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Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel
Ranked #20 of 189 Hotels in Chicago
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“Special treat = treated special”
Reviewed 23 April 2012

We booked thru Group on, but also upgraded to room with balcony. Was confused finding the parking, called the front desk and the man on the phone was wonderful, stayed on the phone to talk us thru the directions. We opted for the valet parking. The doormen and parking staff are a great asset, always smiling, social but courteous, with lots of tips to local food and sights.
Check in was a breeze, loved our room, full length windows gave us great views of both Mileneum Park and Navy Pier. Easy walking to see "the Bean", and walked to the Art Museum.
We ate at the restaurant and our waitress was wonderful, explaining various menu items and making great suggestions. The food and service was tops. We had drinks at the Fellini Bar, again great service and great drinks and sort of sports bar vs yuppy bar, but enjoyable.
Loved the decor, the full length fire place in the lobby, the wood floors in the rooms, comfy beds and rain shower. The ice machine was not working and we called the desk (someone had turned it off) They immediately sent up a bucket of ice. Every thing was clean and perfect, everyone was friendly and helpful. Concierge made us last minute reservations for dinner, gave us directions, great food place. We would definitely go here again when we do our quick getaways to Chicago.

Room Tip: Corner room with balcony and we got great pictures of "the Bean" and Navy Pier.
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Radissonbluaqua, General Manager at Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, responded to this review, 25 April 2012
Thank you for your review! I am so happy that you enjoyed your stay and that our team was helpful with your requests and made you feel special! I have also shared your comments with our restaurant staff and chefs and everyone was thrilled that you had such nice things to say. I hope we see you again soon; thanks again!

All the best,

Pierre-Louis Giacotto
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Reviewed 23 April 2012

My boyfriend and I spent Easter weekend in Chicago at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel. It was so wonderful! We had a room on the 16th floor. The rooms were super cool. Especially nice was the workout room and indoor pool. It was too early in the season and too cold to use the outdoor pool. But they have a running path on the 3rd floor that gives you 360 degree view of the city with lush gardens to keep you interested.
LOVED, LOVED the lobby. It was about the sexiest space I've ever been in. The wall was made of a golden Moroccan filigree. The gold filigree was floating over a mirrored wall.
It was gorgeous, contemporary but very rich and warm.
The brick work had bricks missing with diffuse glass blocks the size of the brick glowing with LED lighting.

Room Tip: The lake view room is $25 more per night - It's probably worth it!
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Radissonbluaqua, General Manager at Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, responded to this review, 25 April 2012
Thank you for your comments! I am thrilled that you loved the lobby and your stay at the hotel. I can't thank you enough for taking the time to share your experience. I hope that we see you again soon!

All the best,

Pierre-Louis Giacotto
General Manager
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Reviewed 23 April 2012

Tremendous new hotel in Chicago. My last review was of a miserable experience in London and its refreshing to rave rather than complain!! Blu is outstanding in every way, from arrival at the front door to checkout/departure, particularly the staff who go out of their way to make the stay great. The hotel is beautiful and the rooms spotless and surprisingly spacious. My wife and I stayed on 4 occasions and all 4 were perfect. The location, just steps away from Michigan Ave shopping is handy. Two of our trips were with kids who loved the pool and gym. Cannot recommend enough. Our first stay was for our daughter's Chicago wedding and the guests are still commending our choice of hotels. Go Blu!!!!!

Room Tip: two room types available and choice depends on personal taste in design-we like both.
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Radissonbluaqua, General Manager at Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, responded to this review, 25 April 2012
Wow! Thank you for the wonderful review and for continuing to stay with us on your trips to Chicago! I am truly honored that you took the time to recommend the hotel and that you picked us for your most important events like your daughter's wedding! We can't wait to welcome you back on your next trip to the city!

All the best,

Pierre-Louis Giacotto
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Reviewed 23 April 2012

Great location, great vibe, easy walk to Millenium Park, great staff, ultra clean and comfortable rooms, awesome outdoor spaces. Our oom had a wrap around balcony and the views were spectacular. Ease walk to Navy Pier (about a mile). Tasty cocktails that we took outside to enjoy. We stayed here St. Patrick's Day, but would love to come and stay in the summer to enjoy all the outdoor amenities.

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Radissonbluaqua, General Manager at Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, responded to this review, 25 April 2012
Thank you for your kind words! I have shared your comments with our team and everyone is thrilled that you enjoyed each aspect of the hotel! We look forward to see you again soon!

All the best,

Pierre-Louis Giacotto
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Malmo, Sweden
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Reviewed 23 April 2012

And so sad that the hotel is just the first 18 stories, then there are 64 more to go...
Perfect location, rather quiet, I do like Radisson Blus new interior design.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Radissonbluaqua, General Manager at Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, responded to this review, 25 April 2012
Thank you for leaving us a review! I am glad that you enjoyed the hotel and our building! I hope that we see you back again soon!

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Pierre-Louis Giacotto
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Additional Information about Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel

Property: Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel
Address: 221 N. Columbus Drive, Chicago, IL 60601-7801
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Region: United States > Illinois > Chicago > Downtown / The Loop
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #20 of 189 Hotels in Chicago
Price range (per night): ₹ 13,887 - ₹ 32,037
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel 4.5*
Number of rooms: 334
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago is the contemporary debut of Radisson Blu in North America. A true representation of the brand, it is designed to become a destination in itself. Radisson Blu is the upper upscale tier of our global hotel brand, focusing on design, style and attention to detail in every respect. ... more   less 
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