- Access to only one subway line
- Fee apply to use fitness center
- Some rooms have small windows
- Pricey valet parking
- Fee for Wi-Fi
A large, historic building, the InterContinental's home is a Chicago landmark.
Originally built in 1929 to house the exclusive Medinah Athletics Club, and then completely renovated in 1988, the InterContinental's building is one of Chicago's most recognizable landmarks. The grand lobby, with a huge staircase and Spanish-inspired decor, is normally full of business travelers. The lobby’s fountains and chandeliers give way to the intimate ambience of Zest, the hotel’s street-level restaurant, with views of the Magnificent Mile.
Natural light pours through huge windows into the wonderful junior Olympic indoor swimming pool located on the eighth floor. Several rows of seating and a terra-cotta fountain with Spanish tiles remain from the building’s golden days, when young elite athletes would fill the hallways of the majestic club.
Standard rooms are on the small side; it's worth considering the much larger rooms at Omni, which are usually available for the same price. The InterContinental’s Deluxe Rooms, and especially the suites, come with better amenities than the Standard Rooms and are far more spacious.
Located on the Magnificent Mile, three blocks from the Red subway line
The Intercontinental has a prime address right on the Magnificent Mile, an iconic stretch of North Michigan Avenue known for its upscale shopping. However, it is not all about department stores out here. Art galleries, landmarks — such as the Water Tower, the John Hancock Observatory, the Pumping Station and Wrigley Building — and top-notch restaurants are within easy walking distance from the hotel.
Smallish standard rooms for the price, but rooms in the main tower were renovated in 2010
Standard rooms are on the small side for the price and some have small windows. The 328 rooms and suites in the main tower were renovated in 2010, and feature updated decor (fresh carpets, curtains, furniture) a mahogany-and-brown color scheme. But the beige-and-brown historic tower rooms are starting to show their age.
One restaurant, two bars and a Starbucks on site
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