This article was published on April 17th, 2016
Chicago is blessed with a plethora of hotels ranging from budget and boutique, to modern and business. Location, price, quality, and amenities are all important factors when selecting a hotel, and the Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park fits perfectly in all these categories.
Located just steps away from Michigan Avenue, the Magnificent Mile, and Millennium Park, home of the popular silver bean attraction, the Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park is popular with guests who appreciate a luxury hotel experience, with upscale style, without breaking the bank.
The spacious guest rooms, noticeably larger than the average city-size hotel rooms, offer city or lake views, feature king size beds or two queen beds, work area, chaise lounge, dressing area, and large bathroom. Details including high thread count sheets, extra bathroom linens, Canadian-made toiletries, and calming colour palettes do not go unnoticed.
Each guestroom bathroom features a deep soaker bathtub, large vanity area with lighting, separate water closet, and a tile and glass shower. Separating the bathroom from the living quarters in the dressing area, complete with closet and mirror. It makes for maximum efficiency and privacy, especially when sharing a room. The only caution on the guest rooms is that there is some inconsistency from day-to-day with housekeeping standards; and as with any hotel, ensure the cleanliness of the room meets your high expectations as you arrive, including checking behind nightstands and furniture to ensure your room has been maintained.
For the ultra-tech traveller, there are some plug-ins available at the bedside table, free in-room WiFi, and some alarm clocks are upgraded to either the older or current iPhone docks.
The property also features a larger than average fitness centre, with rows of cardio equipment, free weights, and a limited variety of weight machines. It also includes filtered water, fresh fruit, towel service, and even headphones if you’ve forgotten yours. There’s also a large lap pool and hot tub on site. Located on the lower level, near the fitness centre is a spa offering everything from massages to manicures.
The F&B options are pretty limited for a property this size. The new Columbus Restaurant serves up a farm-to-table style menu featuring plenty of locally sourced ingredients. It’s a welcomed addition to the property. Most evenings the lobby bars is pretty busy and extremely loud, making conversations difficult, but interestingly, they offer great value on Stoli cocktails! For the morning coffee hounds, there’s a Starbucks located seconds away through the underground passage to the Aon building.
If you’re headed to Chicago for a business conference, to do a little shopping, meet up with friends, or just looking for a relaxing getaway, the Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park is an excellent choice. Rooms start at just $199 / night.
Guest Room: ★★★★☆
Towels and Toiletries: ★★★★★
Restaurants / Amenities: ★★★★☆
Customer Service: ★★★★★
Overall Experience: ★★★★☆
Price / Value: ★★★★★