The Palmer House Hilton
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- 98%History Buffs
- 82%Luxury Travelers
- 75%Local Culture
- 69%Business Travelers
- 63%Adventure Travelers
- 63%Family Travelers
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- The Palmer House HiltonMember ofBusiness TravelersLocal CultureOutdoor Enthusiasts+ 14Jul 28, 2014
Spent a few days in this luxury hotel since we attended a major event held here. What else can I say but the rooms are spacious with enough luxury, pricey of course but we were given a slight discount as delegates. Right at the centre of the city with all the shops around. Very accessible and ideal place to stay.Recommended for:
- The Palmer House HiltonMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 9Oct 10, 2013
My friend and I were road tripping across America and our second to last night was in Chicago. We booked The Palmer House as we wanted a nice place because we were tired of staying in random hotels along the way. We also needed a place that was pet friendly and to our surprise this gorgeous hotel was! The puppy traveling with us even received a golden doggy tag to wear on his collar. Many hotel guests were surprised that The Palmer House was pet friendly too and even one guest approached us to say he "didn't know it was pet friendly" and he "couldn't wait to bring his golden retriever here" on his next trip to Chicago.
Beyond just the fact that our doggy companion could stay with us, we throughly enjoyed this hotel. The hotel staff was very friendly and helped us pick out a restaurant for some deep dish pizza. The room was lovely and after a long day (8 hours) of driving from South Dakota we were thrilled to slip into our comfy queen beds. The decor in the room was delightful and the downstairs lobby and bar area were stunning! We would have loved to have a drink downstairs before 'hitting the hay' but we were exhausted as we had already been driving for 10 days so we opted out.
On our next planned trip to Chicago we are definitely planning on staying at The Palmer House, having our long anticipated drinks and spend a little more time marveling the beauty of this hotel!Recommended for:
- The Palmer House HiltonMember ofBusiness TravelersLocal CultureOutdoor Enthusiasts+ 10May 23, 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 HiltonMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 6Jun 05, 2014
Aside from housing the rich and famous during the 1893 World's Fair, the Palmer House also shares another piece of history with the exhibition. It was here that a pastry chef was charged with creating a new confection to wow fair-goers, resulting in the birth of the brownie. The hotel still serves their chocolate creation at their in-house Lockwood Restaurant.Recommended for:
- The Palmer House HiltonMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFoodies+ 5Oct 14, 2013
I've never stayed here, but stopping by to see the beautiful lobby is worth it. It's also the home of the first brownie. They have afternoon tea which I've been meaning to try. The hotel itself is pretty historical.Recommended for:
- The Palmer House HiltonMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget TravelersFamily TravelersBackpackersDec 28, 2013
rooms are dated but that is what you expect with a hotel from the 1800's. Halls are cool to browse and see photos of stars playing the Empire in the 50's - 70's and what years they were there. Easy walk to parks, navy pier, mueseums, etc. Our room was very small but apparently they vary greatly.
- The Palmer House HiltonMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget TravelersFamily Travelers+ 6May 13, 2013
We really enjoyed this hotel. The lobby has a famous frescoed ceiling. It also has well decorated rooms and excellent style. The hotel bar is a great place to have a drink, it also has very delicious drinks and food. I would recommend staying here.
- The Palmer House HiltonSep 25, 2013
The bell hop took more than 20 minutes to bring up our luggage. However the concierge was very helpful. All of the staff were very friendly.
Our room was beautiful, definitely request a room with a view. Bathroom was a but small, but the luxury of the living area made up for it
- 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+ 3Jul 29, 2014
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.Recommended for:
- The Palmer House HiltonAmbassadorMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFoodies+ 4Feb 20, 2013
Really beautiful hotel, and a great location. I heard they invented the brownie here! The rooms are small but I consider that part of the charm - this is an old hotel! I highly recommend staying here.
- 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 HiltonJul 18, 2014
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.Recommended for:
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
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.
- Business Center
- Fitness Center
- Room Service
- Swimming Pool
- Pets Allowed
- Data Ports
- TV In Room
- Hair Dryer
- Air Conditioning
- Electronic Room Keys
- In-House Bar
- Video Check Out
- Meeting Rooms
- Clothing Iron
- In-House Dining
- Wake Up Service
Very Good!5649 reviews across the web.
- Guests recommend this hotel for business travelers.
- Guests think this is a family-friendly hotel.
- Location98% liked the proximity to sightseeing.
- Ambiance93% enjoyed the friendly atmosphere.
- Service87% found the staff to be very friendly.
- Hotel Building87% enjoyed the lobby entrance.
- Hotel82% thought it was clean.
- Food71% found the breakfast to be wonderful.