The Palmer House Hilton

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

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.

PROS

  • within walking distance of almost everything most visitors want to do

CONS

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

Location

QUICK FACTS

Hotel
Historical, Romantic
Sophisticated
Central
Grande Dame

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 312-726–7500 | 800-445–8667

HOTEL DETAILS

1,588 rooms, 53 suites
Rate Includes: No meals

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