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Palmer House A Hilton Hotel
Ranked #103 of 192 Hotels in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed June 17, 2013

If you are in the Loop, take a slight detour and ogle the lobby in the Palmer House. Beautiful restoration. The ceiling is spectacular. Worth 15 minutes to walk around and enjoy the decor.
THEY DO NOT MAKE THEM LIKE THIS ANYMORE

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed June 16, 2013

When you walk in - its beautiful! The feel of the hotel makes you think you are in for an amazing stay... WRONG!! The rooms are small, bathroom ridiculously small... The Lockwood Restaurant/Bar has the worst service EVER with, of course, majorly overpriced food and drinks. It was my first time in Chicago - I'm sure (I hope) there's better!?

  • Stayed: June 2013
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Reviewed June 16, 2013

Beautiful hotel, but beware, not all rooms are created equal. We were first given a smoking room and the stench of smoke was so bad that we asked to be moved. Upon being moved to a non-smoking room, not only was the smell much better, but the room was much larger and better appointed. The lobby of this hotel is gorgeous!

The hotel is centrally located to most major attractions in Chicago. We were able to walk to the Chicago Art Institute. There is also lots of shopping within walking distance of the hotel. The Book of Morman play was also just across the street from the hotel!

Room Tip: Avoid the smoking rooms.
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  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed June 16, 2013

I stayed here the weekend of the Big 10 Tournament and St. Patty's Day. It was a full house! The hotel is beautiful, but I think the staff was overwhelmed with the number of people coming and going. It was good for what I needed it for, which was a place to sleep. The rooms were super small, I'm glad we got a deal on it because I've paid the same for a larger room with an equally good location. Our room only had one double bed that felt like a twin. Get a queen or king room if you want more bed space or space in general.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed June 16, 2013

The historic Palmer House Hilton in Chicago has got to be one of the oldest hotels in Chicago and over the years has not lost any of its glamour. Renowned for featuring in the film the fugitive starring Harrison Ford it has a lot more than this to offer. Quite nearby a lot of impressive museums and the splendid arena of the soldiers field it is in walking distance to the central areas of Chicago. The hotel itself features the most beautiful lobby I have ever seen in any hotel, the staff and most importantly the concierge were most helpful throughout my stay. The rooms were very spacious and clean. The cuisine lacked nothing and will certainly tickle your taste buds all in all I do not have a bad word to say about my stay here.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 15, 2013

There are several great historic hotels to stay at in Chicago and The Palmer House is definitely near the top. While the rooms can be on the small side, who spend their time in Chicago in their rooms. There are fantastic restaurants within walking distance and the Chicago Art Institute is only about two blocks away. People watching in the hotel lobby, however, is just as fun as visiting a museum.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed June 15, 2013

I was here for a business convention in August 2012. The hotel is nice and conveniently located to public transportation and within walking distance to restaurants, shopping, etc. The room was clean. The hotel is beautiful but feels somewhat outdated. The indoor pool is a huge plus. The convention rooms were cold but otherwise nice.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled on business
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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:
#26 Spa Hotel in Chicago
#32 Green Hotel in Chicago
#48 Family Hotel in Chicago
#62 Luxury Hotel in Chicago
#71 Romantic Hotel in Chicago
#75 Business Hotel in Chicago
Price Range: $100 - $348 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Palmer House A Hilton Hotel 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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Hilton Hotel Palmer
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