Hotel Blake, Chicago
Reviews - Hotel Blake
- Age Group: 51 - 60
- From: United States
- Traveller type: Mature Couple
- Age Group: 26 - 30
- From: United States
- Traveller type: Luxury Traveller
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Historical Traveller Reviews of Hotel Blake
Not very nice..dark and no one aroundfrom A TripAdvisor Member
this place was lovely Not!!!from A TripAdvisor Member
could be stellar -- mixed reviewfrom brendonla
But due to a power outtage that screwed up Hotel 71's reservation system, they put us up at Hotel Blake instead -- it was under construction, but we lucked out and got a HUGE suite for $99 + tax and our first night was comped! Our room was completely furnished in a very modern decor, similar to a W Hotel. We had a total of 3 plasma TVs in there: one in the living room, one in the bathroom, one in the bedroom. Iron, ironing board in the closet. There was a minibar with sink as well, but unfortunatley, no fridge. Mini-CD system in the living room with DVD player hooked up to the giant plasma (if allowed to I would have stayed in to watch DVDs on that huge TV, but alas, we were there to go to a wedding - drat! I mean, we could have thrown a killer after-party there, but the wedding was out in Oak Groove but I digress....).
Printer's Row, while father south, is still within walknig distance of Michigan Ave and the parks (we walked over to Taste of Chicago when we stayed). Or you can cab it to nearby attractions for a couple of bucks. There's a few restaraunts across the street and a Starbucks on the corner as well.
So, the room was really excellent. But the staff is kinda non-existent (I had to ask for a valet and it's not really clear where you should pull your car up to; also be aware that there's no valet past midnight: I had to park my rental car at the nearby lot myself and walk back on the night of the wedding -- kinda of a drag) and the staff also overall had blah, non-customer centric attitudes. The woman working the front desk did let me use their computer to print out boarding passes after checkout, so kudos for that.
I think once this place is completely finished being renovated, it could seriously kick ass -- the room decor was great! But it all depends on how they staff it and how the restaraunt and bar turn out (these were both under construction when we stayed). Also worth noting: the owners are selling furnished condominiums in this building on different floors -- don't know how this will change the atmosphere once residents start moving in. I guess this is a new concept with some renovated hotels - see [-]
Would we stay again? Only if we could get a great price (no more than $125 /night). Given that it was summer and a convention was going on in town, we were lucky to get a room -- but here's a NOTE TO THE MANAGEMENT of both Hotel 71 and Hotel Blake: get it together when it comes to your reservation system: having worked for an award-winning travel prodvider [-] I know that the res system is your LIFE BLOOD. BACK IT UP MAN! There was no excuse for not tracking your room inventory closer and backing it up so once the power came back on you can get back online immediately -- this was why we were booted from Hotel 71 -- I can't comment on that hotel except that some of the other wedding guests we met actually went back to it after being put up elsewhere (Le Meriden) and said the rooms weren't all that great there.
So overall, this was a mixed bag for us: GREAT ROOM, so-so staff.
not in a hurry to stay here againfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Hotel Bleakfrom DUKEDOG
The toilet would not flush properly, when I ordered food for delivery there was a $2.00 phone charge (they took it off), one soda and ice machine on the 12th floor, an indifferent staff, I actually felt sorry for them, and I never did see any construction going on. It could be nice, but it was bleak.
t actually stay therefrom A TripAdvisor Member
Got to Hotel 71 and they said no one had phoned.
Finally got it sorted and a room. will continue review of Hotel 71 under that section.
On checking out time I was given a bill (taken directly out of my account) for my stay at hotel 71.
Had to go back to hotel Blake and get them to sort it out. Still waiting for my money.
Reception - looks terrible - a thick curtain around a few computers is the front desk.
I didn't actually stay at the hotel Blake so I can't really say any more about it.
Very Disappointedfrom Layover
Hotel going through major changes and FYI NOT closingfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Sadly deteriorated: AVOIDfrom Bobjr
I'll start with the one remaining positive: the staff remain friendly, efficient, and in-the-know; just what you'd expect from any Hyatt.
The room itself was quite dirty: stains on the carpet, mildew in the shower, broken lampshades on fixtures burning cold flourescent bulbs. The windows needed cleaning, and the wallpaper in the bathroom was stained. Got a room change with no problem, second room was no better. Most of the furniture had been removed from the rooms: no writing desk, couch or loveseat, or even a comfortable easy chair. Both rooms had a glass table with two plain, unpadded chairs. This was the ONLY furniture in either room besides the TV cabinet and beds.
The formerly classy restaurant "Prarie" had also gone way downhill. Coffee was yucky, and the suasage and bacon tasted like cleaning products. Room service did not respond at 10:30 PM. There's a Starbucks accross the street though, and a suoerb juice bar/ brunch place called "orange" a block away.
It's a shame when a good hotel goes bad, but Chicago has many fine options. I suggest avoiding this Hyatt in (what must be) it's final months of operation.
Perfect place..........from A TripAdvisor Member
I did stay in the new building (per previous reviews) which was a very nice room. There was also free cable internet and a fitness room. They have since improved the fitness room since previous reviews. There are 3 flat screen TV's, a few cardio machines and a Bowflex type of machine with a few free weights.
If you're looking to stay at a place like the Drake, then stay there, but if you'd like to spend your money on something other than where you lay your head down at night and throw your dirty clothes on the floor, then STAY here!!!
Hope this helps.......
Top Local Tips for Chicago
Do Not choose Hotel Blake Staying on Michigan avenue would be best. The area we were in was the business district, so nothing was open hardly at all near us. Most of the bars and businesses nearby closed at 5:PM.
A great resource for finding your way around If you go to www.transitchicago.com they have a link on the right side of the screen called "trip planner". You can enter your location (or select a landmark) and where you want to go. It gives you options like how far you'd be willing to walk, fastest way, etc. It then will give you very good directions as to the train, subway, and buses you will use to get to your location and the cost of the trip. You can print it off along with the walking instructions, and you'll be set to go. By a visitors pass and explore the city. You can easily avoid cabs and save lots of money.
Hotel Blake's restaurant I read about Custom House and heard it one of the best "new" restaurants in Chicago. I made reservations for my family this evening! Menu looks great! FYI: Custom House does Hotel Blake's catering and room service.
Other names for Hotel Blake
- blake motel chicago
- blake hotel chicago
- Address: 500 S Dearborn St - Chicago - Illinois - 60605 - United States
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