Location was good. Bathroom was not good at all.
Great location and in hotel amenities Luxury hotel once upon a time, but lack of appropriate upkeep drops it down a couple notches. Not a bad hotel, just not luxury anymore.
Great location and rich history - opened up the windows for cool air at night.
only suggestion for improvements I would have would be the doors to get into the different wings look like service entrances- out of character with the rest of the décor- could use an upgrade.
While the exterior of The Congress represents the bygone days of a once glorious hotel, the interior is, sadly, the result of age, poor maintenance, and general neglect. The very first impression I got was the malodorousness that permeated the entire facility. Upon entering my room, the odor was insulting as, clearly, this hotel once permitted smoking (but apparently made no effort to eliminate the persistent smell. The furniture must've been obtained from the local Goodwill as it was well-worn and mismatched. Cracked tile on the bathroom floor made the entire experience unpleasant. Hey Congress owner, it's time for a remodel!
For the condition of the the hotel, was MUCH cleaner than I expected. Staff were also very cordial. All I can say is that this was like the Happiness Hotel of Muppet fame. Not one dime has been spent on any hotel upgrades since 1976. Because of the baroque splendor it once had, this hotel is popular for weddings (maybe guests are blindfolded until they arrive in the ballrooms??) All was shabby, falling apart, and rundown with tons of springbreak-like behaving young adults. Walls paper-thin.
Beds are comfortable and the staff is very friendly. Onsite parking is cheaper than others in downtown Chicago. Wifi could be better. The rooms are older in style and decor, but that is to be expected in a 100+ year old hotel.
Margarit at the front desk was phenomenal, and Diaz in security was very helpful.. We came out to catch a couple of Cubs games and sight see. We did not spend much time in our room, which was good because overall comfort was about a 3 out of 10. Old, old old. Reminded me of that 1960's home with the pocket doors, and diamond like door knobs, but has NEVER been updated. A place to lay your head and store your luggage and no more. Although I must admit the pancakes in the rear restaurant from the front desk were GREAT!!!! Cold, I mean COLD water in the bathroom. Peeling wall paper. Hotel really needs to be gutted and updated like yesterday. For $200.00 per night the overall appearance of the hotel was about $40.00 per night. Yes we had a good view of Buckingham Fountain over Michigan Ave. And that is the only thing that gave us some, just some of our money's worth.
so many fruit flies in the bathroom! the showerhead was so clogged that the shower sprayed over the curtain and all over the bathroom mirror, leaving about 3 streams of lightly pressured water to shower with.
The location was perfect The ice machines did not work, went to 11 and 12th floors.... Neither worked. WIFI did not work on the 10th floor the entire stay. In fact it only worked in the lobby for us.
All the major sites are walking distance from this hotel. LOCATION Our room smelled like cigarette smoke. It was so bad it penetrated our clothes. Also, they had water issues during our stay. There was no water coming out and after they "fixed" the issue there was brown water coming out. The hotel has beautiful designs, but it looks run down. All of their furniture looks beat up. The drapes in our room had holes. The front desk had mediocre service. The bellman were very friendly though. This place has lots of potential because of it's design and location. They just may need new management.
Way past it's prime...
Large lift lobby, never needed to wait for lifts Exorbitant price for outdated facilities. Extra charge for gym use, for 2-hour checkout extension, poor Wi-Fi coverage, HHonors login doesn't match room reservation detail. Do your wallet a favour and stay elsewhere.
My hotel was right acros from the park..a short walk from the museum and aquarium, as well as a ferry to the pier! The room was clean and large, and the staff was friendly and helpful. The lobby was beautiful! Hotel also has a large pool..was over all very impressed, would stay again on a return visit! That I had to leave!
Glasses which were used and kept aside for replacement were again kept in the same position for usage. they were not replaced just like any other utilities. overall very nice place
Loved the Luxurious Amenities this hotel offers. Our room was comfortable, cold, and dark. All we needed was a fan to soothe me to sleep and upon calling the front desk, they delivered a fan to our room. Only negative I have is that our room had poor lighting. I'm a makeup artist so lighting is key for anyone to put on makeup, let alone a professional makeup artist like myself. Upgrade the lighting please!!
Great Location and staff. Booked direct with Hilton for same price with a better cancellation policy and free WIFI for HHonors guests. Plenty of parking around hotel (spothero.com)
Great location for walking to a concert at soldier field Waited line for 30 minutes to check in and that was for the Hilton Honors pre-checks. Regular check in line was likely 45 minutes+. Keys to our room didn't work. Had to wait in line another 30 minutes for new keys. When we returned at midnight from TS concert and tried new keys they did not work either. Waited 45 minutes for security to open door with 3 small exhausted children. After calling 4 times for security and no luck I finally spoke to a manger and he came and let us in. Was supposed to put new keys under door overnight that was not done. Never received a working key the entire stay. Needless to stay they comped my room. I still had to pay the ridiculous $69 for parking. We will not being staying here again.
need upgrade. Wall paper in bathroom peered off. Mattress was uneven and too soft. Too dark in the room even in the daytime.
A Very Walkable City with wonderful waterfront area and Great Food at Lou Malnati's and Gene & Georgetti. Museums, Aquarium, Planetarium, Soldier Field, Jazz Clubs and Great Restaurants...Everything is centrally located in and around Grant Park which is right across the street from the HILTON CHICAGO. The bed pillows were AWFUL! mushy and no support. A minor point, that would NOT prevent me from staying there again. My biggest CON was the cost of parking $56/day (self park) or $70/day (valet), for the cost of the room it should be included. Also in-room WiFi is an additional charge, should also be included.
Beautiful view and rooms Rooms got hot at night and had to shower to feel better about it
The location is good: close to subway, next to park, easy to get food to eat. I thought this is a 4-star hotel. When I saw the entrance of this hotel, it looks like 4-star. But when I got into the room, I thought I was in a 2-star Inn. The coffee maker is dirty, full of dust. The computer is not working and not able to off screen. The decoration of the room doesn't look like 4-star. Also, when the guest at next room used the bathroom, the loud "boom" sound would shock you. The WiFi is only free at lobby. The speed is really slow. When I refused to pay $30 for upgrade room with WiFi, the staff looked not happy. My teen girl was very disappointed for her trip to Chicago. She always wants to stay in hotel but this time she didn't want to stay longer.
The amenities were great. I was given a larger room than expected with a nice (but not lake) view. The location was great and all staff were friendly and helpful. My room was quiet and the bed was very comfortable. My room was also very clean and the tv had a lot of channels. Also, the building and common areas are absolutely gorgeous. I loved the gym facility and going for a swim after a stressful day. My only complaint is that there was a lot of loosely supervised young kids at the pool at 9pm. Would be nice if they had some hours for adults only.
I loved the location of the hotel. It was close to all that o came to town for. Plus the view from my room was spectacular! It was very easy to get a taxi, as the doorman did it for me. The staff was so helpful and friendly. Definitely will be returning on my next trip to Chicago! The only real complaint I can make about the hotel is the Herb n Kitchen on the main lobby floor. They claim to serve Starbucks which they do, but it tastes nothing like the real thing. The ingredients in my frap started to separate-- pretty sure te syrup was expired. But other than that, the rest of the hotel was amazing. I look forward to future stays there.
For Chicago Michigan Avenue, the price is good for quality, clean rooms. Yes the room is small but very functional. Large bathrooms and plenty of storage.
Staff promptly covered our mistake of a missing room with a walk-in and helped the family stay together during the vacations!
Great location, clean room, friendly service Food service only began at 6am.
The room we had was amazing. The view was amazing. The hotel itself was amazing. The lady who checked us in was very very rude, we booked 2 double beds a month I'm advance and she leads to tell me that we did not. We told her that we wanted 2 queen beds and she lies and says there aren't any rooms available with the bed arrangement we want. When I pull out the paper and show her the we had 2 queen beds, she goes to talk to another person and than a room that fits what we wanted magically appears. Other than this ridiculous incident all of the other staff was very very nice. Avoid checking in with the African-American girl with braces.
The hotel was fantastic as well as the staff.It was clean and the bed was extremely comfortable. Great recommendations for activities and food. We had the the tasting menu at Mercat restaurant and had some of the best food we ever tasted. We will definitely be staying here the next visit to Chicago!
The room was comfortable and updated. There was an employee who listened to me (Iesha) and displayed professionalism and good customer service when there was a HUGE error in the room reservation on the part of Kayak/Get a Room. Lobby was inviting, The hotel forced me to upgrade my room and pay more per night due to the reservation made through Kayak/Get a Room which did not secure 2 double beds for 4 people. They contract with Kayak but you still need to call the hotel directly to be sure you are receiving the room you requested. Does not make sense to contract if you still need to call them directly. They did not clean the room during the stay unless asked directly.
Great location and valet parking is great after long drive "Historic " structure inside
Decent price great location south loop great value. Small bathroom
Nice pool. Parking was overpriced and when I asked the receptionist for assistance in locating cheaper parking, she told me that I would just have to walk around and find it. The security guard was very helpful in assisting me with that. Turns out a cheaper parking garage was actually next door. Got into my room to discover that they checked me in for the wrong room. I had ordered and had a confirmation receipt for a standard double, she had given me a single queen. When I tried to call down from the room phone, I could never get through to the front desk. When I called from my cell phone as a new customer, I was able to get through and it took some arguing and reluctance on the clerk's part and a long hold before they would honor the receipt I had for the room I paid for. I had ordered and paid for my room over a month in advance. No hotel restaurant or bar, which forces you to go next door to the Hilton and discover how much nicer their place is. I will not be staying here again.
Staff was very accommodating. There was no hassle and no charge for a pull-out bed. They even granted us an extra hour when we were running late on departure. Sadly, I can't give them a perfect rating. On the floor beneath the desk in our room I found a dirty old razor blade. I firmly believe that this was in place for quite some time because of how it was embedded into the carpet. Had one of my children discovered it first it would have ruined our entire vacation.
Substandard hotel that charged a a five star rate. Wish I would have slept in my car'.
Location + king room was very comfortable 1 elevator broken
The location to sightseeing was very nice. Also very convenient to bid and train lines. Also had a very nice pool and workout room The hotel is very old. Our room was extremely outdated. The bathroom was small and disgusting. The tiles were coming up, The tub had issues with draining the water with both showers and baths. Called the front desk twice and no one came.There was sharp pipping sticking out of the wall. Looked to be from and old tub The toilet than began to clog. Tell you about this awesome rooftop view which is actually on the fourth floor. We will not be retir by
Good location, comfortable
great location Sheets too short, wouldn't stay on bed.
We liked the cleaning lady. She was kind and the most professional. We also liked the gentlemen who helped us get a cab. He was kind and treated us like family. I didn't like how I specifically paid for a standard dooblw queen room months in advance for three days only to arrive and they tell me, "sorry we on have one queen a couch and a cot". This was not a first come first serve. They told me on the phone specifically what i would have. He room unpaid for. Never once did they try to accomidatw me the next day or offer a discount for the inconvenience.I paid over 700$ so my older boys could sleep on a cot that hurt his back and a roll out couch that the springs poked through . This was our first time to Chicago.
it was ok to spend the night. we had to pay for parking $60 per night
My room had a beautiful view and the staff were extremely helpful and friendly. Decor is a bit dated and the pool was a too green for me to feel good about swimming in it.
Housekeeping, doormen, and one front desk clerk were very nice. Bedbugs and other staff debating it with me.
It's was close to everything so I could explore during my layover and get some .rest. It was good for the price. But I would stay there again. It is next to a loud people mover. Also when they redid the hotel they took to many short cuts peeling paint exposed pipes no breakfast
Parking garage right across the street. Beds were small uncomfortable cheep pillows and sheets. Staff at front desk was rude and not welcoming. Very loud Banging noise on the pipes around midnight. View from Windows was an abandoned building. Only gave us one coffee cup and no water cups.
Location - close to downtown Not accomodating on providing sufficient late-check out.
Location, location, location, couldn't have been better. Lobby was beautiful, unlike the rather drab rooms. Cleanliness was impressive and the room maid was such a doll! The Hotel security were both friendly and helpful. It is nice to be recognized and have a cheerful face to see each morning and evening. The front desk clerk was...well there is no other way to put it, absent. In the four days I stayed there I never once found the man at his appointed front desk but was hidden somewhere in the back room. This man never offered anything of help, including baggage help etc. When I did speak with him it was terse and inadequate. Surely didn't make me feel welcome. He should get another job in which he does not deal with the public.
The room was a good size-a bit plain, but comfortable. The entry/exit to Grant Park for the Chicago Marathon was directly across the street. You couldn't put this building in a better place. Great location.
The people were wonderful. We were able to check in early, and they let us check our bags after checkout so we could explore the city for a little longer before we had to leave to go home. The people and proximity to Michigan Avenue, Millennium Park, etc. were what made our trip. The window air conditioning unit kept the room very comfortable, and there was a safe in the closet, which was nice to have. It was what you would expect from a Travelodge: old, fairly clean, somewhat comfortable mattresses, nothing extra. I am very glad I brought my own hair dryer because they did not have one in the room.
We enjoyed our stay, location is very convenient close to all major attractions. When I arrived person at reception desk told me that my reservation was cancelled though in fact it was not. Customer Service was very helpful to locate my reservation. I just do not understand why hotel staff could not see it.
I really like that is was close to everything. Everything was with walking distance, train, stores, buses, etc. The room was clean and well kept. The room was a little bit hit due to the heater. Try to turn it off but it did not work. Opening the window a bit did the trick.
Location, a block from Michigan Ave, but rooms are in poor conditions. Rooms not good conditions, should be panted.
This is a comparatively affordable hotel and a good value for short, busy-schedule business trips. If you don't need the extra amenities and if you want a convenient, clean, no-fuss "place to stay" it's a good find. It is also close to the downtown Universities, making it easier for the moving in (or out) of your college student(s). Although there are many food choices within a few blocks, it would be nice if there was a breakfast choice, that was open early, in the building.
The only friendly people working at this hotel are the two porters that worked in the lobby. They were friendly and helpful. Especially the man working the night shift. I found every person I talked to at the front desk to be short and rude. I asked about where to park for the best price and he acted like no one ever asked that question before and was rude about his answer. Never mentioned validation to reduce the fee - found that out on my own. Scowled at the mere mention of early check-in and never offered to take luggage. This man needs a new job where he doesn't talk to people. Came back later to talk to a younger guy, thought he would be friendly - but no smile, no helpful tips. Blah. Then the rooms were unbelievably old and run down. Warning: NO BLOW DRYERS in room.
Clean room, hallway, and downstairs facilities. Friendly & well informed staff. Three medium sized elevators. Small cramped room with tiny bathroom. Even on the 10th floor the sound of blowers in the alley made for an incessant, loud hum all night long. Screaming crickets would have been more welcome. Then the steam radiator heat wasn't turned on until 10pm. My room was about 60°F when the pipe-knocking finally began. The restaurant downstairs was overwhelmed in the morning since only two people were working - though the food was pretty good. I waited 20 minutes to order at the counter and another 20 minutes at the table until my pancakes were finished. 15 minutes later I was finished. Parking is not included and my plans kept me in downtown until 3:30. So I put my things back into my car at the garage across the street after breakfast. When I collected my car it had been parked there for 23.5 hours, yet I paid $15 dollars extra for a second night as I was ready to leave after 2pm. Still cheaper than another night in a hotel plus I was home in about 4 hours anyway.
중심가와 밀접한 좋은 위치에 관광지로의 대중교통 연결편도 많습니다.친절한 리셉션과 넓고 깨끗한 시설도 좋았습니다. 특히 경험해본 호스텔중 가장 매트리스가 편안했어요. 다양한 나라에서 온 친구들과의 대화도 즐거웠습니다.
위치가 정말 마음에 들었습니다. 그리고 4명이서 머물기에도 큰방이었군 큰 불편함도 없었구요! 무엇보다도 보안관리가 잘 되있어서 위험하지도 않고 정말 잘 머물다가 온것 같아요 ^^
새로운 사람들과 만나고, 자유롭게 지낼수 있으며, 자신의 의지에 따라 어떤 여행이든지 만들어낼수 있습니다. 함께 생활한다는 것이 장점이자, 단점입니다.