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The Blackstone A Renaissance Hotel

636 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60605
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    Jen Knoedl @GogobotChicago
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    5 Mar 13, 2013

    Absolutely stunning hotel in South Loop area near Museum Campus. The Blackstone is a throwback to the days of high Chicago glamour. Modern updates integrate seamlessly throughout this gorgeous venue.

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    Cindy Chow
    4 Mar 11, 2013

    A beautiful historic hotel. I didn't stay there, but visited it on a tour, and the concierge is very knowledgeable.

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    Mary Kay Hardcastle
    5 Jan 29, 2013

    This is a porthole window, overlooking Michigan Avenue, from the Sky penthouse suite at The Blackstone.

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    Joseph Coureur
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    5 Jan 27, 2013

    I haven't stayed at the Blackstone, but I had brunch downstairs in Mercat a la Planxa then took a social media tour with Gogobot Chicago. Not only didn't I know about this hotel on South Michigan, but I didn't know it's place in history.

    The old barber shop in the basement was one of Al Capone's favorite places since he could slip in unobserved, the windowless room kept out prying eyes, and he could make a quick escape if needed. It's in it's original sparkling white form minus the barbershop hardware, although you can still see the outline of the chair pedestals on the tile floor.

    The political term "smoke filled room" was coined by Robert Clapper of the United Press who was sitting outside the ninth floor suite when the power brokers emerged to announce that they'd given the republican nomination to Harding. Every president from Taft through Carter stayed above that room in the presidential suite.

    Railroad magnate Timothy Blackstone himself, the namesake for the hotel that his mansion turned into, set up in this room since he could monitor the train arrivals and departures. The Drake Brothers (of the Hotel Drake further up Michigan Avenue) bought the joint from Timothy's widow and turned it into a hotel, with the priviso that it always carry his name.

    The ballroom, although small (you might have seen it in the <i>Untouchables</i> scene where DeNiro smashes another mobster with a baseball bat), but beautifully decorated and with great views of Michigan Avenue, the park, the harbor, and Museum Campus.

    The most amazing room is the oddly shaped room on the roof. It wraps around the north east corner while walls curve in to form the high ceiling. It's the domed part of the roof that you can see from the street. It has skylights to let in the sun and porthole style windows with excellent views of Chicago on three sides. That's where I want to stay when I come back.

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    Sophia Aduana
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    5 Jan 27, 2013

    A hotel rich with Chicago history...

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    5 Jan 27, 2013
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Description

This hotel is located in Chicago, and Museum of Contemporary Photography, Millennium Park, and Grant Park are area attractions. Other attractions include Willis Tower.

Features.
Dining options at The Blackstone Renaissance Chicago Hotel include a restaurant. Room service is available. Recreational amenities include a fitness facility. This 4.0 star property has a business center and offers small meeting rooms and audio visual equipment. Wireless Internet access is available in public areas. This Chicago property has event space consisting of banquet facilities, conference/meeting rooms, and a ballroom. Guest parking is available for a surcharge. Additional property amenities include a coffee shop/café, valet parking, and a concierge desk. This is a smoke free property.

Guestrooms.
There are 332 guestrooms at The Blackstone Renaissance Chicago Hotel. Beds come with premium bedding. Coffee/tea makers and minibars are offered. Bathrooms feature shower/tub combinations, makeup/shaving

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mirrors, designer toiletries, and bathrobes. Wireless and wired high speed Internet access is available for a surcharge; guestrooms also offer direct dial phones, iPod docking stations, and voice mail. High definition televisions have premium cable channels and pay movies. Air conditioned rooms also include desks, blackout drapes/curtains, electronic/magnetic keys, and irons/ironing boards. Guests may request a turndown service, hypo allergenic bedding, and wake up calls. Housekeeping is available. Cribs (infant beds) and rollaway beds are available on request.



Notifications and Fees:

The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check in, or check out.

  • Valet parking: US$ 47 per day

The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

OverviewEdit

5.0 out of 5
6 members' reviews
Excellent! - 89% of guests recommend
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Amenities:

  • Business Center
  • Fitness Center
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service
  • Pets Allowed
  • Data Ports
  • TV In Room
  • Hair Dryer
  • Air Conditioning
  • Voicemail
  • Electronic Room Keys
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Clothing Iron
  • In-House Dining
  • Wake Up Service
  • Coffee & Tea Maker
  • Safe
  • Mini Bar In Room

Reviews Summary

Excellent!996 reviews across the web.

  • Guests say the hotel is perfect for a romantic getaway.
  • This is a wonderful design hotel, as guests say.
  • Location
    95% liked the proximity to sightseeing.
  • Hotel
    95% thought it was clean.
  • Ambiance
    94% enjoyed the friendly atmosphere.
  • Service
    94% found the staff to be very friendly.
  • Hotel Building
    Conference area was excellent, according to 88%
  • Restaurant
    75% found the breakfast to be wonderful.

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