The Blackstone A Renaissance Hotel
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- The Blackstone A Renaissance HotelMember ofStudentsLocal CultureOutdoor Enthusiasts+ 10First to ReviewMar 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.
- The Blackstone A Renaissance HotelMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBusiness TravelersFoodiesJan 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.Recommended for:
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.
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
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.
- Business Center
- Fitness Center
- Room Service
- Pets Allowed
- Data Ports
- TV In Room
- Hair Dryer
- Air Conditioning
- Electronic Room Keys
- Meeting Rooms
- Clothing Iron
- In-House Dining
- Wake Up Service
- Coffee & Tea Maker
- Mini Bar In Room
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.
- Location95% liked the proximity to sightseeing.
- Hotel95% thought it was clean.
- Ambiance94% enjoyed the friendly atmosphere.
- Service94% found the staff to be very friendly.
- Hotel BuildingConference area was excellent, according to 88%
- Restaurant75% found the breakfast to be wonderful.