Best Autograph Collection Hotels in Chicago

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"Iconic" and "historic" are two words frequently used to describe the upscale Autograph Collection. Each outpost takes pride in maintaining originality, but frequent guests can depend on a few indulgent staples. Expect in-house restaurants with award-winning chefs, inspiring surroundings and, at some properties, indulgent spas. Guests who enjoy the creativity of independent hotels but appreciate the high standards upheld throughout the Marriott family should look to this brand. More than 140 Autograph Collection properties are available, many of which are represented on our Best Hotels in the USA, Best Hotels in Canada and Best Hotels in Europe rankings lists. Plus, Autograph Collection guests can cash in and earn points through the Marriott Rewards program.

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    The Blackstone, Autograph Collection
    Chicago, IL
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2422 reviewsTripAdvisor (2422)

    Travelers have a favorite word for The Blackstone, Autograph Collection: 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 Renaissance 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, 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 Chicago's 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 Bonvoy program can can earn or cash in points at this Autograph Collection property.

    Chicago, IL
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2422 reviewsTripAdvisor (2422)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
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    Hotel EMC2, Autograph Collection
    Chicago, IL
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 137 reviewsTripAdvisor (137)

    Frequently described by guests as "whimsical," "trendy" and "cool," this Autograph Collection hotel aims to marry art and science to create a unique experience for Chicago travelers. You'll see these concepts articulated throughout the hotel, whether it's with the property's "robot attendants," Leo and Cleo, each room's Amazon Alexa or the Leonardo da Vinci quote that greets guests in the lobby. Hotel EMC2 even nods to the creator of its namesake at The Albert, the property's on-site restaurant. (Albert Einstein's famous special-relativity equation is E=MC2.) And though there are imaginative touches throughout, including interactive art installations and an "infusary" – a chandelier-like structure that creates house-infused liquors, this Marriott outpost still offers some of the standard amenities you'd expect in a hotel, including a fitness center and guest rooms outfitted with minifridges, coffee makers and TVs. Plus, its location in the Streeterville neighborhood, adjacent to the Magnificent Mile, can't be beat. Though most guests loved the quirky design, others weren't as impressed. But because of this hotel’s Marriott ties, members of the Marriott Bonvoy program can cash in or accrue points for choosing to stay here.

    Chicago, IL
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 137 reviewsTripAdvisor (137)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
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    Hotel Chicago Downtown, Autograph Collection
    Chicago, IL
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 1479 reviewsTripAdvisor (1479)

    Now a part of the Marriott brand of hotels, the Hotel Chicago Downtown moves to the beat of its own drum – literally. Rubbing elbows with the House of Blues, the hotel benefits from its musical surroundings. Feed your need for something spicy at the House of Blues Crossroads Restaurant or explore the neighboring music scene on State Street. As for the hotel itself, travelers describe it as a mix of quirky and classy: The common areas are dressed in bright colors and angular furniture, while the spacious guest rooms boast snakeskin wingback chairs and tufted leather headboards. You will find some recognizable aspects in these accommodations, including 42-inch flat-screen TVs and iHome sound systems. Visitors in search of the boutique hotel experience appreciate the Hotel Chicago Downtown's one-of-a-kind ambiance (along with the brand-backed perk that Marriott Bonvoy members can earn and use points here), but not everyone was bowled over. Some guests warn that for the price, nearby hotels offer better service. Still, it's location North Dearborn Street in Chicago's River North neighborhood is perfect for exploring downtown. 

    Chicago, IL
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 1479 reviewsTripAdvisor (1479)
    4.0-star Hotel Class

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