I had stayed in the Affinia Manhattan in mid 2009 and really liked it, so when I went to Chicago for the first time last month I booked the Affinia Chicago.
The room is excellent, spacious, clean, great bed, plenty of room for luggage. The bathroom is also very good.
The staff, though certainly efficient, was a bit cold, with a couple of exceptions. I found the people in Chicago to be very friendly and good humoured, so the staff's attitude stood out a bit.
Location is excellent, right across the Mag Mile. Gino's East is next door and there's a nice place for breakfast called Corner Bakery nearby.
There's only one issue, and a major one, that I feel Affinia has to change: its wi-fi. Before we got to Chicago, we traveled the West Coast and stayed in quite a few hotels, most of them nowhere near the quality of Affinia, and they all offered wi-fi in the rate. All of them, including the ones that were basically motels. At the Affinia Chicago, you have to pay an extra US$ 9.99 per day per device, meaning you have to pay double if you and your wife want to access the internet on each others smartphones/laptops. On top of that, the wi-fi connection is an AT&T service, so you have to input your credit card information in an website instead of the hotel including this in their bill. So it's not only expensive, but inconvenient.
This is 2011, Affinia. Wi-fi is now a basic hotel service. Time to move on with the times.
The hotel itself is great, and if wi-fi is not an issue with you I would definitely recommend the Affinia. As for myself, next time I'm in Chicago I'll consider the Affinia, but I'll also look for other options.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Urban contemporary hotel residing in Chicago's Streeterville neighborhood. Visit Cambria and experience high standards of service in a setting that feeds off the local energetic vibe. Hip, comfortable and sophisticated, yet down to earth. The over-sized guest rooms and suites styled with a splash of Chicago flair, showcase dreamy views which will ignite a romance with this beloved city. Enjoy the 52EIGHTY Rooftop Lounge, for a glimpse of why Chicago is known for its architecture and stunning beauty. Surrounded by highly desirable shopping, dining and entertainment such as the Magnificent Mile, Navy Pier and Millennium Park; yet also walk able to major local businesses, this 4 Star Hotel in Chicago is appealing to those looking to be productive, to dazzle or just to play. Welcome to Cambria Chicago Magnificent Mile. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Affinia Chicago Hotel Chicago
- Chicago Affinia Hotel
- Affinia Hotel Chicago