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“Fabulous place to stay in Chicago..” 5 of 5 stars
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The Palmer House Hilton
Ranked #92 of 185 Hotels in Chicago
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Miramar, Florida
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31 reviews
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“Fabulous place to stay in Chicago..”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

We came here a few years ago for our Honeymoon and I have to tell you there's no place like this. The check in process was a little long but well worth the wait. Beautiful rooms a little on the small side when it comes to the bathrooms but they have everything that you would need in them. Palmer House is centrally located on the loop with everything basically at walking distance. First time we rented a car but being centrally loacated it's really not necessary. If it's up a bit Taxi's are always available all times. The decor and history of this hotel is amazing. You can walk around and see all the pictures of people that have stayed there from the Rat Pack to Fred Astaire. The bar located in the lobby is a great place to get a night cap after a busy day of shopping on Michigan Avenue. Will be back again and again.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

I had 2 rooms reserved for 3 months ahead of time for a special weekend getaway with extended family. The hotel did not have the rooms ready until almost 2 hours past check-in for one room and 5 hours for the other. Needless to say, this interrupted our visiting time to relax in the hotel. Management said "they dropped the ball." My son found a big stick pin on the floor while playing with his brother. I expected more from this hotel. Hope they can fix the lack of coordination and cleanliness. I think another hotel in the area would have been a better deal for all involved.

  • Stayed February 2013
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

The picture of the lobby says it all; WOW! SUch a magnificent unique place with a great history. The service is good, though as with many hotels they could use more people at the check-in/out desk. It is conveniently located, great amenities and the restaurant serves a great breakfast.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

A stay at each of Chicago's 3 Grand Hotels is on my Bucket List. This one hit all the marks for the history and opulence it's known for. That ceiling is magnificent. Sit in the lobby and gaze up, the crick in the neck is worth it. The overnight stay was nice, not over-priced for the city. Use the "Hilton Honors" check-in line for super-quick service. For more history and amazement, walk over to the Art Institute!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

I recently stayed at the Palmer House in Chicago. It was quite adequate. The room was small as was the bathroom, however, the public area, bar, location, and restaurant more than made up for it.
For a weekend rate of $119 it was a STEAL.
Being from the NYC area staying in a major city hotel for that price made it Quite a travel deal.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

I had a wonderful stay at this property. Check-in line was super long, but the HHonors line was empty when I arrived. The lounge at executive level was rather busy too, selections for breakfast and snacks are adequate, but not great.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
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Tacoma, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

I had room 9-2010, which was a double queen and enough floor space to hold a small dance party. Everything about the room was comfortable and charming. Even if you do not stay there, at least take a walk through the lobby. The history and story of the Palmer House is amazing. Sit in the lobby, order an (expensive) beverage and admire the ceiling. Ask the lobby staff about the artistic features and they will point out details that are truly special. Because the Palmer House is in the loop it is close to many restaurants, businesses, tourist attractions and shops. It is also just a block from the L / train, and two blocks from the famous Michigan avenue which hugs the impossibly expansive Lake Michigan. Palmer House is worth the price, but if you can't manage it do at least visit the lobby.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
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Property: The Palmer House Hilton
Address: 17 East Monroe Street, Box 75845, Chicago, IL 60603-5608
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Location: United States > Illinois > Chicago > Downtown / The Loop
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#25 Spa Hotel in Chicago
#32 Green Hotel in Chicago
#55 Family Hotel in Chicago
#55 Luxury Hotel in Chicago
#71 Romantic Hotel in Chicago
#75 Business Hotel in Chicago
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — The Palmer House Hilton 4*
Number of rooms: 1640
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
North America’s most established hotel, the Palmer House Hilton first opened its doors in 1871 and has remained the place to "see and be seen" in downtown Chicago. We continue evolving to serve you with the latest conveniences and comforts in meetings, accommodations and dining - a hip and historic blend of modern nuances and Chicago cultural significance. Whether you’re holding a gala in the famed Empire Room or an intimate gathering in one of our hospitality suites, your event is sure to be a success. Here, you’ll be the host in the Chicago hotel that’s been the venue of choice for celebrities, politicians, and royalty for more than a century.When you come to the Palmer House Hilton, you don’t just stay here. You live here—even if it’s only for a night. That’s why all of our guest rooms and suites have just the right touches to make you feel right at home. You’ll sleep well on our Hilton Serenity Dream bed featuring a plush top mattress and crisp linens, lathering up with Peter Thomas Roth bath products, perceptual service and a full host of amenities to keeping you connected – from flat screen HD televisions, wired and wireless high-speed internet to alarm clocks with auxiliary ports, you’ll find everything you need to rest easy. Lockwood Restaurant, your Farm to Fork, AAA 4 Diamond destination open for breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as afternoon tea. The Lobby Bar at Lockwood is a favorite for locals and travelers alike for craft beers and craft cocktails with Palmer House private reserves and labels. Potter’s is the hip spot to enjoy a retro mix of perfectly poured libations and delectable light fare while reminiscing about the hotel’s history. The hotel is walking distance to the Blue Line and the Orange Line “L” stations for quick transport to O’Hare International Airport and Midway Airport, respectively. The Palmer House Hilton is steps to all the action along State Street including Macy’s, Nordstrom Rack, American Apparel, H&M, Block 37 Mall and the Chicago Theatre. The hotel is also a short walk to The Art Institute, Joffrey Ballet, Cadillac Theatre, Jeweler’s Row, Millennium Park, John G. Shedd Aquarium, Field Museum and Adler Planetarium. ... more   less 
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