4.4 out of 5

"The staff at The Hotel Blake helped to make my first trip to Chicago (over Memorial Day weekend) a great one! They had lots of great ideas on where to ... " More

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Hotel Description

A romantic stay in the heart of Chicago awaits you at Hotel Blake, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member. Within a short 5-minute stroll, you'll find Old Colony Building and Harold Washington Library Center. Highlights at this boutique hotel include a restaurant, a 24-hour fitness center, and a 24-hour business center.

All 162 rooms feature flat-screen TVs with cable channels, and you can enjoy free WiFi, iPod docks, and coffee/tea makers. Pillowtop beds and Egyptian cotton sheets invite a comfortable night's sleep, and you'll find nice touches like rainfall showerheads and bathrobes. Room service, free newspapers, and free local calls are also available.

The café, Meli Cafe, serves regional cuisine and is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. 3875 square feet (360 square meters) of event facilities include meeting rooms, and other business amenities include limo/town car service. Added amenities include free WiFi in public areas and a coffee shop/café. Each morning cooked-to-order breakfast is available. There's also the convenience of valet parking.

Sights within a 10-minute walk of this 3.5-star Printers Row hotel include Columbia College Chicago and Chicago Board of Trade Building.

Hotel Blake ratings based on 17 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
4.4 out of 5 4.5 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 5.0 out of 5.0
Service & staff 5.0 out of 5.0
Room comfort 4.5 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 4.5 out of 5.0
4 out of 5

Love The Hotel Blake - Great Staff & Location!

The staff at The Hotel Blake helped to make my first trip to Chicago (over Memorial Day weekend) a great one! They had lots of great ideas on where to eat, visit, etc. and treated me like family.

Posted by on May 30, 2017

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Comment from Hotel Management

Jun 1, 2017 by Rich M.

Excellent to hear you enjoyed the staff service! Sounds like you had a signature Hotel Blake experience. We hope you come again soon. Thanks for all the great comments. Best Regards, Rich Rich M. Guest Services Supervisor

4 out of 5

Location Made Visit Easy

Pros: The Staff
Cons: A refrigerator in the room.
Location: Chicago Public Library Brisk walk to the Loop A stroll to the Chicago Art Institute A short bus ride or taxi to museums,the Magnificent Mile, etc.
Flew into ORD and took the train into Chicago. Arrived one easy black walk to Hotel Blake. Greeted warmly with staff. walked into a spotless room. Bedding was freshly laundered and most luxurious. We are enjoyed the staff and food at Cafe Meli that is attracted to the hotel. The staff's knowledge of sites, transportation,and restaurants was comprehensive. We give this hotel and it's a five star rating.

Posted by , from Utah on Feb 15, 2017

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2 out of 5


Pros: Staff was nice, lobby was nice.
Cons: The room needs a serious renovation.
Location: Location is very centrallay located. Easy access to museums, theaters and art venues.
Let's see our beds squeaked loudly every time you shifted, the pillows were uncomfortable, the shower was broken (was fixed while we were there but we were only there for 48 hours), the carpeting was dirty and the heater was so loud we couldn't hear ourselves think, also the heater adjustment was broken so our only options for temperature control were off and on.

Posted by , from Los Angeles on Dec 2, 2016

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4 out of 5

Loved this hotel

We loved the staff and the location. The street was fairly quiet considering we were in a downtown hotel. The bellman to front desk staff were always helpful and cheerful. We will stay there again.

Posted by , from iowa on Aug 15, 2016

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4 out of 5

Gem Find

Never had heard of this hotel; found a great rate for a great room thru Travelocity. The hotel was quiet, rooms very comfy, clean and spacious, very friendly and helpful staff. Liked the fact that it is an independent hotel with a history. The building is really cool. Close to everything, the neighborhood is a little sketchy at night, but that would be true in any major city. Decor was a bit dated, but in decent shape. Great in-room coffee (Lavazza) and bath products, and free WiFi. Only thing that would have made it better would be more easy-access power strips in the room for charging stuff, and a better work station. If you're coming downtown for business or pleasure, this is nice little gem for a reasonable rate.

Posted by on Apr 16, 2016

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5 out of 5

Will return

Great experience, staff and location. Will return. Enjoyed eating at Meli. They serve breakfast all day

Posted by on Jan 3, 2016

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4 out of 5

Great location...close to museum campus.

Pros: Beds and pillows were super comfortable!!! Temp in room was perfect.
Printers row has restaurants and central to shopping and museums, millennial park, lake Michigan. Concierge, Showtime was awesome as was the rest of the staff. Café Meli (sp?) was great for drinks, breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Posted by , from Huntsville, AL on Sep 14, 2015

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4 out of 5
Very comfortable and clean. Only complaint was doors seemed to slam loudly in order to close.

Posted by on Aug 8, 2015

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5 out of 5

Perfect Chicago hotel.

Pros: Location, staff, size of room, good restaurant and service
Location: Walking distance to Art Institute, Grant park, Chicago architectural foundation/walking tour
A great location for this first time visitor to Chicago. Convenient walking distance from the blue line (from the airport) and to/from the city attractions - the Art Institute, Grant park and restaurants. Great view of the library from our room window. Very pleasant staff.

Posted by , from Houston, TX on Aug 8, 2015

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5 out of 5
Easy check in on a busy Chicago street. Great central location to many attractions. Front desk very helpful. We'll be back.

Posted by on Jun 20, 2015

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About the Hotel Blake, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member

Location 500 South Dearborn Street, Chicago, IL 60605

Property Features

There's a restaurant on site, as well as a coffee shop/café. WiFi is free in public spaces. A 24-hour business center, limo/town car service, and meeting rooms are available. Event space at this hotel measures 3875 square feet (360 square meters). A 24-hour fitness center, tour/ticket assistance, and multilingual staff are also featured at the business-friendly Hotel Blake, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member. For a fee, parking is available. This 3.5-star Chicago hotel is smoke free.

  • 1 building
  • 162 guestrooms or units
  • 12 levels
  • 2 conference rooms
  • 3875 sq ft of conference space
  • 360 sq m of conference space
  • Dining venue
  • Coffee shop
  • Business center (24 hours)
  • Breakfast available (surcharge)
  • Dry cleaning
  • Front desk (24 hours)
  • Express check-in
  • Express check-out
  • Staff is multilingual
  • Storage area for luggage
  • Front-desk safe
  • Car service
  • Tour and ticket information
  • Concierge
  • Newspapers in lobby (free)
  • ATM
  • Bellhop
  • Elevator
  • No smoking on site

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Free cribs/infant beds


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi


Valet parking (surcharge)


  • Airport: Chicago, IL (ORD-O'Hare Intl.) (29.7 km / 18.5 mi)
  • Train station: Chicago Van Buren Street Station (0.6 km / 0.4 mi)
  • Metro station: Harrison Station (0.2 km / 0.1 mi)
  • Parking: Valet parking available for a surcharge

Room Amenities

Hotel Blake, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member offers 162 air-conditioned accommodations with iPod docking stations and safes. Pillowtop beds feature Egyptian cotton sheets. Flat-screen televisions come with premium cable channels. Bathrooms include shower/tub combinations with rainfall showerheads, bathrobes, designer toiletries, and complimentary toiletries. Guests can surf the web using the complimentary wireless Internet access. Business-friendly amenities include desks and complimentary newspapers, as well as phones; free local calls are provided (restrictions may apply). Additionally, rooms include coffee/tea makers and hair dryers. In-room massages and hypo-allergenic bedding can be requested. Housekeeping is provided daily.

  • Pillowtop beds
  • IPod dock
  • In-room dining (limited hours)
  • Flat-screen television
  • Cable channels
  • Premium channels
  • Coffee maker
  • Egyptian cotton linens
  • Hypo-allergenic bedding
  • Shower and tub combination
  • Rainfall showerhead
  • Cribs (free)
  • Rollaway beds (surcharge)
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Newspapers (free)
  • Local calls (free)
  • Massage in room (surcharge)
  • Hair dryer
  • Safe
  • Bathrobes
  • Designer toiletries
  • Telephone
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Desk
  • Blackout drapes
  • Climate control (air conditioning)
  • Ensuite bathroom
  • Connecting rooms available

Food & Drink

For a fee, guests can enjoy cooked-to-order breakfast daily.

Meli Cafe - This café specializes in regional cuisine and serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, and light fare. Guests can enjoy drinks at the bar.

Room service (during limited hours) is available.

Nearby Activities

Lake Michigan's shoreline is just 7 blocks east of the hotel. A 20-mile path along the lakefront is popular with runners, cyclists, walkers, and skaters. During summer months, Oak Street Beach, 2 miles north, and North Avenue Beach, about 2.5 miles north, are popular for sunbathing and for swimming when lifeguards are on duty. The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or near the hotel; fees may apply.

  • Golfing nearby


If you need to make special requests for accessibility needs, please note them at check-out when booking your stay.

  • Roll-in shower
  • In-room accessibility

Hotel Policies


  • Check-in time starts at 3 PM
  • Minimum check-in age is 21


  • Check-out by noon

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Kids stay free! Children 18 years old and younger stay free when using existing bedding.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are available for USD 25.00 per night.
  • Free cribs (infant beds)!


  • No pets allowed


Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.


Optional extras

The fees and deposits listed below will be charged at the time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Breakfast fee: between USD 10 and USD 30 per person (approximately)
  • Valet parking fee: USD 55 per night (in/out privileges)
  • Rollaway bed fee: USD 25.00 per night

This may not be a comprehensive list. Fees and deposits are subject to change and might not include tax.

Hotel Names

You should know

  • Children 18 years old and younger stay free in the same room as the parent or guardian when using existing bedding.
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property at the number on your booking confirmation.