InterContinental Chicago Hotel

, Chicago, United States
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InterContinental Chicago Hotel

5 star

Rooms: 807

505 North Michigan Avenue - Chicago - Illinois - 60611 - United States Hotel Website | | 3129444100
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t wait to return

from A TripAdvisor Member
Took my 6-year-old daughter to Chicago last summer for sightseeing and shopping, and the Intercontinental's location is the BEST! Would recommend the CTA multi-day pass for bus, El, etc., all convenient to hotel. Had a beautiful, comfortable room in the historic section with lake, Trib tower and river views; loved the over-large bathtub; was surprised at how few local and cable TV stations were available on TV, but good movie selection. Daughter is a swimmer and LOVED the pool, but we were surprised at how cold (and deep--parents, be warned) it was! Enjoyed touring the historic public rooms of the hotel; only ate in restaurant once (breakfast)--food was a little too fancy for my daughter's taste (Corner Bakery down the street was a good alternative)--but dinner-time room service (and waiters) were terrific. We thought the out-the-window spiders (also at the top of the John Hancock tower--how do they hold on in the wind?) were fun to watch!

Hotel Inter-Continental

from lilibwilliams
We stayed at the Hotel Inter-Continental over Labor day and had a great Girl friends weekend. There is a starbucks one block away for early coffee and we walked the Mile and shopped until we dropped. The highlight of the hotel is the indoor pool. Its amazing. We had it all too ourselves to swim laps after a long day of walking. Great location, very posh room. Would highly recommend it

Wow- Breathless

from A TripAdvisor Member
Just stayed over at this hotel, and all I can say is WOW! From the time of arrival, I found that people actually cared. Service received is on par with hotels such as Ritz Carlton, Four Seasons, and Park Hyatt.

Stay in the Historic Tower, it is worth the surcharge of $50.00. Rooms are luxurious, and yes a hotel with an oversized bathroom with a separate shower is a treat. Would have liked a Jacuzzi, but given the Historic Nature of the Building this may not be possible.

Check the swimming pool out. It is free for hotel guests, and it is completely out of a history book.

Right on Michigan Avenue on the Mag mile. The only thing I wish was that I had know of this hotel before.

STAY SOMEWHERE ELSE

from MSAUsa
Old hotel, very loud, you could hear other people using their bathrooms. Also the air conditioning was way too loud, more like being in an airplane. I have been in many hotels over the magnificant mile and this is defiently the worst so far.

s casino cheese

from A TripAdvisor Member
The location is great, but that's about all there is to recommend. For the price, stay anywhere else.
From the moment you step off the elevator and are greeted by the atrocious wallpaper to the pale-dirty yellow walls & carpeting of the rooms, everything seems gaudy in a Circus-Circus sort of way. The bed's comforter (gold with yellow polka dots) was adorned with a faded/dirty white throw pillow. In front of the small, scatched wooden desk was a (yellow) fake leather chair with pen marks. The toilet? institutional-style flush leaver in the back. The air conditioning was loud but ineffective. The only thing remotely nice was the sink. I have no idea why anyone would pay what they charge to stay here, I was on expense acct and almost left. What are they thinking?

Perfect location

from malyko
I was surprised at how much I liked this hotel. We got a great price on our room under $120 on a holiday weekend. We stayed in the newer building. The room was comfortable, the furnishings were up to date and I especially liked the modern decor. We also had a fantastic view of the Wrigley building and Michigan Ave. The location of this hotel could not be any better, you are within walking distance of most of the attractions, and if you need to use the bus or train they are very close by also. I enjoyed walking around this hotel looking at the d├ęcor especially the older building. The staff was courteous and the hotel serves fresh complimentary coffee in the mornings. I would highly recommend this hotel because it felt nice to stay in and because of its location.

Great location - average room

from A TripAdvisor Member
The location of the hotel was just grrreat! It was right in the middle of the Magnificent Mile - where you can just literately shop till you drop!! It was also close to Navy Pier, the Millenium Park and the Lake.

The hotel itself was alright. I stayed at the non-historical section of the hotel. My first impression was that it looked a little old and dull - but the finer details of the room eventually emerged after the first few hours. The room was on the small side, but the King bed was lovely and so was the relatively recent refurbished bathroom.

The wireless internet access was also very good, and was not too pricy - USD 10 a day.

I guess the only compliant that I have is that the door and wall were not soundproof at all. I could hear the morning call of the room next door at 5am one morning, followed by the neighbours' bathroom activities, then the banging of the door as they left their room, then the lift arriving and its bell... and half an hour later, these people returned - so first there was the ding telling me a lift would be stopping, then the neighbours walking back to their rooms, then the door slam, then them chatting in the room... I expected an InterContinental Hotel to have better soundproofing system than this.

It's worthwhile checking out the historical section if you are not staying there. Quite impressive.

Overall, the room was probably just above average, but the location more than compensate it!

Lovely place. Lots of hassles.

from A TripAdvisor Member
Wanted to take a mini-vacation in my own city, and the pictures of this place looked amazing. Booked a "King Executive Suite" through the hotel's website, as the discount sites like Priceline or Hotwire don't offer the option of booking suites.
Anyhow....upon our arrival at 8pm, we were told that our room still wasn't ready to be occupied by us. A bit alarming, considering that check-out time is at NOON! They offered us some free drinks in the bar while we waited, but unfortunately that wouldn't work for us as we were meeting friends for dinner and needed to get into our room to get ready. We were then told that we could check in, and that we had been given an upgrade. Some upgrade! It turned out to be a regular room, not the suite that we had booked and paid for. Phone calls and visits to the front desk to straighten this out ensued, and one hour later we were finally given a suite (with another upgrade), and it was just gorgeous! 41st floor, beautiful windows and views.
More negatives: Fred, who is a front desk clerk, is borderline rude and not helpful at all.
There is also a strange spider population in the historic tower. There were about 20 large, black spiders hanging around outside of EACH window, which made looking outside a somewhat creepy experience. There were also at least 2 smaller spiders joining us as guests in the suite. Definitely not for anyone who is an arachnophobe!
Most likely would never stay there again, although it is a beautiful place.

InterContinental Hotel--like staying on Fifth Ave near Rockefeller Center!

from amilysmom
The InterContinental is a grand old hotel. That means the rooms are on the smallish side. And, as a woman traveling alone on business, I objected when they placed me right outside a stairway where they kept the garbage. They immediately moved me and upgraded me to a "VIP" room on a higher floor and with windows on two sides--including a great view of the lake. The location is terrific--right next door to the Chicago Tribune building and on Michigan Ave. across form great shopping. It was the equivalent of being in New York City on Fifth Ave. across from Saks and next to Rockefeller Center! The Architectural Cruise Tour was a two-minute walk away (a must for every Chicago visitor). And, naturally, I spent some money in the shops and restaurants nearby. The hotel had a wonderful concierge as well, who was very helpful. All in all, a fine place to stay for a few days in the Windy City.

s day at the Chicago Intercontinental! 5 stars.

from rhsen814
We became an Ambassador member just before spending Mother's day at the Chicago Intercontinental, and received a room upgrade to an exceptional room. Our Saturday night stay was the BEST $99 we ever spent (Mother's day special). The welcoming chocolate covered strawberries began the weekend on a high note; the concierge continued it by arranging a wonderful dinner (moderately priced) , and the great Sunday breakfast topped it all off. All in all, Mother's day in Chicago was Super. We loved it enough to be back for Labor Day weekend (another "package").

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  • Address: 505 North Michigan Avenue - Chicago - Illinois - 60611 - United States
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