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“Fabulous experience!” 5 of 5 stars
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Renaissance Chicago Hotel
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   1 W Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60601 (The Loop)   |  
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Ranked #48 of 174 Hotels in Chicago
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“Fabulous experience!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2007

A friend and I recently stayed at the Renaissance for 2 days on a pleasure trip. (my first visit) We loved it --I plan on going back to Chicago soon (amazing city) and without a doubt, I will stay at the Renaissance. From the moment we arrived, the experience was wonderful. The fragrance in the lobby, the gorgeous room (we splurged and stayed in the one of the "club rooms", 25th floor) the service, everything. You really cannot beat the location - we walked to great shopping, (the best Nordstrom I've ever seen) , restaurants, boat tour. From our room, we overlooked the river and "Smith & Wollensky Steak House" (my favorite). A view that was breathtaking.
The breakfast in the private lounge on the 26th floor was more than we expected (we were told continental but it included scrambled eggs, bacon, and lots of other yummy stuff). The room was luxurious and spotless, the bathroom large and sumptuous. I travel often and have stayed at some of the finest hotels in Europe, and the Renaissance was right up there with the best.

  • Stayed October 2007, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Northern VA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2007

My wife & I spent a weekend visiting Chicago and stayed at the Chicago Renaissance hotel at 1 W Wacker Drive. The location is ideal and our stay was great!
We arrived around noon on Friday and were accomodated with an early check-in in a very nice, very clean room with a king sized bed. Our Sunday morning checkout was smooth and painless.
This hotel is ideal for sightseeing visitors. We walked only two blocks to get to a hop-on/hop-off tour bus location. We walked 5 blocks to see "Jersey Boys" at the LaSalle theatre. For "Domer" fans wanting to take the train to South Bend for a Saturday Notre Dame football game, the weekend South Shore trains depart from the Millenium train station only 4 blocks away. There are also downtown rental car offices within 2 blocks if you need to rent a car. (Beware of unfriendly Avis rental car staff at this downtown Chicago location).
This hotel's restaurant, "Great Street Restaurant" had a nice menu with pre-theatre dinner options which were a great value compared to ala carte. Our entrees were excellent and perfectly prepared. The only downside was the wait staff that night were inexperienced, although they tried hard. Other nearby restaurants range from McDonalds to Frontera Grill.
I am a frequent traveler and was very impressed with the quality, location and service offered by the Chicago Renaissance.

  • Liked — Location
  • Stayed November 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Mississippi
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50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2007

I stayed here during the weekend of the Chicago marathon. This hotel is located across from the river, easy walking to the Magnificient mile.

The staff was friendly during check in, the lobby is gorgeous. There is a bar/restaurant on the 2nd floor, with great views of the river.

The room was clean, and had everything we needed, a small cofeemaker, mini-bar, tv, desk. We didn't have a laptop so we didn't try the internet connection. It's an easy walk from everything, and would definitely recommend this place.

  • Liked — Great location, and beautiful views from the hotel
  • Disliked — Not for family with small kids.
  • Stayed October 2007
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Pasadena,Ca.
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104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2007

Stayed here two nights.
The hotel is located two blocks from the EL blue line from O'hare-very convenient.
Friendly check-in staff.Great lobby.
Double room on 12th floor overlooking Chicago river.Very clean and well furnished large room.
Had to call for coffee packs as none were in the room.
Room was fairly quiet.Bed was very comfortable.
Executive lounge was very nice(great view)unfortunately not open on weekends.
An above average stay all in all.

This was my first visit to Chicago(trip report filed here [--] )and I look forward to returning.

  • Liked — location,public space
  • Disliked — decor was new-but felt dated
  • Stayed September 2007, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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59 hotel reviews
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70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2007

We checked in late for one night at this property in Chicago. The key they gave us didn't work but after one trip downstairs they sent secuirty up to us and he had a new key for us in no time. The room we had, had an incredible view of the river and the city. The bathroom was big and beautiful, the decor was great and after a drink at the bar downstairs we slept great in a very comfortable bed! Can't wait to get back here!

  • Liked — The room and the view it provided
  • Disliked — The valet parking took forever!
  • Stayed July 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Manhattan Beach
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32 hotel reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2007

This is the second time I've stayed at this hotel this summer- both for business trips. The first time I stayed I got a great river view but this time I had a view of other buildings. The rooms both times were very clean, recently updated and best of all, extremely quiet!! I didn't hear my neighbors either time and the air conditioning was quiet as well. The lobby is nice, staff was cordial and the bar had good drinks/appetizers. There is also a coffee shop near the lobby that serves starbucks, bagels, etc...

I usually check between this hotel and the Westin River North to see what the best rate is. Both are peaceful hotels with nice rooms, although I have to admit the Westin has much more comfortable beds! The Fairmont is another good choice but a little further from all the action.

  • Stayed August 2007
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Gainesville, Virginia
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79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2007

We stayed with the Rnaissance Chicago over Memorial Day weekend, and enjoyed it.

We were very pleased with the location. When searching for hotels, we worried this one might be too far north for us to easily reach the sights were were planning to see. It turns out that the Loop is a relatively small area, and easily walked. This hotel is only a short block from the State&Lake stop of the L, giving it extremely easy access from Midway and great access to various areas of the city. For scale - the Chicago Theatre's sign is just beyond that stop to the south, and the river is about two steps from the hotel's front door. The location is within easy walking distance of the great restaurants, bars, and nightclubs just north of the river.

Our room was great - the king bed that made falling asleep after a long day sightseeing a true pleasure. Having two armchairs was great, although we did have to trade off use of the footstool. The bathroom was spacious, and came with a bathrobe and good-smelling bath products.

The hotel staff couldn't have been better. Our reception at the front desk was warm and cordial. If we hesitated at all as we walked out of the front door, one of the valet swould offer to help us figure out where we were going - they gave us great recommendation on dinner one night, and helped us get our bearings several times - they seemed to be genuinely interested in helping guests have a good time.

I would highly recommend the Renaissance to friends. The price was a bit higher than I originally wanted to pay, but it was worth it!

  • Stayed May 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 1 W Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60601
Location: United States > Illinois > Chicago > The Loop
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#14 Spa Hotel in Chicago
#31 Family Hotel in Chicago
#39 Romantic Hotel in Chicago
#40 Business Hotel in Chicago
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Renaissance Chicago Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 553
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Encounter the sophisticated ambiance of a premier Chicago hotel near the theatre districts and famed museums at the Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel, an intriguing urban sanctuary in the heart of downtown. Situated on the north edge of the Loop, this luxury hotel is steps away from upscale shopping, fine dining and famed Millennium Park. Revitalize body and mind in luxury hotel rooms boasting unique amenities with marble accents and stunning skyline views of the city's architecture. Unwind in style at the Rejuvenation Center, a refreshing indoor pool and indulgent spa treatments. Experience Bar Novo, a downtown setting unlike any other providing a trendy and distinguished night-life scene serving delectable dishes and creative cocktails. Discover something wonderfully new hotel providing guests a refined atmosphere and sense of style at the Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel. ... more   less 
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