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... with prerecorded backing, magnificently, cool jazz...I love his sound as do many others who have collected around him sitting on the steps of the plaza, so Jonny goes home and I come out again to listen to this guy for another 1/2 hour. Tiny little Hispanic toddlers with their parents are transfixed; a black couple with two little girls prance across the pedestrian crossing holding their parents' hands and, as they wait to cross the next one, start bopping to ...
Up at 6am to bus it to LAX for my flight to North Carolina. Got through security in an hour and a half, which for them, is quite quick. I had just over an hour layover in Chicago. As I was checking the board to see which gate I was going from, I started noticing all the planes that were being delayed. That's when I found out that there was major storms right down the east coast of USA. Great!
My plane ...
Before we had our last few hours exploring more of Chicago, we checked our luggage in with Amtrak early this morning, and stored our small bags that would be making the journey to California with us in the sleeper cabin. The guy in the lounge gave us slips to say we had checked in, and asked that we were back for 1:15pm at the latest. We returned a little earlier than that -not ...
... see them in their college environment playing a little bit longer halftime show and playing during timeouts, but I can only rate what they did for this game. Rating - 7 of 10.
Fans - The Bears fans are certainly passionate fans. They have a cool tradition of singing the Bears fight song, "Bear Down, Chicago Bears," after every score, and they gave each other some good-natured grief if somebody didn't have it ...
... since had a subway, 2 fatty milkshakes, more diet coke than is advisable, and a tub of peanut butter and chocolate flavoured frozen yoghurt (pronounced like Ross does before he and Rachel go on a break). I regret nothing. The culinary cultural exchange is also a 2-way thing, though a lot is lost in translation. What started off with the question (nanny to seven-year-old): "you don't like peanut butter? Not even with peanut butter-jelly or Reese's pieces? ...
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Wonderful service, from beginning to end. Staff was very professional and helpful. Loved our room. Also great room service. We loved our meal at the Pump Room.
AE is over rated
I can confirm the February past review by Alaska. Hotwire booking of $135 total is about all this place is worth. Only had smoking rooms so I had to sleep with the window open to make it. Auto Valet park is $35/night. Hotel operator is just treading water until the hotel is flipped, coverted or someone else takes on this place for a re do which is severly needed. Jack
A wonderful hotel
I was very surprised at what a nice hotel this was, and the location was fantastic as far as being able to walk downtown to Michigan Ave, or enjoy the bars and restaurants in the "Gold Coast" neighborhood. The hotel room and bathroom was very clean, the staff was very helpful and friendly, and the food at the Pump Room was very good. The hotel definitely has an "old Hollywood" charm about it, since it is older. I am surprised at some of the negative reviews- I have traveled extensively, and the Ambassador East was was one of the nicer hotels I have stayed in. I also liked that is was a short cab ride from Union Station. I would stay here again.
What a DUMP
This hotel is a Dump! I stayed there for St. Patrick's Day weekend. And wasn't expecting anything spectacular given the events but the rooms were moldy, old, stinky, bathroom toilet wouldn't flush.
I was skeptical after reading other reviews on this site; however, I was pleasantly surprised with the Ambassador East. The staff were incredible and friendly as soon as we walked up to the entrance of the hotel. They overbooked our first night and took care of putting us up into a nice hotel for the night. They also paid for all our cab fares along with giving us that first night that we would have stayed with them free. So we received 4 nights for the price of 3. Our room was clean and housekeeping was super nice. I loved the vintage feel and it had a nice, pleasant age smell. I loved everything from the bathroom and hallway fixtures to the comfy beds. Everything was awesome! Excellent, quiet and safe neighborhood. 3 blocks from an L station and a reasonable walk to Michigan Avenue. I would stay at the Ambassador East again without hesistation!
A great hotel and super service from staff.
My husband and I stayed a few nights at this hotel and had a great experience. It isn't a grandiose large hotel but very discreet, warm and inviting. The rooms are clean and larger than a normal standard room with all the usual amenities you want - coffee maker, toiletries, bathrobes etc. The staff are very helpful and hospitable, which is the biggest asset of this hotel. The Pump Room Restaurant is fabulous - we had a meal to celebrate our anniversary and were treated to being sat in the "celebrity" booth and the service was outstanding along with the food.
I would highly recommend a stay at the Ambassador to anyone looking for a clean, pleasant and comfortable hotel in a nice area without paying over the odds.
We usually stay at budget hotels while travelling preferring to spend our money on other things since we're only using the room to sleep. That said, there is a certain level of luxury that you expect from a 4-star hotel. We booked a room at the Ambassador East through Hotwire for $125 taxes/fees included since we were only staying for one night. So for the money we paid it was ok but I still feel a little ripped off.
Not bad; not four-star
Great location for Gold Coast. The hotel is old and a bit tired, although not without charm. Room service was well-presented, although the food was not good. Staff was friendly and the bed was comfortable. Wireless internet is... slow. If you can get a deal on the room rate, this is an OK place to stay. Definitely not a four-star hotel, however.
Oldie but Goodie
We just returned from a one-night stay. We have stayed at numerous "4 star" hotels in Chicago. It was our first time at this hotel and it is now one of our favorites. The location is great. Although the hotel is one of Chicago's "Grande Dame" hotels, it has aged well. Our room was clean, comfortable, and quiet. We waited for members of the Rat Pack to walk in as we were having after dinner drinks in the Pump Room. Overall, while most of the other "4 star" hotels have more modern amenities, they do not have the personality and "vibe" of the Ambassador East.
Just What I Needed
I stayed with a friend at the Ambassador East Chicago for 1 night for shopping/dining/relaxing. It was just what we needed for our stay. The hotel is an older building in a quiet residential area, a 5 block walk to Water Tower Place/Michigan Avenue shopping and the Red Line "L" 2 blocks away provided everything within easy reach. The Hotel staff were gracious and accommodating. We were allowed to check in early without even asking. The room was clean and spacious, the decor and plumbing a bit careworn befitting the hotel's age, all in great working order though. No unexpected or unpleasant surprises. The bedding was delightful. I would gladly stay here again!