Stayed for 2 night break at the end of our 2 week holiday. The lobby is impressive and busy throughout the day, loved the ceiling decor. Great to people watch the girls arriving for Prom night! We were pleasantly suprised at our room size after reading reviews, felt spoilt. It was front facing, large with 2 Queen size beds, 2 double built-in wardrobes and armchair with footstool and large desk, fab to spread out & chill after all the travelling we had done.
Standard size bathroom, toiletries replenished daily. All facilities throughout the hotel were impeccably clean during our stay.
Used pool 1 morning, small but adequate & jaquzi tub. Had trouble getting in as door to female changing room was locked & had 2 ask security @ 6.30am how to get in & while he went to find out I found another way in by going through another door to pool area & accessed changing room. However it was dimly lit as main lighting not switched on & no one to ask. Towels provided.
Ice bucket (or sm plastic bag provided) in room can be used to get ice from machine at no cost, bit of a trek as on a different floor level & long walk down corridor but handy to have to cool drinks.
Store & coffee bar (had breakfast both mornings) on right corner as come out of front of hotel, as is the overhead rail track which for us added to our enjoyment of our stay in Chicago, just reminded me of american TV shows when I was a kid & just as I imagined!
Tried Italian restaurant opposite which was a novel experience for us. You order individual courses @ servery & wait for it to be cooked. Fast, fresh & tasty in very pleasant surroundings but not a place to go if you want sit down meal & be waited on.
Location was great for us as time limited, walking distance to Millanieum Park (must go see Jelly bean) & numerous museums & galleries. Did harbour cruise with Arctitecture Foundation & as run by volunteers don't accept tips. It was amazing for seeing architecture & skyline from waterfront & it was a glorious sunny day to top it. Concerige at hotel was always very helpful (Tracy) resevered tickets & then we collected from booth @ harbour. Got there earlier than we had booked @ 9.30 which was not a problem as meant we missed the crowds , takes about an hour & had rest of day to explore. There are other companies & water taxis that you can book on the waterfront. There was an art & craft street market on during our stay, well worth a visit.
We loved Chicago city and hope to return as so much to see and do and we didn't have the time,
- 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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