Courtyard Chicago Downtown/Magnificent Mile

165 East Ontario Street, Chicago, Illinois, 60611, United States | 3 star hotel
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This 3 star hotel, located in the Magnificent Mile/River North area of Chicago, is near Magnificent Mile, Niketown, Nordstrom, and Devon Avenue.
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    Historical Traveler Reviews Courtyard Chicago Downtown/Magnificent Mile

    Very comfortable


    I stayed at this Courtyard last September for three days. The staff was very friendly. My room was ready when I checked in at noon, which I really appreciated.

    The room was not fancy, but very clean and comfortable. It was also very quiet, except for an occasional siren from the street below. As long as I can get a good rate, this is my first choice in Chicago.

    The location is great. I love the Chinese restaurant next door (Szechwan) for takeout, and there is a convenience store and a Dunkin Donuts right across the street. Very handy.

    Great value


    We stayed here on leisure for 2/18-2/20 weekend. We didn't choose a specific hotel but shopped for the best value. At the time, this hotel offered the best promotional rate among other compatible properties on the Magnificent Mile. My advice: if you want the best rate, go direct to the hotel's own web site, not to Marriott's general reservation web site.

    Wonderul stay, great location!


    My husband and I just got back from staying the weekend here and we were very pleased. I've stayed at many Courtyards before and the front desk staff here were the nicest I've found. Very helpful with directions, dining advice, ect. Mathew, in particular was wonderful. He recommended we eat at the new Drake Brothers Restaurant at the Drake Hotel. He made reservations for us (securing us a window seat with a great view of the city), called us a cab and gave us his card and told us who to ask for so that we'd get "special treatment". He was so frienldly and nice and really seemed to go out of his way to be helpful.

    We Love this Hotel


    We have stayed here four times. We travel to Chicago frequently and this hotel has become our home away from home. The rooms are very comfortable and the staff is excellent. The location is outstanding - just a block from Michigan Avenue and some of the best shopping in the country. Many excellent restaurants are nearby. The rooms are reasonably priced; you don't need to spend $200 or more a night to stay in a great hotel in Chicago.

    It'll do in a pinch


    We stayed 1 night from 11/20 to 11/21 for the Electric Lights parade. Since I booked last minute this was one of the few hotels with an indoor pool (traveling with small kids) & a room available for that night.

    Not a "Marriott"


    Remember Courtyard is not going to have the same sheets and pillow of a Marriott. Even though the prices can be close to the same. It felt a bit buget here as far as the quality of the towels and sheets. I dealt with the valets, front desk and conceirge and was not too impressed with their service. A relatively new hotel shows a bit in the service. I was mostly upset by an incident where a bell man accepted a tip from me after I asked him if he had already received a tip from my partner - he said he did not. I later found out that he did - ending up with twenty dollars. I told the front desk and never heard anything. The free ethernet was a big plus though.

    Great location


    We have stayed at this Courtyard twice on our regular weekenders into Chicago.

    This is a brand-new property gleaming with a hip Northside vibe. Deep house fills the air in the lobby, which is adorned with sleek, mod furniture. The staff echoes this vibe and is very knowledgable about the many attractions, restaurants, bars and nightclubs in the surrounding blocks.

    The rooms are actually pretty large for a downtown property, and there's a great bar in the lobby that serves all types of mod martinis and cocktails.

    Beware that overnight parking is $30 in a neighboring garage (my only complaint, however you know that the hotel cannot help this).

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    As a physician, I have travelled extensively for both business and leisure, and this was the absolute worst hotel experience imaginable.

    Great Hotel


    We stayed at the Courtyard on a Friday evening. We got there at 10:00 a.m. because our train arrived at that time and they let us check in early. Our room was large, very clean and very nice looking. The staff, including the front desk, the waiters, and the bartenders all were so friendly and made us feel very welcome. That was one thing we all noticed, that everyone was so nice. The location is great, only one block from Michigan Avenue, very convenient for walking to all the shopping. The restaurant was a little high priced, but delicious, so it was well worth the price. We didn't see the pool, so can't comment on that. After we checked out, they kept our bags for us until we were done shopping. All in all, a great hotel...we would definitely stay there again.

    Wonderful experience


    Stayed here Oct l8, 2003. Everything was exceptional. The room was clean, attractive. The location couldn't be bettered. I had the breakfast buffet which was economical and top notch. I hope to stay here whenever I visit Chicago.

    TripAdvisor Reviews Courtyard Chicago Downtown/Magnificent Mile

    4.50 of 5 stars Outstanding

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