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Renaissance Blackstone Chicago Hotel

636 South Michigan Avenue | Chicago, IL 60605 [See Map]
#12 in Best Chicago Hotels
Hotel Class 4.0-star Critic Rating Good Guest Rating
TripAdvior Traveler Rating

Based on 1101 reviews
Property Type Hotel with 332 rooms, 23 floors
Primary View(s) City center, Lake
Style Historic
Best For Business travelers, Couples

U.S. News Review

Travelers have a favorite word for the Renaissance Blackstone: comfortable. With its long history (the hotel dates back to 1910), this South Loop property could easily garner a stuffy atmosphere, but recent guests attest the Blackstone maintains its landmark status while embracing a luxuriously modern ambiance. The hotel offers 332 well-appointed guest rooms and suites, each boasting modern decor (though furnishings are reminiscent of the Victorian era), minifridges, coffee makers and, on the upper floors, Lake Michigan and Magnificent Mile vistas. Recent visitors also rave about the hotel's convenient setting across the street from Grant Park. On the other hand, travelers were disappointed they had to pay for in-room Internet access and some noted room walls were thin so it was easy to hear hallway conversations and the passing L train. When it comes to dining, the on-site restaurant, Mercat a la Planxa, serves tapas and Catalan-inspired cocktails. If you want more culinary variety, Michigan Avenue's acclaimed eateries are close by. And keep in mind, members of the Marriott Rewards program can can earn or cash in points here.

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Critic Reviews

Frommer's

“Painstakingly restored, much of what you see in the lobby is original, from the crystal flower chandelier to the bronze elevator floor indicators, while the modern music and bright carpeting remind you that this isn't just a historic hotel, it's also quite hip.”
Award: Frommer's Exceptional

Travel + Leisure

“Situated on the Magnificent Mile in downtown Chicago, this Neoclassical Beaux-Arts building houses 332 old-meets-new rooms dotted with works by local artists.”

Fodor's

“The guest rooms are simple and elegant, with enough modern flair to feel updated yet still give a sense of the past.”

Oyster.com

“Some of the bright, modern rooms have great views of Lake Michigan, the meeting spaces are grand, and the on-site tapas restaurant draws locals as well as guests.”

Other Awards:
  • AAA/CAA Four Diamond Lodgings 2015
  • Concierge.com Editor's Pick
  • Condé Nast Readers' Choice List 2014
  • Lonely Planet Recommended

Guest Rooms

Although the Renaissance Blackstone Chicago Hotel is known for the historic decor that prevails in the public areas of the property, its rooms feature a more modern style. Guest rooms and hallways are decorated with pieces of contemporary Chicago artwork, many of which are for sale. A variety of unique room types are available, offering views of the lake or the Chicago skyline through large rectangular or porthole windows.

  • Internet cost is $14.95 to $18.95 depending on chosen speed
  • Evening turndown service available
  • Marble bathrooms feature Aveda amenities and walk-in showers

Standard room size:

395 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 1101 guests have reviewed the Renaissance Blackstone Chicago Hotel, giving it a rating of 4.5, on a scale of 1-5.

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating: 4.5 (based on 1101 reviews)

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Amenities

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

Location & Parking

Located in Chicago's South Loop neighborhood, Renaissance Blackstone Chicago Hotel is within walking distance of several of the city's top attractions, including The Art Institute of Chicago and Cloud Gate. For sites that are further from the property, guests can take advantage of the many bus and L train stops within walking distance.

  • Across the street from Grant Park
  • About a mile southeast from Chicago Grand Station

  • 24-hour valet parking ($67)
  • 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

Renaissance Blackstone Chicago Hotel is home to Mercat a la Planxa, which serves cuisine inspired by Catalonia, the northeastern region of Spain known for its Mediterranean tapas. The restaurant is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and offers an extensive menu, including options just for kids.

  • Starbucks Coffee location is on-site at the lobby level
  • Room service available from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Number of restaurants:

1

Cuisine types:

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

Pool

Spa

Kids

With the smallest rooms starting at 395 square feet, Renaissance Blackstone Chicago Hotel offers plenty of space for families traveling with children. The property is located less than a mile from Shedd Aquarium and The Field Museum, both of which offer activities that appeal to kids of all ages.

  • Cribs and rollaway beds available for use in guest rooms
  • Children's menu available at on-site restaurant

  • Kids club
  • Cribs
  • High chairs

Fitness

Renaissance Blackstone Chicago Hotel offers exercise equipment in its on-site health club. For guests looking for outdoor recreation opportunities, Chicago features a bike-share program for easy bike rentals, and Grant Park offers many sports facilities within blocks of the hotel.

  • Guests receive 24-hour access to the health club with a room key
  • Health club provides cardio equipment and free weights

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

Business

Renaissance Blackstone Chicago Hotel houses nine meeting rooms of various sizes for business events. LCD projectors, microphones and laptops are available for meeting facilitation purposes, and a full-service business center is on-site for printing needs.

  • Notary public available
  • Faxing, copying and printing services available

Number of meeting rooms:

9
  • Business center
  • Meeting rooms
  • Meeting and event planners available

Pets

Renaissance Blackstone Chicago Hotel welcomes pets weighing less than 75 pounds.

  • A $50 cleaning fee applies to all pet stays
  • Concierge can assist in coordinating outside pet-sitting services

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

Golf

Wedding

Renaissance Blackstone Chicago Hotel can host weddings of up to 383 guests in its ornately decorated Crystal Ballroom. Smaller ceremonies can be held in the Art Hall or Barbershop rooms, each of which features a historic design and details

  • Certified wedding planners on staff
  • Catering provided through the hotel
  • Special wedding packages available

Maximum wedding guest capacity:

383
  • Hotel hosts weddings
  • Outdoor space for weddings
  • Wedding planners available

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636 South Michigan Avenue | Chicago, IL 60605 [See Full Map]