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Hotel Chicago Downtown

Travelzoo Staff

Why We Love It

  • Hip, high-energy hotel adjacent to Chicago's House of Blues
  • Walking distance to Michigan Ave & Theater District
  • Nightly DJ sessions in the swanky Crimson Lounge
  • Gadgets galore -- including laptops, Xboxes & PlayStations

Enjoyed This
(7 Member Ratings)
"spacious room, comfortable king-sized bed, sufficient water pressure of the shower, super convenient location (right in downtown, close to Blue Line subway to the airport), nice big windows for a nice city view"
18. Dec 2017
New York, NY, USA

Map & Directions

The hotel is 12 miles from Chicago Midway International Airport and 20 miles from O'Hare International Airport. Take the L train's Orange Line from Midway or Blue Line from O'Hare to the Clark/Lake stop, the hotel is three blocks from the station. The trip will take 30 minutes to an hour, respectively. Valet parking is available for guests arriving by car (charges apply).

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Thanks to its location adjacent to the famed House of Blues, Hotel Chicago Downtown attracts a lively clientele (musicians and roadies, especially).

After dark, the hotel's sophisticated Crimson Lounge is perfect for a cocktail or two, while listening to the up-and-coming DJs spinning decks each night. Light snacks, such as platters to share, oysters and salads are also available. Afterwards, flash a room key for VIP access at the House of Blues, including the venue’s private, members-only Foundation Room.

The hotel is also convenient for those who enjoy daylight hours as it's within walking distance of Michigan Avenue, Millennium Park and the Theater District. In addition, it's an ideal starting point for boat tours, and premier shopping is only two blocks away on Michigan Avenue.

A partnership with Microsoft has earned the hotel a spot on Travel + Leisure's World's Top Geek Hotels list. The games room 'hub' has a wall of plasma TVs hooked up to PlayStations and Xboxes, as well as laptops. Not tech savvy? There's a 'technology butler' on hand to help.

The rooms have snakeskin wingback chairs, floor-to-ceiling windows, overstuffed beds and fully-stocked mini bars. Rooms do not have coffeemakers, but complimentary coffee is served in the lobby. Request an upper floor room facing Dearborn or State Street for spectacular city views.

From the press:
  • "Visitors to Chicago would be hard-pressed to find a more chic or tech-savvy place" -- Fodor’s
  • "Fluff up your best feather boa and head for the bar -- the crystal-drenched chandeliers and deep-tufted red velvet sofas would make any high-class madam feel right at home" -- Lonely Planet



  • Infant cots / cribs
  • Bar
  • Newspaper / magazines
  • Extra beds / roll away beds
  • Gym / fitness center
  • Restaurant
  • Nightlife / entertainment
  • No pets allowed


  • 24-hour front desk
  • 24-hour security
  • Concierge service
  • Currency exchange / ATM
  • Laundry / dry cleaning
  • Room service (limited hours)
  • Business center

Room amenities

  • Air-conditioning
  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Mini bar
  • Pay-per-view / movies on demand
  • Safe
  • Flatscreen TV
  • iPod/iPhone docking station


  • Internet access (fees apply)
  • High-Speed Wi-Fi (fees apply)


  • Bathrobes
  • Hair-dryer
  • Luxury toiletries


  • Valet service (fees apply)


  • Accessible bathroom in some rooms
  • Accessible meeting room
  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible path of travel
  • Accessible restaurant
  • ADA compliant rooms
  • Facilities for guests with special needs
  • Roll-in shower
  • Wheelchair accessible


Check-in: Standard Time is 3pm.

Minimum age required to check in: 21.

Checkout: Standard Time is 12pm.

Children and additional guests: Children ages 18 and under stay free of charge when sharing parents’ room and using existing bedding (on request).
Cribs available on request and in king rooms only: free of charge for children 3 and under.
Extra bed available on request and in king rooms only: $40 per night. Charges will be added to your bill on checkout.

Pets: Pets not allowed.

Cancellation: Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.

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Customer Service available Mon-Fri, 8am-6pm AET

Rates may vary by date, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until your purchase is complete.

Please note: Some amenities and services may not be available in all rooms or may incur an additional charge. All prices stated have been verified at the time of publication and may vary at the discretion of the hotel.

Enjoyed This
(7 Member Ratings)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for Hotel Sax Chicago over the past 15 months.
4.7 Ambiance
4.8 Location
4.8 Rooms
4.7 Quality of Service
4.5 Value for the Money
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Other Comments
The only complaint you have to pay for wifi if used in a room
Irene 24. Apr 2018 Cedar Rapids, IA, USA
Enjoyed Most
spacious room, comfortable king-sized bed, sufficient water pressure of the shower, super convenient location (right in downtown, close to Blue Line subway to the airport), nice big windows for a nice city view
Other Comments
I would suggest the hotel provide (1) free wifi, (2) hydration station for water bottle refill, and (3) free coffee in the lobby in the morning.
Yun 18. Dec 2017 New York, NY, USA
Enjoyed Most
Size of room
Diana 31. Oct 2017 Dekalb, IL, USA
Enjoyed Most
The location
William 16. Oct 2017 Powell, OH, USA

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