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The Blackstone, Autograph Collection
Ranked #36 of 192 Hotels in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed March 15, 2009

My family of four stayed here for a long weekend in Chicago. We all absolutely loved the Blackstone. The room was very contemporary, while the public areas of the hotel maintained the building's historic charm. The bathroom was large, the shower more than adequate, and the entire room very clean (and I am a very picky traveler when it comes to cleanliness). The location, while a little away from the excitement of most attractions, was right on the bus line and directly across from Grant Park. It was very easy to zip across the street each morning and catch the bus. The staff was accomodating, and I don't think I've ever encountered bell hops who were more pleasant and helpful. This hotel is a definite keeper, and one that you don't want to miss if you're visiting Chicago.

  • Stayed: August 2008, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 11, 2009

I stayed two nights at the Blackstone and really enjoyed it. Check-in with Brett was very welcoming. So glad I booked a lake/park view room - $119/nt. Loved the decor/furnishings. Found it spacious. Did not dine at the hotel, but got coffee at the Starbucks which closes earlier than usual. (7/8pm, I think.) Convenient location. The Michigan Ave public bus stops are one block north and one block south.

Quirks:
-- The mattress (pillow-top) was a little too soft for my liking.
-- The noise of my neighbors' doors clicking/slamming shut was startling.

  • Stayed: February 2009, traveled solo
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1  Thank inthe831
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Reviewed March 11, 2009

Although we only stayed at the Blackstone for one night, we enjoyed our stay enough to say that we will definitely be back. Our room was very roomy, the beds were so comfortable, and the bathroom was very upscale with the latest features and terrific bath products. The hotel is located on south Michigan Avenue, right next door to the Chicago Hilton and Towers. This is an excellent location for anyone visiting the museum campus (Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium and Adler Planetarium). It's near Grant Park and Millennium Park, so it's a good location for anyone visiting any of the large festivals, such as Taste of Chicago, Jazz Fest, Gospel Fest, etc. It's just down the street from the Art Institute of Chicago. Another five star feature of this hotel is their staff--very warm and friendly and courteous. My boyfriend and I decided to walk around the hotel and look at some of its features, like the Art Hall and the ballroom. We found the door to the ballroom locked, but an employee of the hotel was getting off the elevator and saw us trying the door to the ballroom. He asked us if we would like to go in, so he unlocked the door for us, and gave us some time to look at the beautiful room, and told us a little bit about the renovation of the hotel. When we walked back to the lobby, an employee named Arturo asked if we were enjoying our stay. We told him that we had just been walking around, looking at different places in the hotel. He asked us if we had seen the historic Smoke Filled Suite. We said, "no", so he offered to take us up there to show it to us. The Smoke Filled Suite is a beautiful suite that has been redecorated to look pretty much like it did in the 1920's. Back in 1920, when members of the Republic party were trying to decide on their presidential candidate, they met in this suite. When they made their decision then opened the door to the waiting press outside, the press was enveloped in a cloud of smoke that came out of the suite. Thus, the phrase "smoked filled room" was adopted. This is a beautiful, comfortable hotel with many interesting historical features, and it comes highly recommended from this reviewer.

  • Stayed: March 2009, traveled on business
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Reviewed March 10, 2009

Our four night stay at The Blackstone was first rate in every respect. Our room was ready for early check in on arrival. This heritage building has been beautifully restored. Our lakeview room was spacious and comfortable with modern decor. Great beds and bathroom (shower only). Spotlessly clean, as were the hallways and entrance lobby. Friendly, helpful staff. Excellent location close to the Art Institute and Symphony. An easy walk to the Chicago Architectural Foundation store where bus tours of the city's architectural heritage are available. Glad we elected to spend the little extra for a lakeview room. The view from the 12th floor over Grant Park to the lake was lovely at sunrise and through the evening. We tried the restaurant for lunch and enjoyed our meal.

  • Stayed: February 2009, traveled with family
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1  Thank CDNeh
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Reviewed March 9, 2009

My husband and I stayed at The Blackstone from Feb 21-Feb 23. We were celebrating his 30th birthday. We got a great deal through Sam's Club Travel for about $100/night.

We chose this hotel for the value and it's proximity to they typical tourists spots. It was close to the Harrison St subway stop. It is directly across the street from Grant Park. We were able to walk to Millennium Park, Art Institute and the Magnificent Mile. We could see Shedd Aquarium and Soldier Field from our window.

The pictures shown on the website are exactly what you will see when at the hotel. Our room was very clean and comfortable...especially the bed. There were down pillows and comforters which made it very cozy after a day of sightseeing in the windy city. There was also an ipod dock with several adapters so we could play our own music in the room. The bathroom had funky black and white wallpaper and was accented with pops of red. There was everything you needed....boot buffer, small sewing kit, mouthwash, cotton balls/swabs, etc. There were snacks and beverages available for purchase. I would suggest getting these elsewhere. The prices were outrageous. A small can of nuts for $12!!!

Can't really comment on the staff. We didn't really need much of their help except when checking in/out. They did hold our luggage after we checked out at no charge.

We enjoyed our stay here and hope to visit in the spring or summer.

  • Stayed: February 2009, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank NCGirlie
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Reviewed March 9, 2009

PRO: nice room, nice view (pay extra or get brick wall view),nice beds.
CONS: have to pay for things that low end hotels/motels like the SUPER 8 give away free - such as $12.99 for wi-fi,$2.50 for local calls,$47.00 per nite for parking, expensive breakfast. I'll stay at a lower end hotel/motel next time.

  • Stayed: March 2009, traveled on business
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Thank 1,001,001
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Reviewed March 6, 2009

From the moment we walked in we knew this was a hotel which is attentive to detail. The woman who checked us in was friendly and had a very inviting presence. She showed us where the museums were, gave us a map and explained how easy the walk would be to the area we wanted to go. The lobby is a super mix of the classic, historical era and new and modern. The room was even better. Comfy bed, pillows, great bathroom with nice products Super view of the Lake!!!
We loved our stay and would return.

  • Stayed: March 2009, traveled on business
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Thank AliciaRai
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Address: 636 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605-1901 (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
#27 Luxury Hotel in Chicago
#31 Family Hotel in Chicago
Price Range: $138 - $391 (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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