicago - Mart Plaza Hotel Chicago
- Holiday Inn Mart Plaza
- Chicago Holiday Inn