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Summary


Pros

  • Trendy River North location, across from the House of Blues
  • Modern rooms have flat-screen TVs, safes, and floor-to-ceiling windows
  • Suites offer living rooms; some come with dining areas and computers
  • Chic lobby bar/restaurant with breakfast and dinner service
  • 24-hour gym includes modern equipment
  • Business center and 13 meeting rooms on-site
  • Concierge lounge for Marriott members only provides additional services
  • In-room massages available
  • Self-parking and valet (for a fee)
  • Free Wi-Fi and coffee in the lobby

Cons

  • Fee for in-room Wi-Fi (except for Marriott Rewards members, a free program)
  • No on-site spa, pool, or market
  • Views in rooms are mostly unspectacular
  • Gym is in a dark basement space

Bottom Line

Sophisticated and upscale, the 354-room Hotel Chicago Downtown, Autograph Collection is located in the trendy River North area, across from the House of Blues. A business center, 10,000 square feet of meeting space, and a 24-hour modern gym attract conference organizers. With black-and-white stylish designs, rooms and suites have minibars, coffeemakers, and floor-to-ceiling windows that offer river views in some. In-room massages are provided, but this hotel doesn’t have a pool or spa like the costlier Hotel Palomar Chicago.

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Scene

Four-pearl hotel with trendy, sleek designs and ample conference space

The chic, recently renovated lobby includes front desks illuminated by hanging light fixtures at this corporate hotel

The Hotel Chicago Downtown, Autograph Collection is a 16-floor, modernly designed property in the trendy area of River North, with weekly live music events on-site. The lobby, bar, meeting room, and front desk were renovated in 2013, so interiors feel fresh. Stylish designs have a sophisticated touch that appeals to business travelers, as does the 10,000 square feet of event space. 

High-back modern chairs and cubed tables are arranged by lighted pillars across from the front desks, which are illuminated by crystal circular light designs on the ceiling. Sleek, modern chairs and stools offer more seating in the Chicagoan bar. In the corridors gold damask wallpaper and black-and-white architectural photos -- similar to those in rooms -- create a simple and elegant look. Mostly corporate guests stay here, but this modern and centrally located hotel also appeals to tourists who want to be in walking distance of the nightlife and attractions.

Location

Trendy location in River North, near nightlife and ample dining options

Map of Hotel Chicago Downtown, Autograph Collection

Located in a former industrial area that was once known as “Smokey Hollow," this River North location is across the street from the Chicago hot spot, the House of Blues, where guests can charge drinks and food to their rooms. Today the area has a lively nightlife scene with plenty of restaurant and bar options nearby. This convenient location is 10 minutes on foot to the Wrigley Building and a 10-minute stroll to the waterfront Chicago Riverwalk with kayaks and boat rentals in the warmer months. Within walking distance is Michigan Avenue, the Bean at Millennium Park, and the Art Institute of Chicago. The Metro red line is five blocks from the hotel and goes to Wrigley Field in 20 minutes. It’s a 30-minute drive to Chicago Midway International Airport.

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Rooms

Stylish, sleek rooms and suites with flat-screen TVs, mini-fridges, and floor-to-ceiling windows

The spacious and sleek King Suite features a separate living room area with flat-screen TV, as well as a bedroom with tufted headboard

Black and white interior designs (Think: tufted headboards, light gray drapes, pale damask wallpaper, and black and white poster-sized photography) have a sophisticated air. Built-in speakers play classical music that can be changed to suit a guest’s preference. Floor-to-ceiling windows have city and/or partial river views. However, some windows face other buildings.  Rooms and suites -- with queen, king, or two double beds -- fit between two to six people. With black and white tile floors, stylish bathrooms have hairdryers and shower/tub combos and/or showers; some suites have soaking tubs. Studio King Suites have divided sitting areas with sofa beds. King Suites have one bedroom. And Jake and Elwood Suites offer river views, multiple flat-screen TVs, two bathrooms, dining tables, and PC computers in office areas. Every room has AC, irons, bathrobes, coffeemakers, well-stocked mini-bars, 42-inch flat-screen TVs, and safes. Rollaway beds, for a fee, can be requested. 

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Features

Stylish restaurant/bar, member-only concierge lounge, 24-hour gym, conference rooms, a business center, and paid valet parking 

The sleek lobby bar and restaurant  serves American cuisine for breakfast and dinner

This hotel is loaded with stylish designs, but the amenities here are limited. The sleek and trendy Chicagoan bar and restaurant is in the lobby, serving American fare for breakfast and dinner. For Marriott Rewards members, breakfast and evening snacks are offered in the concierge lounge, Club Maxwell, where there are flat-screen TVs, stocked mini-fridges, and coffee and tea. Overall, facilities are geared toward business travelers. Accessible via key card, the fitness center is open 24 hour a day and offers modern cardio and weight machines with mini-TVs, a water cooler, and fresh towels. Conferences are commonly held on-site since there are 13 meeting rooms, including the Gold Coast Ballroom that fits up to 350 people. The business center offers three computers, and printing, copying, and messenger services. In-room massages can be arranged through the front desk, but there isn’t a spa or pool in the hotel. Valet parking is provided for a fee; self-parking isn’t offered. 

Amenities

Key Features
Fitness Center
Internet
Cribs
Hotel Services
Concierge
Dry Cleaning
Laundry
Room Service
Family Services
Cribs
Kids Allowed
Things to Do
Business Center
Fitness Center
Room Features
Air Conditioner
Television
Mini Bar (with liquor)
Separate Bedroom / Living Room Space
Internet
Address
333 North Dearborn Street, driveway entrance on 350 N State Street, Chicago, Illinois 60654, United States
Phone (312) 245-0333
Also Known As
  • Hotel Sax Chicago
Room Types
  • Double Deluxe
  • King Deluxe Room
  • King Suite
  • King Superior Room
  • Studio Suite
  • Thompson Suite

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