The Tremont Chicago Hotel at Magnificent Mile
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My friend Jodily & I spent a week walking & enjoying Chicago. We drank at Mike Ditka's bar, shopped at Marshall Field's, rode the ferris wheel on Navy Pier, and learned to use the CTA like locals!! Fun Fun Fun
Fri 4 June - spent the day with a final look at Denver and more shopping. Starting to realise that we'll be home in a few days - can't believe where the time has gone.
Easy getting our tickets for the Amtrak overnght sleeper to Chicago and checking-in our luggage - Denver Union station is a lovely building with lots of history. But the train …
... the Universty of Chicago campus and went into the church there. It has the biggest Carillion in US. All the way the driver put on snippets of the Chicago songs, 'Chicago, my home town' song, especially as we went along State Street.
As we got back into town the rain started, and when we got to the hotel (dropped off by the tour bus) in started to thunder. We ate in the hotel and saw spectacular lightning. Lasted about 2 ...
... dinner at Max's request - Sarah was out at her weekly dancing class. We then watched the semi final of American Masterchef and were pleased at the elimination of one of the more unlikeable contestants - the format here is very similar to that back home, but everyone is meaner. Unsurprisingly, Gordon Ramsey swears - but so do many of the contestants; often calling each other rather nasty names. The final is next week and has been pre-recorded; only two contestants ...
We planned to have a quieter day today, so were in no hurry to be up and about early - unlike poor Max and Sarah who needed to set their alarm for 4:30am in order for Max to be at work by 7:00; he had a number of teleconferences with colleagues in London and Sydney. We holiday-makers, conversely, ambled down to breakfast at about 8:15am and propped at a table with a cuppa for approximately 45 minutes while we caught up on emails and watched the world go by from the second ...
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Excellent Location, Excellent Hotel, sits above Mike Ditka's restuarant. Small rooms. Non-smoking.
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Another happily surprised customer. Weren't sure what to expect after booking through Hotwire then reading reviews, some of which on here are so bad. The fact that The Tremont is recommended in so many guidebooks calmed our fears a bit, but we still arrived in Chicago not knowing what to expect. Well, we were very pleased with our stay, especially given we were only paying $57/night for such a fabulous location. Sure, the rooms are small compared to modern chains, but the charm here outweighs that concern by far. The lobby is lovely and the staff were very warm and accomodating and maintain a great sense of humor (they'd have to given the attitudes you can tell they must get given some of these reviews). Face it folks, if you stay here, you are staying in a fabulous location where most of the hotels charge twice the Tremont's rate and more. Our room had a nice view of the new Sofitel and other buildings to the West - very bright and sunny in the afternoon, very quiet at night. Old buildings have good thick insulating walls.
This hotel is terrible. We found that "cozy", "romantic" only meant it's old and small and had a piano in the dimly lit lobby. Problems? Water doesn't go down the drain in the bath tub; constantly there's no one in sight at the front desk; staffs are curt, impatient and homophobic.
Very positive surprise!!
We booked the TREMONT via Hotmail and were pretty worried when we read the reviews, so we expected the worst. But the hotel was a positive surprise. Large sunny room with two windows. Comfortable large four-poster bed. Antic mahagoni furniture - romantic atmosphere but not old fashioned .Everything very convenient and modern in function. Staff was very friendly and helpful. By the way, the coffee-shop just a few steps across the street, is great.
Much Better Than We Expected
We got the hotel through a bid online (without knowing beforehand what we got) and the price was really cheap compared to the other hotels in the area. Then we read all the bad reviews here and got worried before we left for Chicago. What a surprise. The hotel is old alright, but it wasn't bad at all. The room has been remodeled and clean. I've enjoyed my stay.
When my wife and I visit Chicago we look for value in a hotel because we only need a clean place to sleep. We tried ... and got a real good deal. The setback is you don't know the name of the hotel till you purchase. So I was skeptical, but tried anyway. We were sent to the Tremont and found it was more than we could have hoped for. The rooms were clean ,comfotable and warm(It was January). It was safe and right in the middle of where we wanted to be. We will definitely stay here again. Even pay regular rates.
Section 8 Housing is Better
The Tremont was listed as a 3-star hotel in Hotwire but I experienced poor facilities and service. The showerhead was broken (squirted sideways) and I had to call two nights in a row before they fixed it. The tub did not drain and the sink plug did not work, and they never did fix it over my 4 nights despite repeated requests. The manager was as sassy as the desk clerk. As another example, half of the little elevator call-button lights did not work. Whoever owns this place is running it into the ground like a slumlord of government-subsidized Section 8 housing. I would rather have stayed at a Holiday Inn Express or even a Motel 6 -- at least they are honest about what they offer.
Please check the prices of other hotels in the area - I'm sure you will discover that the Tremont is less expensive, and there's a reason for that folks. This is not a luxury hotel. If you want a luxury hotel, pay $100 more a night and stay at the Westin. This is very much a cozy, quirky European style B&B (although regretably without the complimentary breakfast, which is something management ought to add). Yes the building is old and it shows its age a bit. You want the charm of new steel and glass, again, go to one of the shiny chain hotels.
I was unpleasantly surprised from the moment I entered the hotel. The doorman is wonderful by the way. The rest of the staff that I dealt with were some of the rudest people I have come across. There is a policy of charging $50 a night for amenities that is not listed anywhere. They were going to charge my card without telling me until I protested and they decided after the manager was called not to do it. The supervisor of that shift argued with me that all hotels do it. She actually made comments as we were walking away. There were no terry cloth robes. Room is small which was not a problem, but the amount of dust was. The cover on the bed was stained. The water in the shower just barely warm one of the mornings. The elevator broke each day that we stayed there. It was loud as the walls were thin. Witnessed staff members arguing with others while we were there. Staff is just rude. In spite of the great location I will never stay there again. Oh and tried to get a receipt for the amount charged back to my account for amenites and they don't do that or have a written policy statement.
Stayed at the Tremont a few years ago and loved its elegance, charm, and first-rate service. That was not, alas, my experience when I returned in Fall 2000. The rooms had gotten downright dowdy, and service had slipped appallingly. Carpet was stained, wallpaper peeling, and bathroom had stains and a touch of mildew. Room had not been well-cleaned prior to our arrival. Minibar was filthy, half-empty, and door hanging open (never rectified despite repeated phone calls to the front desk). We were treated courteously, but service was ineffectual on the whole. And to top it off, when we left for the airport at the end of our stay, the doorman contrived to put us in a limo instead of the cab we were about to enter...which we quickly found would have cost us about 25% more (the driver of the cab to which we beat a hasty retreat informed us that some unscrupulous doormen have special kickback deals with limo drivers). I'm saddened by the Tremont's decline--was one of Chicago's true gems.