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River Hotel

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

This is an extremely well priced and comfortable hotel with excellent amenities, including a good little Italian restaurant that will deliver room service. (Try the chicken breast salad... delicious!). Small room and economy sized bathroom (as expected for the price), but the room was spotlessly clean; there is a convenient Keurig; and the linens and bath products were high quality. And the location on East Wacker just off Michigan is convenient to everything (try Berghoff's a few blocks away). Highly recommend!

Good nice hotel, very classic, old yet looks clean & sophisticated. Walked everywhere easily and staff is very nice.

We had the standard room with a great view of the river and city. The room was a little small, but comfortable, clean and worth the deal we got it for. The hotel has the best location right on the river in the middle of all attractions. We would definitely come back and stay here again.

Room was extremely small. Elevators were slow. Highly expensive for what you receive.

Great experience overall. Staff was great. Had a heck of a time finding it as the entrance is rather small compared to neighboring businesses. No great parking options, so we had to walk a couple of blocks, but that's to be expected downtown Chicago. Worked out great for the marathon as it is within walking distance to the start!

A couple of problems. No service elevator so janitors with their stuff are with us. Worse problem was the tv sound was no synchronized with the video. If tv is important, visitors should check to see that the problem is fixed. We stayed there 8 days and were assured that it was being worked on, but it was not fixed.

Location is fantastic, hotel is just fair. The room was very small, didn't seem to be thoroughly cleaned. Not enough towels. However, the front desk staff was helpful and friendly.

hotel was pleasant and very reasonable in pricing. It is located right in front of the river and close to everything you need and want. Will definitely be coming back to this hotel when we return to Chicago.

This was our first visit to River Hotel and it won't be our last. Accommodating and friendly staff, nice valet service and staff, beautiful facility, and perfect location. Picture perfect river views on one side, free bottled water and refill station in the hall, lounge/refreshment area on second floor, and a fridge and microwave in each room. My only complaint would be the tv picture and audio didn't line up... in either of our rooms.

Terrific and very helpful staff. In Chicago for some shows and we had questions ranging from where to park to where to go for a late night drink. The staff was very friendly and helpful in every regard. Definitely stay here again.

Great hotel, great location, good price, Close to Michigan Ave

Great Location, great service and great staff. The hotel is clean and is literally located in the middle of downtown near all popular attractions.

The hotel location is great, but unfortunately the rooms belong in the 1980's. It seems they have not been updated for many years.

There was a slight issue in beginning, but quickly resolved. Staff friendly & professional.Nice location.

Pros and Cons First, the CONS, which, to me, were very minor. 1. If you get a room with a full size bed (vs queen or king or 2 beds), you're room with be very small. The size of a Tiny House minus the loft. Not an issue if you don't plan to spend a lot of time in there and if you don't need a big bed. 2. Only 1 coffee maker in the 2nd floor lounge. You will always be waiting behind at least one other person to use it. Another 1 or 2 machines would be great. 3. Street noise. Hotel offers some sort of sleep pack with a mask and ear plugs. Ask for it. I was awakened more than once by sirens outside. The PROS: 1. The location is amazing. It is right by the river, in the heart of the city. We walked EVERYWHERE 2. The hotel itself is beautiful, especially the marble stairs from the 1st to 2nd floor. Room was clean and comfortable, and the lobbies are a welcoming place to sit and chat between outings. 3. The 1 coffee maker mentioned in cons, is actually very cool and will make coffee, cappuccinos and lattes. Hence the heavy use by guests. 4. The staff was friendly and helpful.

Great staff and crew. Minor issue immediately resolved. Quite room, superb locatin!

This was a great spot to stay in! The hotel was nice and clean, the staff was friendly. If you are staying in the top floors, there can sometimes be a wait for the elevators, which isn't great. Otherwise, everything was good. Also, while they don't offer continental breakfast, they did have fruit and granola bars to grab on your way out the door.

We were guests at the hotel for 5 days. For first time vacationers in Chicago, everything was near perfect. Every place we wanted to see was within walking distance and the hotel staff and accommodations were great! There were an abundance of restaurants nearby and the river walk was so fun. Although I realize this is mainly a commuter hotel, the front desk is almost always busy, so for us, a concierge would have been helpful. Great pillows/mattress, but rough bath towels. There were 2 days where they were experiencing elevator trouble which was challenging. We loved Chicago and loved this hotel! Will definitely recommend highly!

It's strong character and charm is part of the minor inconveniences that come with a hotel of age. Elevators can be slow at times, rooms can be on the small side, but the staff is great, the amnesties are helpful and the location can't be beat.

Great location. Right across from the Big Bus tour.

75 East Wacker Drive Chicago IL

Hotel highlights

  • Walking distance to Chicago Theatre and Millennium Park
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Onsite dining
  • Fitness center

Located in The Loop, River Hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Chicago Theatre and within 15 minutes of other popular attractions like Millennium Park. This 121-room, 4-star hotel welcomes guests with a restaurant, free in-room WiFi, and a fitness center. It's in central Chicago and also a short walk from Art Institute of Chicago and Wrigley Building.


Dining

For your convenience, a cooked-to-order breakfast is available for a fee. Order from room service to satisfy your hunger without leaving your room, or enjoy a bite to eat at the onsite restaurant.


Rooms

All 121 air-conditioned rooms provide iPod docks, coffee makers, and free bottled water. Flat-screen TVs come with satellite channels, and free WiFi keeps guests connected. Bathrooms offer hair dryers and free toiletries, and beds are dressed in premium bedding. Phones and desks are also standard.


Property features

Guests of River Hotel enjoy a fitness center, free WiFi in public areas, and 7 meeting rooms. Valet parking is available for USD 53 per night. The 24-hour front desk has staff standing by to help with dry cleaning/laundry, concierge services, and luggage storage. Additional amenities include conference space, a business center, and express check-in.

Room options

Suite, 1 Bedroom, Kitchenette

Queen 1 | Sleeps 4

Standard Room

Queen 1 | Sleeps 2

Superior Room, Kitchenette

Queen 1 | Sleeps 3

Suite

Queen 1 | Sleeps 4

Guest reviews for River Hotel

Everyone (66) Couples (147) Business (78) Family (63) Friends (52) Other (39)
5

comfy historic hotel on the river

Everyone

This is an extremely well priced and comfortable hotel with excellent amenities, including a good little Italian restaurant that will deliver room service. (Try the chicken breast salad... delicious!). Small room and economy sized bathroom (as expected for the price), but the room was spotlessly clean; there is a convenient Keurig; and the linens and bath products were high quality. And the location on East Wacker just off Michigan is convenient to everything (try Berghoff's a few blocks away). Highly recommend!

By on Nov 5, 2017

5

nice & close to all tourist attractions

Everyone

Good nice hotel, very classic, old yet looks clean & sophisticated. Walked everywhere easily and staff is very nice.

By on Oct 31, 2017

5

comfortable and best location

Everyone

We had the standard room with a great view of the river and city. The room was a little small, but comfortable, clean and worth the deal we got it for. The hotel has the best location right on the river in the middle of all attractions. We would definitely come back and stay here again.

By , from Florida on Oct 19, 2017

2
Everyone

Room was extremely small. Elevators were slow. Highly expensive for what you receive.

By on Oct 16, 2017

5

nice hotel within walking dist to chicago marathon

Everyone

Great experience overall. Staff was great. Had a heck of a time finding it as the entrance is rather small compared to neighboring businesses. No great parking options, so we had to walk a couple of blocks, but that's to be expected downtown Chicago. Worked out great for the marathon as it is within walking distance to the start!

By , from St. Louis on Oct 10, 2017

4

location perfect downtown.

Everyone

A couple of problems. No service elevator so janitors with their stuff are with us. Worse problem was the tv sound was no synchronized with the video. If tv is important, visitors should check to see that the problem is fixed. We stayed there 8 days and were assured that it was being worked on, but it was not fixed.

By , from ca on Oct 3, 2017

3

all about location

Everyone

Location is fantastic, hotel is just fair. The room was very small, didn't seem to be thoroughly cleaned. Not enough towels. However, the front desk staff was helpful and friendly.

By on Sep 17, 2017

5

close to everythings

Couples

hotel was pleasant and very reasonable in pricing. It is located right in front of the river and close to everything you need and want. Will definitely be coming back to this hotel when we return to Chicago.

By on Sep 5, 2017

5

wonderful visit in the city

Everyone

This was our first visit to River Hotel and it won't be our last. Accommodating and friendly staff, nice valet service and staff, beautiful facility, and perfect location. Picture perfect river views on one side, free bottled water and refill station in the hall, lounge/refreshment area on second floor, and a fridge and microwave in each room. My only complaint would be the tv picture and audio didn't line up... in either of our rooms.

By , from ohio on Aug 25, 2017

5

week day get away!

Everyone

Terrific and very helpful staff. In Chicago for some shows and we had questions ranging from where to park to where to go for a late night drink. The staff was very friendly and helpful in every regard. Definitely stay here again.

By , from Maquoketa, Iowa on Aug 23, 2017