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“Relaxing Experience - Excellent Hotel”

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Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel
Ranked #20 of 189 Hotels in Chicago
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Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
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“Relaxing Experience - Excellent Hotel”
Reviewed March 19, 2013

I recently stayed at the Radisson Blu in Chicago while on a business trip. The hotel is warm, clean and inviting. The staff is customer focused, accommodating and friendly. They go out of their way to accommodate their guests. I would not hesitate to stay there during my next visit to Chicago. It is conveniently located in the downtown, Millennium Park, museums, Michigan Ave shopping and great restaurants. The fitness facility was well equipped and clean. Nice bar and excellent restaurant. Would definitely recommend the restaurant. 2 thumbs up +

Room Tip: As for the upgrade on the 17th floor. Also room with balcony and view of lake Michigan
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled on business
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Radissonbluaqua, General Manager at Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, responded to this review, March 20, 2013
Thank you for your review! I am honored that you had such a great stay with us and that you took the time to share your experience. I am glad that you were able to utilize some of the amenities and hope to see you back at the hotel during your next visit to Chicago. Thanks again!

All the best,

Pierre-Louis Giacotto
General Manager
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Urbana, Illinois
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Reviewed March 18, 2013

Beautiful hotel....I really like the decor. The room had a great view of Millenium Park, within walking distance of great breakfast restaurant, Millenium Park, Michigan Avenue. Desk staff was very friendly and helpful, concierage was awesome. Great recommendations of dinner locations, and breakfast restaurant.
Room little on the small side, but very nice. Bathroom very spacious, wonderful rainfall shower. All the staff were very friendly. Bar area super cool, and friendly manager. Free Wifi. Pool and spa area very nice.
Typical Chicago hotel, with expensive parking.
Will defintely stay at this hotel again.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Radissonbluaqua, General Manager at Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, responded to this review, March 19, 2013
Thank you for your review! I am happy that you had such a great experience and appreciate that you took the time to share your comments. I hope to welcome you back to the hotel soon!

All the best,

Pierre-Louis Giacotto
General Manager
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Abingdon, Virginia
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Reviewed March 18, 2013

Great rooms, excellent service, lobby, views, cleanliness, staff, etc. amazing. We would definitely stay here again if we have the opportunity. Very comfortable with plenty to do nearby. Would highly recommend this hotel for a short or longer stay in Chicago!

  • Stayed March 2013
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Radissonbluaqua, General Manager at Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, responded to this review, March 19, 2013
Thank you for your recommendation! I am happy that you had such a great time and hope to see you again the next time you are in Chicago!

All the best,

Pierre-Louis Giacotto
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Reviewed March 18, 2013

We booked this hotel via Priceline for the Friday of St. Patty's Day weekend.... we had never heard of the hotel, but we were very pleased to read the online reviews before arriving. We are so happy with our stay. A very new, renovated hotel with great rooms and lobby area. Our room was a great size with hard wood floors, a large flat screen TV, awesome king size bed with hign end bedding, a great view of the river, huge bathroom and walk in shower, etc. The only draw back are the very thin walls/doors. We could hear the group staying next door to us come home around 3am and then having loud conversations in the hallway around 6am. This was slightly annoying, but not a deal breaker.
The lobby was very inviting. There is a huge gas fireplace with couches in front where you can stop for a drink as well as a large bar/restaurant area. It was a happening place on Friday evening as we left the hotel for dinner. We could not get a room for Saturday night since the prices were about double what we paid between it being a holiday weekend and the Big 10 Tourney in town, but we would absolutely stay again!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Radissonbluaqua, General Manager at Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, responded to this review, March 19, 2013
Thank you for your review! I could not be happier that you had such a great experience or that you were able to enjoy a view of the river from your room! I hope that we see you again soon!

All the best,

Pierre-Louis Giacotto
General Manager
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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed March 16, 2013

We stayed here recently during Valentine's weekend. What a beautiful facility!
The staff was very friendly. The room was huge with a fantastic view.
We will definitely return to this hotel in the future. 5 stars!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Radissonbluaqua, General Manager at Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, responded to this review, March 18, 2013
Thank you for your comments! I am thrilled that you had such a great stay and look forward to welcoming you back to the hotel. Thanks again!

All the best,

Pierre-Louis Giacotto
General Manager
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milwaukee wisconsin
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Reviewed March 16, 2013

Great location, newer hotel, most rooms with balcony's (which isn't very common for chicago.)
Not very large hotel, but has a nice Italian restaurant and large chic bar as well as comfty lobby area for conversation and beverages in front of a large fireplace. The architecture is great, you must take a little time to look at the building from outside. Never stayed at a Raddison before and I know this is a new concept, seams like a botique hotel, very sophisticated and trendy in the rooms as well as the rest of the hotel. summer would be nice to enjoy the outdoor pool and adjoining park. underground parking can be slightly confusing!

Room Tip: not all rooms are alike, we had hard wood floors and are friends had carpeting and was a little smal...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Radissonbluaqua, General Manager at Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, responded to this review, March 18, 2013
Thank you for your review. I am happy that you enjoyed your room and balcony. I am also glad that you were liked the design of the hotel. I hope that we see you again soon. Thanks again!

All the best,

Pierre-Louis Giacotto
General Manager
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 15, 2013

We stayed here for 3 nights and really enjoyed it. The rooms are large with nice views - ours over Wacker Drive and Navy Pier and are well fitted out. Good-sized bathrooms and good amenities - free Wifi throughout the hotel.

A fantastic gym and pool and even an outdoor running track.

Ate one meal in Felini which was OK but not brilliant.

Very good value

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Radissonbluaqua, General Manager at Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, responded to this review, March 18, 2013
Thank you for your review. I am happy that you enjoyed your stay and the design of the hotel and bathrooms. I hope that we have the opportunity to welcome you back again soon!

All the best,

Pierre-Louis Giacotto
General Manager
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Property: Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel
Address: 221 N. Columbus Drive, Chicago, IL 60601-7801
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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 Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #20 of 189 Hotels in Chicago
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel 4.5*
Number of rooms: 334
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago is the contemporary debut of Radisson Blu in North America. A true representation of the brand, it is designed to become a destination in itself. Radisson Blu is the upper upscale tier of our global hotel brand, focusing on design, style and attention to detail in every respect. ... more   less 
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