I visited this hotel with my husband for a conference I attended. It was on the list of official conference hotels with a shuttle to McCormick Place, and the Tripadvisor reviews also helped with the decision.
Check-in was easy, and we got the room requested, a king corner suite. The room was clean (initially smelled like some kind of spray, but that wore off) and it was nice having all that space (about 500 sq ft) but not really necessary. We did appreciate the mini-fridge and microwave, though. Bathroom was average. The room decor was a bit dated but the design of the hotel itself was lovely -- built around a large atrium, and with glass elevators facing out.
The main problem was the wifi charges: $15/day/device! We had 2 iPhones and 2 laptops. That would have come to a total of $300 for the stay. Fortunately my husband got them to reduce it somewhat, and I also used wifi at McCormick Place. Had we known in advance, we likely would have stayed elsewhere. This may not be a problem for other people, though.
As others have said, the included breakfast is good with lots to choose from. We avoided long lineups by going early, which I had to anyway. The lineups for the "manager's reception" drinks were often unbelievable. I could not imagine waiting 30 min for a "free" drink, in our case soft drinks.
The location of this hotel is very good: right downtown, within easy walking of stores such as Ferragamo, Bloomingdales and NM, specialty music stores, lots of coffee shops, as well as a fun mall with Macy's and a good food court.
As our flight was at 8 pm, we were luck to obtain a 5 pm checkout for only $50.
Overall we were fairly impressed by the hotel and the price (considering the conference) wasn't too bad -- but the wifi charges might be a deal-breaker for any further trips.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Embassy Suites Chicago
- Embassy Downtown Lakefront Suites
- Chicago Embassy Suites