Travel Blogs from Chicago
We arrived in Chicago late and checked into our hotel the Inter-Continental, Downtown. It was very, very posh and we felt undressed walking in wearing shorts and t-shirts! After seeing our room we headed for the nearby McDonald's for a meal (couldn't afford the prices in the hotel!) Got up early next morning and back to McDonald's for breakfast! We …
I think I stayed at the Intercontinental, a favorite of mine. I remember it was the most humid weather I have ever experienced. I brought the movie Spirit, for a critic/kid screening and the air conditioner had broke at the theater. The head of Loews cinemas and Jeffrey were there and they were ****** aout the broken AC. I bet you the theatre …
... urban design, architecture, theatre, and just general "feel". Although we only had a couple of hours of sunlight, we were able to walk around The Loop in downtown Chicago, take in Millennium Park, and catch the sunset from the riverwalk. The old steel elevated train and collision of lights and people made a big impression. It is clear that Chicago will have much to show us before we leave--and we will have three days to ...
... a task for a September game. I logged onto the Cubs website a few months before we left and simply bought tickets. Easy peasy lemon squeezy.
We arrived in Chicago just before noon, rented a car, drove to the hotel, checked in, jumped on the red line train, and arrived at the ballpark just in time to catch the bottom of the first inning.
Stadium - Wrigley Field is one of only two iconic stadiums left in ...
... beer and thought it might be interesting.
It turned out to be better than I'd expected since the buildings here play a huge role in the city's history. It seems that the city was pretty much a polluted cesspit until a huge fire gutted most of Chicago in the 1800's. It was then an open invitation for architects around the world to rebuild the city, and a world fair to showcase the city onwards. The city has pretty much boomed since then.
Apparently the helicopters ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews InterContinental Chicago
VERY NICE HOTEL
We booked this for our family of 5 May 23-25. Hardly a room to be found in Chicago due to very large convention. We got this room on Priceline for $119. Upon arrival at hotel, check in was quick, free upgrade to historic tower 19th floor, view of Magnificent Mile... Beautiful hotel. Very clean. Great bell captains. Have been to Chicago 3 times and this was definitely the best location. Have also stayed at Hyatt Regency on Wacker and Wyndham, this was as nice or nicer than both.
I booked a room for my husband and myself the week before on Priceline for this past Saturday night. I had read some of the not-so-good reviews on this site and was a little wary. We arrived right at check-in and even though there was a line due to a convention in town, our wait was less than 10 minutes. We got our choice of a higher or lower floor and our room was clean, spacious for downtown Chicago, and well appointed. I highly recommend this hotel in the heart of Chicago!!!
Stayed here for two nights, this easter weekend. We had booked an upgraded "historic tower" room and paid $159 a night. What a mistake that was. The room was a non-smoking room and smelled of stale smoke.
I stayed at the Inter-Continental for four days in mid-March. I joined the frequent guest program (Priority Rewards) and was solicited for an upgrade to "ambassador" status. I spent the extra $150 for the priviledge, but wish I had saved my money. I was given a room in the historic tower on the 20th floor but it overlooked a series of HVAC compressor fans on the roof of what I assume was part of the hotel (not very pretty). The room was large and decorated tastefully.
I was there the last week in January 2004. I booked a cheapie rate of $99 online, no refunds allowed. I was expecting a standard room in the main (modern) tower so I was delighted to get a room on the 30th floor of the historic tower. The room was sumptious, fit for a honeymoon, too bad I was alone, ha. My marble bathroom was bigger than the whole hotel room and bath I had just had in NYC (and for half the price!) I had 3 large windows that looked down Michigan Avenue. I didnt have much interaction with the staff but they seemed pleasant. The housekeeper was unobtrusive and the turn down service was an added luxury (they even filled the ice bucket!)
We stayed here through Hotwire and got an amazingly low rate- $60 some odd dollars nightly for a 2 night stay last May. The room they had us in was small and had no view of anything except the wall of the other part of the hotel, but it was very clean, tastefully decorated and cozy. We had a great vacation, walking all over town until we ended up near the Planetarium which was where we then turned around and saw the skyline of Chicago and were just wow. So anyway, the hotel is great, the service was great, the room was very nice- I would recommend this hotel to anyone though I work at the front desk of a hotel myself and the previous person's comment about how she wasn't able to get adjoining rooms, well, internet sites don't guarantee things like that anyway- you've got to call the hotel direct and verify things like that. There's a note about that on internet sites as well- no room type/location is guaranteed.
My family recently spent a week-end in Chicago at the Intercontinental Chicago Hotel. Because we have three children(ages 9,8 &3 yrs.) we were required to purchase two rooms. When I booked with an on-line travel company I stated that we would need adjoining rooms. We were not given adjoining rooms instead our second room was across the hall and five rooms down. We called the front desk and were told that everything was booked and that we should have specified connecting rooms not adjoining ones. The staff was unconcerned and unwilling to make any changes. Since my adult sister was with us she agreed to share her room with our eight and nine year olds. This would have been fine except that on the second night my eight year old was sleep walking (not a common occurence) and left her aunt's room to look for her mother. Amazingly she did make it to my door and knocked very lightly. It was 2:47 am and luckily I had gotten up to go to the bathroom or I would not have heard her knock. Needless to say I didn't get any sleep thinking of what could have happened to my child. She had no knowledge of the incident the next morning. My sister said she had heard something but the air conditioner was so loud she didn't realize it was her niece opening the door. I am not placing blame on the hotel for my daughter's sleep walking, however,if we had been in adjoining rooms as requested, my daughter could have simply walked safely through the adjoining door. The incident along with the obvious lack of concern from staff has definitely jaded my opinion of this hotel and I would not stay there again and would not recommend it to other families.
I have stayed at this hotel on numerous occasions, and it is unique in combining a storied past (as the Shriner's Atheltic Club) with a top-notch restoration and impeccable service.
The location is great!!! Really is centrally located. The hotel is beautiful, casual elegence is abound everywhere. The pool is awesome. Wish there was a hot tub/whirlpool, kiddie pool area. The service left a lot to be desired. Long wait for check in/ check out. GUESTS FELT INVISIBLE TO STAFF!! VERY FEW OF THE STAFF in SERVICE END SPOKE OR UNDERSTOOD ENGLISH. Come on this is AMERICA SPEAK AND UNDERSTAND ENGLISH!!! Stay in the historic rooms. The room was beautiful. The bar had live jazz on Sat. night and was reasonably priced. The breakfast buffet is the Bomb! The Loop has a stop next to the hotel as well as the free trolly is across the street. Stay was OK but not what I expected from a 4 star hotel. Chicago was phenominal would go again but stay elsewhere for that kind of money- I EXPECT TO BE NOTICED AND UNDERSTAND WHAT I'M ASKING!
We stayed on business for 10 days in January 2003.Our room was fabulous - they gave us a one room suite with 2 full bathrooms for $199/ night. We had no complaints. The location was perfect - right on Mich ave. My husband used the swimming pool, which he liked, as well.All business hotels should aspire to be this professional.