We selected this property for the positive reviews found here and the excellent base rate for our Saturday night stay (March 31) of $154 (AAA rate).
The hotel sits atop the Chicago Sun Times building where the Chicago River branches to the north. It is very easy to get to for an urban hotel. Guests ascend a bank of elevators to the 15th floor hotel lobby.
We had a 10-minute wait to check in behind a queue of people ahead of us. (slightly frustrating) The hotel then occupies floors 16-23. The lobby is exapansive and nice. A bar looks out south and east to the cityscape on the 15th floor. A nice pool is on the 16th with a glass ceiling. It's large and goes to a depth of 7 feet.
Pros: The room we had was nice and clean with an excellent view straight north. Cab fares to restaurants in the North State to Ohio Av area was less than $10 for our family of four. Significantly better than reparking.
The value of the hotel was also a huge pro. Considering the location and the date, I felt you could not beat the quality in downtown Chicago.
Cons: Slight inconvenience of descending to street level through two different banks of elevators.
The room was nice, although the heating unit kicked on suddenly with fairly significant noise at night. You would think that this could be upgraded (unit appeared to be more than 20 years old). The shower drain was pulled out onto the surface of the tub...not sure why. This didn't impact us.
Finally, the tiny coffee maker only had decaf. Not a problem, really. I'm sure I could have gotten regular if I had taken the time to hunt some down.
Altogether, this is a place we would return to in the future. The staff was pleasant and helpful but not overbearing like at some places where it seems they are fishing for tips constantly (a reason we typically avoid urban properties)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Enhance your family vacation, corporate travel, or romantic getaway by staying at the Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza River North. Located atop the Chicago Sun-Times building presenting the best views of the Windy City from a unique 15th floor atrium lobby, our full-service hotel welcomes you with 521 newly redesigned guestrooms and suites, stellar service, and premium amenities that are most comforting to both leisure and business travelers. Amenities includes complimentary Wi-Fi throughout guestrooms and lobby, LCD flat-screen TVs with cable, premium channel access, and Pay Per View movies, over sized work desk, heated indoor atrium pool, 24-hour fitness facility, complimentary business center, and Concierge services. Guests of the contemporary Mart Plaza will find themselves in the middle of downtown Chicago's bustling River North area offering the top restaurant and nightlife options, within walking distance of the Loop, the main business district, and Michigan Avenue, aka the "Magnificent Mile" where chic shops and restaurants abound. Walk across the fully enclosed pedway into the Merchandise Mart where you can ride a train to just about anywhere in the city, including attractions like Navy Pier and Millennium Park. Plan a visit to Chicago and let the Mart Plaza and our award-winning staff provide you with a memorable experience and lasting impression. The Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza River North is located 3 miles from Chicago's McCormick Convention Center, 12 miles from Midway International Airport, and 18 miles from O'Hare International Airport. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Chicago - Mart Plaza Hotel Chicago
- Holiday Inn Mart Plaza
- Chicago Holiday Inn