Having to park a car, we found this to be a good option for us. We paid $10 more for a "room with a view" -- and that is totally worth it! The view is beautiful -- we even slept with the curtains open. Since we were on the 22nd floor, the street noise was hardly noticeable.
You could tell the hotel spent money renovating the bathrooms -- it was clean and chic. The room looked quite ordinary though. We were disappointed that there wasn't a mini-fridge, which is very helpful when traveling with small children.
Walking to Michigan Ave takes about 30 minutes, so the cab ride is worth it and not expensive -- about $8 or less.
It was interesting that the service elevator from the below-ground parking is not easily seen from the lot. I'm not even sure I know it's there, but there's quite a number of stairs to climb with suitcases -- we saw other families in the same situation as we were packing up our car.
Another odd thing about this hotel is that there are always dirty glasses/plates in the hallway. When we entered our room, it almost looked like the guests before us were still in the room; to the immediate left of our door was a pizza box and trash, along with dirty glasses/ plates. There were also other dirty glasses/plates by other doors. After settling in our room, we headed out -- while the glasses and plates were picked up, the trash was still there --- very odd. When we returned to our room and even when we checked out, there were ALWAYS dirty glasses and plates in the hallway, some of them were the exact ones we saw previously too.
Overall, you're not sleeping in the hallway, and the room should suit just fine!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Enhance your family vacation, corporate travel, or romantic getaway by staying at the Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza River North. Located atop the Chicago Sun-Times building presenting the best views of the Windy City from a unique 15th floor atrium lobby, our full-service hotel welcomes you with 521 newly redesigned guestrooms and suites, stellar service, and premium amenities that are most comforting to both leisure and business travelers. Amenities includes complimentary Wi-Fi throughout guestrooms and lobby, LCD flat-screen TVs with cable, premium channel access, and Pay Per View movies, over sized work desk, heated indoor atrium pool, 24-hour fitness facility, complimentary business center, and Concierge services. Guests of the contemporary Mart Plaza will find themselves in the middle of downtown Chicago's bustling River North area offering the top restaurant and nightlife options, within walking distance of the Loop, the main business district, and Michigan Avenue, aka the "Magnificent Mile" where chic shops and restaurants abound. Walk across the fully enclosed pedway into the Merchandise Mart where you can ride a train to just about anywhere in the city, including attractions like Navy Pier and Millennium Park. Plan a visit to Chicago and let the Mart Plaza and our award-winning staff provide you with a memorable experience and lasting impression. The Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza River North is located 3 miles from Chicago's McCormick Convention Center, 12 miles from Midway International Airport, and 18 miles from O'Hare International Airport. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Chicago - Mart Plaza Hotel Chicago
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