Very nice hotel in a GREAT location -- we enjoyed our 1 night stay. We booked through Hotwire[--] for $182/night on a weekend when both the Tall Ships and LollaPalooza (sp?) were in town and rooms everywhere were expensive. We're more used to Holiday Inn/Comfort Inn type accomodations but even the downtown locations for those chains were more expensive, at least for the night we were staying.
The valet staff courteously explained the parking/luggage process (something we are used to doing ourselves), and the front desk staff were efficient if not overly friendly. However, housekeeping ignored our Do Not Disturb sign and rang our doorbell promptly at 9 AM to see if they could make up our room. Also, the light bulb was burned out in the small entry hallway in our room, making it hard to see in the hallway closet. The bellhop that brought up our luggage said he would contact maintenance to get it fixed, but nothing ever happened. Another word of caution: parking is $41, not the $10 to $25 estimate listed on the Hotwire website. However, we were allowed to drop off the car 2 hours before check-in time (our room was ready that early also), and leave it in the garage 5 hours after check-out. We walked or took free trolleys everywhere (Navy Pier, Millenium Park, American Girl Store, Rainforest Cafe), saving us parking fees at other places.
The pool area is gorgeous, if you like historical decor, which we do. The pool itself is huge (75 feet long). However the shallow end is 4 feet deep, so if you have young children be sure to bring their flotation devices. Our daughter ended up using the kickboards that are available at the fitness center desk (one of the few things that were free). We were a little surprised that there was a substantial daily fee ($17?) to use the fitness center.
Our room was in the Historical Tower, and faced Michigan Ave. As another reviewer mentioned, we heard sirens all night, even though our windows were closed. We just figured that was part of the Chicago experience! Our room had 2 double beds, but one of them was about 6" from the wall. It was fine for the three of us, but a fourth person would have had a hard time getting out of bed. Obviously hard for the maid to vacuum also, as there was a row of dust bunnies along that baseboard. Otherwise the room and bathroom were very clean and comfortable.
- 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