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Reviewed July 18, 2007

My wife and I took the advice of other TripAdvisor readers and were not disappointed. The Burnham is in an excellent location in the heart of the Loop. Convenient to public transportation. The Red line is just outside the door, the Blue line (to O'Hare) is a block away and the rest of the el lines can be caught via transferring at another station 2 blocks away. Marshall Fields department store (Macy's) is caddycorner to the hotel and Millenium Park is a short (3 block) walk. The area is lively and one feels safe walking in the evening because so many people were out.

The hotel is a renovated former office building that is stylishly furnished and comfortable. Our room was small but very nice. There was construction on both wings of the hotel's outfacing sides, but it was quiet enough that we didn't have difficulty falling asleep. My wife was very happy with the buckwheat pillow she requested from the "Pillow Library". The hotel staff was extremely friendly and helpful obtaining tour tickets for us and printing our airline boarding passes. We did not have an opportunity to eat at the Atwood Cafe (hotel lobby restaurant), but it was usually busy and the menu looked good.

We enjoyed our stay at the Burnham and Chicago immensely and were not disappointed by other members' advice in choosing this hotel. Our only disappointment, which was very minor, was that the hotel fitness room was eliminated in favor of a meeting room. However, we were directed to a sister hotel 3 blocks away (Allegro) where we exercised during the stay. We easily understand why the Burnham is so popular with other members.

  • Stayed: July 2007, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank kt3
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Reviewed July 9, 2007

Stayed at this hotel for 3 nights based on the reviews in Trip Advisor. Can't see what all the excitement is about. It is an average SMALL hotel. Yes the staff are friendly but that is really all that can be said about the hotel. The rooms are clean but VERY SMALL. My husband is 6''1 and his feet reached over the end of the bed by about 6 inches. The rooms are small, the lobby even smaller. They need a residents lounge. Not impressed with this hotel at all. Wouldn't go back.

  • Stayed: July 2007, traveled with family
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4  Thank gmhawthorn
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Reviewed July 6, 2007

My wife and I returned from an extended weekend, OK-July 1-5, to attend the Taste of Chicago festival. It's been a number of years since being in Chicago and we were looking for something off the beaten path. The Burnham intrigued us and we decided to try it. It was a great choice. The Burnham is a refurbished office building. The conversion was tastefully done. What the rooms lack in size is more than made up by stlye and amenities. The staff here is quite impressive as you are seemingly always greeted by a smile and a "Yes, sir; No, Sir" answer to your questions. Would not hesitate in the least to stay here again!

  • Stayed: July 2007, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 5, 2007

Stayed for a week while attending a course at the nearby French Pastry School. I was amazed to find such personal service at a Loop hotel! Very comfortable, very clean, very easy to get in and out of the building quickly. The entire staff was most helpful. The Hotel Burnham is my new home while in Chicago!!

  • Stayed: June 2007, traveled on business
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2  Thank opie60
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Reviewed July 2, 2007

Our stay at the Hotel Burnham was four nights, from June 22nd through June 26th.

Upon arrival via taxi from Midway airport, we were greeted by Reggie, who took our luggage and directed us to the front desk.

Check in was extremely polite and very fast.

Reggie then showed us to our room on the 14th floor (of 15). He detailed a bit of the history of the hotel, and pointed out the various amenities.

Our room overlooked State and Washington streets with a full view of Macy's (Marshall Fields) flagship store, the old Chicago Theatre (pretty at night, see pics) and in the distance the Marina City towers and the State Street bridge over the river.

The room was adequate in size (bigger than we expected) with a queen bed, settee by the window, entertainment unit with stocked honor bar. It also featured a very nice Panasonic radio/CD player with quality sound. A desk was bedside with free high speed internet connectivity.

The entry way/foyer allowed room for setting up the provided iron. A hairdryer was also provided.

A safe took space on the floor of the closet, and was large enough to hold an oversized laptop computer, a good sized camera, and just about anything else we wished to put inside.

The bathroom was of economy size, but was immaculate, and provided L'Occitane toiletries. The linens and towels were of high quality, and they weren't stingy with them.

Temperature control was individual per room also.

The hotel itself (outside of the room) was amazing. The detail, and history provided a nice sense of time and place. It was built in 1895 as an office building and was one of the original skyscapers in Chicago (post fire I guess?).

The trim, iron works, lighting, and carpeting were all wonderful.

Starbucks coffee was provided every morning in the lobby, and there was a wine tasting available every day at 5pm. The sitting area was small but quaint.

The on site restaurant (The Atwood Cafe) always seemed to draw a crowd. Other than breakfast or drinks at the bar, however, we did not dine here. The breakfast, albeit pricey, was large and fulfilling and the service was a step above.

A special notice should be made as to the service we received at every turn. From the doormen to the front desk, concierge, room attendants, and restaurant, we were made to feel welcome and that our business mattered to them even though the site was full all week.

Very special thanks to Reggie, Alyssa, Keith, David, Antwon and Gus.

The noise mentioned in earlier posts does occur, but we found it minor and not consistent through the trip. There is a new tower being built right across the street from the rooms facing Washington/State, but it is now reaching 20+ stories in height. Most of the noise came from the construction at road level on the street.

The experience here was excellent and we highly recommend this hotel.

Everything was in walking distance or a very short cab ride.

Two thumbs up.

Tips:

Food:

Cafe Iberico on N LaSalle. GREAT Tapas.
VTK (Vong's Thai Kitchen)
Lou Mitchell's for a classic Chicago Breakfast - All eggs double yolked!

Sites:

The Art Institute of Chicago - Could spend several days here.
Millenium Park (The Cloud, Serpentine Bridge etc)
Wrigley Field for a Cubs game
Hancock Tower, less crowds and better views than Sears tower.
Macy's (Old town shopping at it's finest)

  • Stayed: June 2007, traveled on business
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