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Hard Rock Hotel Chicago

230 North Michigan Avenue | Chicago, IL 60601 [See Map]
#34 in Best Chicago Hotels
Hotel Class 4.0-star Critic Rating Moderate Guest Rating
TripAdvior Traveler Rating

Based on 1693 reviews
Property Type Hotel with 381 rooms, 36 floors
Primary View(s) City center, River
Style Modern
Best For Business travelers, Couples, Solo travelers

U.S. News Review

If you've come to the Windy City to party hard, then the Hard Rock Hotel Chicago should be high on your list of potential places to stay. You won't have trouble finding this hotel: The building's slimmer top floors give it one of the more unique shapes on the Loop. And you won't forget where you are when once you get inside, either; pop songs vibrate through the lobby, music videos color the television screens and rock 'n' roll memorabilia fills display cases throughout the property. The hotel's Angels & Kings nightclub keeps up the revelry into the wee hours of the morning (which is the primary deterrent for families and business travelers, but the main draw for night owls). Though most travelers have a rollicking good time, there are some who complain about pricey extras, like Internet access and minibar goodies found in each room. (A word to the wise: Previous guests say you'll be charged if you so much as move that very pricey bottle of vodka.) On the other hand, many travelers are fond of this Hard Rock's elegant room decor, while the customer service garners high praise. Meanwhile, Chuck's — helmed by famous chef Kerry Simon — earns compliments for its classic American cuisine.

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Critic Reviews

Fodor's

“The restaurant chain may not be that wonderful, but the hotel — flashy, loud, and packed with plasma TVs — has our approval; set within the glitzy, Art Deco 40-story Carbide and Carbon Building, it has modern rooms adorned with rock-and-roll paraphernalia and a busy bar, Angels & Kings. ”

Oyster.com

“Each floor showcases a different recording artist — from Prince, to John Lennon, to Madonna — and each of the 381 contemporary rooms has theme-appropriate touches, such as notable quotes on the mirrors.”

AAA

“Understated, modern guest rooms boast posh bedding and petite but elegant baths.”
Award: AAA/CAA Four Diamond Lodgings 2015

Condé Nast Traveler

“Three cheers for the Hard Rock, which gave new life to the old Carbide and Carbon Building, whose unusual dark-green and gold facade adds credence to the story that this 1929 Art Deco treasure was designed to resemble a champagne bottle.”

Other Awards:
  • Concierge.com Editor's Pick
  • Frommer's Highly Recommended
  • Lonely Planet Recommended

Guest Rooms

Guest rooms at the Hard Rock Hotel Chicago vary widely, but all rooms include 42-inch flat-screen TVs, iHome docking stations and coffee makers. Contemporary furnishings and modern amenities may not make you feel like a rock star, but some of the hotel's extras definitely deliver on the rock 'n' roll promise.

  • Sandman Sleep Menu includes complimentary earplugs, pillow selection, sound machine, blankets and humidifier
  • Sound of Your Stay Program offers complimentary access to a variety of legendary Fender guitars delivered to your guest room with an amplifer and headphones
  • In-room Wi-Fi costs $13.50 per night

Standard room size:

350 square feet
  • Internet (with fee)
  • Premium channels
  • Workspace/desk
  • Minifridge
  • Bathrobes/slippers
  • Minibar
  • Shower/tub combo
  • Separate shower
  • Separate tub
  • Wireless Internet
  • Guest rooms with patios and balconies
  • Adjoining rooms available
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Guest Reviews

A hotel's guest rating is calculated using data provided under license by TripAdvisor. A total of 1693 guests have reviewed the Hard Rock Hotel Chicago, giving it a rating of 4.0, on a scale of 1-5.

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating: 4.0 (based on 1693 reviews)

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Amenities

  • Room Service
  • Internet Access
  • Business Center
  • Dining
  • Pets Allowed
  • Parking
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Fitness Center

Location & Parking

The Hard Rock Hotel Chicago is in the heart of downtown within walking distance of many of the city’s top attractions.The hotel occupies the historic 1929 Carbide & Carbon Building and is two blocks north of Millennium Park.

  • Two blocks west to Chicago Theatre
  • Multiple bus stops in the area, the closest L train stop is three blocks southwest

  • 24-hour valet parking ($60)
  • 24-hour self-parking
  • Airport shuttle
  • Car service

Within walking distance of:

  • Bus stop
  • Train station
  • Subway/metro stop
  • Restaurants
  • Beach
  • Grocery store
  • Movie theater
  • Theater
  • Shopping

Dining

The Hard Rock Hotel Chicago offers two distinct dining experiences. The retro rock club restaurant Angels & Kings Chicago serves up American classics and hot tunes while Chuck's: A Kerry Simon Kitchen dishes out contemporary creations.

  • Al fresco dining when weather permits
  • Try the burger that won Simon the "Iron Chef America – Battle Hamburger" challenge
  • 24-hour room service available

Number of restaurants:

2

Cuisine types:

American
  • Fine dining
  • Casual dining
  • Quick service cafe/coffee shop/marketplace
  • Bar/lounge
  • Room service
  • 24-hour room service
  • Free breakfast

Pool

Spa

The spa at the Hard Rock Hotel Chicago features two private treatment rooms and a limited menu that includes massages, facials and nail care. Its signature Chicago Headliner massage uses a blend of massage oils and lotion infused with rosemary essential oil.

  • In-room spa treatments available at an additional charge

Services offered:

  • Massage
  • Facial
  • Body treatments (i.e. scrubs, wraps)
  • Salon services
  • Outdoor treatment area
  • Steam room
  • Sauna

Kids

The Hard Rock Hotel Chicago doesn't have any amenities for children per se, but kids are sure to love the music memorabilia exhibits throughout the hotel. Most of the hotel though, is geared towards adults, with a loud nightclub scene.

  • Nursing Mother's Amenity Program provides breastpumps and accessories

  • Kids club
  • Cribs
  • High chairs

Fitness

The Hard Rock Hotel Chicago offers a fully equipped fitness center with cardiovascular and weight-training machines

  • 24-hour access
  • Personal TVs on cardio equipment

  • Weight equipment
  • Cardio equipment
  • Yoga mats
  • Free fitness classes
  • Premium fitness classes (with fee)
  • Bicycles
  • Tennis
  • Guided runs
  • Paddle boats
  • Motor boats

Business

The Hard Rock Hotel Chicago features more than 10,000 square feet of meeting space and seven different venues that can accommodate up to 400 guests. The Fender Ballroom has 20-foot ceilings and is acoustically equipped to host a rock concert, while the Hamber Room has an outdoor terrace overlooking Michigan Avenue. A fully equipped business center, an in-house audiovisual department and several complimentary business amenities round out the rock star treatment.

  • Complimentary printing from guest rooms and complimentary faxes up to 10 pages
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi in common areas

Number of meeting rooms:

7
  • Business center
  • Meeting rooms
  • Meeting and event planners available

Pets

Pets that weigh less than 40 pounds are welcome for an additional $25 per night.

  • Two parks within walking distance
  • Pets cannot be left unattended in rooms

  • Pets allowed (with fee)
  • Dog walking
  • Pet-sitting

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Wedding

Wedding venues at the Hard Rock Hotel Chicago range from event spaces overlooking Michigan Avenue to a large ballroom with a stage equipped for a rock concert. For more intimate ceremonies and receptions, the Hamber Room offers both indoor and outdoor space with its attached terrace.

  • Fender Ballroom accommodates 250 for a seated reception
  • Dance floors available
  • Private dining rooms for rehearsal dinners

Maximum wedding guest capacity:

400
  • Hotel hosts weddings
  • Outdoor space for weddings
  • Wedding planners available

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Hard Rock Hotel Chicago

230 North Michigan Avenue | Chicago, IL 60601 [See Full Map]