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The Buckingham Hotel

3.5 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

What an amazing hotel, 40 floors up with great views of the city. Couldnt fault it. Special mention for David on reception, such a helpful guy. Only stayed one night but would definately return. Great hotel, very different.

Such an amazing place. I will say my GPS took me in a roundabout way to get here, but it was worth it. Walking in the Financial Building was beautiful and the building ambassador that greeted us was so sweet. It took us two elevators and a guest key card to get to our room. Everything about our stay, including the room, staff, building and even the elevators were very elegant and welcoming. Also... that view... wow.

As others have noted, this hotel is not a typical hotel -- in a very good way! On the 40th floor of the 425 S. Financial Place building, you enter as you would any other office building (be sure to tell any taxi or app-based driver the 425 address). The security desk includes a hotel check-in area with very friendly staff who are quite helpful in explaining how to get to the 40th floor which is only for hotel guests. The view from the 40th is AMAZING -- loved waking up to Lake Michigan every morning! The room was huge, well-maintained and clean. The Guest Lounge offered a grab and go breakfast which is perfect for the business traveler -- nothing super fancy, but more than enough to fuel your morning. Although in the financial district, a quick walk towards the lake brings you to State Street and then Michigan Avenue, so there are lots of options if you are willing to explore. Looking forward to my next stay!

I read reviews about this hotel and decided to book it. It is in the financial district which is very accessible to everything on several L trains. It is also right next to the South Loop. The bottom part of the hotel is a beautiful business-oriented building and the top part is a hotel with amazing views of the city, beautiful rooms and a great staff. Highly recommend staying here.

Three of us stayed at the Buckingham for a night on business for a meeting in the city. The trip was booked by our travel department and none of us had a clue this wasn't anything but a 'normal' hotel. This hotel is not 'normal!' We arrived on a Sunday evening and the entire Financial district was dead. Literally felt like a time warp - no shops, restaurants or anything else within a mile or so were open. Our only indication that we were in the right spot was the small Buckingham logo on a parking garage sign. Check in is in the lobby of what looks like a commercial building. We walked in looking lost and were immediately greeted by the hotel staff / security. From there we knew we were in great hands. The staff is super friendly and responsive! This little gem is nestled right in the middle of a busy corporate filled building. However, you certainly wouldn't know it when you reach the one floor dedicated to the guest rooms. The view was stunning from the door. My room looked out over the lake and I could see Shedd's aquarium and Navy Pier from it. It's absolutely beautiful. The room itself was really quite large with really high ceilings. It's definitely not the most up to date style but it was super clean & charming with high end (for their day) finishes. There is a little lounge area with a free breakfast that we skipped. The lounge was nice and the whole place felt eerily empty and exclusive at the same time. The staff we encountered were super nice. Only real complaint was that we had to Uber about 2 miles away to find anything to eat - there are restaurants in the building and nearby but nothing that's open on a Sunday eve. Overall - for the price and location I'd definitely stay again! Just be sure to figure out where you're going and what to expect prior to checking in.

With the 22 hotel rooms all on the 40th floor, the views are amazing. The rooms are adequate size, although furniture is outdated. Beds are comfortable and BR is nice. Internet was very good, as was the HD television. Front staff was helpful with information, luggage storage, and recommendations. Two guys roomed together for the Big Ten Tournament in March and used CTA to get around. One block walk to LaSalle subway station was so easy to get on the Blue line. We did not care about being in the financial area, since we just went all over town on the public transportation.

My wife and I stayed for 4 nights in September 2018. Great view and very nice old style large rooms. Easy trip from the airport to Metro stop next door. Then very close to the "L" for easy access around the city. Late departure and were able to use the gym to shower and change before our flight. Really enjoyed Chicago and the quiet charm of the rooms located above the business offices.

never thought there was a hotel like this in Chicago. it was off the beaten path and i felt at home and relax . cheers to the staff . wonderful views of the city looking 44 stories above the ground . nice ventilation being in the trade

Stayed at the Buckingham Hotel for a couple of nights while visiting Chicago for a hockey game at the United Center. Our room was clean, spacious and well laid out with the bedroom and bathroom separate from the dining and living area. The views of Grant Park and Lake Michigan were fantastic during the day and equally as impressive at night when the downtown is lit up. The location is convenient, with a few restaurants and bars within walking distance. Staff was friendly and the Guest Lounge was a nice place to relax on the way in or out of the hotel. We will definitely be back to the Buckingham on future trips to Chicago, thanks for the wonderful stay!

Husband and I stayed here for 4 nights last October. We did intensive research on how to access the Hotel, where to park etc. This is due to the rather incognito aspect of its location. Failure to do your homework may result in some frustrating phone calls to Reception, as the Hotel is atop a very tall building in the financial district of Chicago and not displayed with any fanfare or signage. Enter the main lobby and check in via a courtesy desk that is manned by what appears to be security people. That can throw you, but they are indeed - Reception for The Buckingham Hotel. Pass through a small glass turnstile and head up to the highest floor. Once there, you move slightly to the next bank of private golden elevators. Rise a little further and you will eventually find a large, dark blue door with a tiny sign. This is the only indication that you've made it. Highly recommended for a brilliant way to wake up to Chicago each morning. Although the rain clouds tried their hardest to spoil the view, we couldn't help but be mesmerized by the amazing vista. It's an unobstructed outlook that just begs to be explored. And we loved the exclusive nature of our departure and arrival each day. The Buckingham Hotel does not promise high tech amenities. Nor does it offer contemporary bedding with ultra sleek bathrooms. What you do get however, is the most wonderful feeling of being a true VIP. The staff are discreet. In fact, there really are no staff. The halls are mostly populated by a small cohort of guests who wish to keep to themselves. And that view is unsurpassed. So the rooms are old but totally clean. Our king bed was a little too soft (which is polite for well worn) and the bathroom was dated. But there is a certain charm and vintage comfort that surpasses the small oversights. Every day, we found ourselves sitting at the tiny table and armchairs that are flanked by enormous panoramic bay windows. Sometimes deep in thought with a cuppa. Or washing down a few Coronas whilst being thoroughly entertained by the goings on some 40 floors below. The common room hosted a nice area to stretch one's legs, read the paper, watch TV or simply eat your complimentary breakfast at a proper table & chairs. Hugely expensive and not worth the money if you are seeking an upmarket and ostentatious experience with all the bells and whistles. But if charm and privacy matter more than material mod cons - this baby is priceless.

425 S Financial Place Chicago IL

Hotel highlights

  • Walking distance to Willis Tower and Skydeck Ledge
  • Free on-the-go breakfast
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Onsite dining

Located in The Loop, The Buckingham Hotel is a leisurely stroll from popular sights such as Willis Tower and Art Institute of Chicago. This 21-room, 3.5-star resort welcomes guests with free breakfast, an indoor pool, and free in-room WiFi.


Start your day off right with a free on-the-go breakfast, served each morning from 6:30 AM to 10:00 AM. Explore the resort and meet new friends over drinks at the bar/lounge, or enjoy a bite to eat at the onsite restaurant. You can sip a beverage at the coffee shop/café.


Guests can expect to find free WiFi and 39-inch an LED TV with cable channels. The bathroom offers a soaking tub, hair dryers, and free toiletries. Other standard amenities include a minibar, a coffee maker, and a safe.

Property features

At The Buckingham Hotel, guests enjoy features like an indoor pool, a health club, and a spa tub. Self parking is available for USD 38 per day. The front desk is staffed 24/7 to help with tours or tickets, dry cleaning/laundry, and luggage storage. Other amenities at this boutique resort include a sauna, free WiFi in public areas, and a conference center.

Room options

Deluxe Double Room, 2 Double Beds

Full 2 | Sleeps 4

Suite, 1 King Bed

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Deluxe Single Room, 1 King Bed, Lake View

King 1 | Sleeps 3

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