A Look Inside the Hotel Chicago Downtown, Autograph Collection

by Janis on November 16, 2014

We met up on Saturday morning in Chicago, booking a last minute hotel room at Hotel Chicago, one of Marriott’s Autograph Collection hotels.

We were curious to try this Marriott hotel brand, and liked the great location of this hotel in the River North neighborhood of downtown Chicago.

Here’s a look inside room 1208 at the Hotel Chicago Downtown, Autograph Collection:

Hotel Chicago DowntownThis hotel has been on our “wish list” as it is located right next to Bin 36, our favorite Chicago wine bar and restaurant. Above is a first look inside room 1208, which we were appreciative of being able to get into upon check-in about 10:30 am.

Room 1208, Hotel Chicago Autograph CollectionThe hotel is known for its elaborate decor and chandeliers in its lobby and first floor bar. The chandelier theme is carried into the rooms with the artwork on the walls.

Hotel Chicago, Autograph CollectionOtherwise, the room is fairly standard.

Hotel ChicagoOne wall was covered with a large mirror with an applied image of the iconic photo of the two corncob-shaped condo buildings in Marina City, which is a mixed-use residential/commercial building complex that occupies an entire city block on the north bank of the Chicago River. Hotel Chicago is part of the complex, and was originally an office building. The complex also includes a a saddle-shaped auditorium building that is the House of Blues.

Hotel Chicago Rm 1208The bathroom is fairly straightforward. We liked the black and while checkered tile.

Hotel Chicago Rm 1208Another view with the shower. Shampoo, bath gel and conditioner were in mounted pump bottles in the shower.

Unfortunately, the lobby in Hotel Chicago is under a major reconstruction and the bar was closed all afternoon and evening for a private event. Basically, you went into a door off the side of the main lobby. There were elevators to the rooms, a front desk and a concierge desk, and not much more.

The staff was very nice, and the concierge was helpful at advising other nearby places to visit, but it was disappointing to only have the room as the hotel experience, especially since the Autograph Collection hotels are marketed by Marriott as:

Exactly like nothing else, each destination has been selected for its quality, bold originality, rich character and uncommon details. From near to far, iconic to historic, the result is an array of properties that is nothing less than unique, nothing short of collectively exceptional.The Autograph Collection is a new collection of hotels within Marriott International, Inc.’s global portfolio. It takes an innovative approach to selecting hotels with distinct personalities that promise guests a unique experience. 

We visit downtown Chicago at least 3-4 times each year. This was the most expensive room rate we have ever paid, and it was disappointing. Ceiling tiles were laying on the floor near our room.  Perhaps Hotel Chicago will be a better experience when the construction is complete (which we didn’t see any warning of on the website), but meanwhile, if you are visiting downtown Chicago we’d recommend staying at one of these hotels that we enjoyed much more:

One terrific thing about Hotel Chicago is that it is next door to Bin 36, and even gives Marriott Rewards Platinum Members breakfast certificates to dine there.

Bin 36, ChicagoWe enjoyed breakfast at Bin 36, and made our evening visit for some wine and cheese flights, and the fantastic service of Jimmy, Roberto and the rest of the Bin 36 staff.

What’s your favorite hotel in downtown Chicago? Please share in comments below.

To take a peek inside other fabulous Marriott properties we’ve stayed in around the world, check out these posts:

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