PUBLIC Chicago

Address: 1301 North State Parkway, Chicago, Illinois, 60610, United States | 4 star hotel
 
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This 4 star hotel, located in the Gold Coast area of Chicago, is near International Museum of Surgical Science, Oak Street, Channing's Day Spa, and Charnley-Persky House.
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      TravelPod Member ReviewsPUBLIC Chicago

      Reviewed by doreste

      Hotel stay

      Reviewed Oct 14, 2014
      by (1 review) , United States Flag of United States

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      Historical Traveler Reviews PUBLIC Chicago

      Great hotel

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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

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      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

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      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

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      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.

      Wonderful hotel experience!

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      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.

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      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.

      Ok for a discount price, not a 4-star hotel

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      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.

      The hotel is in a nice quiet, residential neighborhood which we liked. It's about a 3-block walk to the Red Line stop which was easily doable with our minimal amount of luggage. I like old buildings with character but the lobby didn't really impress. We didn't visit the lounge/restaurant so I can't speak to their charm.

      I called in advance to request a non-smoking room and was told it wouldn't be a problem. We ended up in a smoking room on the 8th floor which I didn't really notice until the smoke started seeping in from the adjacent room late at night. Everything about the room was worn, faded, stained and needed to be replaced. The blackout curtain didn't cover the window on one side so we didn't get to sleep in which we sorely needed because I was kept awake all night by the TV in the next room blaring through the paper thin walls.

      Upon checking out, I was prepared to give the desk staff an honest answer when asked about our stay but was not given the opportunity. The woman simply asked me what room number and then said "you're done" and turned away from me.

      Again, we didn't pay that much so it wasn't too bad but I would not pay rack rate to stay here and I certainly won't be coming back.

      Not bad; not four-star

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      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

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      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

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      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!

      TripAdvisor Reviews PUBLIC Chicago

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      A travel blog entry by doreste on Oct 14, 2014

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      Heading north to visit Michi & Brandon for their maternity portraits. I will be traveling alone. I have reservation at PUBLIC Chicago Address:1301 North State Parkway Gold Coast, IL 60610 312-640-5596 The weather is 55 degrees.

      From New York to Chicago

      A travel blog entry by stoopittaway on Apr 12, 2015

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      ... what a travel blog is about. We hopped on the train at Penn Station in New York about 3:45pm and all the questions about how comfortable our journey was going to be was answered quite quickly. The seats were lovely and comfortable with plenty of leg room and space for you to sleep or generally live for the long period of time you were going to be on the train for. The seats had leg rests foot rest and reclined quite far back so we knew it was going to be ok. ...

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      A travel blog entry by bronny23 on Feb 25, 2015

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      Our room at the 'Red Roof Hotel' - a budget type hotel - was actually quite nice; it had a big king size bed, clean linens and nice soft pillows (which mum and dad hate but there was more than 2 each this time, so they were tolerable for them). The hotel was a nice change from our other budget accommodation, which truly was budget despite the same costs. When we first arrived the day before, the heating was set so high that we nearly died, so we had to turn ...

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      A travel blog entry by ashnloz on Mar 27, 2014

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      ... he had no trouble on the fastest speed. After one more bar we caught the 'L' home (Chicago's train system) and got back around midnight. It was a great second day in the Chi! Saturday 29th March Today we slept in again. Oops! But now we feel refreshed and ready to hit the streets for another day. We spotted some good looking coffee from an Italian deli called Eatality so we popped in there for a latte before making our way towards Lake Michigan. Along ...

      Walking Chicago

      A travel blog entry by annlincoln on Oct 20, 2013

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      ... waiters deliver and prepare crab at the table and all one needs to do is eat it! No effort, no picking little bits of crab. David's suggestion we eat fillet on the bone was a wonderful choice as we cannot get this cut in Aus. Delicious!!!! Great wine choice and Boston cream pie,banana foster and as we were first time customers complementary key lime pie. Great time with David and Vivian and a short walk back to Allerton , great day in ...

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