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Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel
Ranked #60 of 192 Hotels in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 27 August 2011

Located steps from the corner of State and Wacker, this hotel is within a fifteen minute walk of Michigan Avenue, the Ogilvie Transportation Center (Metra trains), CTA stations, and several good restaurants. Request a river view room and you enjoy a panoramic view of the Chicago River and its own park-like green space which parallels Wacker below the hubbub of the city streets above. The energy along Wacker is wonderful and the river parkway below is a peaceful world onto itself. Great for a morning jog or evening stroll. And you are not buried in the largely tourist pedestrian traffic which prevails along Michigan.
I was born and raised in Chicago but moved away three decades ago. Every year or two I make a return visit, seeking the energy and breathtaking views I so fondly remember. This hotel delivers that experience.

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Reviewed 26 August 2011

First problem was the charge of $15.00 per day for use of the internet, even for a Marriott rewards member. Second no free breakfast, even for rewards members. Third, the hotel is showing a little wear and tear in the public areas, the bath towels were not fluffy and limp. Plus side it was clean and quiet, although a colleague who stayed on the side of the hotel bordering the elevated rail reported noise issues. Staff was friendly. If you drive, plan on being charged $52.00 to park. Walk to a number of good places to eat. Hotel borders Chicago River walk. If you have a choice, look for other options in area.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled on business
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Reviewed 20 August 2011

Took a weekend to Chicago with my grandaughter. This hotel is a little spendy, but is lovely and you can't beat the location. The beds and sheets are luxurious, room service is excellent thought expensive. Shampoo, conditioner, lotion and soaps are all Aveda. There is an Aveda spa onsite that was very nice. You have to go thorugh the spa to get to the pool. The pool is small, but very nice in a 4th floor enclosed space. The hottub was out of order the whole time we were there, but you could still sit in the warm water. The coolest feature at this hotel was the steam room. It was large, warm and the steam was infused with a menthol scent that was delightful. We spend a lot of time in the steam room. Hotel is right on the Chicago River. There is a subway across the river in the Marina Towers, a Johnny Rockets on the corner, a great little frozen yogurt shop close by as well as many other restaurants. The hotel is central to the EL, the Metra trains and buses. We took public transportation everywhere. We will definitely stay here again.

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  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 20 August 2011

Location was excellent. Walking distance to anything you might want. Room exellent Aveda amenities.My friend had a great massage at the spa.
Great place to stay for Rock and Roll ! Novo Bar was great food and drink and service. Staff at desk was excellent. Conciergue??? But the ladies at the front desk stepped up and made it all happen for us.
Def. stay again.

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Reviewed 19 August 2011

Staff was extremely friendly, room was clean and had a beautiful river view!

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Additional Information about Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel

Address: 1 W Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60601-1631
Region: United States > Illinois > Chicago > Downtown / The Loop
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#18 Spa Hotel in Chicago
#20 Family Hotel in Chicago
#25 Romantic Hotel in Chicago
#36 Luxury Hotel in Chicago
#39 Business Hotel in Chicago
Price Range: ₹ 9,252 - ₹ 29,658 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 560
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Merging the business of the Loop with the pleasure of State Street and Chicago’s Theater District, the newly renovated Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel invites discovery at every turn. Winner of a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, the Renaissance Chicago enthralls from the moment you enter the lobby – featuring a VIP Club Lounge, Artist Studio, Coffee Bar and Library. Unwind and revitalize in one of the 520 guestrooms and 40 suites featuring unique amenities with marble accents complimented by skyline views of the city's architecture. Wind down inside this luxury hotel in Chicago’s Rejuvenation Center boasting a refreshing indoor pool and indulgent spa treatments. Experience this downtown Chicago hotel’s distinctive and hip scene with local flair, delectable dishes and creative cocktails. This premier Chicago theater hotel is steps away from upscale shopping, fine dining, the theater district, and famed Millennium Park. Your own Windy City experience awaits at this downtown Chicago boutique hotel. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
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