Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel Chicago Rating: 4.0 Pearls
Gold Coast, Chicago, Illinois

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Pros

Cons

  • Small rooms with limited views
  • Wi-Fi fee
  • Valet parking fee
  • No iPod docks

Bottom Line

The elegant 306-room Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel is a good value, considering its location half a block from the Magnificent Mile. It's true that the historic property doesn’t have many amenities (only a 24-hour fitness center and a 24-hour business center), and the rooms are on the small side — but they're nicer than those at the similarly priced Sutton Place, and come with big flat-screen TVs and Frette linens.

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 Scene

An elegant hotel with an interesting history

Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel Chicago
Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel Chicago

The Knickerbocker has gone through several incarnations since it opened in 1927: In the 1930s, it housed a casino frequented by Al Capone and, in the 1970s, it became the Playboy Hotel, owned by Hugh Hefner. After completing a multi-million dollar renovation in 2008, the hotel has reinvented itself once again, with new furniture, bedding, fresh coats of paint, and refurbished public spaces.

The elegant two-story lobby honors the hotel's historic past, and is decorated with marble, wood moldings and warm colors. Chandeliers hang from ornate ceilings, and plants line the entrance.

 Location

In northern Streeterville, half a block from the Magnificent Mile

The Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel is located in northern Streeterville, half a block from the Magnificent Mile, an iconic stretch of North Michigan Avenue famous for its upscale shopping. But it's 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. The closest subway station is seven blocks away.

  • 3-minute walk to the John Hancock Observatory
  • 4-minute walk to the Water Tower Place
  • 7-minute drive to the Navy Pier
  • 7-minute drive to the Chicago City Hall
  • 7-minute drive to The Loop
  • 6-minute drive to Old Town
  • 5-minute drive to Millennium Park
  • 6-minute drive to the Theatre District
  • 6-minute drive or 19-minute subway ride to the Art Institute of Chicago
  • 11-minute drive or 45-minute subway ride to Kenwood neighborhood
  • 13-minute drive or 26-minute subway ride to the Wrigley Field
  • 13-minute drive or 45-minute subway ride to the Museum of Science and Industry
  • 20-minute drive to Midway International Airport
  • 30-minute drive to O’Hare International Airport

 Rooms

Rooms have big flat-screens and Frette bedding, but they're on the small side and few have good views.

Standard King Room
Standard King Room

Stylish, contemporary rooms are outfitted in shades of gold and pink, and feel higher-end than those at the nearby Sutton Place. But some feel a little cramped.

 Features

Few amenities and expensive valet parking

The fitness center
The fitness center
  • 24-hour fitness center
  • 24-hour business center
  • Daily fee for valet parking
  • Daily fee for in-room Wi-Fi (free in lobby)
  • In-room spa services
  • Events space: 18,000 square feet of meeting space, including a ballroom with a built-in illuminated dance floor
  • Non-smoking property

 Food

An American restaurant and a bar with a great martini menu

  • Martini Bar has a menu with over 50 martinis and wines and serves light fare; live entertainment is offered most nights.
  • Nix Restaurant, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, serves American cuisine and has an outdoor seating area. The Nix Coffee Bar offers beverages and food to go.
  • Room service provided by Nix Restaurant

 Bottom Line

The elegant 306-room Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel is a good value, considering its location half a block from the Magnificent Mile. It's true that the historic property doesn’t have many amenities (only a 24-hour fitness center and a 24-hour business center), and the rooms are on the small side — but they're nicer than those at the similarly priced Sutton Place, and come with big flat-screen TVs and Frette linens.

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Address

  • 163 East Walton Place, At, Chicago, IL, 60611, US

Room Types

  • Junior Suite
  • One Bedroom Suite
  • Standard Room
  • Superior Plus Corner King Room
  • Superior Plus Corner Room with Two Double Beds
  • Superior Room

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 306
Fitness Center: Yes
Internet: Yes
Cribs: Yes
Jacuzzi: Yes
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Hotel Information

Location: Gold Coast, Chicago
Address: 163 East Walton Place, At, Chicago, IL, 60611, US
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