The Palmer House Hilton
- Business Center
- Fitness Center
- Room Service
- Swimming Pool
- Data Ports
- TV In Room
- Hair Dryer
- Air Conditioning
- Electronic Room Keys
- In-House Bar
- Video Check Out
- Meeting Rooms
- Clothing Iron
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- 98%History Buffs
- 75%Local Culture
- 69%Luxury Travelers
- 69%Business Travelers
- 63%Adventure Travelers
- 63%Family Travelers
- 51%Outdoor Enthusiasts
Member Reviews (27)
- The Palmer House HiltonMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 10Jan 03, 2014
Gorgeous hotel! Did you know this is where the brownie was invented? Bertha Palmer asked the hotel chefs to create a sweet treat for the women's Pavilion at the world's Columbian exposition of 1893.
- The Palmer House HiltonMar 09, 2013
When my (half)sister found out about my little field trip she immediately suggested I stay in the Palmer House if I were to come to Chicago. She specifically referred to this lobby, and mentioned that she once had stayed here, even though she lives in the city, when she was writing her PhD thesis. "you should write dad a love letter from there", she suggested.
I immediately booked a couple of nights at The Palmer. Those didn't come cheap, I must say, but, as I was trying to scrabble something late last night, I could not help but admire the Empire Room, which is the lobby's name. I was not expecting this, even though I knew that this city was something special, a big capital since the early XXth century.
This hotel, they say, was the largest in the world when it was built (in the golden twenties), and it is almost a miracle that it hasn't been demolished and supplanted by a newer, more modern version of the US wealth and might. Long gone are his golden years, when people in hats and suits and covered in animal skins and feathers would fill its massive common spaces and shop in its exclusive boutiques. Now it's mostly tourist with caps and Bermudas and annoying cameras with flashes, much like myself, all the glamor and class of yonder are gone for good.
But once they all go to bed, like last night, the fabulously decorated lobby regains some of its lost allure, and glows once again like the symbol of American power that was intended to be. And it's not the power that we're used to see, for it has now devolved into something different. Up until the second half of the XXth century, the US was not interested in policing the world or even replacing the decaying colonial empires of the previous century. It was too absorved, still a bit naive, perhaps, very much immersed in itself.
- The Palmer House HiltonMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFoodies+ 3Feb 27, 2013
This is one of my favorite hotels I've ever stayed at. It's simply stunningly gorgeous. So much detail in all of the decor and what a cool history. The location is great too and makes it easy to explore the city. The concierge service was top notch and I thoroughly enjoyed my stay. I highly recommend this hotel.
- The Palmer House HiltonMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 2Dec 02, 2012
A lot of great memories here. A great old classic hotel that pioneered the use of elevators and Edison's light bulb. But it's not the same since Trader Vic's left. The concierges are top shelf.
- The Palmer House HiltonNov 29, 2012
The Palmer House is a great location for accessing all the things Chicago. It's super close to transportation and well the cabs aren't expensive... but I like to walk.
Walk all the way up to the Mile, and cab it back with all my packages. Walk cover to the art museum. Cab it late night to great blues clubs nearby.
Lots of history here, and even if I'm not staying at the hotel, it's definitely on the Corey Hart tour. It's been in movies, TV shows, iconic album covers and print.
And just walking around The Loop has its own feel too. There are only so many elevated trains in the country and the unique cityscape they create is something to behold.
Dining options at The Palmer House Hilton include a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Room service is available during limited hours. Recreational amenities include an indoor pool and a health club. This 4.0 star property has a business center and offers small meeting rooms, limo/town car service, and audio visual equipment. High speed Internet access is available in public areas. This Chicago property has 110000 square feet of event space consisting of banquet facilities, conference/meeting rooms, a ballroom, and exhibit space. For a surcharge, the property offers an airport shuttle at scheduled times. Guest parking is available for a surcharge. Additional property amenities include valet parking, a concierge desk, and multilingual staff.
There are 1, 639 guest rooms at The Palmer House Hilton. Beds come with pillowtop mattresses and premium bedding. Bathrooms feature shower/tub combinations and hair dryers. In addition to in room safes, guestrooms offer multi line phones with voice mail. Televisions have premium cable channels, video game consoles, and pay movies. Air conditioned rooms also include desks, electronic check out, electronic/magnetic keys, and irons/ironing boards. Guests may request a turndown service, refrigerators, and microwaves. Housekeeping is available. Cribs (infant beds) and rollaway beds are available on request.
- Guests departing prior to their scheduled departure date may be subject to an early departure fee.
Very Good!4909 reviews across the web.
- Guests recommend this hotel for business travelers.
- Guests recommend this hotel for a romantic getaway.
- Location95% liked the proximity to sightseeing.
- Ambiance91% enjoyed the friendly atmosphere.
- Service88% found the staff to be very friendly.
- Hotel Building87% enjoyed the lobby entrance.
- Hotel82% thought it was clean.
- Food77% found the breakfast to be wonderful.