My wife and I just spent a weekend in Chicago and called The Talbott Hotel home. The price, location and quality of the accommodations are fair. You can stay at more expensive and cheaper places, but you may not get your money's worth.
The location is great (just a short walk off Michigan Ave.). It was nice to have a calm street to walk out to in the morning and get away from some of the craziness of the city. Access to the "tourist" part of Chicago was very easy from Talbott by walking as well as close proximity to the Red Line. But you may want to explore north of Talbott for dinner in which you can find some less touristy, yet delicious, choices.
The hotel is very clean and the bedrooms are comfortable. We stayed in a deluxe king which I believe is their "smallest' offering, but it had plenty of room and provided us with everything we could need or want. The bed is comfortable, firm but soft with the pillow top. The sheets were clean and the turndown service was nice. The bathroom had plenty of towels and was cleaned daily. We forgot to pack an umbrella, not a problem, each room is fitted with an umbrella as well as a full ironing board and iron. Also, each room has a Mac Mini computer hooked up to the LCD TV and a wireless keyboard and track pad. I found this to be great because I use the internet so much when visiting places and sometimes I just don't want to use my iPhone (free Wifi is great). I've stayed in hotels with computer access, but it was a nice treat to have the computer provided in my room. Also, the K-cup made starting the morning an easy process. Breakfast is offered in the hotel but we enjoyed walking across the street to Cru and having a relaxing brunch there.
The Talbott Hotel is a boutique hotel and it is similar to other boutiques I have stayed at. It is smaller with a very warm feeling (the entire hotel seemed to have a Fox Hunt theme). This also means you are more likely to interact with the staff. The Talbott has done an excellent job with this. The staff is incredibly nice, welcoming and helpful. My wife and I enjoyed coming in and out of the hotel because we knew it would be another chance to talk with people (Dwayne has been mentioned many times here, and he is a great way to start your stay here, but I must say that everyone was charming). It can be very nice to have this opportunity in a big hustle and bustle city like Chicago. It is worth the couple extra bucks over one of those giant chains down the street.
If we decide to spend a weekend in Chicago again, I imagine we will stay here again!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Discover the many comforting rewards of a small European style hotel in the heart of Chicago's Gold Coast. Steps away from Michigan Avenue. As staff well versed in the art of fine European hospitality, people who remember your name and tend swiftly to your special, as well as, everyday needs. A host of gracious amenities including nightly turn-down service, morning newspapers, complimentary high-speed wireless Internet access, and complimentary access to a world class health center. A contemporary American seafood eatery is the latest concept developed by Managing Partner Alfredo Sandoval of the esteemed Mercadito Hospitality group. Mercadito Fish features the best of casual and fine dining seafood restaurants. Fresh seasonal "catches" and personable service amplify its' modern day sensibility, inspiring exploration of new flavors and approachability. The restaurant showcases a range of familiar and new seafood preparations, as well as an expertly customized beverage program. Matched with a warm and thoughtfully designed environment, Mercadito Fish offers exquisitely prepared seafood without compromising atmosphere and price. ... more less
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