Omni Chicago Hotel Rating: 4.0 Pearls
Magnificent Mile, Chicago, Illinois

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Pros

Cons

  • Pricey valet parking
  • Per stay pet fee

Bottom Line

This 347-room property has a prime location right on the Magnificent Mile, and its big two-room suites are significantly larger than the rooms at the nearby InterContinental. But although the Omni has the features of a four-pearl hotel (including an indoor pool), the bland room decor feels solidly mid-range.

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 Scene

Not quite luxurious and not particularly special, but rooms are big and the Mag Mile location can't be beat

The Omni walks the line between mid-range and luxury. Its lobby, for example, has the wood-paneled walls and marble tile floors you would expect from a luxury hotel -- but the generic furniture you'd expect from a mid-range chain. The rest of the property follows suit. The two-room suites draw both business travelers and families with their sheer size, but the decor is bland. The bright fitness center has modern equipment, and the small lap pool and Jacuzzi are perfectly adequate (though the InterContinental's pool area is more impressive.) Across the board, it's nice, but unexceptional. But the location right on the Magnificent Mile is as good as it gets.

 Location

Mag Mile location in walking distance to attractions

Right along the Magnificent Mile, an iconic stretch of North Michigan Avenue known for its upscale shopping, the Omni Chicago Hotel is within walking distance to many attractions. It's just four blocks from the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Hancock Observatory, and five blocks from Water Tower Place shopping.

  • 5-minute walk to Magnificent Mile shopping including American Girl Place
  • 6-minute walk to the Museum of Contemporary Art
  • 7-minute walk to the Old Chicago Water Tower District and Water Tower Place
  • 8-minute walk to the John Hancock Building
  • 5-minute drive to Millennium Park
  • 7-minute drive to Navy Pier
  • 8-minute drive to the Willis Tower
  • 10-minute drive to Lincoln Park and Zoo
  • 11-minute drive to the Shedd Aquarium
  • 25-minute drive to Midway International Airport
  • 35-minute drive to O’Hare International Airport

 Rooms

Two-room suites with wet bars and flat-screen TV

A view from a Premium Suite
A view from a Premium Suite

The Omni's big suites start at 400 square feet, and are all two rooms -- a draw for families who want a separate sleeping area for the kids, as well as business travelers who want a separate area to do work. Furniture includes arm chairs or sofas and glass coffee tables, but generic carpets and fabrics make the overall effect a little bland. Most rooms also feature sleeper sofas.

  • Separate bedroom and living room
  • 37-inch flat-screen TV in living room and 25-inch TV in bedroom
  • Marble bathrooms with makeup mirror and hair dryer
  • Stocked mini-bar
  • Wet bar
  • Robes
  • Weekday newspaper delivery
  • In-room safe
  • CD player/clock radio with iPod plug in
  • Coffeemaker
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Fridge upon request

 Features

Indoor pool and comfort food at 676 Restaurant and Cafe 676

The fitness center
The fitness center
  • Indoor swimming pool and Jacuzzi
  • Two outdoor, rooftop sundecks
  • Fitness center with elliptical machines, treadmills, strength machines, free weights, personal TVs and flat-screen TVs
  • Free Wi-Fi in lobby, daily fee for in-room Wi-Fi unless you join the hotel's loyalty program (which is free)
  • Get Fit Kit in-room exercise kit available
  • ATM in lobby
  • 24-hour: business center and 24-hour concierge service
  • Pricey valet parking (typical for Chicago) with in-and-out privileges
  • Pets under 25 lbs allowed for a one-time non-refundable fee
  • Omni Sensational Kids program: Games and books to borrow; backpack upon check-in; children’s menu; first-aid kit and outlet covers
  • Courtesy town car drop-off service for up to four people within a 3-mile radius; select hours
  • Nine meeting rooms including two ballrooms totaling 7,000 square feet of space

 Food

An American bistro, a sidewalk cafe, and poolside service

  • 676 Restaurant & Bar is an American bistro serving three meals a day.
  • Café 676 is a sidewalk restaurant serving snacks, sandwiches, sweets, and smoothies; open seasonally
  • 676 Lounge serves light fare and cocktails
  • Poolside service (limited menu)
  • 24-hour room service

 Bottom Line

This 347-room property has a prime location right on the Magnificent Mile, and its big two-room suites are significantly larger than the rooms at the nearby InterContinental. But although the Omni has the features of a four-pearl hotel (including an indoor pool), the bland room decor feels solidly mid-range.

Things You Should Know About Omni Chicago Hotel

Address

  • 676 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60611, US

Room Types

  • Deluxe Suite
  • Executive Suite
  • Governor Suite
  • Premium Suite
  • Presidential Suite
  • Superior Corner Suite
  • Superior Suite

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 347
Pool: Yes
Fitness Center: Yes
Internet Access: Yes
Pets Allowed: Yes
Cribs: Yes
Kids Club: Yes
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Hotel Information

Location: Magnificent Mile, Chicago
Address: 676 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60611, US
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