I have very mixed feelings about this hotel. Paid $209/nt + $32 tax. I went with my 4 and 13 year old sons. The hotel lobby is spacious, bright, and attractive. The room was large enough but had old worn carpet, mold stains in shower, peeling wallpaper, and was dark and dreary. It felt more like a motel. Water pressure was good in shower & towels were nice. The bed comfort was average.
Pool: Very small considering size of hotel. Almost always packed with unruly children and clueless parents. Lots of chlorine really burned eyes. Pool and whirlpool both need a thorough cleaning. If swimming is a priority, do it in the morning.
Food: The breakfast was extraordinary (omelets, biscuits/gravy, pancakes, fruit, sausage, bacon, donuts, cereal, yogurt, etc. All was quite delicious. If you like to drink (booze or otherwise), the mgrs. reception provides all you can drink for free. The reception can not cover dinner though (nuts, banana chips, yogurt pretzels, chips/salsa). Some cheese & crackers or a fruit tray would have made it much nicer.
Location: It is not on the lake as the name implies. Michigan Ave. (easily walkable), Shedd Aquarium & Field Museum were quite a hike - we walked one way & took cab home for $10 incl. tip (if it hadn't been so windy & cold we might have walked both ways)
Parking: we self-parked for $41/day. That's nuts.
If you want the Shedd Aquarium pkg., make sure to do it in advance. When I made our reservation, I did not know which day we would be going to the Aquarium so they told me to sign up for it at check in. Then at check in, they told me the Shedd pkg. had to be done in advance. Then, because we had no tickets, we would have had to wait in a line that was approx. 2 hours long. We didn't want to waste the time so we became members instead ($175) - which took about 30 min. Hopefully we return w/in a year to use it.
All said, I don't think we would return to this hotel. While the breakfast makes it tempting, overall It just was not nice enough.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Embassy Suites Chicago Downtown Magnificent Mile (formerly Lakefront) hotel is located just 2 blocks from Chicago's Navy Pier and the Magnificent Mile Michigan Ave Shopping! This downtown Chicago hotel is within walking distance to many Chicago attractions such as Millennium Park, Water Tower Place and the Hancock Observatory. Our location and amenities make the Embassy Suites Chicago Downtown Magnificent Mile an ideal choice for the business or leisure traveler! Guests of the hotel stay in a upscale spacious two-room suite complete with a refrigerator, microwave oven and flexible work/dining space. ... more less
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