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The Blackstone, Autograph Collection
Ranked #36 of 192 Hotels in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed July 2, 2014

We took the train for a getaway to Chicago, so we wanted to stay somewhere downtown that was close to the L and bus lines. The Blackstone was excellent. The building itself is gorgeous and is within walking distance to Grant park, many restaurants and mass transit. The amenities are first class and the staff was very helpful. We arrived early, and they stored our luggage (free of charge) so we could go sightseeing unencumbered. One minor thing - the bathroom had a sliding frosted door, with a small gap between the door and the wall, so privacy was limited. Not a big deal because I was traveling with my partner of 12 years, but it could be uncomfortable in some circumstances. Overall, we had an excellent time and could not have asked for a better hotel!

Room Tip: There are rooms overlooking the lake - which we did not have because we booked via Price line and go...
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  • Stayed: June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Kimberly C, General Manager at The Blackstone, Autograph Collection, responded to this reviewResponded July 6, 2014

Hi Elizabeth,
thank you so very much for your excellent review! I am so happy that you enjoyed your stay and thrilled that you thought the staff was helpful.
There are a lot of choices of hotels in Chicago and I am glad you were able to stay here.
Best regards,
Kim C

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Reviewed June 30, 2014

After moving from W hotel at the lakeshore drive, we found the staff super great, the service perfect.
It is across the street from Grant park, 20 minutes south of river, 10 minutes to millinum park and there are several cafes at walking distance, there are nice restaurants walking distance as well.
The lobby is gorgeous, rooms are decent size, they have coffee machine, safe and fridge in room.
The housekeeping is amazing, with first phone call they deliver what you asked for in a few minutes...

Room Tip: It is a little far from the north side, you need to walk 20 minutes to get to the river. If you are...
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  • Stayed: June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Kimberly C, General Manager at The Blackstone, Autograph Collection, responded to this reviewResponded July 6, 2014

Hi Barneshi! thank you very much for writing a review. I am so happy that you enjoyed your stay and found the hotel to be quite convenient, but especially happy that you thought the staff was outstanding!
I will definitely share your comments with our team. Although the hotel is awesome, it wouldn't be anything without the great group of individuals we have working here!
I hope that you will visit us again soon.
Best regards,
Kim C

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Reviewed June 30, 2014 via mobile

My best friend paid for us to stay here for a night. I must say this hotel might be small but it is simple beautiful. Our room wasn't what we asked for we wanted a room with double beds however we ended up with a room with a king bed but it worked out fine since my friend and I are both small women. Lol but we did have a great view. The washroom was so pretty I really like the wallpaper and the shower was amazing it had a great overhead shower jet. Awesome. I would recommend this hotel to friends.

Stayed: June 2014, traveled with friends
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Kimberly C, General Manager at The Blackstone, Autograph Collection, responded to this reviewResponded July 6, 2014

Hi Tammy,
Happy Birthday!
Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review! I am thrilled that you loved the hotel and enjoyed your birthday! I am sorry that we weren't able to provide a room with two beds, but in the summer, especially, there are more requests for them than what we have! I hope you will return and visit us again soon.
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Kim C

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Reviewed June 28, 2014

Stayed here for our National convention for work. This is a smaller hotel and quite nice. Staff is very friendly and helpful. My business credit card exceeded its limit but the staff was accommodation and helped us through the process.

The rooms were nice and spacious and the location was good even though it was close to the south side. This is like the southern end of the north side if that makes any sense. State Street is behind the hotel and has tons of shops and restaurants. There is plenty to see and do near the hotel. Soldier field is just a few blocks away.

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  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled on business
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Kimberly C, General Manager at The Blackstone, Autograph Collection, responded to this reviewResponded June 30, 2014

Hi Milton919!
Thanks very much for taking the time to write a review! I'm glad that you enjoyed the hotel and found the location to be convenient and near a lot of interesting things.
I hope that you will visit us again soon.
Best regards,
Kim C

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Reviewed June 27, 2014

I went on a business trip with my husband and we stayed at this hotel. The lobby takes you back quite a few years when you first walk inside. The check in went smooth and everyone was very friendly. We had no trouble with housekeeping during our stay. We had room service and we ate in the restaurant & bar area. It was all great. My husband goes every year here but it was my first visit. We would like to take our grand daughter next year but I am not sure if the restaurant would have enough "kid friendly" foods for her. For adults, it is definitely a good place to stay!!

Stayed: June 2014, traveled on business
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Kimberly C, General Manager at The Blackstone, Autograph Collection, responded to this reviewResponded June 30, 2014

Hi LeslieS -
What fun! So glad you could accompany your husband and enjoy a few days in Chicago! We are thrilled that you enjoyed the hotel and look forward to welcoming you back again. The restaurant does have some "kid food" selections and I'm sure would accommodate any special requests.
See you soon!
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Kim C

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Reviewed June 27, 2014

My wife took me there for a weekend in the city. It was a great hotel and the minute you walk in the front entrance you know its a nice hotel. They upgraded us to a higher floor with a view of the water and Soldier Field since it was a birthday weekend. The rooms were spacious and great decor. Only thing I did not like was the sliding door for the bathroom and the shower was a "walk-in" and the water would go everywhere and all over the bathroom floor. The best part was that I left some shirts in the closet when we left. I called two weeks later after I realized they were missing and the lost and found crew, especially Calvin, helped track down the one shirt I wanted back. He did everything he could to save the day! Thanks Calvin. I recommend this hotel for a fun night in the city or for business travel.

Room Tip: Ask for a room up higher to avoid the loud noise from the streets
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  • Stayed: June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Kimberly C, General Manager at The Blackstone, Autograph Collection, responded to this reviewResponded June 30, 2014

Hi PSchicke,
Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review! Calvin will so appreciate the "shout-out" and I will be sure to recognize him as well! I'm glad that you enjoyed your weekend and found the hotel to your liking!
I hope you will come back and visit us again soon.
Best regards,
Kim C

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Reviewed June 25, 2014 via mobile

Have stayed here a number of times over the years and always had good luck. Staff is exceptional and treats premier guests extra special.
If you like history (or watched Boardwalk Empire), this is the hotel where the Republican National Convention was held where famously, Warren Harding bought his way to a presidency.
Anyhow, great history and hotel. Short cab to anywhere and easy to find.

  • Stayed: June 2014
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Kimberly C, General Manager at The Blackstone, Autograph Collection, responded to this reviewResponded June 26, 2014

HI yourthoughts!
Thanks so much for the feedback! We really appreciate you taking the time to write a review and I love that you know the history of the hotel! Let me know when you come to Chicago next time and we will see if the Suite of Presidents might be available for you to stay in!
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Kim C

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Address: 636 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605 (Formerly Renaissance Blackstone Chicago Hotel)
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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 Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#18 Romantic Hotel in Chicago
#25 Business Hotel in Chicago
#26 Luxury Hotel in Chicago
#36 Family Hotel in Chicago
Price Range: $147 - $435 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — The Blackstone, Autograph Collection 4*
Number of rooms: 335
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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