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Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago

221 N. Columbus Drive, Chicago, IL 60601-7801
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What you can expect during your stay
  • 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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#63 of 220 hotels in Chicago
Travelers' Choice
GreenLeaders Platinum level
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)
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Bar / lounge
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Taxi service
Parking garage
Hot tub
Pool / beach towels
Pool with view
Indoor pool
Outdoor pool
Heated pool
Coffee shop
Kids' meals
Wine / champagne
Business Center with Internet Access
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Convenience store
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor fireplace
ATM on site
24-hour front desk
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
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Room features
Air conditioning
Private balcony
Room service
Bottled water
Flatscreen TV
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Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Park View
Languages Spoken
English, French, Russian, Spanish and 4 more
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Julia B wrote a review Oct 17
Washington DC, District of Columbia59 contributions16 helpful votes
We had an excellent stay at the Radisson Blu Aqua! The room was huge. Our wrap-around balcony had a panoramic view of the city and let in lots of clean, Covid-free air. The service was amazing, the restaurant has outdoor seating with radiant heating for cool mornings, and the various seating areas in the lobby provide comfortable places to meet with friends. The in-room coffee maker is a Cuisinart pod machine, so the coffee is rather weak but easy to deal with. Iron and ironing board worked great for our fabric face masks. And all the best attractions of Chicago were right around the corner. A wonderful place to stay!
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Date of stay: October 2021
rkrimbel wrote a review Oct 16
Sarasota, Florida35 contributions3 helpful votes
The Radisson Blu employees are trying to make this a first class hotel, but they appear to be having serious employee problems in that there aren’t any! The first room they gave us had not been serviced, they responded immediately and gave us a different room that had been. They also apologized and gave us a free round of drinks and breakfast for the inconvenience. That’s the type of service I expect from a Radisson Blu. I would rate them higher, but this particular Radisson has some peculiar design issues as well as housekeeping issues. The furniture seems to be substandard, and while the furniture in the first room was broken the furniture in this room seems to be missing. There are marks on the wall where shelves used to be. The lighting in the room, as is common in a cheaper motel, is completely inadequate using narrow spotlights that point down and not illuminating the room.The shower while warm and comfortable has the controls on the opposite wall of the door so that you must turn on the water and get out of the way as fast as possible until you find out what temperature it is. Also the shower handheld was on, and instead of the water coming out the showerhead it began pouring out of the shower into the bathroom floor. Not a major problem, except during COVID-19 protocols there’s no maid service! Also, only one small bar of soap in the entire room – so we have to move it from shower to sink. The coffee maker is a standard Cuisinart, and it came with one coffee pod and 4 tea pods. My husband needed to go downstairs to get a second coffee pod so we could each have a cup of coffee. And by the way there was no coffee available downstairs in the lobby. On the plus side, the beds amazingly comfortable and the pillows are just right. And I’ve had no problems with the temperature controls. So the basics are there, but don’t expect a luxury experience.
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Traveled with friends
krysta5758 wrote a review Oct 15
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My partner and I stayed here late September 2021. Our balcony room was amazing - modern design, good amount of space, great view of the park and lake. Ideal location and overall really wonderful, affordable option downtown. But why I'm really writing this review is because their staff showed us great character and loyalty. I mistakenly left my wallet in our room's safe - a rookie mistake, I know. I called the hotel two weeks later, after discovering this mistake, and they had been keeping it safe for me. I am truly impressed by their honesty and willingness to help their clients! Dante (Antonio) Jarrett communicated the next steps and helped arrange delivery without issues. He and the other staff have truly impressed me and we look forward to staying at The Blu again because of their kindness! Good people in this world :-)
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Date of stay: September 2021
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Room Tip: Go for the balcony. The view and wind is spectacular.
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depazed wrote a review Sep 2021
IL77 contributions87 helpful votes
I stayed here for one night on a stay-cation since I live in Naperville, IL. I was able to get a premium garden view room on the 11th floor but something was wrong with my room that I won't mention because I think it was an outlier condition. Anyways I made management aware and they immediately moved me to another comparable room on the 15th floor. The room was very nice and clean. The wifi in the room was good but I didn't try any streaming services. It seemed like there was a good selection of cable tv but I didn't watch much. I went to work out and it's definitely the biggest fitness center I've seen in a hotel in the US. It had a good selection of machines, free weights and cardio equipment. There was an outdoor track, indoor and outdoor lap pools and a nice sundeck to lounge in. There was a restaurant located on premise but I didn't try it so I can't speak to it. The staff was very nice and accomodating. The ambiance was nice and every room had some kind of blue color to it to stick to the Blu theme. It's located close to Navy Pier, Michigan Avenue, Grant Park so the location is ideal. They don't have parking so I used SpotHero to find some very cheap parking right next door. Overall a good experience and a nice stay-cation.
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Date of stay: September 2021
Martina M wrote a review Sep 2021
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We spend a wonderful weekend with 2 kids at this hotel and everything was great. Hotel and room were clean. People were nice and helpful, especially when my son forgot his backpack with his ipad in the lounge. The backpack arrived home in two days. Thank you! I recommend to everyone.
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Traveled with family
$207 - $418 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
United StatesIllinoisChicagoCentral / Downtown / The Loop / New East Side
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Frequently Asked Questions about Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago
Which popular attractions are close to Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago?
Nearby attractions include Millennium Park (0.3 miles), American Writers Museum (0.3 miles), and Jay Pritzker Pavilion (0.2 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago?
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, Chicago?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago?
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, Chicago?
Conveniently located restaurants include Wildberry Pancakes and Cafe, Eggy's Diner Chicago, and Giordano's.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago?
Yes, guests have access to an indoor pool and a fitness center during their stay.
Is Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago 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, Chicago?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Are pets allowed at Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Does Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business center, meeting rooms, and a banquet room.