Hotel in Chicago

Oct 28th, 2005, 06:33 AM
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Hotel in Chicago

Okay, it may seem odd that I am looking for advice on hotel for the city I live in, but I live here, I don't stay in hotels here.

This is my situation. I'm getting married in May and need to pick a hotel for my guests. Some guests will be staying at the Drake, but I need lower cost alternative. The wedding is on the North Side. I'd like the hotel to be in the N. Michigan Ave area, preferably a short walk to the Drake. I'm hoping for rooms arround $200.

I'd love to hear from folks that have stayed downtown recently.

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Oct 28th, 2005, 07:03 AM
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Take a look at Hotel 71. We're local but have stayed there a couple of times and liked it.
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Oct 28th, 2005, 07:47 AM
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I second Hotel 71. I live in Chicago and have stayed there a few times and loved it. I think the location is great too. It is not a quick walk to the Drake but it would be a very short cab ride.
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Oct 28th, 2005, 08:59 AM
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There's a Doubletree Suites right around the corner from the Drake at 198 E. Delaware. That's something to look into, especially as it offers the "suite" option.

Nothing against Hotel 71, but it's a mile from the Drake, and older guests might not want to walk that distance.

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Oct 28th, 2005, 09:19 AM
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Millennium Knickerbocker and the Westin are probably the closest hotels, but to save money, your friends should look into the suite hotels nearby: the Seneca, Fitzpatrick, Doubletree (on Delaware) or Marriott Residence Inn on Walton. These are all within a few blocks and the party would not have to cross Michigan Avenue, which can be a problem for slow walkers.
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Oct 28th, 2005, 09:53 AM
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Omni Ambassador East is a bit further north, but not a long walk from the Drake. It may be another option that could work for that price range.
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Oct 28th, 2005, 10:57 AM
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We stayed at the Residence Inn, a block up from the Drake and were quite impressed. We stayed the first week in June and only paid $112/nt--for 3 guests. I would think they might give you a good "wedding rate".

Our room had been recently remodeled, nice kitchen with new appliances, sleeper sofa, king bed--very clean.

They have the wonderful complimentary Marriott breakfast in the lobby---make your own waffles, scrambled eggs, juices, cereal, yogurt etc. The hotel was sold out the weekend we were there--everything was restocked and cleaned up as guests ate.

We have also stayed at the Drake--my daughter worked there one summer. When we visited, a wedding brunch was set up in one of the gorgeous banquet rooms---what a beautiful place for a reception.

Good luck with your wedding plans.
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Oct 28th, 2005, 11:23 AM
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Hotel 71 is nice but too far away from the Drake.

I would second the Doubletree Suites which is only a half block from the Drake. Stayed there a number of times. The only things I've found bothersome there is the long wait for the elevators and the poor TV reception and placement.

Staff is nice and the location can't be beat.
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Oct 28th, 2005, 03:31 PM
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Another vote for the Doubletree...the rooftop pool is a bonus. And the suites setup make it a good choice for families.
You could probably get good rates for your group at the Westin (well under $200), which has an excellent location even if the hotel is nothing special.
Another option would be the Sofitel; not quite as close as the Doubltree or Westin but a LOT closer than the 71. A dynamite hotel and unless it's a big convention week-end, you could probably work a deal for under $200.
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Oct 28th, 2005, 05:40 PM
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Here's my vote for The Palmer House in the loop. Love it.
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Oct 31st, 2005, 05:31 AM
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Thanks all! My cousin has already booked at the Embassy suites. Apparently the "suite" thing is important to her. I'll look into the double tree too. The palmer house is a little too far south. I'm looking into having a van or small buss pick guests up from the downtown hotels, so I'm hoping for something close to the Drake.
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