I spent 1 night at the Renaissance while on business.
Room: The hotel is obviously a little older, however the rooms are large and the decor was clearly modernized very recently. I booked a corporate rate of $179/night, before tax, which seemed very reasonable to me for a downtown loop hotel in Chicago. Bed was comfortable and included enough pillows that even I could find one that I liked. Favorite things about the room: hotel is 100% non-smoking and has good bathroom amenities (i.e. mint thyme shampoo). Negatives: TV has no HD channels.
Staff: Check-in was fast & friendly. Front desk recognized immediately that I booked a corporate rate that included free internet and even managed to get my bill correct the first time upon checkout. Wake up call was received promptly and made by an actual human (a luxury these days...).
View & Location of Room: I had room #503 which is on the back side of the hotel (facing west) and had a view of virtually nothing except the top of what appeared to be a convention hall, a parking garage, and a residential building across the way. As I was in the room strictly to get some sleep, this wasn't an issue for me (check-in at 8:48pm, out by 7 the next morning). If you are light sleeper, you may want to consider asking for a room on one of the higher floors as the elevated trains run along Lake Street (immediately south of the hotel) and can be fairly noisy.
Location: The hotel is located very, very centrally to both River North (i.e. Magnificent Mile shopping) and the Loop. It's basically 2 blocks east of Michigan Avenue if you walk along the river. The hotel is roughly 2 blocks from the Clark/Lake subway stop which has access to all lines (both elevated and underground) except the Red Line. Inbound, I took a taxi from O'Hare which ran me about $45 with tip. Outbound to O'Hare, I took the blue line, which only cost me $2.25 and was certainly faster (about 45 minutes) in rush hour traffic.
Food: As it was late when I got in, I used room service for dinner. A club sandwich with fries ran me $21.30, including all fees and taxes. Delivery was prompt & the food was hot upon arrival.
Overall, the Renaissance Chicago is a very comfortable hotel for both business and pleasure and I will certainly consider returning on my next trip to Chicago.
- 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:
- Renaissance Hotel Chicago
- Chicago Renaissance
- Renaissance Chicago Hotel