Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago

221 N. Columbus Drive | Chicago, IL 60601-7801  [SEE MAP]Chicago, IL  [SEE ADDRESS]
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Overview

Three on-site pools and an 80,000-square-foot garden
Recent guests say the price point is too high for the quality of the rooms

With Lake Michigan as its backdrop, the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago combines Chicago's iconic views and its chic, urban design. Previous guests are blown away by the look of this relatively young hotel, describing the building's design as interesting and innovative. Within walking distance of Millennium Park and The Magnificent Mile, this Radisson – which falls within the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group brand – serves as an excellent home base for city exploration without appearing too tourist-focused. Recent guests say the Radisson Blu Aqua maintains a boutique hotel feel without sacrificing the high customer service standards hallmark to the brand. The stylishly designed rooms feature flat-screen TVs, single-service coffee makers and free Wi-Fi – an amenity for which previous guests are thankful. And though this property puts you near a variety of neighborhood eateries, visitors recommend the on-site Filini restaurant and bar for Italian cuisine and a lively atmosphere. Guests can also enjoy a wealth of rooftop amenities, from the lap pool and hot tub to the fire pit and deck chairs from which to take in Chicago's skyline. When the chilly Chicago weather comes, guests can make use of the indoor two-lane lap pool. Additionally, Club Carlson rewards program members can use their points here for free nights and upgrades.

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Location
Chicago, IL
Hotel Class
4.5-star
Property Type
Hotel, 334 rooms
Primary View
City center
Style
Modern
Best For
Business travelers, Couples

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Scorecard
  • 4.5Hotel Class
  • GOODCritic Rating

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Critic Reviews

Other Awards

  • AAA/CAA Four Diamond Awards 2019

Chicago Tribune

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Though not quite as snazzy as the lobby, the 334 guest rooms come in two memorable and distinct styles.

Fodor's

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Eight PCs and a conference room in the business center make this as good a fit for road warriors as it is for families with kids and pets.

Fodor's Choice

Frommer's

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Throughout the property, you’ll see an homage to Chicago, from the brick, light-studded lobby walls that call to mind the skyline, to the sketches of Chicago neighborhoods lining the hallways.

Frommer's Very Highly Recommended

Other Awards

  • AAA/CAA Four Diamond Awards 2019

Guest Reviews

A hotel's guest rating is calculated using data provided under license by TripAdvisor. A total of 5428 have reviewed the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago, giving it a rating of 4.5, on a scale of 1-5.

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TripAdvisor Travel Rating: TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 5428 reviews 4.5 (based on 5428 reviews)

Guest Rooms

Guest rooms at the Radisson Blu Aqua feature a modern minimalist design with varying color schemes. Standard room decor is prominently made up of aqua shades, while some suites have white walls and hardwood floors.
  • Complimentary iPad provided in suites
  • Turndown service available upon request
  • Bathtubs provided in some rooms

Standard room size350 square feet

  • Internet (free)
  • 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

Location & Parking

The Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago is within walking distance of many of Chicago's top tourist sites. Millennium Park is so close that it can be seen from some rooms, and the Chicago Theatre is only four blocks away. The numerous bus stops and "L" train stations surrounding the property allow the rest of the city to be within close reach.
  • The Magnificent Mile shopping and dining destinations within walking distance of the hotel
  • Ohio Street Beach is less than a mile away
  • 20 miles southeast of O'Hare International Airport; 13 miles northeast of Midway International Airport
  • 24-hour valet parking ($66)
  • 24-hour self-parking ($49)
  • Airport shuttle
  • Car service

Within walking distance of:

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

Dining

The Radisson Blu Aqua is home to Filini restaurant and bar, which serves Italian cuisine in a contemporary atmosphere. The hotel's Grab & Run service offers access to tea, coffee, fresh fruits and energy bars for a quick breakfast each morning.
  • Filini is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily
  • 24-hour room service available

Number of restaurants1

Cuisine TypesItalian

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

Pool

The Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago features three pools and a hot tub. A swimming pool and wading pool are located outside as part of the lifestyle garden. Inside, a smaller pool allows guests to swim year-round.
  • The outdoor pool measures 25 yards in length
  • Children younger than 16 must be accompanied by an adult in the pool area
  • The large outdoor pool offers four swimming lanes, and the indoor pool offers two
  • Family pool
  • Infinity pool
  • Whirlpool/hot tub
  • Adults-only pool
  • Lap pool
  • Wading pool
  • Lazy river
  • Seasonal
  • Indoor
  • Outdoor
  • Indoor/outdoor combo
  • Pool bar
  • Lifeguard on duty
  • Poolside service
  • Waterslide
  • Deck chairs or cabanas

Spa

Guests of the Radisson Blu Aqua can indulge in massages in their guest rooms or in one of the hotel's designated treatment rooms.
  • Steam room, sauna and hot tub available
  • Massage services must be arranged through the concierge

Services offered:

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

Kids

Rooms at the Radisson Blu Aqua are spacious enough for families traveling with children, and connecting rooms are available for added space. Families with small children may wish to request a room with a bathtub, as these are not provided in all guest bathrooms.
  • Cribs and rollaway beds available
  • Children's menu provided in on-site restaurant
  • Kids club
  • Cribs
  • High chairs

Fitness

The Radisson Blu Aqua features several amenities to help guests remain in shape during their stay. During warmer months, guests can take advantage of a running track, a 25-yard lap pool and yoga space, all located in the 80,000-square-foot outdoor lifestyle garden. The indoor fitness facility offers a basketball court in addition to cardio and weight equipment.
  • Concierge can assist in finding outside personal trainers and bike rentals
  • Indoor spinning room available
  • Weight equipment
  • Cardio equipment
  • Yoga mats
  • Free fitness classes
  • Premium fitness classes (with fee)
  • Bicycles
  • Tennis
  • Guided runs
  • Paddle boats
  • Motor boats

Business

The Radisson Blu Aqua offers a total of 20 meeting rooms, and many of the larger rooms can be divided to create separate smaller spaces. Meeting spaces can accommodate up to 1,650 guests. An outdoor area is also available for business receptions.
  • Each room offers built-in screens and projectors
  • Audiovisual technical support available
  • Computers and printer available in the on-site business center

Number of meeting rooms20

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

Pets

The Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago allows guests to bring dogs. The hotel asks that guests traveling with pets tell the hotel when booking rooms. Keep in mind that pets are not permitted in the pool or dining areas. Pet-sitting and dog-walking services can be coordinated through the concierge.
  • Lakeshore East Park is located directly behind the hotel and offers plenty of space for walking dogs
  • Pets allowed (free)
  • Dog walking
  • Pet-sitting

Wedding

With 20 venues on-site, the Radisson Blu Aqua boasts space for events of any size. The Atlantic Ballroom provides floor-to-ceiling windows with city views for up to 1,650 guests. Several smaller spaces are available for more intimate ceremonies.
  • Catering available through the hotel
  • Meeting spaces are configurable for a variety of seating layouts

Maximum wedding guest capacity1,650

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

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