Gorgeous old hotel that is notably past its prime Posted Nov 8, 2013
This hotel was the Ritz of its time. Stunning lobby, rooms with tall ceilings, magnificent location and steeped in history. This is where early century presidents stayed when in Chicago. Even the elevators are works of art. The windows in my room were probably 6 ish ft tall and offered a spectacular panorama looking out onto Grant Park and Lake Michigan. The late victorian era furniture was worn yet still lovely. The bathroom had updated (contemporary styled) fixtures and although they were fully functional, they looked badly out of place and cheap. If you are a history or architecture buff, you may be able to overlook a certain amount of rattiness. If you're seeking a fresh and bright looking place to stay. The congress plaza may not be your first choice.