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The Blackstone, Autograph Collection

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Why We Love This Hotel

  • Rooms feature upgraded marble bathrooms, plush bedding and flat-panel TVs
  • This historic hotel has hosted a dozen U.S. presidents, from Taft to Roosevelt to JFK
  • On-site tapas restaurant Mercat a la Planxa is a favourite with locals and visitors alike
  • The lobby features a typewriter from 1908 (the year the building was built) — guests can use it to type notes, directions and concierge recommendations

"Loved the ambiance and the decor in the hotel. Nice large room with a fridge that didn't cost money to open."
May 20, 2019 - Elmhurst, IL, USA
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Originally opened in 1910, this historic property known as the "Hotel of Presidents" reopened in 2008 as a luxe 4-star hotel. A full renovation in 2017 updated the lobby, guest rooms and public spaces to add even more amenities and tech updates; Fodor's says the lobby "is a crown jewel in Chicago's architecture scene."

Each of the hotel's 335 guest rooms is unique, and all have upscale amenities including pillowtop mattresses, rich cotton linens, marble entryways, USB charge points and local artwork. Rooms are spacious with high ceilings and some offer views of Buckingham Fountain and Lake Michigan.

Art enthusiasts may be interested in checking out the 1,600 contemporary artworks, primarily by Chicago artists, on display throughout the hotel. On-site restaurant Mercat a la Planxa earns great reviews for its upscale Spanish cuisine (Travel + Leisure calls it one of the best tapas restaurants in America) while in the lobby the hotel pays homage to the its swingin' past with live jazz performances on select evenings. 

Located on Michigan Avenue across from Grant Park, the hotel is less than a 20-minute walk to the Field Museum and Shedd Aquarium; the Adler Planetarium is just a short distance farther (and a great place for a photo of the city's famous skyline). Guests can also quickly get two true Chicago experiences — the hotel sits just a couple blocks from Buddy Guy's Legends and a Lou Malnati's deep-dish pizzeria.



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


  • 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


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


  • Hair-dryer
  • Luxury toiletries
  • Bathtub or shower


  • Valet service (fees apply)


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


Check-in: Standard Time is 4pm.
Minimum age required to check in: 18.

Checkout: Standard Time is 12pm.

Children and additional guests: Children 17 and under stay free of charge when using existing bedding.
Crib/Pack 'n Play available upon request: free of charge.
Extra guest charges will apply as follows:
US$25 plus tax per night for older children and adults.

Extra bedding available upon request (based on availability) in the Deluxe King Room only: 25 USD plus tax, per stay. Charges will be added to your bill at the hotel.

Pets: Pets are allowed on request and will be charged at US$75 plus tax per pet per stay.

Two pets maximum per room, must be attended at all times and with leash/cage in public areas. Charges will be added to your bill at the hotel.

Fees: Valet service fee: US$75 plus tax per day.

Includes in & out privileges.

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-Sun, 9am-9pm ET

Winner: People's Choice Stevie Awards for Favorite Customer Service

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.

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(48 Member Ratings)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for Renaissance Blackstone Chicago Hotel over the past 15 months.
5.0 Ambiance
4.7 Location
4.8 Rooms
4.9 Quality of Service
4.9 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
Loved the ambiance and the decor in the hotel. Nice large room with a fridge that didn't cost money to open.
Linda May 20, 2019 Elmhurst, IL, USA
Enjoyed Most
The Historic and romantic look of the lobby
Other Comments
The Mercat was fantastic, Like Family style Spanish eating. Was confusing at first, be it was all amazing food!
David Feb 16, 2019 Willard, MO, USA
Enjoyed Most
Super Comfy Beds.
Other Comments
Great hotel in the south Loop, offering upscale accommodations at a reasonable rate (TravelZoo special).
jeffrey Feb 11, 2019 Joliet, IL, USA
Enjoyed Most
Beautifully restored historic hotel right off Michigan Ave...very attentive, helpful staff...loved all the updates & the luxurious amenities...simply gorgeous!!
Noelle Feb 04, 2019 Porter, IN, USA
Enjoyed Most
This was a beautiful hotel with wonderful views. It is within walking distance to most attractions of Chicago, if you enjoy exploring the city by foot.
Other Comments
Thank you for a wonderful stay!
Jennie Jan 22, 2019 Aurora, CO, USA
Enjoyed Most
The bed was sooo comfortable we didn't want to leave!!
nikola Jan 07, 2019 Glenwood, IL, USA
Enjoyed Most
Comfy bedding, historic features, sense of luxury
sally Dec 31, 2018 Macomb, IL, USA
Enjoyed Most
Beautiful hotel and the rooms were very comfortable.
Other Comments
Everything was perfect. It was rainy the day we arrived and there are spare umbrellas behind the front desk! They think of everything.
Dawne Dec 29, 2018 Fremont, IN, USA
Other Comments
Special thanks to Lily at the front desk for taking such good care of my sick wife!
Michael Dec 24, 2018 Chicago, IL, USA
Enjoyed Most
Beautifully appointed rooms in a great Chicago location.
Other Comments
Old school design meets modern vibes at this hotel. I loved the decor.
Jodi Dec 20, 2018 Delray Beach, FL, USA

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