$134 Avg/night
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Renaissance Blackstone Chicago Hotel

4 stars
View map of 636 South Michigan Avenue, (lobby entrance on East, 636 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60605

Hotel Overview

Reviewer score
4.5
out of 5
74 reviews
Business travel

Staff was accommodating, great breakfast. Tapas restaurant was ok. Overall excellent service to... See full review

  • Noelle C.
  • Feb 23, 2015
Extraordinary Staff

Great staff. Great stay. Parking a little pricey, but location is worth it. See full review

  • A. P.
  • Feb 3, 2015
History and culture in a modern setting
The historic 4-star Renaissance Blackstone Chicago Hotel offers guests easy access to some of the most interesting Chicago attractions, including Soldier Field and Magnificent Mile. A popular retreat for celebrities, the Renaissance Blackstone Chicago Hotel is housed in an elegantly restored 1910 French Beaux-Arts structure and features over 1,400 pieces of original artwork by celebrated artists. Guests will enjoy modern amenities including a fully equipped gym, business center and Starbucks Cafe. Iron Chef Jose Garces helms the on-site restaurant, Mercat a la Planxa, showcasing Catalan cuisine, Mediterranean tapas and artisanal wines.
3 Reasons To Stay:
  • Prime location near Grant Park
  • Historic hotel favored by celebrities
  • Celebrated restaurant Mercat a la Planxa
Renaissance Blackstone Chicago Hotel Rooms
The Blackstone offers an air of grandeur in each of its lush hotel rooms and suites. Guests will enjoy views of Lake Michigan, pillow top mattresses and down duvets, flat-panel TVs, iPod docks and wireless Internet access. The luxurious marble bathrooms include hairdryers, bathrobes and premium bath amenities. In addition, business guests at the Renaissance Blackstone Chicago Hotel can make use of helpful extras such as the in-room work desk, chair and telephones. Families have the option of requesting cribs and rollout beds. Accessible rooms are also available. As an added treat, turndown and room service are on offer.
Things To Do:
  • Grant Park (0.4 mi/0.7 km)
  • Art Institute of Chicago (0.5 mi/0.9 km)
  • Millennium Park (0.7 mi /1.1 km)
  • Field Museum (0.9 mi/1.4 km)
  • Shedd Aquarium (1 mi/1.6 km)
  • Soldier Field (1.9 mi/3 km)
  • Navy Pier (2.1 mi/3.3 km)
  • McCormick Place (2.9 mi/4.6 km)
Policies and fees
  • Pets allowed.
  • Overnight valet parking costs $67 USD. 

This is not a comprehensive list of fees. Any amounts listed above may not include taxes and are subject to change.

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Amenities

  • High-speed internet
  • No smoking rooms/facilities
General
Air conditioned
No smoking rooms/facilities
Pet friendly
Elevators
Ice machine
Activities
Fitness center or spa
Fitness Center
Exercise gym
Tennis
Dining
Bar/Lounge
Continental breakfast
Restaurant
Coffee maker in room
Lounge
Coffee shop
Services
24 hour front desk
Business center
Maid service
Laundry service
Express checkout
Concierge desk
Laundry/Valet services
ATM/Cash machine
Security
Wake-up service
In-Room Safe
Meeting/Banquet facilities
Car rental desk
Barber shop
Barber/Beauty shop
FAX
Gift shop
Currency exchange
Drugstore
Florist
Internet
High-speed internet
Parking
Valet parking
Accessibility
Accessible facilities
Room
Television with cable
Radio
Safe
Telephone
AM/FM alarm clock
Free newspaper
Hairdryer in room
Outlet adapters
Turndown service
Cribs available
Fire place
In room movies
Sofa bed
Temperature control
Shower
Iron
Ironing board
Wet bar

Nearby points of interest

  • Grant Park: 0.2 mi
  • Auditorium Building: 0.2 mi
  • Printers Square: 0.3 mi
  • Harold Washington Library: 0.3 mi
  • Buckingham Fountain: 0.3 mi
  • Chicago Architecture Foundation: 0.4 mi
  • Symphony Center: 0.4 mi
  • Art Institute of Chicago: 0.4 mi
  • Chicago Board of Trade: 0.5 mi
  • Bank of America Theatre: 0.6 mi
  • Crown Fountain: 0.6 mi
  • Willis Tower (Sears Tower): 0.6 mi
  • State Street: 0.6 mi
  • Field Museum of Natural History: 0.6 mi
  • Cloud Gate: 0.7 mi
  • Grant Park: 0.2 mi
  • Auditorium Building: 0.2 mi
  • Printers Square: 0.3 mi
  • Harold Washington Library: 0.3 mi
  • Buckingham Fountain: 0.3 mi
  • Chicago Architecture Foundation: 0.4 mi
  • Symphony Center: 0.4 mi
  • Art Institute of Chicago: 0.4 mi
  • Chicago Board of Trade: 0.5 mi
  • Bank of America Theatre: 0.6 mi
  • Crown Fountain: 0.6 mi
  • Willis Tower (Sears Tower): 0.6 mi
  • State Street: 0.6 mi
  • Field Museum of Natural History: 0.6 mi
  • Cloud Gate: 0.7 mi
  • Shubert Theatre: 0.7 mi
  • Shedd Aquarium: 0.7 mi
  • Pritzker Pavilion: 0.7 mi
  • Yacht Club: 0.7 mi
  • Chicago Cultural Center: 0.7 mi
  • Macys: 0.7 mi
  • Harris Theater: 0.8 mi
  • City Hall: 0.8 mi
  • Oriental Theatre: 0.8 mi
  • Cadillac Palace Theatre: 0.8 mi
  • Goodman Theatre: 0.8 mi
  • Chicago Theater: 0.8 mi
  • Prudential Plaza: 0.9 mi
  • Soldier Field: 0.9 mi
  • Chicago Mercantile Exchange: 0.9 mi
  • Harold Washington College: 0.9 mi
  • Union Station: 0.9 mi
  • Opera House: 0.9 mi
  • Adler Planetarium: 1 mi
  • Marina City: 1 mi
  • Museum of Broadcast Communications: 1.1 mi
  • Wrigley Building: 1.1 mi
  • Merchandise Mart: 1.1 mi
  • Tribune Tower: 1.2 mi
  • Hull House Museum: 1.2 mi
  • Michigan Avenue South: 1.2 mi
  • North Michigan Avenue: 1.3 mi
  • Chicago - Mag Mile - Wacker Dr: 1.4 mi
  • Lake Point Tower: 1.4 mi
  • Children Museum: 1.4 mi

Dining

Mercat a la Planxa
Take a culinary tour of Barcelona at Mercat a la Planxa, where Catalan-inspired cocktails and cuisine come to life. Whatever your pleasure, Chef Jose Garces' mod-Mediterranean kitchen delivers a dose of Catalan soul straight to your table.

Hotel Policies

Check-in:
04:00 PM
Check-out:
12:00 PM

Terms and conditions

Rates quoted in currencies other than the hotel's base currency are subject to the rate of the international exchange. Rate may change throughout stay. Rate may reflect average nightly rate. Extra charges may apply. Incidental charges, such as room service, are not included in the rate.

The amenities and/or facilities may not be located at the hotel, but within a reasonable distance, and additional charges may apply for use.

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Guest Reviews (74)

Ratings and reviews for Renaissance Blackstone Chicago Hotel

Overall score

4.5 / 5
5.01.0
74 out of 74
Amenities:
4.4
Cleanliness:
4.8
Hotel staff:
4.7
Comfort:
4.7
Location:
4.6
Value:
4.3

95% would recommend to a friend.

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Columbia Chicago Mom
Business
Leesburg, VA
Jul 24, 2009

Up-scale Friendliness

Our stay at the Blackstone Hotel was one of the nicest hotel experiences we have ever had. My daughter and I were in Chicago for Orientation at Columbia College Chicago, so obviously the location could not have been better. But what made the trip so wonderful was the attitude of every staff member at the hotel combined with the lovely and extremely comfortable accomodations. The Front Desk staff were the most welcoming and efficient of any hotel I've stayed at. Requests for restaurant suggestions were thoughtfully considered, and the places recommended didn't seem to be be memorized "for tourists" responses but rather places that from personal experience they thought we would really enjoy...and we did! Requests from our room...one night my daughter had blisters on her heels from walking, and we called down for band-aids...were responded too incredibly quickly, we had those band-aids in less than 5 minutes. I can not say enough good things about this hotel. And don't even get me started on Mercat ala Plaxa, the hotel's restaurant. The brioche french toast is wonderful, and the Tasting Dinner with wine pairing is not to be missed....well worth the cost and the time needed to appreciate this leisurely dining experience. Make a reservation, the restaurant is extremely popular in the broader Chicago community. The rooms are beautifully decorated, and have wonderful comfy beds and linens. We also loved the roman shades at the windows...they blocked not just light but noise from the city outside.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

The Custom House -- a very up-scale and $$$ restaurant-- was recommended, fabulous, and worth the money. The Chicago Curry House -- more moderately priced --we found on our own and thoroughly enjoyed.

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Review of Renaissance Blackstone Chicago Hotel

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Connecticut
Jul 16, 2009

Great Service, Nicely Decorated Room

Hotel was great, but Orbitz apparently flubbed the reservation and we had to wait 40 minutes to get that straightened out when we checked in. Then reservation issue resurfaced on second day so no maid service. The hotel staff were helpful in resolving this but Orbitz needs to get it right!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Sightseeing tip: Short walk from hotel

The hotel is directly across from Grant Park and a short walk from Art Institute. Well located for long or short walks to other museums and locations. Red and blue line subways are short walks away. Taxis always available too.

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Review of Renaissance Blackstone Chicago Hotel

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Jon
Business
London, UK
Jun 24, 2009

Fantastic hotel !

Great location in Chicago, traditional building but very modern interior. Breakfast at the hotel restaurant was a little pricey for what is was - but there is also a Starbucks in the basement!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
EB&ANA
Business
Grand island Ny
Jun 21, 2009

chicago convention

hotel great, but, bathroom door poorly design no privacy with door like that! no window to open for fresh air! way too expensive for just a room , no breakfast,no wifi, no pool included in prices!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
3
Location:
3
Value:
1
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Minneapolis
Jun 17, 2009

Very nice place to stay

The most important item I look for in a hotel is a clean room. This hotel had a very clean room. The bathroom was very clean and the entire staff was friendly. We were travelling with two other couples and they were able to put us on the same floor. The only thing I could wish for was to have the lake view. I would totally recommend this hotel to anyone I know.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Comfort:
5
Location:
4
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Doc Pop
Business
Lynbrook, NY
Jun 3, 2009

Great Room - Great Location

Classic hotel right on S. Michigan Ave. Near to Chicago Institute of Art. We walked to the Magnificant mile on N. Michigan because the weather was so good, but it was a pretty long walk.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
4
Comfort:
5
Location:
4
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Sightseeing tip: Short walk from hotel

Take one of the architectual boat rides. Very interesting history.

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Review of Renaissance Blackstone Chicago Hotel

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Los Angeles
May 28, 2009

beautiful!

A great location in the loop! A short walk to Art Institute and State St shopping. Room was immaculate. Comfortable bed and real HD.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

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Review of Renaissance Blackstone Chicago Hotel

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
C & C
Business
Bourbonnais, IL
May 26, 2009

Luxurious place to stay downtown Chicago

We spent the weekend in Chicago to relax, sightsee, and enjoy fine dining. The staff at the hotel were very helpful in getting taxis, giving us restaurant information, and holding our luggage for late checkout. We would definitely stay at Blackstone again.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

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Review of Renaissance Blackstone Chicago Hotel

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Gallivanting Family
Business
Calgary, AB
May 20, 2009

Beautifully decorated, vintage Chicago

The location was great, within walking distance to the Shedd Aquarium, the Art Institute, Millenium Park, the Planetarium and other attractions. Lots of nearby green space and parks. A knowledgeable concierge was able to help with directions and other advice, as well as restaurant recommendations and reservations. A good launching pad for seeing Chicago.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

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Review of Renaissance Blackstone Chicago Hotel

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Hermitage, Pa.
May 11, 2009

The best hotel in Chicago!

Even though the location seemed to be off the main drag, the availability of transportation made it very easy to get around.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

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