When my girl friends and I were in Chicago for Lollapalooza last week we wanted a hotel that was a) close to Grant Park b) cool, safe, clean and had a boutique vibe c) was going to offer us luxury after long days in the hot summer Chicago sun.
Our choice? The Allerton Hotel Chicago on Magnificent Mile and it was truly magnificent.
The Allerton Hotel Chicago recently had a multi-million-dollar renovation to match the dynamic downtown setting on the Magnificent Mile. Every element of the engaging redesign reflects a contemporary and sophisticated, yet residential, feel. Luxuriate in sleek, modern rooms and suites appointed with every conceivable comfort, along with a few surprises. Dine in the chic, trendy M Avenue Restaurant. For meetings, weddings, and special events, their venues have been stunningly modernized to stage signature gatherings.
The historic configuration of the hotel ensures a memorable experience in each of the hotel’s 443 luxuriously appointed guest rooms and 84 suites.
We took the train from the Midway airport to the hotel – it took less than 30 minutes and was an easy and non complicated ride. The check in was easy upon our arrival and we were able to leave our bags with the bell men whilst we set off to explore the city.
When we finally did settle into our rooms, we found the space to be warm, inviting, clean, with new carpeting; sweeping panoramic views of the Chicago skyline, majestic cathedral ceilings, the rooms were free of any weird odours and emanated an elegance right out of Domino Magazine. I was impressed.
I loved the heavenly beds, the puffy and yet firm pillows, the powerful shower heads and soap sets, the pale blues and marshmallow shades in the rooms were soothing and serene, the padded white punctuated headboard felt like I was staying in a South Beach hotel suite, the abundance of towels and huge TV monitors which played HBO series (a blessing for a girl who doesn’t have cable at home) along with loads of other great entertainment channels made me feel like I was staying in a palace.
I liked that the Allerton Hotel was not a ‘party’ hotel but more a professional and mature space. This was huge when we came back after a 10-12 hour day. Relaxation was key and is what we got for the 6 days we stayed at the Allerton Hotel.
In the morning if you need a quick caffeine fix – you can venture down to the 2nd floor where from the hours of 6 a.m. – 11 a.m. you can have a lovely cup of Joe on the house. The coffee was indeed very yummy.
I loved the overall aesthetic of the hotel. This is a listed building and it is lovingly maintained. From the brickwork, exquisitely decorated rooms, hallways and common spaces, always helpful staff and overall architecture I definitely felt like we were staying in a building full of history and interesting stories. I felt instantly comfortable and very much at home.
After long days at Lollapalooza and trekking around Chicago, I really appreciated coming back to the Allerton Hotel Chicago and kicking back on my King Size bed.
I heard a few complaints from fellow guests about the elevators – ok, fair enough they are small. But this hotel was built in 1922 so the elevators speak to a time where North American elevators weren’t built to the size of sitting rooms. Personally, we never had to wait long for an elevator and to be frank I thought the elevators harkened to times of old and had a European feel.
• Located on Michigan Avenue in the heart of downtown Chicago’s Magnificent Mile, home of world-class entertainment, exquisite restaurants, and unmatched shopping
• Only blocks from the Navy Pier, Millennium Park, and the Rush Street nightlife district
• Ten minutes from McCormick Place Convention Center
• Only 20 minutes from Midway International Airport ( MDW) and 30 minutes from O’Hare International Airport (ORD)
Would we stay at the Allerton Hotel Chicago again? Yes! I would give the Allerton Hotel Chicago a 4.5/5.
Bring on Lollapalooza 2013! 😉
Book your room for the holidays now. Black Friday is just around the corner. Thank you Seona for helping me craft this piece!
The Allerton Hotel Chicago on Magnificent Mile, 701 North Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL Phone: 312.440.1500 312.440.1500 Toll Free Reservations: 877-701-8111 http://www.theallertonhotel.com/