I like historic hotels with character. So I was totally put off by the negative reviews I found on Tripadvisor. These must be people who are hooked on chain hotels with plenty of space and modern amenities but no character. Their hotels will not have a plaque on the side of the hotel explaining their architectural significance as is the case at the Allerton. And if you don't want to pay very expensive rates for the best locations on North Michigan avenue, you have to expect that you're going to lack some of what is offered at $300 or more a day. For lack of a reservation in Boston when just about everything was full, I recently had to pay $400 a night, and though it was a fine hotel, I prefer the Allerton (now the Warwick Allerton). So naturally I picked it for this trip when I was attending a professional conference requiring hotel rooms for somewhere between ten and twenty thousand people.
Full disclosure: I do have a sentimental attachment to this hotel. When my wife and I were dating 50 years ago before we were married, we used to like the Tip Top Tap bar on the 29th floor of the Allerton. Chicago was not my favorite city at the time, but I did love that bar. It offered a much better view at that level, down Michigan Avenue, than the much higher buildings where people on the ground look like ants (contrary to what some young people might think there were very high buildings at the time although not as many as now). Now although TIp Top Tap is still a sign on top of the building, that bar is no longer open. I think they use the name for a ballroom. Too bad in my view. But a guy at the reception said they were planning to redo and reopen the old bar. I hope they do.
They are definitely planning further remodeling. There was a guy making measurements when we were eating in the restaurant. He said they were planning to open a stairway to the ground floor and make other improvements. But actually I was satisfied with the layout and decor as it exists. The decor looks to me like it wasn't done that long ago and whenever it was done, it was done by a very tasteful interior decorator. I enjoyed it.
After reading the reviews, I thought the rooms would be small. But mine was not small. It just didn't have more space than needed as many newer hotels do. If you want to see small, try some of the airport hotels near Charles de Gaulle airport outside Paris.
The bathroom was small but very adequate for me, and the whole room was in very good shape and attractive. And unlike one of the other reviewers, I could have easily stayed and worked in my room all. Furthermore, the problem of odor mentioned in one or two other reviews, definitely did not apply to my room.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- With a spectacular, multi-million-dollar renovation to match our dynamic downtown setting, we have reaffirmed our coveted standing among Magnificent Mile Chicago hotels. Luxuriate in sleek, modern rooms and suites appointed with every conceivable comfort, along with a few surprises. Stay at our dazzling downtown Chicago upscale boutique hotel and be at the center of it all with world-class shopping, dining, sightseeing, and entertainment beckoning from right outside our doors. ... more less
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- Allerton Hotel Chicago