If the title screams Fall Out Boy to you, it's on purpose. And not just because I love the band: Pete Wentz co-owns the hotel's bar, Angels and Kings, and can be seen here often. But this was my second stay here (for three nights), and a really good one.
First, I'll start with the rooms. The beds are among the most comfortable hotel beds that I've ever slept in, and the decor is fun and musical (example: floor 15, the floor that I was on, had Elvis decor). The rooms were decked out with great touches like a sound system and reading lights at each bed. Though I'm not a coffee person, each room has a Keurig machine, which I wish more hotels had. Don't like the house coffee (Newman's Own Organics in this case)? Just bring your own K-Cups. The bathroom had sleek decor, while the toiletries were top-notch (for example, the soap lathered great and didn't have a nasty scent). The towels were as good as the toiletries - fluffy, absorbent, and big (and you plenty of washcloths, a rarity in hotels regardless of the star level). The room as a whole was extremely clean, including places like the corners where you typically find dust and dirt and the tile grout in the shower where you can find a lot of nasty stuff often times.
I got the hotel through Hotwire, so I didn't get free in-room Wi-Fi, but it should be noted that Wi-Fi is free in-room if you book through the hotel directly or free to all in the lobby and business center. And for the cellphone users, AT&T and Sprint 4G LTE both work very well in the hotel and around Chicago.
I did have a meal at Chuck's, the on-premises restaurant run by Kerry Simon. Normally, I don't eat at hotel restaurants, but I made an exception for this one because of the Iron Chef Burger on the lunch menu that won first-place on Iron Chef. So I had to have the Iron Chef Burger for lunch one day. It didn't disappoint: it was extremely good with a char-broiled taste and top-notch toppings. It was also extremely filling - it got me through much of that day.
This hotel also has an excellent location. On North Michigan Avenue and a short walk to shopping? Check. State Street, Block 37, and Macy's (the former Marshall Field's location)? Bingo. The Art Institute close by? You betcha. The "L"? One block away. Millennium Station and the Metra Electric Line and South Shore trains? Two blocks away.
But the real star of the rock show here was the staff. They were not your typical stuffy big-city hotel staff: they were very easy to work with, knew the city, and were - dare I say - fun (no, not the band that gave us "Some Nights"). I wanted to get tickets to The Second City for one of their revues, so I went to the concierge. He got me tickets and dinner reservations at Adobo, an awesome Mexican restaurant next to The Second City, and told me how to get there on the "L". By the time I got to The Second City the following day, the show was sold-out with a standby list. The numerous people that I encountered at the front desk were equally amazing. Check-in was smooth and a room request made there was honored in seconds. Check-out was equally fast and easy.
Overall, I think that my second stay here was even better than the first. In music, they call it "a tough act to follow". But they did it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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- Also Known As:
- Hard Rock Chicago
- Chicago Hard Rock Hotel
- Hard Rock Hotel Chicago