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Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel Chicago
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   163 East Walton Place, at N. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611 (Gold Coast)   |  
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Phoenix, Arizona
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Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“Nice hotel great location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The Millenium is right by Michigan Avenue on the Miracle mile in Chicago. The water is 2 blocks east of the hotel. Everything you can think of is within walking distance. The property is well maintained and the rooms are very nice. I also liked that you could use their internet and wifi on the machine in the room, for $10.95 per day. Didn't bring my own laptop so that was convenient. The bed was amazing. The only drawback was the shower. Not much water pressure but that was not a deal breaker. I would stay there again. It was comfortable and clean. My room had no view. My assumption is that most of the rooms look out over the inside courtyard, or across the streets to other hotels. Maybe 25% of the rooms available can view the water, but I think other hotels block that view too. So don't expect a view of anything but the streets or other hotels. Customer service was excellent as well.

Room Tip: Don't expect any kind of view as the hotel is surrounded by other hotels to the east.
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Overall, the hotel was efficient, clean but also had plenty of character. Breakfast pricing was reasonable, with all options being fresh, not buffets. Four minor issues. First, the concierge desk on a few occasions was not staffed. Secondly, the lobby/bar/restaurant area's open plan wasn't appealing. Third, and this is the case is many hotels, but why provide free internet in the lobby but not in the rooms? Fourth, the in room virtual concierge machine even if shut down, came on at 8am which wasn't helpful if you were trying for a lie in.

Room Tip: High floor, in opposite direction to magnificent mile
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Chattanooga
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We picked our hotel on the following criteria; price, location, and history. Family members were staying at the Westin. Our rate was nearly $100 less per night than it would be at the Westin (through Trivago), the MK was a very short walk rounding two corners, and a wonderful piece of nostalgic history; there are hotel tours! We were so happy we chose it. The staff was attentive, gracious, and very accommodating when asked if they could bring us a mini-fridge; we were there several days. Our king room on the 8th floor (room 808) was a bit cramped but every bit as nice as that of our family member’s, and nicer in several respects! We were happy to bit a bit cramped in exchange. We had lovely vistas facing E. Walton Place overlooking the terrace garden of Sotheby’s and views of garden balcony terraces of private residences in the building behind Sotheby’s. The MK lobby is old time grandeur with palpable history, and plenty of comfy sitting areas to enjoy whether waiting for family and reading, or just people-watching. On the last evening it was our family who suggested that we all meet at the MK martini bar for drinks and dinner; both of which were absolutely excellent; a great bar-tender to boot. A Grand Hotel! The icing and cherry on the cake of our little family get-away.

Room Tip: Ask for floor 6 or higher, facing E. Walton Place, room 808 or further towards the corner for nice g...
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Greensboro, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I was very pleased with this hotel chosen on Hotwire at Magnificent Mile Area - River North. This is a classic downtown hotel with a very nicely updated room and modern bathroom. I basically slept at the Knickerbocker so can only speak of the very comfortable king-size bed and great shower. Yes there rooms are not large.

Stayed July 2014, traveled solo
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Verona, Italy
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Ok guys, this is a great historic hotel in the heart of the city. Just get into the lobby and breathe the grandeur of the belle époque. The staff was gentle and efficient. I give three stars for the room. I booked through their website and paid the fully flexible rate. I expected the room was much bigger and comfortable, at least according to what described in the website and to the US standard. Tiny bathroom. The view was not nice (rear side of the hotel). What I find very disappointing in 2014 is to pay for wifi connection. On the other side, the room was clean, and the mattress excellent. To me, not good value for money (of course, not a budget hotel!). At the same conditions, would not stay there again.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Plymouth, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Just got back from 3 day stay here. Lobby of hotel is very ornate and beautiful. Small restaurant to the left and a nice size bar area to the right. Check in was flawless and front desk staff were very friendly. Sixth floor room with king bed. Room was a little crammed with this bed. Dressers and end tables were old and worn. Swivel chair at desk was from the eighties and falling apart. Bathroom was very modern with updated fixtures and and huge walk in shower with rain shower head. The bed was very comfy but the pillows were very soft. The room was very clean and neat. Hotel is at north end of Magnificent Mile and 1 block east of Michigan ave. It is about 12 blocks north of the Chicago river so it is not exactly centrally located. We had very good weather for the first two days so we did not mind walking everywhere we wanted to go. 5 stars for the service here but 3 stars for the room. Got a deal on Hotwire but do not thnk I would pay full price to stay here.

Room Tip: Do not get 601. No view.
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Salem
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

As a partner in the restaurant industry, I wanted to take a minute to recognize and thank the Knickerbocker for a great stay... But, that's not the purpose of this review / write up. In my haste to jump in a cab, with a phone attached to my ear, I left behind my bag. I immediately contacted the hotel and Simeon located it quickly and I said I would turn around and return.

If Chicago traffic wasn't bad enough, battling it once, now I get to enjoy it three times... Oh well, my fault, right? Seconds later Simeon calls me back and says, Mr. Kendall, no need to return, I will put your bag in a car and have it sent to you at the airport.

That's service! Not to mention a HUGE time saver. Simeon, I thank you very much and please, never stop that level of care, concern and hospitality.

Cheers
Brian Kendall

  • Stayed July 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel Chicago

Address: 163 East Walton Place, at N. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611
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Location: United States > Illinois > Chicago > Gold Coast , Near North Side
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#11 Best Value Hotel in Chicago
#34 Luxury Hotel in Chicago
#68 Romantic Hotel in Chicago
#82 Family Hotel in Chicago
#89 Business Hotel in Chicago
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel Chicago 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A four-diamond landmark on North Michigan Avenue, the famous Magnificent Mile, this hotel welcomes you to the best location in the city for shopping, dining and business. European style and gracious service are the trademark of this elegant hotel and the 86 Millennium hotels around the world. One block from Water Tower Place, across the street from Bloomingdale's and within walking distance of most major attractions, this hotel offers personalized service and attention not found in the larger hotels. The hotel features the Martini Bar offering several kinds of martinis. Nix restaurant offers a bistro setting and features continental cuisine for breakfast & lunch. A complimentary fitness center and lakefront jogging path are designed to keep you fit while traveling. Enjoy Classic Chicago style only steps away from all the city has to offer. ... more   less 
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