I have stayed in my time at few high end hotels and have learned that they often end up being either the Real Thing or a Pretender. One can dress up any modern building with faux wainscoting, faux marble, stone statues, and arches but when you touch these ornaments they are hollow (both literally and figuratively) lightweight and somehow out of place. Some hotel chains adopt this "continental / historic look to justify extortive rates: take the Ritz Carlton in Berlin. I have stayed in this hotel near Potsdamer Platz literally in the first week of its existence. I was struck by its futile attempt to look like a Ritz Carlton should look, say in Montreal. Don't get me wrong, I am weary of some true classics, read: pathetic maintenance failures in bad need of renovation.
And then is the Intercontinental in Chicago. This hotel is the Real Thing of hotels. Everything feels genuine from the lobby up. The decor, though neutral is not sterile. A historic building in its own right abound in Moorish accents which feel authentic and real. A former athletic club, it boasts one of the largest and most beautiful hotel pools I have ever seen. Magnificent stair case and private reception rooms, attract weddings and special occasions. Self guided audio tours are available if you like to dig deeper into its history and architecture of this magnificent hotel.
At the entrance, the same doorman as last year will greet you at the entrance and make a credible attempt at remembering you from your previous visit. The reception and the check in process are friendly and without a hassle. The rooms are clean and bedbug free (courtesy of a bug sniffing pooch on duty patrolling each room at least once a week. The Westin may have their "heavenly bed" but the sleep essentials are every bit as good at this hotel. Clean, high count cotton sheets may not be Frette, but are pressed to perfection, nearly like at the Park Lane Interconti in London. Stay at the Historic Tower to experience the boutique feeling with only 10-12 rooms per floor, at the top. Excellent housekeeping by friendly and helpful staff, add to the classy experience this has been for us.
We liked this hotel a lot and will stay here again....
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- InterContinental Chicago is a lot like the city itself: historic but hip, refined but relaxed, cultured but comfortable. A member of Michigan Avenue s architectural elite since 1929, our hotel is within easy reach of Chicago s incomparable museums, stores, theatres and restaurants. Navy Pier, Shedd Aquarium and Oak Street Beach are minutes away. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Intercontinental Chicago Hotel Chicago
- Chicago Intercontinental