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Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel

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221 N. Columbus Drive, Chicago, IL 60601-7801
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  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Floors marked for social distancing
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
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#53 of 212 hotels in Chicago
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The Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago is the contemporary debut of Radisson Blu in North America. A true representation of the brand, it is designed to become a destination in itself. Radisson Blu is the upper upscale tier of our global hotel brand, focusing on design, style and attention to detail in every respect.
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Property amenities
Paid private parking on-site
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Bar / lounge
Billiards
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Taxi service
Parking garage
Wifi
Hot tub
Pool / beach towels
Pool with view
Indoor pool
Outdoor pool
Heated pool
Coffee shop
Restaurant
Kids' meals
Wine / champagne
Business Center with Internet Access
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Concierge
Convenience store
Newspaper
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor fireplace
ATM on site
24-hour front desk
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Shoeshine
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Room features
Air conditioning
Housekeeping
Private balcony
Room service
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Bottled water
Minibar
Flatscreen TV
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Suites
Family rooms
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English, French, Russian, Spanish and 4 more
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Private G wrote a review Oct 2020
Miami, Florida122 contributions96 helpful votes
My friend and I couldn't have been more impressed by this hotel. From the second that you check in, the staff is incredibly kind and polished. Rooms have a fantastic modern decor with extremely plush beds. We very much look forward to our next stay!
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Date of stay: October 2020
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Responded Oct 13, 2020
Dear Private G, Thank you for your review! We're delighted to hear that you enjoyed a fantastic stay - these are exactly the types of comments we strive for. We look forward to welcoming you again soon.
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juliolcastro wrote a review Oct 2020
Miami, Florida
Friendly staff a super clean, modern hotel. The location is amazing many attractions are walking distance from the hotel. I visited the restaurant fo breakfast and service was 10+. I will definitely stay here again.
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Date of stay: October 2020
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Responded Oct 8, 2020
Dear juliolcastro, Thank you for your review and for taking the time to share your experience. We're pleased to hear that you enjoyed your visit and your time with our friendly team! Your recommendation is highly appreciated and we look forward to welcoming you again soon.
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Tina R wrote a review Sep 2020
Thunder Bay, Canada29 contributions20 helpful votes
Gorgeous hotel decor, beds and rooms are extremely comfortable. The staff was absolutely fantastic. It’s close to everything on the north side you want to visit . Safe location as well. Would 10/10 stay again!!
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Date of stay: October 2019Trip type: Traveled solo
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Response from Jim Marino, General Manager at Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel
Responded Sep 15, 2020
Dear ttinal, Thank you for your review! We're delighted to hear that you enjoyed your stay and your time with our friendly team. We look forward to your next visit.
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laurag90 wrote a review Sep 2020
Chicago, Illinois7 contributions7 helpful votes
My husband and I stayed here for our wedding night as a little getaway. We were surprised (not in a good way) and disappointed that the only special thing the hotel offered us was 2 drink coupons- no room upgrades, no extras. The check in was fine, but again, nothing special at all like I've seen at other hotels. We were not even offered to pay extra for anything to make our stay better. I've stayed at hotels that made birthdays feel more exciting than our actual wedding night at the Radisson Blu Aqua. For that reason alone, I wish we would have chosen another hotel. The rooms were very mediocre. We paid a lot of extra money to upgrade to a king corner room with a balcony. The bathroom was pretty worn down and dingy. There were limited toiletries and no bathrobes, which I always look forward to at a nice hotel. The bed was comfortable, but the room had not been cleaned very well as there was someone else's sock under the bed. The view from the balcony was nice, but there were no chairs on it, so there was no point to having the balcony. We paid a lot of extra money to stand and look out a few times, which we would not have done if we knew we wouldn't be able to enjoy any time out there. If the service had been excellent, we easily could have overlooked the mediocre room and if the room had been incredible, we would have happily looked past mediocre service. However, we paid lot of extra money for a below average stay all around. Unfortunately, we would not recommend this hotel and we were not satisfied with the place we chose for such a special occasion, especially since there are so many choices downtown.
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Date of stay: September 2020
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Response from Jim Marino, General Manager at Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel
Responded Sep 8, 2020
Dear laurag90, Thank you for your review and for taking the time to share your feedback. We sincerely apologize that your stay fell short of expectations. We appreciate you choosing us for such a special occasion and regret to hear that we came up short. I can assure you we are addressing these comments internally to help improve for the future. Unfortunately, per our current health and safety protocols, some guest rooms amenities are limited. Due to the heavy winds we sometimes experience in downtown Chicago, we are unable to place any furniture on our balconies. We appreciate you bringing this to our attention, and hope for another opportunity to exceed your expectations.
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foodieinGR wrote a review Aug 2020
Grand Rapids, mi113 contributions72 helpful votes
I booked this hotel specifically because it had an outdoor pool (in downtown Chicago!) and it has a large and well-equipped gym. For those reasons this hotel was perfect for my recent 4 day mini vacation to Chicago. I paid more than I usually do for a 4* in downtown Chicago but with the weather forecast showing 85* and sunny all four days I figured it would be worth the splurge. It was. The pool is large enough to accommodate many guests and the sundeck is wide with plenty of chaise loungers available. It is surrounded by nicely landscaped foliage and shrubs. The best part is floating in the pool and looking up at the hotel's unique architectural styling...it seems to have been designed for this view in particular. Floating in a pool surrounded by skyscrapers was a first for me and I will seek out this hotel for similar escapades in summers to come. The interior design of the hotel is not to my taste (at all) with pretty garish color scheme and flashy (trashy) design choices and materials in the room. It made me think if a mob bosses mistress was given the task of decorating with a big budget and no oversight. That being said the bed, pillows and linens were high quality and very comfortable, the AC did it's job with very little noise, and the elevators were fast and efficient. The gym was great. Large and very well equipped. There's even an indoor half basketball court. Location just south of the river and a short walk from Millenium Station and the Mag Mile were the icing on the cake.
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Date of stay: August 2020
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Responded Aug 25, 2020
Dear foodieinGR, Thank you for your review and for taking the time to share your comments. We're pleased to hear that you enjoyed our amenities and plan to return! We also appreciate your feedback regarding your guest room as we are always searching for ways to improve. We hope to welcome you again soon.
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PRICE RANGE
$207 - $418 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
United StatesIllinoisChicagoCentral / Downtown / The Loop / New East Side
NUMBER OF ROOMS
334
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Frequently Asked Questions about Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Millennium Park (0.3 miles), Cloud Gate (0.3 miles), and Drunk Shakespeare (0.3 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an indoor pool, free wifi, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel?
Yes, a parking garage, paid private parking on-site, and paid private parking nearby are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Wildberry Pancakes and Cafe, Ghirardelli Ice Cream and Chocolate Shop, and Intelligentsia Coffee.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel?
Yes, guests have access to an indoor pool and a fitness center during their stay.
Is Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.6 miles away from the center of Chicago.
Are any cleaning services offered at Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Are pets allowed at Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Does Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business center, meeting rooms, and a banquet room.