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The Blackstone, Autograph Collection

Travelzoo Staff

Why We Love It

  • This historic hotel has hosted a dozen U.S. presidents, from Taft to Roosevelt to JFK
  • Rooms feature upgraded marble bathrooms, plush bedding and flat-panel TVs
  • On-site tapas restaurant Mercat a la Planxa is a favorite with locals and visitors alike
  • The lobby features a typewriter from 1908 (the year the building was built), and guests can type out a postcard or note to mail to friends 

"Simply one of the most beautiful hotels in the Loop" -- Time Out Chicago
92%
Enjoyed This
(72 Member Ratings)
"Beautiful historic hotel, yet wonderfully updated and modern rooms."
Robert
Dec 05, 2017
Racine, WI, USA

Map & Directions

The Blackstone is located a short walk from the Harrison Street El Stop, which can connect you to both Chicago airports. 

Rooms & Rates

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Overview

Originally built in 1910, this historic property known as the "Hotel of Presidents" was reopened in 2008 as a luxe 4-star hotel and recently rebranded to an Autograph Collection hotel in 2017 with a full renovation updating the lobby, guest rooms and public spaces to add even more amenities and tech updates. 

While each of the hotel's 335 guest rooms is unique, each has upscale amenities including pillowtop mattresses, rich cotton linens, marble entryways, USB charge points and local artwork. Rooms are spacious with high ceilings and many offer views of Lake Michigan. Upgraded Club Level rooms on floors 20-23 include complimentary breakfast and refreshments, as well as evening turndown service.

Art enthusiasts may be interested in checking out the 1,600 contemporary artworks, primarily by Chicago artists, on display throughout the hotel. The on-site restaurant, Mercat a la Planxa, earns rave reviews for its upscale tapas menu, excellent wines and upbeat atmosphere while Timothy's Hutch features craft cocktails with a 1960's vibe. 

Located on Michigan Avenue across from Grant Park, the city's Museum Campus is a short stroll away where you'll find the Field Museum, Adler Planetarium and Shedd Aquarium. Want to skip the lines to any of those? Ask the concierge -- they may be able to get you tickets without the wait. 

From the press:
  • "Blackstone isn't just a hotel, it's a modern art gallery" -- Travel + Leisure
  • "Mixes contemporary style with the building's restored historic grandeur" -- Oyster.com

Amenities

General

  • Infant cots / cribs
  • Bar
  • Newspaper / magazines
  • Extra beds / roll away beds
  • Gym / fitness center
  • Restaurant
  • Pet-friendly
  • 100% smoke-free

Services

  • 24-hour front desk
  • 24-hour security
  • Concierge service
  • Express check-in / checkout
  • Laundry / dry cleaning
  • Room service (limited hours)
  • Business center
  • ATM

Room amenities

  • Air-conditioning
  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Fridge
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Safe
  • Sitting area
  • Flatscreen TV

Internet

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi in public areas
  • Wi-Fi in guest rooms (fees apply)

Bathroom

  • Hair-dryer
  • Luxury toiletries
  • Bathtub or shower

Parking

  • Valet service (fees apply)

Accessibility

  • Accessible bathroom in some rooms
  • Accessible meeting room
  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible path of travel
  • Accessible restaurant
  • ADA compliant rooms
  • Roll-in shower
  • Wheelchair accessible

Please note: Some amenities may not be available in all rooms and some amenities or services incur an additional charge and are subject to change. Please check with the hotel directly.

Policies

Check-in: Standard Time is 4pm.

Minimum age required to check-in: 18.

Checkout: Standard Time is 12pm.

Children and additional guests: Children up to age 17 stay free of charge when sharing parents’ room and using existing bedding. Cribs available on request (and based on availability), free of charge for one child. Extra bed available on request (and based on availability), for one child up to age 17 or one adult and in Deluxe King Room only free of charge.

Pets: Pets are allowed on request, and will be charged $50 (subject to tax) per stay. Dogs only. Two dog maximum per room. Dogs must be attended at all times and with leash/cage in public areas. Charges will be applied by hotel.

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.

Additional details: A Valet Parking Fee (with in/out privileges) of $69.00 (subject to tax), per day applies and will be added to your bill at the hotel. This rate is subject to change without notice and at the discretion of the property.

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Customer Service available 24 hours

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

92%
Enjoyed This
(72 Member Ratings)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for Renaissance Blackstone Chicago Hotel over the past 15 months.
4.6 Ambiance
4.5 Location
4.5 Rooms
4.6 Quality of Service
4.5 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
Beautiful historic hotel, yet wonderfully updated and modern rooms.
Robert Dec 05, 2017 Racine, WI, USA
Enjoyed Most
the view overlooking Grant park and Lake Michigan-
richard Dec 05, 2017 Ingleside, IL, USA
Enjoyed Most
Room was excellent staff very pleasant and helpful
Mary Dec 04, 2017 Everett, WA, USA
Enjoyed Most
Location and Lobby
Other Comments
Sister visiting from Ireland loved location, room view and wants a repeat reservation for next year!!
Paula Dec 04, 2017 Orland Park, IL, USA
Enjoyed Most
Everything it was wonderful
Other Comments
The free breakfast was a little hard to navigate. But the food was good.
Ruth Dec 03, 2017 Grafton, WI, USA
Enjoyed Most
The rooms are fantastic! Love the decor, beds comfortable, quiet heat/cool system...and the Lakeview room view is stunning!!!!!
Other Comments
A little bit of confusion in the dining area about the breakfast that is included. Worked out in the end, but took some time.
Mary Dec 03, 2017 Cary, IL, USA
Enjoyed Most
View from room overlooking lake
Margaret Nov 25, 2017 Miami, FL, USA
Enjoyed Most
location but also valued the evening snacks
Other Comments
great place with super staff!
John Nov 23, 2017 Clarkson, KY, USA
Enjoyed Most
Ambience, cleanliness and history of hotel. Also location.
Other Comments
Fantastic room decor, incredible bathroom, beautiful historic hotel, great location. Can't wait to return. Loved everything about it!! Had friends staying at The Ritz Carlton that popped down to my hotel so that we could walk to Millenium Park and they said my room was nicer than theirs...... and they paid triple what I paid!!
Lisa Nov 22, 2017 Scottsdale, AZ, USA
Enjoyed Most
Loved the hotel! We will be back!
Jane Nov 22, 2017 Grand Rapids, MI, USA

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