We arrived in Chicago early (prior to check-in) and assumed we would just check our bags in with the bellman. We had a nice surprise, however...we were able to check in early to a great corner room (2314). We had a nice view of the lake with a slight obstruction from other buildings-but this was expected, and we loved seeing the water in the mornings. We received our warm chocolate chip cookie - DELICIOUS! When we arrived, I decided I wanted to schedule a massage last minute. I called the concierge and expected they would just give me the numbers to a couple of places nearby. Well, they called around, found the cheapest rate (just steps from the hotel), AND booked it for me all while we were at Wrigley Field for a Cubs game! They had a nice card with all the information for me when we returned to the hotel. I was surprised by their effort to make our stay easy and enjoyable. The night before we checked out they also arranged for the cab to take us to the airport, and brought up the confirmation card to our room. Check out was just as quick and easy. The concierge and staff at this hotel is top notch!
The bed and the room were very comfortable. Since we spent most of time in the city, using the room for sleeping only, the size of the room was not an issue. It's larger than most city rooms we have stayed in before (i.e. NYC). You can tell its an older hotel, but I'm not sure why other travelers were bothered by this because the renovations are all done very nicely. Overall the hotel is fairly quiet. Our room had a connecting door, so I think it caused a bit more noise to come through, but it was minimal. Other than the first night (loud couple in the room next door - they checked out by the time I alerted the front desk, so no longer a problem), we had very quiet, considerate "neighbors."
Restaurants - All of the places we ate at for dinner were excellent. Ask the concierge for a list of restaurants that are nearby. They gave us a small brochure that listed the restaurant, the price range, and location. All of the following were within walking distance and ALL were delicious! For dinner: The Purple Pig (small plates; eclectic; MUST try the chocolate and cheese filled dessert-all very good!), Texas de Brazil (Brazilian Steakhouse; all you can eat; come hungry!), Japanese BBQ (fun experience; excellent service), Sayat Nova (Armenian; intimate and romantic setting). For breakfast: West Egg (traditional breakfast items; great service; great food; no wait), Yolk (trendy; delicious; great service; no extra charge for egg whites-not typical), Einstein (quick; efficient; and in the lobby).
I always visit the gym at hotels during my vacations. The gym at this hotel was a really good size for a hotel gym! Treadmills (more than 2) and ellipticals (more than 2), free weights, and a full weight resistance machine. Towels and water are available there as well. The outdoor pool was closed because it was too cold during our trip.
The hotel is just a couple of blocks from Michigan Avenue for some decent shopping. Cabs are almost always available near the hotel. We became pretty efficient using public transit (mainly the bus), and it is, no doubt, the most efficient way to travel. Get the 3-day unlimited pass - worked great for us because if we got on the wrong bus and needed to transfer, we did not have to worry about the balance on the card.
Overall, I'm not sure I could have picked a better hotel! For the price ($179/nt - AAA), location, room quality, and hospitality, this Doubletree HAS to be the best value in the area.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A magnificent Chicago location, The DoubleTree by Hilton Chicago Magnificent Mile is located in a superb location between the famed Magnificent Mile shopping and the excitement of Navy Pier. Walk to dozens of historic Chicago attractions, shopping and countless restaurants. O'Hare International (ORD) and Midway (MDW) airports are 45 minutes by train, taxi, shuttle or limo. Doubletree Chicago Magnificent Mile features vibrant new contemporary guest rooms in charcoal, white and fushcia. Residential-style amenities include ultra-comfortable Sweet Dreams(R) beds; MP3 compatible stereo clock radios; The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf in-room coffee service; Crabtree & Evelyn bath products; showers and bath tubs, and a spacious work desk complete with wireless (fee), high-speed internet access (fee), and ergonomic desk chairs. Room Service served daily from 3pm-11pm. Dinner is served in the Lobby Lounge from 4pm until 10:30pm. Breakfast is served inside Markethouse Monday - Friday 6am-10am Saturday/ Sunday 7am-11am. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Doubletree Hotel Chicago
- Doubletree Magnificent Mile
- Chicago Doubletree