We could not have asked for a nicer room, better service, or a better location for $125 a night. It was only a $8.00 cab ride from Union Station, too, which by the way I would highly recommend taking a train to Chicago. Parking prices seemed ridiculous & the driving was very crazy! We stayed in the Historic Tower King Room with a view of Michigan Avenue. The room was luxurious & romantic. It would have been nice to have a CD player in the room. And P.S. ladies- do not use the complimentary lotion, it smells very bad, like old playdough or something! But those are my only two very minor complaints. We didn't use the pool area but we checked it out- a very nice large pool but for lap swimming only. We didn't see a sauna or whirlpool, either. Every single staff member we encountered was extremely professional & courteous. They had 2 employees who worked right outside the door loading & unloading luggage, hailing cabs, & they even escorted me to the door under an umbrella the night we returned & it was raining! Now that's service! You must try the Passiontini at the bar by the entrance- $13 but the best drink of the weekend! Drinking is VERY expensive in Chicago- don't think you will find cheap drinks- we didn't & we went to lots of different style bars. The dining options are very limited for this being such a large hotel. We previewed the breakfast menu & they were charging $14 for 2 pancakes! Nothing with it, just 2 pancakes! We found a great diner right around the corner with unbelievable breakfast at a much better value (Mary's Cafe), pretty much every breakfast was $10.95, we had 4 different things & they were all super delicious! If you go right out of the hotel there is a set of stairs that takes you down under Michigan Avenue- keep walking straight from the bottom of the steps about 2 blocks, on the right is Mary's. You will pass the Reagle Beagle which has to be one of your nighttime stops- it ended up being our favorite bar. Very low keyed, great food, great atmosphere, great 80's decor & music. Not the songs that make you roll your eyes- the ones that make you say "I've got to put this on my ipod!!" You must try the Brady Brunch Punch, $10 each but soooo good! We had the boneless buffulo tenders one night with fries & they were great. Other than those 2 places near the hotel, nothing really stood out- you've got to walk further for more options. Couldn't ever find the popcorn shop that everyone raves about, but while we were looking we discovered that Hubbard Street would be a great afternoon bar hopping street. Someone else told me Rush Street has lots of bars, too. Unfortunately we found out about these on our last morning :( We needed a late check out & it was absolutely no problem getting it, even free of charge. So all in all this was an amazing hotel, but be prepared to walk for nightlife & dining.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- InterContinental Chicago is a lot like the city itself: historic but hip, refined but relaxed, cultured but comfortable. A member of Michigan Avenue s architectural elite since 1929, our hotel is within easy reach of Chicago s incomparable museums, stores, theatres and restaurants. Navy Pier, Shedd Aquarium and Oak Street Beach are minutes away. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Intercontinental Chicago Hotel Chicago
- Chicago Intercontinental