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After the unfriendliest introduction at customs Chicago's charm is taking over with fantastic food, great architecture and genuinely fun people and things to do. Cubs baseball game was class- quote of the day shouted by the lady behind us: "Was it over when the GERMANS bombed pearl harbour?!" ...Brilliant The following day we ...
... around holding it and some very different characters indeed. The game was pretty boring up until the last couple of innings when it went from one team up to even to the other team being up to even and then finally one team winning the entire game in the last innings with only one out to spare. It got intense lets say. The whole crowd was on their feet. After the baseball a group of us headed back to the hostel to try and get a good nights sleep before the huge day we had planned for ...
On Saturday morning the limo called for us at 6.50am, and took us to the Ferry Building for our connection to the Amtrak station across the Bay Bridge at Emeryville. The landscape was fairly brown and dull until we saw our first snow at Colfax, CA, then there was lots of snow all the way.
Needless to say we found it beautiful and exciting and took many photos. Stopped about 30mins outside Truckee for a ...
Today is Yvonne's birthday, and the planned celebrations didn't get off to a good start when we realised that 'Avec' restaurant, our proposed destination for dinner, was closed for the day. Avec (like too many other restaurants for my liking these days) does not take bookings, hence our inability to have foreseen this small fly in the ointment. Plan B was rolled out - we would try Publican, one of Yvonne's favourites from her last visit; probably ...
... taking all this in the prices are very reasonable. I'll admit it's no Kempinski but it'll do the job for me for the next few days. I was expecting to spend the rest of the day trying to get over my jet lag; however, with the business class upgrade I wasn't suffering at all so I decided to go and do a bit of exploring. Before I set off I stopped at reception and asked the woman how to get to Michigan Avenue to which she said it was about 6 blocks in that direction (I would ...
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I'd go back here again in a Heartbeat
We went for a short weekend visit with friends and I can't say enough about the service and friendliness of the staff. We had all kinds of luggage, including food and coolers. The service was fast. The kids had a great time using the pool. I asked for a riverview room on arrival, and was given one at no extra charge. After checking out at 1PM Sunday, they let us keep the cars in the garage at no extra charge while we walked around for a couple of hours. The view is beautiful. We were directly across the river (1 block) from the House of Blues and 2 blocks from Marshall Fields. I've stayed in other Chicago Hotels, and the room sizes here were much bigger than others I've stayed in for the same price. It's a great location!
From the moment we walked in the door, we were extremely pleased with Renaissance Hotel. My daughter, three grandkids and myself were there in December for a holiday weekend of sights and shopping. The hotel was gaily decorated, and the staff was friendly and helpful. With 5 of us, they promptly brought us a rollaway bed (no charge). The room was very clean, large and plenty of room for us to move around. The beds were great, the bathroom large (grandson loved the TV on the bathroom counter), nice furnishings - love seat and chair, table desk and arm chairs, big entertainment center. It was more than we hoped for. We did not have a River view, and did not expect that for the room rate we paid. The concierge was extremely helpful, and referred us to restaurant suitable for a 10 year old who was celebrating her birthday and wanted crab legs! We were given a map of the area showing five and ten minute walks from the hotel. We could walk to the Hancock Bldg.
The Renaissance Hotel was a wonderful stay. I had a nice sized room with an extra couch and workdesk. The lounge was quite nice and everyone at this hotel was very pleasant.
The pool was quite nice but it was more on the humid side.
Extra kudos to the cute girl that checked me in :)
Renaissance is of class
My husband and I stayed at the Renaissance last Feburary for my birthday. This past July we stayed there again with some friends, now we are coming back in Dec. with the same friends. The view of the river is eye catching any time of the year. The first time there I thought our room was great, the last time it was even better. Our friends were so I'm pressed that they said lets go back. We have stayed at other hotels in chicago, but they just do not live up to the quality of the renaissance. The only complant that we had was the bartender was not the most congenial, but maybe she was just having a bad day.
Renaissance Chicago, a Wonderful Visit
Excellent property. We had a beautiful king room overlooking the Chicago theatre.Staff friendly and accomodating, especially the concierge who was helpful with El schedules and other attractions.Parking a bit pricey, but it is convenient. We left our van in the garage all 3 days.Overall, an excellent property in a great location with outstanding staff, great rooms.
Anniversary stay from hell
Our recent stay at the Renaissance Hotel - Chicago was a stay in HELL!!
It was our 31st wedding anniversary, and everything that could go wrong did. In addition, the attitude of the employees was very poor, and as of today's date (9/11/03) the problems we had at the hotel on 8/22-24/03 have yet to be responded to properly.
I could NEVER recommend this hotel to anyone, even my worst enemy.
Great value on the river
I was there for three weeks on business. That gave me plenty of time to sample all the services. With a few minor exceptions, everything was top-notch. The views along the river are a wonderful break from the congestion of "the Loop" and the prices seem to be very reasonable. I was in a large suite and the cost seems to compare with the price of a typical room in similar hotels. The staff was very friendly. They have the fastest room service I have ever seen in a large hotel. I have a few minor complaints about the wake up call service. The operators are very friendly but, on occasion they will forget to call you in the morning.
Great view, simple elegance
Great place to stay. Easy to get around (which I never thought would be a problem until I visited some other hotels in Chicago). SPECTACULAR VIEW! Valet's were super nice and helpful if you decided you need a cab instead. Will definatly stay there next time I go to Chicago.
I must say, It has been a very long time since I have enjoyed a stay at a hotel as much as this in a very long time. We went to Chicago over Memorial weekend, I had my beautiful wife and two children (1 and 3) in tow. This hotel is in a perfect location. We walked to the Navy Pier, and we walked to Grant Park. We had a very easy drive to Lincoln Park, where we enjoyed the 130 year old free zoo. The Valet was efficient, the Bell-hop was on top of things, the lobby was nice, check-in was smooth, and the elevators where quick. We got up to our room, and was suprised that it was quite spacious for a large city Hotel room. I would say the hotel is above a hilton, below a Four Seasons. The good thing about this hotel was, it had great service, fairly elagant, but it was not stuffy at all. People were friendly, and the service was excellent. The room had a WONDERFUL bed, very comfortable. The room had nice little features, like a min-bar, a closet that has a light go on when you opened the door, and a nice little ambiance light underneath the bathroom sink (Nice for my 3 year old at night), and robes. The kids were a bit cranky one night so we ordred room service. It was very good. Typical room service pricing, but the food was very well prepared, and my wife's steak was cooked perfectly to her liking, which NEVER seems to happen, and it was VERY GOOD!!! I had the Salmon over pasta, and it was of average fair. Not a standout, but not bad either. The best part of the meal was the White Chocalate Cheescake.......Ummmmmm...Do yourself a favor and get this.... It is wonderful!!!!!!! Check out was a breeze as well..... I have stayed at MANY Chicago hotels,( W, Embassy Suites, Fairmont, Days Inn Lincoln Park, Hilton Grant Park, Palmer House, just to name a few) and this hotel is a standout from all of them. It is very reasonably priced for the service and room you get. We paid 125.00 through Orbitz.........Just so you know, parking is $34.00 a night, but this is typical in little and gotten so much............ A very nice place to see.......My family will be back soon.....
The Renaissance Chicago is simply a first-class, first rate hotel in a city with plenty of them. The rooms are large and classy, with dar k wood furniture and nice couches and chairs. Bathrooms are quite large with big vanities, bathrobes and high-end toiletries. The Loop location means rates are much lower than N. Michigan Ave. hotels on the weekends. (It's a two-stop subway ride from the Chicago station on the red line - right in the hear t of the Mag Mile)