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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
(80 Member Ratings)
"Our room on the 20th floor had a lovely view of Lake Michigan. I wake up early, so each morning I took my laptop down to the lobby to do some work while my husband slept. The lobby was quiet and beautifully decorated for Christmas. The staff is attentive, but not intrusive. The breakfast included in our room rate was actually quite delicious."
Teresa
13. Dec 2017
Northfield, MN, 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 and services may not be available in all rooms or may incur an additional charge. Please check with the hotel.

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

92%
Enjoyed This
(80 Member Ratings)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for Renaissance Blackstone Chicago Hotel over the past 15 months.
4.6 Ambiance
4.6 Location
4.5 Rooms
4.6 Quality of Service
4.6 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
Our room on the 20th floor had a lovely view of Lake Michigan. I wake up early, so each morning I took my laptop down to the lobby to do some work while my husband slept. The lobby was quiet and beautifully decorated for Christmas. The staff is attentive, but not intrusive. The breakfast included in our room rate was actually quite delicious.
Teresa 13. Dec 2017 Northfield, MN, USA
Enjoyed Most
Lake view from the room! Staff was very friendly and helpful. BEAUTIFUL atmosphere. Loved the historic significance of the building.
Jane 11. Dec 2017 Bloomington, IN, USA
Enjoyed Most
The ambience- the decor, the view , & the staff
Crystal 10. Dec 2017 Burton, MI, USA
Other Comments
Could offer breakfast later than 9:30. We got there around 9am and all the "hot" food (eggs, sausage, bacon) was cold and would have been able to warm up if there was a microwave in breakfast area. But all that said - we LOVE your hotel and will be back.
Patrick 08. Dec 2017 Ballwin, MO, USA
Enjoyed Most
Location, ambiance of hotel
Other Comments
Could not get the "free" wifi to work. Gave up after 3 calls to front desk who just handed me off to worthless help
Thomas 08. Dec 2017 Madison, WI, USA
Enjoyed Most
Beautiful historic hotel, yet wonderfully updated and modern rooms.
Robert 05. Dec 2017 Racine, WI, USA
Enjoyed Most
the view overlooking Grant park and Lake Michigan-
richard 05. Dec 2017 Ingleside, IL, USA
Enjoyed Most
Room was excellent staff very pleasant and helpful
Mary 04. Dec 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 04. Dec 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 03. Dec 2017 Grafton, WI, USA

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