Hotel number four on my Great Rail trip from LA to New York. I absolutely loved Chicago for its architecture, culture, transport system and its people. The hotel is located off the "Magnificent Mile", the trendy north side of the city with big name stores (and big prices) nearby. My room 609 was huge for just one person, and if it had a kitchen, it would be a smart city apartment. There was a king size bed, sofa, armchair, two TVs, fridge, safe, coffee machine etc. and a large bathroom with shower big enough to accommodate a close friend or two!! My only criticism of the room was that it looked across to a skyscraper which kept a lot of natural light out, and there was inadequate lighting to compensate. Nevertheless, it is a smart hotel and the food and service were very good. There is a bar on the top floor (number 29 I think) from which good views can be had.
The public transport system in Chicago, the CTA, is also very good. A 24-hour travel card costs just $10 from a nearby supermarket (Walgreens), and a trip on THE LOOP (The EL) is a must. I would definitely like to see more of Chicago; in fact I much preferred it to New York, my final stop on this epic journey.
- 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