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“Night at the opera” 5 of 5 bubbles
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The Talbott Hotel
Ranked #4 of 189 Hotels in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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67 reviews
32 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Night at the opera”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 17, 2013

We were in town for just one night to attend a lengthy opera (Die Meistersinger) at the Lyric, so didn't spend a great deal of time at the hotel, but the room (double queen) was large and very pleasant in spite of having no view at all. Beds, linens, towels, terry bathrobes, all excellent. Comfortable seating with good reading lights. Got back to the Talbott just before midnight and walked into the restaurant where staff insisted that it would be no trouble to get us some food in spite of the fact that they were closing the kitchen in about 20 minutes. Good late-night fare in record time. Then had after dinner drinks around one of the fireplaces in the lobby after the restaurant's bar closed at 1:00 a.m. Breakfast next morning (using two $15 vouchers that came with the room) was excellent -- good coffee and fine eggs Benedict with salmon.

But the most important thing at the Talbott was the service. The entire staff, from doorman to bellman to desk staff, bar and restaurant staff and housekeeping provided the best possible service and were probably the most consistently pleasant hotel staff I've ever dealt with.

This was our first time at the Talbott. (We used to go to the Seneca for its very large suites, but it closed not long ago.) But we will absolutely stay again when we go down to the opera or the symphony or theater. Really can't say enough good things about it!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Naperville, Illinois
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38 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 16, 2013 via mobile

We found this hotel on Hotel Tonight for only $99. I'm sure the rooms are more than that booking for more than a single night. Our room was large & newly remodeled. View was horrible (but I'm sure the hotel has other rooms with much better views), it was next to a brick bldg. We were there to sleep & sleep well we did! It was quiet. They kindly extended a late check-out to us and everyone was friendly & helpful!! It's not the Ritz Carlton, but service is pretty darn close!

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Raymond Q
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Berlin, ND
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 14, 2013

My husband and I stayed here when our flight home was cancelled due to weather. We just wanted a clean place to stay since we were stuck in Chicago for two nights....the Talbott is so much more than that! It's very close to great shopping and the Hancock Tower. The staff is very friendly and helpful (especially the doorman). The beds are comfy, the toiletries are amazing (Molten Brown products...um yes please!), and the building has an upscale and unique decor. The bar looked really nice and we heard that they make unique cocktails there, but we didn't end up going to the bar. We ate at a little cafe called Tempo (just a block away) that has good cheap food. The Signature Room in the Hancock Tower is fun for having a few cocktails and great views of the city! We really enjoyed our stay at the Talbott!

Room Tip: upper level corner rooms are quiet
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank exvine
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 11, 2013

Starting with the warm welcome from Perry at the front door, the service here is top-notch, the only exception being a bit of surliness from the concierge. Upon discovering my daughter was sick, the housekeeper insisted on going downstairs to fetch her a ginger ale. The front desk staff was extremely helpful as was the bell staff. We loved the old charm of the building combined with ultra-comfortable rooms with luxurious details and all the modern conveniences.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank QE3
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Troy, Ohio
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 11, 2013

Trip Advisor you didn't let me down. I planned a weekend in Chicago and after researching hotels I chose the Talbott. Fabulous experience as soon as I pulled up from the doorman to the bellman to the check in. 1 block from Rush street and 2 blocks from the center of Michigan Ave shopping.We had dinner at the new restaruant located just off the lobby "Little Market" and it was restaruant week and the food and prices were in line for the meal we received. Since we booked online we received a $30 voucher for Brunch and the Smoked Salmon selection was excellant. Our room was very nice and very clean, bed and pillows were perfect after a day of walking and shopping. When I go back I know where I will be staying!

Room Tip: We requested a smoking room and King and got just what we requested. We actually arrived 1.5 hrs bef...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank LDunlap
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Surrey
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22 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 10, 2013

The location of the hotel was very convenient. We did not do much walking because it was so cold but it was easy and cheap to catch a cab, less than $10 for pretty much every place we wanted to go. The staff was very pleasant and our room was good. The only complaint I had was the beds. They advertise having a pillowtop mattress but it was more like a thin layer of pillowing. I know this sounds really picky but since my bed at home is hard I was really excited about a fluffy pillowy bed to sleep in. Sadly it was not that exciting.

We stayed a Sunday to Tuesday and they accommodated my request for a room with a street view so we didn't have to look out over a brick wall. Much appreciated. Try the original pancake house down the street for breakfast, it was a lot better than the restaurant in the hotel for breakfast and cheaper too. Although we did go to the hotel restaurant for dinner and had a good experience we loved the house made sodas!

Room Tip: Request a street view room.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Annagrenlt
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Chicago
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6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 10, 2013

We live in the Chicago area, but had dinner plans downtown and decided to avoid driving home at the last minute. We took advantage of a very attractive rate offered on SLH for The Talbott. This property has been around since the late 1920's through many incarnations. The most recent improvements were well executed. The rooms and public areas have been updated. The bar redesign is very well done with lots of glass and reflective materials, but still maintains the warm, inviting feel it always had. The rooms are still very traditional and cozy, but functional and well equipped. The staff are all friendly, helpful and eager to please. We prefer a boutique hotels over chains which is why we chose The Talbott. The location is perfect. You can walk to everything. We will certainly be back even though we live just 15 miles away!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank VickyDChicago
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Property: The Talbott Hotel
Address: 20 East Delaware Place, Chicago, IL 60611-4938
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Location: United States > Illinois > Chicago > Gold Coast , Near North Side
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 189 Hotels in Chicago
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — The Talbott Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 149
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Discover the many comforting rewards of a small European style hotel in the heart of Chicago's Gold Coast. Steps away from Michigan Avenue. As staff well versed in the art of fine European hospitality, people who remember your name and tend swiftly to your special, as well as, everyday needs. A host of gracious amenities including nightly turn-down service, morning newspapers, complimentary high-speed wireless Internet access, and complimentary access to a world class health center. ... more   less 
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