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The Palmer House Hilton

  • 17 E. Monroe St. Map It
  • Loop
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  • Within walking distance of almost everything most visitors want to do


  • Some rooms are quite small
  • Steep parking fees and daily charges for fitness center
  • You can hear the El train from some rooms

Fodor's Review

The epitome of a grande dame, this massive property in the center of the Loop underwent a $215-million renovation in 2014, but the lobby—with its wow-worthy ceiling mural and lots of gold, marble, and tapestry—preserves the original splendor. Guest rooms, which aren't quite as glitzy, have a boutique-hotel feel. This is the longest continually operating hotel in the United States; it's also the place where brownies were invented in 1893, thanks to socialite Bertha Palmer. The Palmer House celebrates its history along with its more modern attributes, among them a 10,000-square-foot fitness center and spa.

Hotel Information


17 E. Monroe St., Chicago, Illinois, 60603, USA

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312-726–7500; 800-445–8667

Hotel Details:

  • 1,588 rooms, 53 suites
  • Rate includes: No meals

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