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“The Real Thing in Chicago” 5 of 5 stars
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InterContinental Chicago
4.5 of 5 Hotel   |   505 North Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611 (Magnificent Mile)   |  
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Ranked #81 of 177 Hotels in Chicago
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11 hotel reviews
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“The Real Thing in Chicago”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2010

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....

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2010

This hotel clearly has its "hotwire" rooms, but even those are quite nice - small, maybe in need of a little updating, but still elegant, well appointed and tasteful. A welcome oasis for a tired business traveller.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2010

This hotel is very nice. My wife and I spent our anniversary night here, t is right in downtown Chicago and there are lots of places to go nearby during day and night. The staff is very knowledgeable and the concierge desk knows just the right places for you to go. It is a high end hotel so nothing is free which is a change from the usual hotels I stay at but the prices weren't bad. The rooms are older looking but it is an old hotel and the decor and comfort make up for it. Great place to stay when shopping or enjoying the nightlife in the city!

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2010

We stayed at the Intercontinental Chicago in December, 2009, and loved it! The employees were very helpful and courteous. The location is ideal. We were able to walk around Michigan Avenue and shop, walk to Navy Pier and also to Watertower Place. The lobby was very busy with people, which made it all the more festive for the holidays.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Burlington, Vermont
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2010

This hotel is an art deco gem. It's just gorgeous inside. I loved the huge, stone tiled bathroom. My bathtub had a huge window with a gorgeous city/ lake view. The Starbucks in the lobby was much appreciated, and the location fabulous, but the best part was the first floor wine bar-eno. We had a happy hour there every night of our trip, it was that good.

Service was fine, things were clean, and the king sized bed was very comfortable. My only sleep complaint, which is nothing the hotel can control, was the constant loud firetrucks going all night.

I will stay there next time I'm in Chicago, for sure.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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memphis
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2010

Booked online at last minute and got a good rate on airfare/hotel package. Girls trip to Chicago to do a little shopping. Stayed in historic part of hotel, since other "trip advisors" recommended this part, since it was newly renovated. Loved hotel. Very nice. Asked for refrigerator, and delivered promptly. Walked to grocery down street (Dominick's) and bought cheese, crackers, and wine to snack on. Grocery is delightful. Hotel w/in walking distance of Navy Pier, the Mile, Wacker Street, etc. Couldn't be better location. Starbucks attached to hotel. Can't wait to go back! Pool area absolutely gorgeous.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Evanston, Illinois
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2010

This is a standard hotel, maybe a little nicer than a Hilton or a Westin. The location is great but because this is an upscale hotel, they charge you for everything extra. There are hotels nearby that are cheaper that include amenities such as wireless internet, coffee in room, etc. for free.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 505 North Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611
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Location: United States > Illinois > Chicago > Magnificent Mile , Near North Side
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#23 Green Hotel in Chicago
#40 Luxury Hotel in Chicago
#63 Romantic Hotel in Chicago
#63 Business Hotel in Chicago
#64 Family Hotel in Chicago
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — InterContinental Chicago 4.5*
Number of rooms: 844
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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