Hotel Burnham

, Chicago, United States
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Hotel Burnham

, Chicago
3 star

Rooms: 122

1 West Washington Street - Chicago - Illinois - 60602 - United States Hotel Website | | 3127821111
545 Traveller

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9/10
Handsome History
Submitted by: Sharon in 05/05/05
  • Age Group: 51 - 60
  • From: Canada
  • Traveller type: Mature Couple
A fantastic find, perfectly located and masterfully re-designed. Efficient and ever-helpful staff, fine restaurant, glorious retro-hallways,room entries out of a movie set and regal rooms, quiet and with a view. You will want to return, for all these reasons and a whole lot more!

Historical Traveller Reviews of Hotel Burnham

What superb service!

from janeyre
The service at this hotel is unparalleled in our experience. Every question was answered quickly and promptly; every special need addressed almost immediately. The only place where the service falls short is in the restaurant/hotel (where dinners are far better than breakfasts, by the way). The rooms are small, but well appointed and pleasing to the eye. We asked in advance for a bright room with a view, and got it.One note: The hotel is a bit of a hike to the Magnificent Mile in Chicago. On the other hand, it's within walking distance of the Art Institute, and it's across the street for Marshall Fields, for shopping lovers.

Great Location

from A TripAdvisor Member
Wonderful staff. The Red Line is right outside the door. The park is three short blocks away if you need to walk your dog.

Kimpton properties are wonderful about pets. I never heard a sound while I was there (for the International Kennel Club Dog Show). Still, it's a shame there are irresponsible pet owners bringing unhappy, barking dogs to such a nice hotel. If you're not sure your dog will be quiet and comfortable in the room-leave it at home or in more suitable surroundings. It's not fair to the other guests, especially those of us who have taken great pains to properly socialize our pets.

Wonderful Place!

from traveler001
My wife and I just returned from a great weekend in Chicago. The Burnham Hotel made our anniversary stay a most memorable one. From the upgraded suite, to the champagne prepared in our room for our arrival, everything was taken care perfectly. The hotel is conveniently located on the red line, and just a walk away from the blue line to O'Hare. If your planning on seeing a show in the theatre or shopping at Marshall Field's flagship store, its really the best location! The room is elegant and preserves its heritage while maintaining a modern touch.

Wonderful place to stay

from A TripAdvisor Member
My wife and I stayed here for the weekend celebrating and anniversary and absolutely loved it. The service was impeccable, particularly the concierges who found us outstanding dining. Complimentary shoeshines and robes, as well as the evening turn-down service were great touches.
The rooms were small, but the bathroom was plenty large. The decor was really cool...the Reliance Building used to be an office building and the doors on our floor looked like 1920s office doors - the wrought iron trim added to the look.

For the most part the front desk staff were kind, but didn't seem knowledgable about where to go if the concierge wasn't available. Also, there was no concierge on this particular Saturday night (oddly enough), so it's good to have some backup possibilities, or to ask as soon as you arrive.

This hotel has been ranked highly on this list, "most romantic hotels" list, etc. and deserves every bit of approbation it has received.

Had A Top Floor Room

from hopper1965
I stayed at the Hotel Burnham March 13, 2004 and had a wonderful experience. I signed up for the Kimpton Frequent Guest program before my trip and booked my room on the Burnham Hotel website using my membership number. To my surprise and delight I was given a top floor corner room upon check-in (The hotel has 15 floors). The room had a northern exposure and I could see up State Street to the Chicago River (a small glimpse of green). The lights from the Chicago Theater weren't working (it's under renovation) but I was provided with a great view of dazzling light displays from other nearby theaters. The room was on the small side, but it was clean and well appointed. The internet connection was blazing fast! We were welcomed to our room with a note from the concierge and chocolate chip cookies. The hotel's lobby and common areas are clean and beautifully restored...keeping with the building's original wrought iron stair railings, wood trim/wall paneling and tile floors. I was amused to get off the elevator to see a quaint common area set off by rooms with old fashioned "office style" windows in their hallway doors. Each room looked like you could walk into a private office set in the 1920s. Although I didn't dine at the hotel restaurant, there was generally a good dining crowd in the afternoon and evening. The "loop" location is excellent and right next door to Marshall Field's "grande dame" flagship store. I stayed at a large Michigan Avenue hotel later in the week, but wish I had made additional reservations at the Burnham Hotel. I would definitely stay at the Burnham again when I visit Chicago.

Another great Kimpton hotel

from A TripAdvisor Member
I have never been disappointed at a Kimpton hotel, and this one was no exception. (I don't work for them or own stock in them.) My partner and I spent a 4-day Valentine's weekend here and loved the VERY comfortable bed, soft linens, and little extras - turndown service included filling the ice bucket and turning on the sound system (radio/CD player) to a jazz station for our return to the room. The staff was always friendly and terrific, even asking at checkout whether we needed change for the subway out to the airport! We got a standard room, which tends to be a little small at Kimpton hotels, but we knew that going in - if you plan to spend lots of time in your room, splurge for the larger suites.
Hotel accepts pets - we had a terrier yapping away in the room next door, but it was quiet at night. We had breakfast and brunch at Atwood cafe - somewhat pricey, esp. if you're a light morning eater because the portions are enormous - but very tasty. Red line subway located steps from the door, other lines 2 blocks away. Tons of shopping within 2 block-radius, plus the theater district. Location couldn't be better.
We'll be back.

dan burnham would be proud

from A TripAdvisor Member
my wife an i stayed at the burnham for a valentines date,( although one day early on the 13th).The room we stayed in was a little small, but nicely appointed and clean. there are larger rooms available. we ate at the hotel's atwood cafe for dinner and loved it. reasonably priced for downtown and great comfort food with style. i booked the hotel because i love dan burnham's buildings and was so pleased when they rehabbed one of his best works, the Equitable building,. as a hotel. dan would be proud of the use of his great name. the location of the hotel is great. everything is accessable. easy walk to the Art institute and most other highlights of the city. for a lover of great architecture, this hotel puts you right in the middle of chicago's greatest hits.

Just feels LUXE and FABULOUS

from A TripAdvisor Member
We travel to Chicago 15-20 times per year for weekend trips and stay at many hotels in town. The Burnham is hands dow our favorite and we look forward to each return. First, for architecture buffs, this is a gem...the restoration of the hall by the elevator bank is astounding, and the overal re-design is excellent in the many ways they have incorporated historic details. The rooms are on the small side (this isn't a place to bring the kids, even the staff is all too friendly), but are decorated in an boutique-y opulent style reminiscent of many much more expensive boutique hotels (e.g. W)...this place delivers an incredible value. The location can't be beat for shoppers, theatre, symphony, opera, museums and the amazing lakefront (and soon Millenium Park) ALL IN WALKING DISTANCE. What really distinguishes the Burnham, however, is the excellent staff. They are friendly, knowledgeable and helpful...with personalities! For return guests, the rooms are often prepared with the radio set to your favorite type of music and a little treat upon arrival. The wine gathering each afternoon is just plain fun. And the valet parking (with in-an-out service) is reasonably priced. We LOVE this hotel, and could not recommend it too highly: exceptional value with a personalble professional staff in a gorgeously renovated historic landmark building.

Fabulous Burnham!

from A TripAdvisor Member
We had the weekend planned for four months and selected the Hotel Burnham based on the reviews. What a wonderful experience!!! We left Detroit during the blackout and couldn't have been happier with every aspect of our trip! The hotel is small, which is nice in the big city, and was just beautiful! What made it even more special was the staff, especially Tracy!! She is the famous concierge that was able to finally get tickets for a guest (after 9 years of trying!) to the Oprah Winfrey show. She took such good care of us! Every resturant recommendation was superb and she had us hopping everywhere with cards and discounts! We even saw the Chicago air and boat show from the top of the John Hancock building, in the air conditioning - it couldn't have been better (it was a very hot/humid day with thousands of people everywhere)! Thanks to Tracy and all of the staff at the Burnham - the ladies at the desk and the guys at the door never missed a beat! We had a most memoriable trip and now won't stay anywhere else - we're still hoping for those Oprah tickets some day!!!! Go Tracy!

What a find!

from soxgal78
We were originally supposed to stay at the Hotel Allegro, but once I read the reviews here, I switched our reservation to the Hotel Burnham -- what a good idea! The hotel was in a great location, very nicely decorated, and the staff was incredibly helpful. The room was a little small, but luxurious enough that it didn't matter! The complimentary wine, coffee and newspapers were a nice touch. I would absolutely stay there again.

Top Local Tips for Chicago

Lunch-Time Go to one of the food halls usually situated in the ground level or basement of most office buildings. They provide really great value for money lunches at a fraction of what other restaurants charge for lunch.

Jazz & Blues Club Andy's Jazz Club was great for dinner - 11 East Hubbard St. The Blues Chicago club on N. Clark was really fun - Patricia Scott was great!

Water Tours Definately take in an arcitecual tour if at all possible. Great way to spend a few hours when the weather is great!

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  • hotel burnham chicago
  • Address: 1 West Washington Street - Chicago - Illinois - 60602 - United States
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