My friend and I stayed at the Blackstone Renaissance for the weekend recently and were very happy with the accommodations. The hotel is in a great location and fairly easy to get to, even if you're unfamiliar with Chicago. It's in very close proximity to both Blue and Red Line CTA stops, so you could very easily train in from O'Hare and not have to walk too far.
My friend and I looked for alternative parking options around the hotel and were able to find a lot directly behind the hotel for about $35/night, which is significantly cheaper than the hotel's valet service (I'm not even sure where their garage was, though we did look). My car was safe there the whole weekend.
The lobby of this hotel is stunning and comfortable: very reflective of the era it was built in. This hotel has a great deal of history from the moment you walk in. Check-in was quick, friendly, and efficient: all of my requests were honored (high floor, etc.), though very little was mentioned from staff about the hotel's amenities. The concierge was more than happy to help me find directions to the Blue Line station, and was all smiles. The bellman we ran into in the elevator was so friendly and we definitely can't speak highly enough about his recommendation for the nearby Bongo Room for breakfast - the wait was SO worth it and his menu recommendation was spot on - much appreciated.
Every time I spoke to someone on the phone (housekeeping, front desk, etc.), I was met with a friendly voice and help was provided - though I felt $13 to bring two wine glasses (without wine) to the room was a bit ridiculous. We did not eat at the hotel's restaurant, though we heard it is a great place. The on-site Starbucks was quite large, but the workers had very little interest in any conversation beyond what was required.
Our room was great. There was a large entryway and a closet (with safe) that even had a light in it! The bathroom was bigger than some hotel rooms I've been in, and was gorgeous. The waterfall shower head was a very nice touch, though the shower door itself is only a piece of glass that covers about half of the shower, so it's VERY easy to drench your bathroom if you're not careful.
The bed was HEAVENLY (very soft - be advised if you prefer a firmer mattress), and the refrigerator was a nice addition, as well as the dimming lights on each side of the bed. Wi-Fi is free in the lobby, but there is a charge in-suite. The TV is against the side wall, which I thought was strange, but I soon realized it pivots out to face the bed thankfully.
While we weren't at the hotel too much and didn't take advantage of almost any of the amenities, I love this hotel - beautiful, well maintained, historic, and the rooms are incredibly large and comfortable: location is hard to beat, as well.
If you want a very chic hotel at a decent price, I would highly recommend the Blackstone. Seldom is a hotel of this age so modernly decorated. I would definitely stay here again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Blackstone in downtown Chicago is a storied architectural icon rooted in the city's legendary past, but newly updated to deliver a distinguished hospitality experience for today's discerning traveler. Previously known as the Renaissance Blackstone, this recently revitalized destination is blooming as a point of cultural and creative discovery on the Cultural Mile. The Blackstone, where epic history meets a clever contemporary attitude. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Renaissance Hotel Chicago
- Renaissance Hotel Blackstone
- Renaissance Chicago
- Chicago Renaissance