Like last year my friend and I wanted a hotel for our Lollapalooza weekend in Chicago 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 sun.
Our choice? The Allerton Hotel Chicago on Magnificent Mile and it was truly magnificent.
When we arrived on the Thursday the day before Lollapalooza we were lucky to have snagged two king rooms in the spring. The hotel’s 443 luxuriously appointed guest rooms and 84 suites were sold out for the weekend.
We got in late from O’Hare so it was nice to be able to settle into our rooms when we arrived after 5 p.m.. We found our rooms 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 and free WIFI. All around decadence.
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 this year the Allerton Hotel launched an OPT-Out Green Program where if you popped a lil green sign outside your hotel room at 2 a.m. that night you would let the hotel know that you were not requiring housekeeping the following day. In return the Allerton would gift you with a $10 credit that could be used in the restaurant, lounge or in-room dining. We totally took advantage of this program and for us it was well received.
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 5 days we stayed at the Allerton Hotel. There were also loads of places to grab a meal and a drink after a full day close to the hotel that didn’t require a costly cab ride.
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.
This year I would venture down to the Starbucks across the road and grab a tea. I also went down one day to the Allerton’s hotel restaurant and had an amazing slap up ‘American’ breakfast consisting of warm whole wheat toast, salty yummy bacon and sausages, yogurt, muffins, fluffy scrambled eggs, fresh fruit and divine pancakes. Well worth the consumption, if you don’t want to venture out of the hotel in the morning.
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.
Bring on Lollapalooza 2014! 😉
The Allerton Hotel Chicago on Magnificent Mile
701 North Michigan Avenue
Phone: 312.440.1500 312.440.1500
Toll Free Reservations: 877-701-8111