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Palmer House a Hilton Hotel

Travelzoo Staff

Why We Love It

  • One of the most famous and historic hotels in Chicago, one block from Millennium Park 
  • The stunning Gilded Age lobby features a beautiful ceiling-wide mosaic
  • A $215 million renovation in 2014 brought the hotel into the modern age
  • Famous past guests include Mark Twain and Charles Dickens 

​"The epitome of a grande dame" -- Fodor's
Enjoyed This
(8 Member Ratings)
"Location was great! Free Parking, excellent bonus! Beautiful hotel, especially the great lobby!"
23. Dec 2017
Grand Rapids, MI, USA

Map & Directions

Located in the heart of the Loop, the Palmer House Hilton is easily accessible to both airports via the city's Blue Line (to O'Hare) and Orange Line (Midway). As this is Chicago, parking is pricey -- self-parking is $51 per night and valet is $75, though other surrounding parking options do exist. 

Rooms & Rates

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If you want historic grandeur, you want the Palmer House Hilton on Chicago's storied State Street. One of the longest continuously operating hotels in North America, the original Palmer House dates to before the Chicago Fire. While the hotel has been rebuilt multiple times, a recent $215 million renovation in 2014 brought the hotel into the modern age. 

As the property is older than most, many of the hotel's 1600+ rooms tend to be on the small side, but are appointed with Hilton Serenity Dreams mattresses and flat-panel TVs. Suites are available for more space, and executive-level rooms include a complimentary breakfast, hors d'oeuvres in the afternoon and a private bar. 

The Lockwood restaurant offers breakfast, lunch, dinner and an afternoon tea, while Potter's Bar features a happy hour menu with beer, wine and cocktails. Even if you don't have much of a sweet tooth, you should probably order the brownie -- the Palmer House was where it was invented. 

There's an indoor pool, a three-level fitness center and Balance Spa providing massage, facial and nail treatments. Double down on your historical Chicago trip with a shopping day at the Marshall Field's building (it's actually a Macy's now, but we don't talk about that part much) or see a show at the famous Chicago Theater. The Art Institute, Grant and Millennium Parks and the Mag Mile are all also within walking distance as well. 

From the Press: 
  • "Comfortable and elegant ... service is top-notch" -- Zagat
  • "The lobby still has an 'Oh my God' opulence that makes a look-see imperative" -- LonelyPlanet



  • Bar
  • Newspaper / magazines
  • Hot Tub / Jacuzzi
  • Indoor pool
  • Restaurant
  • Sauna / Steam Room
  • Pet-friendly
  • Spa


  • 24-hour front desk
  • Airport transfer (fees apply)
  • Concierge service
  • Currency exchange / ATM
  • Express check-in / checkout
  • Hair salon (fees apply)
  • Laundry / dry cleaning
  • Room service (limited hours)
  • Safe in reception (fees apply)
  • Business center

Room amenities

  • Air-conditioning
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Pay-per-view / movies on demand
  • Safe
  • Video games on request


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


  • Hair-dryer


  • Parking (fees apply)
  • Valet service (fees apply)

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


Check-in: Standard Time is 3pm.

Checkout: Standard Time is 12pm.

Pets: Pets 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.

Additional details: Pets allowed Check-in time starts at 3pm Check-out time is 12pm

Know Before You Go

  • Reservations are required for massage services and spa treatments. Reservations can be made by contacting the hotel prior to arrival, using the contact information on the booking confirmation.
  • Children 17 years old and younger stay free when occupying the parent or guardian's room, using existing bedding.
  • The property has connecting/adjoining rooms, which are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property using the number on the booking confirmation.


The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Breakfast fee: between USD 7 and USD 11 per person (approximately)
  • Fee for in-room wireless Internet: USD 15.00 (rates may vary)
  • Fee for wireless Internet in public areas: USD 15.00 per night (rates may vary)
  • Self parking fee: USD 47.00 per night
  • Valet parking fee: USD 79 per night (in/out privileges)
  • Pet fee: USD 50 per accommodation, per stay
  • Refrigerator fee: USD 40 per stay
  • In-room microwave fee: USD 40 per stay

The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

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

Enjoyed This
(8 Member Ratings)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for Palmer House Hilton (part of Historic Hotels of America) over the past 15 months.
4.6 Ambiance
4.5 Location
3.8 Rooms
4.8 Quality of Service
3.6 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
Location was great! Free Parking, excellent bonus! Beautiful hotel, especially the great lobby!
Mary 23. Dec 2017 Grand Rapids, MI, USA
Enjoyed Most
The ambiance, the architecture, the hospitality of the staff. Cleanliness and accessibility to major attractions.
Geri 05. Sep 2017 Florissant, MO, USA
Enjoyed Most
quiet room, decent bed
Other Comments
hairs on bathroom floor and in shower
Art 03. Jun 2017 Eureka, IL, USA
Enjoyed Most
The history.
Other Comments
We had to pay extra for a king size bed instead of being stuck with the full size the contracting company had assigned. I didn't appreciate that, it lessened the experience and was something I'd never encountered before.
Dawn 01. May 2017 Rockford, IL, USA
Enjoyed Most
Atmosphere and architecture of the building
Other Comments
Location to where we wanted to go
sherry 01. Jan 2017 wykoff, MN, USA
Enjoyed Most
staff was very professional and efficient
Other Comments
Front desk, concierge and valet parking were wonderful. We were very disappointed on the cost of parking. That cost was almost as much as the room! We wonder if we were stiffed because it was Christmas Eve.
Debra 26. Dec 2016 Hazel Green, WI, USA

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