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Large, modern chain hotel with open lobby and special lounge for club members
The Hyatt Regency Chicago is a sprawling hotel with a bright, glass-enclosed lobby with escalators connecting its two levels. The hotel feels a bit like an airport with couches, tables, and outlets providing a convenient spot for business travelers to work on their laptops. Guests can order appetizers, cocktails, and draft beers brewed in Chicago at BIG Bar, an extremely long bar on-site with a room full of barstools and 24 TVs. There’s also an atrium bar and restaurant where guests can dine for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as a steak and sushi restaurant. In the Regency Club Lounge located on a penthouse level, available to guests staying in Regency Club rooms, a free breakfast, afternoon hors d'oeuvres, and evening desserts are served. Overall the atmosphere is refined and corporate.
In the northern part of The Loop, next to the river and within walking distance of Millennium Park
Hyatt Regency Chicago is located in the northern part of The Loop close to Magnificent Mile with plenty of restaurants and upscale shops within walking distance. Millennium Park is less than a 10-minute walk, and the Art Institute of Chicago is less than a 15-minute walk. For longer distances, five subway lines and the Metra run within five blocks of the hotel, and both Midway Airport and O’Hare can be reached in under an hour on public transportation.
Modern rooms with a lot of conveniences
Rooms at the Hyatt Regency Chicago are modern with minimal decor, gray carpeting, and gray headboards. Some rooms offer views of the river or lake. A lot of amenities make the rooms convenient for guests including minibars, coffeemakers with Starbucks coffee, flat-screen TVs, desks with several power outlets, and iHome stereos. Wi-Fi is available for a fee. Bathrooms have large mirrors and amenity kits with toothpaste, but limited counter space. Suites are available with living room areas. The style is fresh and modern, but a bit generic.
Lots of meeting spaces, business center, and fitness center plus four restaurants
The hotel has over 60 meeting spaces including ballrooms available for private functions. There is a business center with computers, printers, and fax machines. The fitness center is modern with elliptical machines and treadmills with private LCD screens and headphones as well as hand weights. There are three restaurants serving food and drinks ranging from steak to sushi, plus a market on-site. The gift shop has souvenirs and snacks for sale. There is a Hertz car rental on-site, check-in/out kiosks, and boarding pass printing stations. Wi-Fi is available for a fee.
A good fit for business travelers, the Hyatt Regency Chicago is a huge, upscale, chain hotel with 2,019 rooms located in the northern part of The Loop within walking distance to Millennium Park. It has four restaurants, a business center, and fitness center; convention attendees may not even feel the need to leave the property. Rooms are modern and fresh with several conveniences including minibars and coffeemakers, and some offer views of the river or lake. Parking at the hotel is pricey, but throwing it on the company card may lessen the sting for those traveling for work. Guests may want to compare rates with the nearby Wyndham Grand Chicago Riverfront. There is a pesky fee for Wi-Fi.