This is probably my fourth stay at this hotel in the last 5-6 years, and I've noted some improvements over that time. While the basic amenities remain pretty much the same, I've noted that some of the rooms have been updated. This time my room on the 20th floor had a slightly more modern feel, a comfortable work desk/chair, and was quite spacious. Unfortunately, the lighting in the bathroom shower is still inadequate -- I get that the sole overhead light can't be moved, so how about a thinner/lighter shade shower curtain so I don't feel like I'm taking a shower in the dark?
Other changes include new parking fees in the attached but independently owned garage -- you either pay the going rate by the hour ($41 overnight) or get unlimited in/out privileges with a pass card for $44 (added to your bill in advance). Yes, downtown Chicago parking is expensive and you should just accept that's how it is --no different at any other hotel. This is not the suburbs. That said, at least the internet is complimentary, and worked great :-).
Staff is friendly and helpful. Attached restaurant (Viand) can be iffy, depending on the day. I've had great service and poor service there. But it's a good place to have a drink at least.
The location of this hotel is very convenient, one block off of Michigan Ave, so it's easy to get to and easy to walk to most gold coast/downtown locations. If you fly in, it will be an expensive cab ride to downtown, or you can take the El, but it's several blocks from the nearest station.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Stay steps from Chicago's Magnificent Mile at this upscale downtown Chicago Courtyard by Marriott location. The Courtyard Chicago Downtown Magnificent Mile offers newly renovated guest rooms, an indoor pool & fitness center, a Starbucks in the lobby for your morning pick-me-up, complimentary WiFi, and the lobby is home to the trendy new Copper Fox Gastropub which is top-rated on Yelp. The location is ideal for visiting the Windy City; just minutes from the Loop business district, Navy Pier, Lincoln Park Zoo, McCormick Place, and premium shopping along Chicago's famous Magnificent Mile. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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