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Houston, Texas
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

The common areas are what make this place great. The breakfast, coffee, drinks bar, with the amazing Kristen taking care of everything there! The hall area and ultra cool bar. And Dinner at the Pump Room was absolutely amazing. They need to keep the movies to the movie lounge though, and not display in the main lounge, the screen disrupts... More 

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PUBLIC H, General Manager at PUBLIC Chicago, responded to this review

Dear LeonardW1966 Thank you for this great review. I am glad to hear you enjoyed everything the building has to offer from our public spaces to our décor and artwork. Kristen will be pleased to hear your compliments which we’ll be sure to pass along. We are certainly happy to read you enjoyed the PUMP ROOM for dinner and the... More 

New York City, New York
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

i love Public.. very cool and stylish hotel. i stayed for two night and every staff that i encountered was friendly and accommodating especially manager David F. try the sushi at pump room, its amazing~!!!!! the library bar is arty yet comfortable. i will definitely be back.

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PUBLIC H, General Manager at PUBLIC Chicago, responded to this review

Dear CalebChong, Thank you for writing this great review! I am so pleased to read your positive comments. I will pass along the compliment to David and know he will be pleased to hear your kind words. Thank you again and we hope to welcome you back soon! STAYPUBLIC David Miskit General Manager PUBLIC Chicago More 

Sheboygan, WI
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

On arrival in our room at 5 pm, the room temperature was 81 degrees despite a setting on the heater of 72. Adjustments did no good and when we returned from dinner at 9:45, our room remained 81 degrees. Fortunately after our call to the front desk,the problem was resolved. With our first use of the bathroom, the light mounted... More 

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PUBLIC H, General Manager at PUBLIC Chicago, responded to this review

Dear Drdobg, I thank you for sharing your experience with us, we realize that it is gracious, candid feedback which drives success. I am pleased to hear you enjoyed our pleasant accommodating staff, and fitness center. I do apologize for any inconveniences during your recent stay; this is very out of the ordinary for PUBLIC’s standards. Please feel free to... More 

New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015 via mobile

Definitely one of the cooler hotels in Chitown. Very good sense of hospitality with cool greeters and accommodating staff. Cool lounge/bar with top mixologists. Pump room has been around for long time and is top notch. Rooms have been redone and are importable. (Only draw back was the 'comp'd' continental breakfast. Don't rely on that to power u thru the... More 

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PUBLIC H, General Manager at PUBLIC Chicago, responded to this review

Dear HenriNYC, I greatly appreciate your review! Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us. We are pleased to hear you enjoyed our iconic restaurant The PUMP ROOM and Library Bar, as well as our guestrooms. We hope to welcome you again! STAYPUBLIC David Miskit General Manager PUBLIC Chicago More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

I just loved the detail of this old building combined with warmth, elegance and eclectic modern décor. My bed was so very comfortable and the sheets and comforter...luxurious. I will return again and hopefully have time to see more of the city. Thank you Public Chicago. Jill McMillan

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PUBLIC H, General Manager at PUBLIC Chicago, responded to this review

Dear Jill M. I’m glad to read you enjoyed your recent stay at PUBLIC! Thank you for this wonderful review. Our modern décor was designed to help our guests feel comfortable and luxurious; it’s great to hear your felt as such! We hope to have the opportunity to welcome you again soon! STAYPUBLIC David Miskit General Manager PUBLIC Chicago More 

Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015 via mobile

I cannot speak highly enough of the staff at this hotel. Each plays their part like musicians in a symphony ... Unforced and never miss a beat. *Check in/out smooth, professional... *Concierge insightful and witty *Library bar/lounge staff warm hearted... They just don't make drinks, you can grab breakfast as well. *Doormen make hailing a cab easier than Uber (I... More 

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PUBLIC H, General Manager at PUBLIC Chicago, responded to this review

Dear Lewis G. I am delighted to hear how much you enjoyed your recent stay with us! We appreciate your kind review regarding our “symphony like” atmosphere, service, and public spaces. I will absolutely pass along your wonderful compliments to our front desk, concierge, library bar, and doormen. We hope to welcome you again soon! STAYPUBLIC David Miskit General Manager... More 

Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

I really liked the Public, it was a great value for our money. It felt like a boutique hotel but was very reasonably priced. Rooms were clean and comfy. Loved the lobby area and the location was great. Tucked away a bit in the neighborhood yet close enough to walk to the lake or Michigan Ave. We ate dinner at... More 

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PUBLIC H, General Manager at PUBLIC Chicago, responded to this review

Dear Kal M, I am very pleased to hear you enjoyed your recent stay with us! Thank you for writing this wonderful review, I appreciate your remarks on our location, atmosphere, as well as our reasonably priced rooms. We hope to have to opportunity to welcome you back! STAYPUBLIC David Miskit General Manager PUBLIC Chicago More 

Milwaukee, Wisconsin
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

Very cool place - great rooms. Chic white, casual deco that's not too modern when mixed with the old character and history of the property. Comfy furniture and great bed - also plenty of space to work in room if need be. ** Great coffee bar off the lobby, but I do miss having a coffee pot in the room.

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PUBLIC H, General Manager at PUBLIC Chicago, responded to this review

Dear Ceedub620, Thank you, I truly appreciate you taking the time to write this wonderful review! PUBLIC tries to incorporate a modern feel without losing the history this property has to offer. As you mentioned, the chic white décor and historical photos around the property portrays it well. We can’t wait to welcome you again soon! STAYPUBLIC David Miskit General... More 

Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

Public offered some great winter rates, so we took the opportunity to visit in late February. This hotel is farther north than we usually stay in Chicago, but we actually enjoyed the neighborhood feel, the beautiful homes, and the quiet away from the Magnificent Mile. It was still within walking distance of all the museums and restaurants that we enjoy... More 

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PUBLIC H, General Manager at PUBLIC Chicago, responded to this review

Dear Burdsa, Thank you for taking the time to review PUBLIC, we are very pleased to hear you enjoyed your stay! The hotel often receives positive guest feedback regarding it’s’ location in Chicago’s Gold Coast. We appreciate the great comments about our Library Bar and its cozy fireplace, as well as the PUMP ROOM restaurant. Thank you again, we hope... More 

New York City, New York
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29 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

This was my first stay at the Public Hotel and I would highly recommend it. The location is great, the atmosphere is tre chic and the service is top notch. We were there last Saturday for a quick girls trip and were exceptionally pleased with our stay, especially for the price. The concierge, I think his name was Jerry? was... More 

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PUBLIC H, General Manager at PUBLIC Chicago, responded to this review

Dear Winey1 I’m glad to hear you enjoyed your stay at PUBLIC and in particular the service of our Concierge Terry. I will be sure to pass the compliment on to him. I apologize our amenities were not up to your standards, but very happy to read that your overall experience was a good one and plan on returning! We... More 

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Staying in Gold Coast

Neighborhood Profile
Gold Coast
Located just north of The Loop, Gold Coast is one of Chicago’s most affluent and popular neighborhoods. The original Playboy, Hugh Hefner, once had a mansion here. In addition to prestigious hotels, historic mansions and luxury high-rise apartments, you’ll also find upscale specialty boutiques and Michelin-starred restaurants. Walk along Oak Street for your shopping fix and dance through the night along Rush Street. The Newberry Library is also a great stop to check out noteworthy exhibits and rare book collections.
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Amenities

Highlights
  • Restaurant
  • Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
  • Room Service
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
About the property
  • Wheelchair access
  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
Things to do
  • Restaurant
  • Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
  • Bar/Lounge
Room types
  • Suites
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
In your room
  • Air Conditioning
Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Internet
  • Paid Wifi
Services
  • Room Service
  • Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Conference Facilities
  • Business Center with Internet Access
  • Laundry Service
  • Concierge
  • Banquet Room
  • Multilingual Staff
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
PUBLIC, conceived by Ian Schrager, is an entirely new class of hotel. Its fundamental attributes are innovative, sophisticated, authentic style; spot-on, personalized, empathetic "essential" service; lasting comfort with complete functionality, all at an affordable price and offering tremendous value. For the first time, this type of hotel experience will be available for everyone and anyone who wants it ... more   less 

Additional Information about PUBLIC Chicago

Address: 1301 N State Pkwy, Chicago, IL 60610-2334 (Formerly Ambassador East Hotel)
Location: United States > Illinois > Chicago > Gold Coast , Near North Side
Price Range: $151 - $463 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — PUBLIC Chicago 4*
Number of rooms: 285
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Also Known As:
Public Chicago Hotel Chicago
Ambassador East Hotel Chicago
Hotel Ambassador East
Ambassador East Chicago
Hotel Style:
#52 Business Hotel in Chicago
#54 Luxury Hotel in Chicago
#63 Family Hotel in Chicago
#74 Romantic Hotel in Chicago
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