This hotel is in a GREAT location - right across from Grant Park and Buckingham Fountain, a short walk to The Chicago Art Institute, a short walk to Millennium Park and the Bean, and an easy walk to Museum Campus.
Our room was spacious and clean. Yes, it was old and needed a bit of refurbishing - update the furnishings, take care of the chipped paint, etc.(I totally get The Shining references about the hallways in some of the reviews I read), but it has such character - wonderful tall ceilings, thick moldings, beautiful lobby, old, gold mail drop -- just so many details that a newer hotel does not offer.
Our room, linens and bathroom were all clean.
All of the staff that we encountered was nice.
I really wish that the owners would undertake a major refurbishing of this hotel because it has the potential to be a magnificent, historic hotel.
The bed provided a good night's sleep, but it wasn't the most comfortable hotel mattress I've slept on. The room was a little dark, and we were in the north tower which did not provide a good view. However, I would think that the rooms on the front would provide great views.
If you are looking for a hotel in a great location and can overlook the need for refurbishing (like many older, historic hotels need), this would be a hotel you should consider.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Step inside and experience an extraordinary piece of living history during your next visit to downtown Chicago at the Congress Plaza Hotel. This "Landmark of Chicago Hospitality" has delighted business and leisure travelers for over a century. Guests at the Congress Plaza Hotel can explore art institute, millenium park, buckingham fountain, magnificent mile,museum campus all with in walking distance just by stepping outside our front doors. Situated adjacent to Grant Park, our 14-story property is located along Michigan Avenue, providing unlimited access to the city's finest retail stores, the bustling business district and Chicago attractions. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Congress Plaza Chicago
- Hotel Congress Plaza
- Congress Hotel Chicago
- Congress Plaza Hotel Chicago