Since it opened in 1910, the aristocratic Beaux Arts–style hotel has welcomed movie stars, royalty, sports celebrities, and nearly a dozen presidents into its marble-lined halls. Painstakingly restored, much of what you see in the lobby is original, from the crystal flower chandelier to the bronze elevator floor indicators, while the modern music and bright carpeting remind you that this isn’t just a historic hotel, it’s also quite hip. Up the swirling staircases is an art hall, which switches its for-sale works out quarterly. The large rooms all have marble-lined entryways and light earth tones, and once inside, it’s easy to forget you’re in a historic property. If you’re looking for a splurge, reserve one of the two presidential suites. The palatial two-room, two-bath spaces have round, portal-style windows that look out at the lake, and the high ceilings give way to an enormous skylight directly over the bed. The downstairs Spanish tapas restaurant, Mercat a la Planxa, is frequented as much by locals as visitors.
The Blackstone, A Renaissance Hotel
636 S Michigan Ave. (at Balbo St.), Chicago, IL 60605
Our Rating Neighborhood The Loop Transportation Subway/El: Red Line to Harrison Phone 800/468-3571 or 312/447-0955 Prices $161–$242 double. Valet parking $62 Amenities Restaurant; concierge; art hall; executive rooms; exercise room; room service; pool table in lobby; Wi-Fi for a surcharge Units 332 units Web site The Blackstone, A Renaissance Hotel Other Pet friendlyBook a Room Now
Map636 S Michigan Ave. Chicago
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