The Blackstone A Renaissance Hotel

The Blackstone A Renaissance Hotel

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636 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60605
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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.

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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 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.

Amenities

Bar
Restaurant
Fitness Center
Internet Access
Laundry Services
Meeting Rooms
Cribs Available
Pets Allowed
Air conditioning
Connecting Rooms
Room Service

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This hotel offers quick and easy walking access to attractions such as Grant Park, Millennium Park, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Magnificent Mile. It’s right on Michigan Avenue, and is just three blocks from the elevated CTA train lines that can take you to other parts of the city. The lobby is grand and well furnished, and there is both a Starbucks and a restaurant connected to the hotel. The restaurant has patio seating during warm weather, which is a nice touch. There are a variety of meeting rooms and conference areas, and the close to Columbia College Chicago and the Harold Washington Library (a Chicago architectural landmark). Nice amenities, décor, and location.

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Glendale

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

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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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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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A hotel rich with Chicago history...

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Amenities

Internet Access
  • Computer station
  • Wired high-speed Internet access (surcharge)
Dining & Drinks
  • Bar/lounge
  • Restaurant
  • Breakfast available (surcharge)
  • Coffee shop or cafe
Fitness & Recreation
  • Concierge services
  • Fitness facilities
Parking
  • Valet parking (surcharge)
Accessibility
  • In-room accessibility
  • Accessible bathroom
  • Roll-in shower
Traveling with Children
  • Free cribs/infant beds
Pets
  • Pets allowed
Services & Conveniences
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service
  • Smoke-free property
  • Elevator/lift
  • Meeting rooms 9
  • Wedding services
  • Conference space
  • Porter/bellhop
  • Gift shops or newsstand
  • ATM/banking
  • Fireplace in lobby
Bath
  • Hair dryer
  • Designer toiletries
Bed
  • Premium bedding
  • Hypo-allergenic bedding available
In-Room Dining
  • Room service (limited hours)
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Refrigerator
Media & Technology
  • Cable TV service
  • Flat-panel TV
  • Premium TV channels
  • Pay movies
  • HDTV
Housekeeping
  • Daily housekeeping
Other Room Amenities
  • Air conditioning
  • In-room climate control (air conditioning)
  • Blackout drapes/curtains
  • Bathrobes
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms available
  • Iron/ironing board
  • Desk
  • In-room safe
  • Free weekday newspaper
Property Info
  • Total number of rooms - 332
  • Number of floors - 23
  • Year Built 1910
  • Express check-out
  • Express check-in
The Blackstone A Renaissance Hotel

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