The Whitehall Hotel
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Quando eu penso em Estados Unidos o que me vem em mente são compras. Aquele mundo de lojas em promoção te oferecendo sempre algo imperdível na compra de um produto maior por pouquíssimo a mais é uma grande tentação. Evito os Estados Unidos por motivos óbvios, mas sempre deixo a razão de lado e me entrego à tentação de uma escala de 2 ou 3 dias por …
... done so and we were able to step out with some assurance, though we did take umbrellas and raincoats this time. We had offered to cook Max and Sarah a roast for dinner, so headed first to the Farmers' Market at Daley Plaza where we picked up some potatoes, pumpkin and sweet potato - plus a mixed berry tart from the Amish stall for dessert and some apples for our fruit bowl. Today we chose two heirloom varieties - Cox's Orange Pippin and 20 Ounce (we chose ...
... decided to spend the day at the Chicago Botanic Gardens, so armed with Sarah's written directions we found our way to Ogilvie Metra Station (adjoining the French Market) to catch the 10:39 train to Braeside, approximately 35km to the north of the city. The Metra trains are commuter trains that service about four counties within the state of Illinois, and appear to run in collaboration with the Chicago Transit Authority - though we couldn't use ...
... expensive; etc. Sarah has pointed out to us on a couple of occasions that, when people discover you are from Australia, their first reaction is to say "I'd love to visit", promptly followed by "It's such a long way". We are also finding this to be quite common. We were diverted in our wanderings by an overly energetic young woman bouncing up and down, cheerleader style, in front of us; explaining that it was "Thermos Thursday" and we had a fifty-fifty chance of winning a ...
... I wanted to be by the water so we ventured to Navy Pier and ate at Margaretville. It was delicious, especially the key lime pie.
After spending some time at the pier, we got on the road to the airport, where we arrived extra early. There is no stress waiting in lines when your not in a hurry to catch ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Whitehall Hotel Chicago
The Whitehall leaves a lot to be desired in almost every aspect. I would rather stay at a hostel in Iraq than to stay here again. The first thing you notice is the poor service from the 20-something year old loser of a receptionist who acted like he couldn't be bothered in answering your checking in process questions. The only thing that he is useful for is to cast his pouty eyes at the customer as if to say; "I am going to make your stay as uncomfortable as humanly possibly" (you go girl, even though it was a guy/ complete loser). Next, you are faced with entering an elevator that barely fits one person and 2 luggage bags, the elevator felt like it was 100 years old, moved as if it were on a snail's pace, and the peeling paint added to the small hotel "aesthetics". When we got to the room, not only was it small and decrepit looking, it also had a noisy air-conditioning unit that had seen better days, a broken lamp light, and nothing to connect you to the outside world. Oh yeah, I could hear everything the next door neighbor did, including turning on the tv, yawning, and especially slamming the door all the time. (It seemed like slamming because the room dynamics enabled the sounds to travel more efficiently through the air than normal rooms, but I am sure he simply let the door close on its own. Plus, the paper-thin walls helped greatly in that respect).
I've stayed at the Whitehall several times in the past 6 months. While the staff is certainly friendly, the hotel doesn't perform well overall -- my room service orders have almost always been wrong, there are lengthy delays getting service in the restaurant, several rooms have noisy heaters, and when something does go wrong, the staff is not always helpful. On my most recent visit, there was a puddle of yellowish water in the bathroom that had leaked from the ceiling (and the bathroom above). We were able to switch rooms, namely because the plumber needed to fix the leak immediately, but there was no comment on the inconvience. Although the hotel may want to cater to the business traveler, good luck using the fax printer or obtaining high-speed internet access. I want to like the Whitehall, but I'm tired of something going wrong every time I'm there.
Injured daughter from broken window hotel manager does nothing
My daughters and I were in Chicago for nephews wedding in 2 rooms. The heat was stuck on 90 so my 22 year old daughter opened one window a bit and it crashed down smashing 2 of her fingers. When reported maintenence came and said the window was broken missing the catch and after one week of my trying to have the hotel manager respond to my complaint I have now taken to an attorney for suit. There was no sign saying not to open the window or that it was broken. Hotel negligence caused my daughter to suffer through the wedding and beyond. This hotel is one of the worst I have ever stayed at - Try the Four Seasons accross the street - or The W well worth it!
Luxurious atmosphere, smallish room.
Hotel staff excellent, courteous and friendly. Rooms are adequate and clean, but fairly small. Nice view and great location for walking, shopping, people watching. Doormen friendly and helpful. Bathrooms a little small for two people, but clean and well-kept. Restaurant is EXCELLENT. Best Eggs Benedict in Chicago. Oprah and Jerry Springer live just across the street and if you venture out at 5AM, you may run into Oprah jogging! Wonderful shopping within a 5 minute walk. Chicago is such a fun city for shopping and clubs if you like the Blues. Much safer and friendlier than NYC shopping district. And much less cramped.
We walked around the city at night and felt totally safe and welcomed.
Great stay at the Whitehall.
Fantastic location. Friendly & Knowlegable Staff. Large comfortable rooms. Great Restaurant. Highly Recommended.
Stay here if you have a chance
I've read a couple of unfavorable reviews about this hotel, and while I know that everyone has their opinions, I feel that anything less then a above average is unjust. We stayed her over the weekend, and it was a pleasure. The staff was VERY friendly, and room service was professional. The rooms were neat and we had a very enjoyable time here. If you're in Chicago, give the Whitehall a shot...Mick Jagger seems to like it! :)
This used to be our favorite. Location is still great but rooms have slipped,elevators don't always work and the feeling of a luxury hotel is gone.
Very nice stay
Overall, we had a very enjoyable stay in Fall 02. The staff was very courteous and we had a comfortable albeit somewhat smaller than average room but consistent with rate. The location provides easy access to Michigan Ave. We would definitely stay again.
Not worth the price
For the service and experience you are getting, I suggest going to another hotel for the price you pay here. The only positive is the location. This is not a first class hotel and definetly not worth more than $80-90/ night. My heater kept me up all night making all sorts of noise. Apparently my room was not an isolated incident as another guest mentioned it in the elevator. Also, I spoke with some collegues who stayed there previously. Their experience was no better (they did not have hot water). If only I would have spoken to them before I went.
Go to another hotel.