It saved us $100/night. We used www.spothero.com to reserve parking in advance, at a lower rate.
We'd give this hotel a 4.5* if available. There were some minor issues in room 809, like the shower and carpeting. When you pulled up the shower lever on the tub faucet, barely any water came out of the showerhead. You had to use one hand to hold down the tub faucet and really yank on the lever to get half of the water to come out the showerhead. Good thing the water pressure is excellent, as we took showers with half of the stream. The gold carpeting was showing a little wear/dirt, as there was a distinct path into the room. I loved the chaise lounge in the room and the beautiful heavy drapes. Decorating was a bit whimsical and included a green plant. Room was quiet and the bed was comfortable.
I was surprised that few people took advantage of the wine hour. While the lobby seating area is only around 12' by 24', there were never more than 8 of us seated there at any one time. We were offered red wine, white wine, and sangria with fruit. During the morning, there was coffee and hot tea, and there was water and ice tea available at all times.
We did not try the restaurant, but it was a busy place. For breakfast, we exited the front door and took a right onto Washington. Two blocks down, after crossing Wabash, is the Pittsfield Building. We tried to go to the Pittsfield Cafe, but it was closed on Sundays. We ended up next door, at Toni Pattiserie and Cafe, which was very good. We also had breakfast at Wildberry Pancakes, which is at the north end of Millenium Park. It's the highest-rated restaurant here on tripadvisor, but be prepared for a wait. Don't miss Garrett's Popcorn, which is close by.
The Bank of America Theater is only a few blocks south of the hotel. Book of Mormon is showing there now. Two hours before each performance, they hold a drawing for $25 tickets (max of 2 per person) in the two front rows. Then they continue to draw names until they've filled every seat in the theater, so it's a great way to get cheap, last-minute seats. Of the 100 people in the lobby, only 10 of us failed to get tickets. Oh well!
Chicago Greeter offers free walking tours of the Loop and the Burnham lobby is on the tour. It's a great tour that you can sign up for in advance or else just show up at the old library building, which is just down the street, at the corner of Washington and Michigan. The entrance is off Randolph.
We normally stay in the NMA area, but this hotel is great if you want to be close to Millenium/Grant Parks, the theater district, or the gigantic Macy's store.
- 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