Skip to main content
Beginning of main content

Raffaello Hotel

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Close to shopping and loop. Good, older property needs a little attention but very comfortable and clean.

Bathroom was horrible, way too small. No way to plug in hair dryer to do hair. No vent to dispute steam.

The location is an easy walk to many of the fun things to do in Chicago which is the main reason I booked this hotel. I've stayed here before but this time got a tiny room (king 706) that was quite disappointing. It was also so close to the elevator I could hear people coming and going at all hours. I always do a bedbug check when checking into a hotel and while I didn't find any evidence of bedbugs, there were hairs on the mattress cover under the sheets. Yuck. DrumBar is a nice place for a drink though it would be nice if they offered food options. The Hancock is right next door and a great place for a nightcap. I also highly recommend the architectural boat tour on the Chicago river. Not sure I'll stay here again after the room situation.

The hotel needs to add some type of breakfast option.

Hotel is not worth the money paid. I will NEVER stay at this hotel again!!

Pros: value, location, comfort, quietness, housekeeping, overall room size Cons, very slow and small elevators, old building showing its age, poor bathroom layout, bored appearing front staff

For a 4 star hotel I expected better. The hotel was in a very convenient location, and upon arrival, seemed clean. Later that night we realized the nightstand was weirdly sticky and one of the decorative pillows had strange white stains on it. The mattress was also not very soft and the shampoo was not very moisturizing. I do not usually complain about hotels, I'm usually happy with them. Unfortunately this is not the case here.

The carpets and furniture were old and the rooms smelled like an retirement home. There were cigarette burns in the carpet which was also dirty. On the brighter side the bed was comfortable and had a great donut bar.

I have stayed here in the past and the experience was nothing to brag about, but the location and price seemed right. That was the only thing until you get there. The place has some of the worst customer service that I have experienced with any hotel any where in this world. The most recent stay was my last and if you don't take this review seriously then please find out for yourself. The hotel cleaning service took our food from the fridge that we had saved and threw it out. When confronting the front desk they told us that someone would get in touch with us to compensate us in one form or another. Mind you this was after an interrogation of how the food got to the fridge and if I was sure that it was. Hmm I am pretty sure I know what we put in there and what we didn't and does this sort of claim happen a lot? I would have to say I don't ever recall hearing or having this happen to myself or anyone or any review I have ever heard from a hotel. Long story short, they never called, they could care less about me and could care less about this review. There are better options out there I suggest you try them over this place.

This is a very nice boutique hotel. Located just a couple of blocks off Michigan Avenue it is close to fine stores and restaurants. Yet it is amazingly quiet. The whole hotel staff is friendly, helpful and professional. Our room was large and comfortable , although the bathroom was on the small side. Have stayed before and will again.

Lovely large room with separate living space. Fantastic location next to the John Hancock building just off of Michigan Avenue. It is close to public parking if you don't want to pay for valley device.

They let us check in early which was wonderful and location was great. The one downfall was no fans in bathroom and no mirror in living room in suite. Room was clean and comfortable.

In the shadow of the Hancock, well located to Water Tower Place, N Michigan Avenue. Convenient parking. We had a suite and a double which allowed us to have private family happy hour. Bedding and beds quite comfortable. Shower only (no tub) but excellent waterfall shower and hand spray. Older appointments, but the room was clean and tasteful. Fresh donuts in the lobby - quite good.(extra charge) Staff responsive and pleasant. Compared to Ritz Carlton, suite larger, much less expensive, more dated furnishing, and overall lower level of service. However, based on what we like, the Rafaello was an excellent match -- quiet, spacious, comfortable while not breaking the bank.

This has long been our favorite hotel, even before it changed its name (from Raphael to Raffaello). Cozy and friendly, now with scrumptious donuts for sale in the lobby. It is an easy walk to shopping and dining. On a warm day, one can walk the length of Michigan Ave, only a block away from the hotel. Highly recommended.

Overall this was a great place to stay - close to restaurants and shopping, however they came up short on a couple of issues. Check-in was delayed and they promised to text when the room was ready, which they did not do. The bellhops/doormen were extremely friendly, but the rest of the staff seemed disinterested in guests. There was a sign in the lobby when we arrived that the rooftop bar (Drumbar) was closed for a private event until 10pm. The rooftop bar was an amenity that we looked forward to utilizing on a great fall evening in Chicago. But, we were going to the Cubs playoff game so having it unavailable to us until 10pm was no problem and our plan was to go to the rooftop for a nightcap when we returned. When we returned at 11:30pm, we were told that the bar was closed for the private event for the remainder of the evening. We asked if the private event was being extended to 3 am (closing time) and we were told no guests would be allowed in the bar. Like I said - it could have been better.

Check-in was very easy. Suite was very spacious and quiet. Nice amenities. Beautiful rooftop bar with happy hour specials all the time. Only complaint is the size of the elevators.

Stayed here many times and it gets better every time. Love this place and a wonderful bar!

The location is great, but the room is not that comfortable. The carpet is so dirty, and the bed board was damaged, and the bathroom is not like a hotel at all, totally a TWO star hotel.

201 E Delaware Pl Chicago IL

Hotel highlights

  • Walking distance to John Hancock Center and Chicago Water Tower
  • Free WiFi and wired Internet in rooms and public areas
  • Onsite dining
  • Health club

Located in Near North Side, Raffaello Hotel is adjacent to John Hancock Center and within a 10-minute walk of other popular attractions like Chicago Water Tower. This 170-room, 4-star hotel welcomes guests with a restaurant, free in-room WiFi, and a health club. Located centrally in Chicago, it's also close to Millennium Park and Art Institute of Chicago.


Dining

Enjoy a bite to eat at the hotel's restaurant, or relax with a drink at the bar/lounge. Order from room service to satisfy your hunger without leaving your room. For your convenience, breakfast is available for a fee.


Rooms

An LCD TV comes with digital channels, and guests can stay connected with free WiFi and wired Internet. Beds are dressed in premium bedding and down comforters, and the bathroom offers a rainfall showerhead, a hair dryer, and designer toiletries. Other standard amenities include a kitchenette, an iPod dock, and a refrigerator.


Property features

At Raffaello Hotel, guests have access to a health club, a rooftop terrace, and free WiFi in public areas. Valet parking is available for USD 67.00 per night. Multilingual staff at the front desk are standing by 24/7 to help with luggage storage, dry cleaning/laundry, and concierge services. Other amenities at this boutique hotel include free newspapers, laundry facilities, and an ATM.

Room options

Deluxe Suite, 1 King Bed with Sofa bed

King 1 | Full 1 | Sleeps 4

Double Room, 2 Double Beds

Full 2 | Sleeps 4

Grand Suite, 1 King Bed with Sofa bed

King 1 | Full 1 | Sleeps 4

Complimentary Upgrade to Deluxe Suite

King 1 | Full 1 | Sleeps 4

Guest reviews for Raffaello Hotel

Everyone (24) Business (57) Couples (105) Family (65) Friends (42) Other (26)
4

excellent value in great location

Everyone

Close to shopping and loop. Good, older property needs a little attention but very comfortable and clean.

By on Feb 27, 2018

Review comment responded on Mar 5, 2018

Dear Anonymous, Thank you for taking a moment to share your positive feedback regarding your recent experience. We are truly delighted you enjoyed your visit and hope to welcome you back in the future. Sincerely, Raffaello management

3
Everyone

Bathroom was horrible, way too small. No way to plug in hair dryer to do hair. No vent to dispute steam.

By , from Michigan on Feb 5, 2018

Review comment responded on Feb 12, 2018

Dear Sue, Your feedback is very important to us. We thank you for sharing this constructive information to let us know how we are doing. It is upsetting to us that you encountered many problems with your bathroom. We will look into these issues right away and hope for the chance to welcome you back in the future for a much better experience. Sincerely, Raffaello management

3

great location but room was tiny, noisy, unclean

Everyone

The location is an easy walk to many of the fun things to do in Chicago which is the main reason I booked this hotel. I've stayed here before but this time got a tiny room (king 706) that was quite disappointing. It was also so close to the elevator I could hear people coming and going at all hours. I always do a bedbug check when checking into a hotel and while I didn't find any evidence of bedbugs, there were hairs on the mattress cover under the sheets. Yuck. DrumBar is a nice place for a drink though it would be nice if they offered food options. The Hancock is right next door and a great place for a nightcap. I also highly recommend the architectural boat tour on the Chicago river. Not sure I'll stay here again after the room situation.

By , from Southern California on Nov 6, 2017

4

close to all

Everyone

The hotel needs to add some type of breakfast option.

By on Oct 25, 2017

2
Everyone

Hotel is not worth the money paid. I will NEVER stay at this hotel again!!

By on Sep 5, 2017

4

great value

Everyone

Pros: value, location, comfort, quietness, housekeeping, overall room size Cons, very slow and small elevators, old building showing its age, poor bathroom layout, bored appearing front staff

By , from Chicago on Aug 26, 2017

3

disappointed

Everyone

For a 4 star hotel I expected better. The hotel was in a very convenient location, and upon arrival, seemed clean. Later that night we realized the nightstand was weirdly sticky and one of the decorative pillows had strange white stains on it. The mattress was also not very soft and the shampoo was not very moisturizing. I do not usually complain about hotels, I'm usually happy with them. Unfortunately this is not the case here.

By , from chicago il on Jul 10, 2017

Review comment responded on Jul 13, 2017

Dear Guest, We appreciate the opportunity to hear about your experience at The Raffaello Hotel. We are thrilled you enjoyed the convenient location of our property. However, it saddens us that some things did not earn your satisfaction like the mattress, nightstand, and toiletries. Our goal is to provide outstanding service and to create memorable experiences for all of our guests. We anticipate your return and hope to change your perception.

2

old hotel poorly maintained.

Everyone

The carpets and furniture were old and the rooms smelled like an retirement home. There were cigarette burns in the carpet which was also dirty. On the brighter side the bed was comfortable and had a great donut bar.

By on Jun 1, 2017

Review comment responded on Jun 5, 2017

Dear Guest, Your feedback is very important to us. We thank you for sharing this constructive information to let us know how we are doing. We are glad to hear you enjoyed the comfortable bed and the glazed and infused doughnut shop in the lobby. However, it is upsetting to us that we did not exceed your expectations and that the carpets and the smell of the room were not clean. We assure you our number one concern is the satisfaction of our guests. If given an opportunity in the future, we promise to do our absolute best to change your impression for the better.

1

what a joke....

Everyone

I have stayed here in the past and the experience was nothing to brag about, but the location and price seemed right. That was the only thing until you get there. The place has some of the worst customer service that I have experienced with any hotel any where in this world. The most recent stay was my last and if you don't take this review seriously then please find out for yourself. The hotel cleaning service took our food from the fridge that we had saved and threw it out. When confronting the front desk they told us that someone would get in touch with us to compensate us in one form or another. Mind you this was after an interrogation of how the food got to the fridge and if I was sure that it was. Hmm I am pretty sure I know what we put in there and what we didn't and does this sort of claim happen a lot? I would have to say I don't ever recall hearing or having this happen to myself or anyone or any review I have ever heard from a hotel. Long story short, they never called, they could care less about me and could care less about this review. There are better options out there I suggest you try them over this place.

By , from Beloit, WI on May 30, 2017

5

nice chicago hotel

Everyone

This is a very nice boutique hotel. Located just a couple of blocks off Michigan Avenue it is close to fine stores and restaurants. Yet it is amazingly quiet. The whole hotel staff is friendly, helpful and professional. Our room was large and comfortable , although the bathroom was on the small side. Have stayed before and will again.

By , from louisville, ky on May 10, 2017

Review comment responded on May 12, 2017

Dear Guest, Thank you for this most rewarding feedback regarding your recent stay with us. Our goal is to create fond memories for our guests, and we are truly delighted to learn that we have accomplished this with you. I look forward to sharing this incredible review with the entire team. We sincerely appreciate your flattering compliments and hop to see you again very soon!