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Palmer House A Hilton Hotel
Ranked #104 of 192 Hotels in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed June 19, 2013

We are staying during a conference so the cost is about $300 a nite. Parking was $62 even though a sign said $54 and we were not tomd about the self parking option which was much cheaper OR the the gitness center was $10 per use. yhe positives: The location is within walking distance to all but one City Pass attraction. We walked to Navy Pier as well. The concierge was awesome with giving good tips about which sites to see.

However, when we arrived, the floor in front of the bathroom was wet. Later, we found out why...the toilet overflowed. So we were walking on toilet water. We put towels down and they turned a nasty color. From that point on the bathroom smelled like mildew. There was hair (not ours) all over the bathroom even after the room was cleaned! The beds were fine and the room size was small but sufficient. Next time we'll pay better attention to the room amenities ---no microwave or fridge...must haves when you have children and are staying multiple days!

This hotel was not what we expected for the money!

  • Stayed: June 2013
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Reviewed June 18, 2013

We got married in downtown Chicago on June 8, and we got a block of rooms at The Palmer House for our guests. They upgraded us to a 1 King 1 Bedroom Suite for the same rate as our guests rooms and WHOA. This room was massive -- 2 bedrooms, a huge dining/living/bar area, and a totally separate bedroom. It was the perfect place to spend our weekend and the suite was excellent for getting ready for the wedding. And it goes without saying that the whole place is gorgeous. Oh, and there's a spa on-site called Balance Spa. Be sure to hit it up! They're great.
Cons:
- the non-suite rooms were a bit small
- it's freaking impossible to find your way around the halls of that place! The numbering makes no sense, you have to take certain elevators to certain floors and can't get to all floors from others (we were on 13 and most of our guests were on 10 and to get to each other's rooms, we had to go all the way down to the lobby, get on a different elevator, and go back up)
- the service at Lockwood Restaurant is terrible. Just plan on not eating there.

Overall, I would love to stay there again. Yes, parking is expensive but that's to be expected downtown. And the parking garage is super convenient, which is nice.

Stayed: June 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 18, 2013

Stayed at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago. It's a very old & historic hotel located in the heart of downtown. The lobby is massive with huge fresco ceilings...reminds one of an Italian palace.
The hotel is gorgeous, the staff is very professional, and the location ideal. The rooms are on the small side but as I didn't spend alot of time in my room, I was okay with that. The hotel is within walking distance to good restaurants, the train, the Art Institute, etc. Saw the Book of Mormon play which was just down the street.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 18, 2013

Yes, the room is a little small. But the location and hotel itself made up for it. There are a few great restaurants close enough to walk to. And a cab ride will take you to the great attractions like Shedd Aquarium in the area. Worth a stay, even just to the lobby. Beautiful hotel, we would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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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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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
#55 Family Hotel in Chicago
#64 Luxury Hotel in Chicago
#71 Romantic Hotel in Chicago
#75 Business Hotel in Chicago
Price Range: $99 - $377 (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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