We chose this hotel because we were on a tight budget and we were able to get a good deal. Look for specials where you pay in advance - if you are 100% sure you will be there - they give a good price, but it is non-refundable. The hotel is in a nice, old brick building that was recently renovated. The staff is nice, but I think they have a communication problem - the housekeeping staff seemed to think we were checking out every day... I don't know what that was about.
You pay for WiFi, except in the lobby. The rooms are well appointed and the beds are comfortable. The pull out sofa bed was not very comfortable, according to my son. Our room had a walk-in shower with one of those rainfall heads. It's ok if you like that sort of thing. I did not like that you had a step up to go into the bathroom and the door did not close properly. Also, there was no vent fan, so the mirrors get fogged when you shower. There is a fridge in the room with lots of over-priced items in it - no better or worse than anywhere else, I suppose. They will serve you breakfast in your room, but be prepared to spend a hefty amount for it. They do not have the option for breakfast elsewhere in the building. There is a cafe on the first floor that sells coffee, juices, and donuts. Not my idea of a healthy breakfast - although I did try a donut one day and it was excellent as a one time treat. There is a gym on the 2nd floor. Three treadmills, an elliptical, some weights. Good basic stuff.
Probably the best part is that it is about a block and a half from Michigan Ave - THE main thoroughfare in the Magnificent Mile neighborhood of Chicago. You have about a 6 block walk to the nearest Red Line subway station; 2 stops from there and you are in "The Loop" and can connect to most of the other "L" lines. There are tons of bus lines in the area - so getting around is really easy. If you have not been to Chicago, do some research on their public transportation system - CTA. Purchase a Ventra Card at Walgreens or one of the stations. A 3-day pass is 20 dollars. Well worth it.
Hey, this was not the Ritz Carlton, but it was a pleasant stay anyway. When returning to Chicago, this hotel will definitely be on my short list to choose from.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Chicago’s only completely non-smoking 4-star boutique luxury hotel has the best location of any 4-star hotel, just steps away from Michigan Avenue in the heart of the Gold Coast. The famed Magnificent Mile, is just steps from Raffaello Hotel’s front door, as is shopping, theater, nightlife, restaurants, clubs, Navy Pier, Hancock Observatory, museums, zoos, and beaches. Amenities include breakfast room service, massage treatments, manicure and pedicure by Windy City Massage, concierge services, 24-hour business center, PC computer kiosks, 24-hour fitness center, valet parking, valet laundry, mini-bars, microwaves, rain forest showerheads, flat screen LCD TV’s, DVD players, in room safes, luxurious bathrobes, all cotton terry bath towels, 350 thread count sheets overlaying goose down duvets. 18th floor meetings and convention center. Every guest room is non-smoking as are the public areas validating our claim to being Chicago’s only completely non-smoking luxury boutique 4 star hotel, just off Michigan Avenue, the Magnificent Mile. Our newest addition, Drumbar, sits atop the 18th floor. Drumbar is a multi seasonal destination with a speakeasy style inside lounge and outdoor garden terrace. Designed as a drinking establishment to deliver warmth, style, and an energetic spirit of old meets new. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Raffaello Hotel Chicago