The Allerton Hotel Chicago Rating: 4.0 Pearls
Magnificent Mile, Chicago, Illinois

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Pros

Cons

  • Some rooms are small
  • Small bathrooms with little counter space
  • Pricey valet parking
  • Daily fee for Internet access
  • Extra charge for king beds

Bottom Line

The 443-room Allerton is one of the few hotels right on the Magnificent Mile, and its rooms -- with soothing blue-and-white color schemes, iPod docks, and flat-screen TVs -- are more modern and stylish than those at the neighboring Omni and Intercontinental hotels. But unlike its neighbors the Allerton lacks a pool, and its rooms offer significantly less space than the Omni's generic two-room suites.

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 Location

In the heart of the upscale Magnificent Mile, amid shops and restaurants

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

  • 3-minute walk to Rush Street nightlife
  • 5-minute walk to the Museum of Contemporary Art
  • 6-minute walk to the nearest subway station (Chicago – Red)
  • 5-minute walk to the John Hancock Observatory
  • 6-minute walk to the Water Tower Place
  • 18-minute walk to Navy Pier
  • 20-minute walk to Millennium Park
  • 5-minute drive to Lincoln Park and Zoo
  • 7-minute drive to the Shedd Aquarium
  • 8-minute drive or 22-minute subway ride to the Willis Tower
  • 11-minute drive to McCormick Place Convention Center
  • 20-minute drive to Midway International Airport
  • 35-minute drive to O’Hare International Airport

 Rooms

Stylish, with high-tech amenities, but some are on the small side

Standard King Room
Standard King Room

The Allerton's boutique-y rooms received a major, $60 million overhaul in the early 2000s, and the stylish Art Deco-inspired decor honors the history of the 1920's-era building. Rooms are decorated in shades of blue and white, and come with 32-inch flat-screen TVs and iPod docks. The marble bathrooms are cute, with old-fashioned pedestal sinks and (in most) glass walk-in showers with rain showerheads. But the the too-high kick-flush on the toilet is a little awkward.

Since this is a historic hotel, some of the rooms are on the small side; they start at around 200 square feet.

 Features

An American restaurant, a 24-hour fitness center, and in-room massages

The fitness center
The fitness center
  • M Avenue Restaurant and Lounge serves creative American fare and cocktails for breakfast and lunch daily.
  • Fairly large 24-hour fitness center with natural light and individual TVs
  • Small 24-hour business center with two computers and a big copy machine
  • In-room massages available
  • Free Internet access in lobby and restaurant (but fee for in-room Wi-Fi)
  • Free morning coffee in the lobby
  • 12,000 square feet of meeting space, including a 23rd-floor ballroom with panoramic views

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 Bottom Line

The 443-room Allerton is one of the few hotels right on the Magnificent Mile, and its rooms -- with soothing blue-and-white color schemes, iPod docks, and flat-screen TVs -- are more modern and stylish than those at the neighboring Omni and Intercontinental hotels. But unlike its neighbors the Allerton lacks a pool, and its rooms offer significantly less space than the Omni's generic two-room suites.

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Address

  • 701 North Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL 60611

Room Types

  • Accessible Room
  • Double Room
  • Executive Junior Suite
  • King Room
  • Petite Room
  • Specialty Suite
  • Standard Room
  • Superior Suite

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 443
Fitness Center: Yes
Internet Access: Yes
Cribs: Yes
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Hotel Information

Location: Magnificent Mile, Chicago
Address: 701 North Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL 60611
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