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The Blackstone Hotel

636 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, Illinois, 60605, USA

Fresh off a major renovation in 2017, in celebration of the hotel's 107th anniversary, the lobby is a crown jewel in Chicago's architecture scene. Guest rooms are simple and elegant, with enough flair to feel updated yet still give a sense of the rich past. Property perks include an in-house Starbucks and the popular Mercat a la Planxa tapas-style restaurant and bar. Ask about the hotel's storied past: presidents as well as mob bosses have all done their time here.

room

With black-leather Eames lounge chairs in some, and robin's-egg-blue and espresso-black accents throughout, the rooms are striking. They're also spacious (and porthole mirrors make them appear even larger) with black-and-white photo prints of Chicago as well as other locally procured art hung on the wall. A tower bookshelf holds a few hardback books and decorative arts, causing the room to feel more like a living room (that's a good thing!). If you can manage it, and are a huge fan of design, splurge for a suite: think gold-relief on the fireplace mantel, a crystal chandelier, gold fainting sofa and porthole window framed by Lake Michigan. Club Level rooms (floors 20-23) include access to the concierge lounge for complimentary breakfast and all-day refreshments. Pets under 50 pounds are welcome with a $75 fee for the entire stay.

Lots of Chicago hotels tout their "lake view" rooms but the Lake View rooms here are actually unobstructed.

bathroom

White-marble baths with their black-and-white paisley-print wallpaper are like stepping into luxury every morning.

lobby

The lobby is where the hotel is the fanciest--go figure--but it's also a high-design spot worth whipping out your camera for, with black-shag and turquoise-velvet armchairs, a steamer-trunk side table and gold, gold, gold everywhere. There's also a crackling fireplace to keep the place cozy.

gym

The sixth-floor fitness center is open 24/7 and paired with a stunning view of Grant Park.

dining

Barcelona's influence shines on the tapas menu at Mercat a la Planxa, open for dinner only (plus weekend brunch). Continually ranked as one of the country's best tapas spots, there's a mix of traditional tapas (patatas bravas and white anchovies) and heartier entrees like rack of lamb or grass-fed hangar steak.

drinking

New with the 2017 renovation is Timothy's Hutch, a lobby lounge that's beach-house-meets-Mad-Men with '60s-era cocktails and creamy-white furnishings. It's named for Timothy Blackstone, whose former mansion (he died in 1900) is now the hotel. Mercat a la Planxa's cocktails carry a Spanish twist, like sangria, and the line-up of Spanish wines is very strong. A Starbucks in the hotel helps fill in the gap when you need a snack or fuel boost.

YOU SHOULD KNOW Hard to believe, but Timothy's Hutch's last call is at 8:30 p.m. so if you're looking for weeknight drinks in the lobby this isn't the best hotel for that.

LOCATION

Getting Around

An L stop is just three blocks from the hotel (the Harrison stop) and the 147 bus running up and down South Michigan Avenue traces the lakefront, leading to shopping, museums and attractions. A car isn't really needed during your stay and, by not bringing one, you can save money on the steep daily parking fee of $69.

Restaurants

If you've never had Chicago's deep-dish style pizza, you're in luck because a Lou Malnati's is nearby (5-minute walk). Umai (8-minute walk), with soaring ceilings, a bright airy environment and amazing Japanese cuisine (including steak, ramen and sashimi) is in Printer's Row

Bars

Buddy Guy's Legends (2-minute walk) proves that Chicago's blues scene hasn't died and is linked to the iconic musician, who performs some nights. For drinks with a view, head to Chicago Athletic Association's Cindy's Rooftop (13-minute walk), a rooftop bar with fun cocktails and across the street from Millennium Park.

WHY WE LIKE IT

It's always a treat to find a hotel that's been extensively restored back to its roots with such style. The location for this hotel is among the best in town because you've got green space and Lake Michigan across the street and the hustle-and-bustle of the Loop right outside the hotel's door.

QUICK FACTS

Hotel
Business, Historical
Sophisticated
Central
Grande Dame

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 312-447–0955;888-236–2427

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