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The Best Hotels in The Loop, Chicago, IL
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The Best Hotels in The Loop, Chicago, IL

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Updated: 9 February 2017
Chicago is one of the busiest and most dynamic cities in the Midwest and nowhere in the city is this more evident than in the Loop, Chicago’s downtown district. Home to some of the tallest buildings in North America, the Loop contains most of Chicago’s many attractions including the Art Institute of Chicago and Willis Tower. Here is a list of the best hotels in the Loop so that you can stay within a few minutes walk of all Chicago has to offer.
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The Palmer House Hilton

The longest continually operating hotel in the United States, the Palmer House Hilton is as opulent as it is historical. The hotel hosted the likes of Oscar Wilde and numerous U.S. presidents during the 19th century and held the distinction of being the world’s largest hotel during the 1920s. Historically the site of the Golden Empire Dining Room, in which Judy Garland and Ella Fitzgerald performed, the Palmer House now is the home of the Lockwood Restaurant, where fresh herbs from the hotel’s rooftop garden garnish exceptional modern American cuisine dishes. Guests can enjoy 25 floors of elegant rooms and suites as well as the French frescoed ceiling of the awe-inspiring lobby.

The Palmer House Hilton, 17 E Monroe St Chicago, IL, USA, +1 312-726-7500

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JW Marriott Chicago

JW Marriotts around the world are well known for their sophistication and high level of service, and this renovated historic 12-story hotel near Millennium Park is no exception. Featuring magnificent domed ballrooms and the elegant Florentine restaurant, the JW Marriott Chicago hosts the business events and soirees of Chicago’s elite. Extensive spa treatments await at the hotel’s health and wellness center and either the hotel’s indoor pool or the Lake Michigan shoreline offer boundless swimming options. Conveniently located near Chicago’s Union Station, this JW Marriott is one of the brand’s finest offerings in the Midwest.

JW Marriott Chicago, 151 W Adams St Chicago, IL, USA, +1 312-660-8200

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Silversmith Hotel & Suites

This boutique hotel features the best of old-world sumptuousness with the latest contemporary luxury to make a unique stay in Chicago’s Loop. Stylishly decorated in gray and ebony tones, Silversmith Hotel & Suites offers free Wi-Fi and in-room laptop safes to cover the needs of every business traveler to the Windy City. The Adamus Restaurant & Lounge, located on the hotel’s main floor, offers contemporary American cuisine and a wide selection of premium cocktails at the sleek bar.

Silversmith Hotel & Suites, 10 S Wabash Ave Chicago, IL, USA, +1 312-372-7696

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Renaissance Blackstone Chicago Hotel

Once the hotel-residence of various Prohibition gangsters, the Renaissance Blackstone has unobstructed views of Millennium Park and Lake Michigan from many of its 23 stories of guest rooms. Home to the Suite of Presidents, the original ‘smoke-filled-room’ that secured Warren G. Harding’s nomination for president in 1920, and a filming location for Paul Newman film The Color of Money, this hotel is notorious as well as luxurious. The Renaissance Blackstone even has a contemporary art gallery that features over 1,600 rotating works.

Renaissance Blackstone Chicago Hotel, 636 South Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL, USA, +1 312-447-0955

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W Chicago-City Center

Chic and unique, the W Chicago City Center has rooms and suites ranging from ‘wonderful’ to ‘fabulous’ to ‘extreme wow’. Cozy lounges, a 24 hours gym replete with yoga mats and personal TV screens, and pop art inspired décor create a boutique hotel experience that is unpretentious yet luxurious all at once. The brand’s ‘Whenever/whatever’ concierge service and pet-friendly policies allow for a comprehensive and high level of customer service.

W Chicago-City Center, 172 W Adams St Chicago, IL, USA, +1 312-332-1200

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Hotel Burnham Chicago

Located in the midst of the Theater District, Hotel Burnham, a Klimpton Hotel, was one of the city’s first skyscrapers. Built in 1895, this boutique hotel offers all the modern conveniences and business amenities of larger hotels in the Loop, with a meeting room for 40 that’s perfect for private functions. In-room spa treatments, daily wine tasting in the hotel dining room, and complimentary morning coffee and tea make Hotel Burnham a relaxing and comfortable destination in its own right.

Hotel Burnham Chicago, 1 W Washington St Chicago, IL, USA, +1 312-782-1111

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HI Chicago Hostel

Even in Chicago’s Loop there are hotel accommodations for a tighter budget. Extensive wi-fi and a continental breakfast every morning makes this hostel a perfect fit for younger millennial patrons. Cycle rentals, air conditioning, and a comfortable yet folksy common lobby area make HI Chicago Hostel an attractive offering for people who might not otherwise choose a hostel. With Millennium Park, The Art Institute of Chicago, and Willis Tower within walking distance, this hotel has the biggest bang for your buck in the entire Loop.

HI Chicago Hostel, 24 E Congress Pkwy Chicago, IL, USA, +1 312-360-0300

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Chicago Athletic Hotel

Abandoned for decades, this boutique hotel recalls Chicago’s heyday as one of the Prohibition bootlegging ports. Newly restored, the Chicago Athletic Hotel offers $50 credit to spend in the historic Game Room for all patrons, as well as flatscreen TVs, luxurious marble baths, and 300 thread count bedsheets made with the finest Egyptian cotton. The most notable club of Chicago’s history, the Chicago Athletic Hotel continues to be a hit style-conscious visitors, as exemplified by the hotel being featured in GQ earlier in 2015.

Chicago Athletic Hotel, 12 S Michigan Ave Chicago, IL, USA, +1 312-940-355