I stayed here for 2 nights shortly after Christmas this year.
The checkin was fantastic, the rate I paid was more than reasonable.
Hotel81 is in an excellent central location, the staff were wonderfully helpful. The hotel includes free WiFi which is great for making the most out of a stay in a city. (Not that you sit in a hotel room surfing, but that you can easily find and book your days activities from bed in the morning).
Not a criticism but our room was a weird shape, almost like there was furniture missing. We were offered the chance to upgrade (for $10) to a river view, but chose not to, as we were really only using the room for sleeping.
I didn't eat or drink in the hotel itself so no comment there, but if I can get a rate similar to this stay, I won't be looking anywhere else in Chicago.
- Free Wifi