We stayed at the Hotel Burnham in downtown Chicago last fall and really enjoyed the location close to the Magnificent Mile, the theatre and shopping districts, the Art Institute, the waterfront park and transportation. The Reliance Building has been renovated into a Boutique Hotel, but has kept its former charm and historic details such as the staircase, the elevator doors, the tiled floors and a fireplace in the lobby. Our room was not large but was very comfortable and was beautifully decorated. The bathroom was quite small but functioned well enough and had Aveda products. There was a mini bar, flat screen TV, internet access, plenty of space for clothes and an iron and ironing board as well as a coffee maker. The front desk service was excellent and there is complimentary wine from 5 to 6 pm and coffee in the mornings. The Atwood Cafe in the hotel was lovely for dinner as well as breakfast with a gourmet menu and very good service. We were able to visit Oak Park by car (though you can use the transit system) and there are many good restaurants close by the hotel. The River Cruise, which winds through the city, is definitely worthwhile though it can be windy in the open boat so try to go on a sunny day in cooler weather. The hotel is a bit expensive, even by big city standards, but offers good value and I would recommend it for anyone who wants to explore Chicago on foot or go further out by taxi.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Chosen by Conde Nast Traveler as one of the best hotels in the world, The Alise Chicago is an intimate boutique hotel like no other. Housed in the landmark Reliance Building, now beautifully restored, The Alise provides an authentic, luxurious and historic taste of the Windy City. In the heart of the Chicago Loop, across from Millennium Park, and home of the Atwood Restaurant, The Alise is near Chicago's top destinations and attractions. See the Windy City with the perfect homebase: Staypineapple at The Alise Chicago. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Burnham Kimpton
- Hotel Burnham Chicago