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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Yes, the hotel was a out of date, but it's history was stacked against it; however, if you want a clean hotel with a friendly staff, then you have picked the right place. I didn't mind the antique feel of the place at all. It could use some updates, but I would stay here again just like it is now.... More 

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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The hotel lobby is beautiful and the staff was great. The rooms are outdated/old,but clean. Really great for weekend trips to the stadium or downtown Chicago. I would stay there again, but it is mostly for the location.

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Bangor, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

What a fabulous hotel, we stayed here for the Ireland v New Zealand match and found this place spot on. I read a lot of negative reviews about this place, but I can't complain about one thing. The room was great , the staff were very helpful and the location was perfect. I will return to Chicago again one day,... More 

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Elburn
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

First off this is an historic landmark hotel. Yes it is old and yes it needs updating. However it's an old historic hotel. The desk staff were courteous and the bartender was friendly. Many reviews say they weren't. There is no thermostat in rooms but we found the temp comfortable. The small upgrade to a lakeview room is worth it.... More 

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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This may be the oldest hotel i have ever stayed in my life. Although the room is well maintained however you can still feel the age of this hotel. The reputation as I read on the web also not very supporting to stay very comfortable at heart at this place. Despite all that if you see the location it is... More 

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Cohoes, New York
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The hotel itself is very nice. Rooms are decorated appropriately. Clean and neat. However! If you need the internet to work. It is not up to date they do not have Windows 10. When you log on expect to be kicked off in a 1/2 hr. I also knew we were in trouble when I turned on the TV and... More 

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Lake Orion, Michigan
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

You should be concerned about booking this hotel. I secured two rooms with my credit card when I made the reservations for an overnight in August. One room was for my husband & me and one for my brother & sister-in-law. When we checked in my brother-in-law gave the desk clerk his credit card for his room and they charged... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The congress plaza hotel is a bit outdated but its location makes up for that. The room I had had an amazing view of lake Michigan, the planetarium and Fields museum. The rooms size was okay, the bed comfy. The bathroom was large, but could use an update. Everything was functioning though. The walk in closet was a nice bonus... More 

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congressplazahotel, Public Relations Manager at The Congress Plaza Hotel and Convention Center, responded to this review

Thank you for choosing The Congress Plaza Hotel, we appreciate your feedback and look forward to hosting you for a future stay! More 

Tralee, Ireland
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Stayed in this hotel for four nights in November 2016. The building is clearly old, but has a lot of charm. The lobby is superb as is the location of the hotel. Room`s are a good size with all usual standard things one would find in a hotel today. Free Wi-Fi. The staff for me is the heart of any... More 

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congressplazahotel, Public Relations Manager at The Congress Plaza Hotel and Convention Center, responded to this review

Thank you for choosing The Congress Plaza Hotel, we are delighted to hear your visit to Chicago was nothing short from exceptional. We look forward to hosting you for a future stay! More 

Macclesfield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I stayed here on a short stay from England with my daughter as she was attending a Conference, we booked months in advance and got a very good price for the two of us sharing a room. The room was comfortable and a good size. The bathroom was ok, but the hot water took a while to come through, sometimes... More 

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Downtown / The Loop
Often visitors' first stop in Chicago, The Loop is a good starting point to sample the city's energy and flavor. This central business district boasts Michelin-rated restaurants, upscale hotels, premier shopping, and enough arresting architecture to keep your camera busy for hours. You won’t find too many photo galleries of downtown Chicago without a shot of Millennium Park and Cloud Gate (“The Bean”), one of the most iconic landmarks in the city. A stunning skyline coupled with cultural attractions like the Art Institute of Chicago present a Downtown where work and play peacefully coexist.
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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
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  • Wheelchair access
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Step inside and experience an extraordinary piece of living history during your next visit to downtown Chicago at the Congress Plaza Hotel. This "Landmark of Chicago Hospitality" has delighted business and leisure travelers for over a century. Guests at the Congress Plaza Hotel can explore art institute, millenium park, buckingham fountain, magnificent mile,museum campus all with in walking distance just by stepping outside our front doors. Situated adjacent to Grant Park, our 14-story property is located along Michigan Avenue, providing unlimited access to the city's finest retail stores, the bustling business district and Chicago attractions. ... more   less 

Additional Information about The Congress Plaza Hotel and Convention Center

Address: 520 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60605
Location: United States > Illinois > Chicago > Downtown / The Loop
Price Range: $93 - $228 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — The Congress Plaza Hotel and Convention Center 3*
Number of rooms: 851
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