4.7 out of 5

"Very helpful and friendly staff, especially doorman Al, and concierge Rebecca " More

By a verified traveler on Fri 26 May 2017

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Hotel Description

A luxury stay in the heart of Chicago awaits you at Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago. Within just a 10-minute stroll, you'll find popular attractions like Millennium Park and Chicago Theatre. Highlights at this romantic hotel include a restaurant, an outdoor swimming pool, and an indoor swimming pool.

You can enjoy free WiFi, flat-screen TVs, and coffee/tea makers, featured in all 334 rooms. Dining in is an option with 24-hour room service, and minibars provide refreshments. Nice touches include bathrobes and designer toiletries. Free weekday newspapers, free bottled water, and safes are also available.

Filini is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The hotel's own poolside bar and bar/lounge are nice places to enjoy a drink. Enjoy the 24-hour health club, spa tub, sauna, and free pool cabanas. 28000 square feet (2601 square meters) of event facilities include 11 meeting rooms and conference space, and other business amenities include a business center and limo/town car service. Other amenities include free WiFi in public areas, a coffee shop/café, and massage/treatment rooms. There's also the convenience of valet parking.

Attractions within a 10-minute walk of this 4.5-star The Loop hotel include Wrigley Building and Tribune Tower.

Room, 1 King Bed, Non Smoking, City View

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 3 Max
$180 per night

Room, 2 Queen Beds, Non Smoking, City View

Bed Count 2 Queen Beds Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Room, 1 King Bed, Non Smoking, Park View

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 3 Max

Room, 1 King Bed, Balcony, Park View (Corner)

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 3 Max

Room, 2 Queen Beds, Balcony, Park View

Bed Count 2 Queen Beds Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Room, 1 King Bed, Balcony, City View

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 3 Max

Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago ratings based on 14 Verified Reviews

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


Very helpful and friendly staff, especially doorman Al, and concierge Rebecca

Posted by on May 26, 2017

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Comment from Hotel Management

May 29, 2017 by Victoria

Thank you so much for your kind words. I will be sure to pass this along to Al and Rebecca as well as to the rest of the Team. Have a great week!

5 out of 5

Excellent hotel and location

I arranged the room through travelocity just three hours before arrival to Chicago. Everything went smoothly. Excellent room and hotel personel. Just a warning: there is an automatic sensor in the mini bar. If you happen to move something in it you get automatically charged. Just tell the front desk so they can remove the accidental charges. Beyond that, great location! All the attractions are in walking distance. We highly recommend Eataly and Ema as dining choices.

Posted by , from Carmel, IN on Apr 15, 2017

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Comment from Hotel Management

Apr 17, 2017 by Robert Shelley, General Manager

Thank you for the review. I'm pleased to see everything went smoothly and you enjoyed your stay. I hope to welcome you back to the Blu when your travels next bring you to the area.

5 out of 5

Wonderful weekend break

We enjoyed a wonderful weekend at the Radisson Blu Aqua. The rooms are very comfortable and modern. Hotel has great facilities, staff were so helpful amd welcoming and Daniel from the business lounge helped make our weekend that bit mor special. Highly recommend

Posted by , from chicago on Feb 14, 2017

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Comment from Hotel Management

Feb 16, 2017 by Robert Shelley, General Manager

Matt - Thank you! I'm glad our team was able to help make your weekend a bit more special. Your kind words and recommendation are appreciated.

5 out of 5

Beautiful, cool

Pros: Great view, great furniture, competent staff.
Cons: Parking could be more affordable.
Location: Location close to Millenium Park, Art Institute, Magnificent Mile, Grant Park, Museum Campus. Chicago Cultural Center is a magnficent building.
Hotel is new, beautiful, cool, great facilities, location. The staff is competent and has good morale. Beautiful collection of Vivian Maier photographs in lobby. Only drawback is that parking in the Millenium Park, Chicago River area is expensive, but hotel stay was worth it.

Posted by , from West Orange, NJ on Dec 8, 2015

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5 out of 5

Beautiful & Incredible Staff

A one of a kind hotel with a personality all its own... Got engaged here a couple weeks ago and it could not have gone better. The staff was super helpful and the views from the balcony are unlike any other. Thanks staff - You made it all possible!!!

Posted by on Oct 10, 2015

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5 out of 5

Great location

Pros: Very convenient and modern
Cons: n/a
Location: Great for any Loop, Art, Dining experiences. Walkable to all
Not one thing I'd consider unacceptable. Very nice experience

Posted by on Jul 22, 2015

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5 out of 5

wonderful hotel close to downtown

Cons: More American style menu.
Location: Was very close to downtown and the mag mile shopping you can walk to just about anything you may want to do and lots of food chooses, navy pier close
This is a great hotel room was very nice, loved the rain fall shower. It was nice to sit out on the balcony and enjoy the city in the morning. Pool as good not a lot children so you could relax in the hot tub. room service was excellent, and food was very good and a nice portion. I would stay again.

Posted by , from wisconsin on Jul 5, 2015

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5 out of 5

Super Mod

Pros: Boutique feel with great service.
Cons: Nothing that I can think of.
Location: There for business.
I didn't expect this hotel to be as boutique and modern as it was. The staff were great, very fast check-in, fun bar with attentive staff, GREAT large room with a nice view. I was very pleasantly surprised, expecting more of a Radisson of days gone by!

Posted by , from New York, NY on Mar 27, 2015

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5 out of 5

My favorite in Chicago!

Pros: location, room, staff
Location: Millenium park, close to Michigan Ave and the Chicago River.
Radisson Blu has become a favorite because of its location and the hotel staff go above and beyond to make sure you are happy. I wish I could stay here every time.

Posted by , from Michigan on Mar 25, 2015

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2 out of 5

bad room

Small room couldn't walk around the bed with out running into the wall. bath room has a sliding door on it absolutely no privacy it was a lot like staying in a tent with running water. Zero help from the front desk!!!!!

Posted by , from MN on Sep 1, 2013

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About the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago

Location 221 N Columbus Dr, Chicago, IL 60601

Property Features

Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago offers its guests an indoor pool, an outdoor pool, a 24-hour health club, and a spa tub. Along with a restaurant, there's a coffee shop/café on site. You can enjoy a drink at one of the bars, which include a poolside bar and a bar/lounge. Public spaces have free WiFi. Business amenities include a business center, limo/town car service, and meeting rooms. Event space at this hotel measures 28000 square feet (2601 square meters) and includes conference space. A sauna, a rooftop terrace, and tour/ticket assistance are also featured at the luxury Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago. Parking is available for a fee. This 4.5-star Chicago hotel is smoke free.

  • 1 building
  • 334 guestrooms or units
  • 18 levels
  • 11 conference rooms
  • 28000 sq ft of conference space
  • 2601 sq m of conference space
  • Dining venue
  • Bar by the pool
  • Bar or lounge
  • Coffee shop
  • Terrace on the roof
  • Cabanas by the pool (free)
  • Poolside lounge chairs
  • Charging station for electric cars
  • Business facilities
  • Conference facilities
  • Breakfast available (surcharge)
  • Dry cleaning
  • Front desk (24 hours)
  • Express check-out
  • Staff is multilingual
  • Storage area for luggage
  • Front-desk safe
  • Car service
  • Tour and ticket information
  • Concierge
  • Wedding services available
  • Game room or arcade
  • Pool or billiards table
  • Garden
  • BBQ grill(s)
  • Outdoor picnic space
  • Newspapers in lobby (free)
  • Fireplace in lobby
  • ATM
  • Bellhop
  • Elevator
  • No smoking on site

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Indoor pool
  • Arcade/game room
  • Refrigerator (on request)
  • Free cribs/infant beds


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi


Self parking (surcharge) , Valet parking (surcharge)


  • Airport: Chicago, IL (ORD-O'Hare Intl.) (29.8 km / 18.5 mi)
  • Train station: Chicago Western Avenue Station (6.5 km / 4 mi)
  • Metro station: Randolph-Wabash Station (0.7 km / 0.4 mi)
  • Parking: Valet parking and self parking available for a surcharge

Room Amenities

Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago offers 334 accommodations with minibars and laptop-compatible safes. Flat-screen televisions are featured in guestrooms. Bathrooms include showers, bathrobes, designer toiletries, and complimentary toiletries. Guests can surf the web using the complimentary wireless Internet access. Business-friendly amenities include desks, complimentary weekday newspapers, and phones. Additionally, rooms include complimentary bottled water and coffee/tea makers. Refrigerators and hypo-allergenic bedding can be requested. Housekeeping is provided daily.

  • Minibar
  • In-room dining (24 hours)
  • Flat-screen television
  • Refrigerator available
  • Coffee maker
  • Hypo-allergenic bedding
  • Shower
  • Cribs (free)
  • Rollaway beds (surcharge)
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Weekday newspapers (free)
  • Hair dryer
  • Laptop safe
  • Bathrobes
  • Designer toiletries
  • Telephone
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Desk
  • Ensuite bathroom
  • Connecting rooms available

Food & Drink

Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago has a restaurant serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

24-hour room service is available.

Nearby Activities

An indoor pool, an outdoor pool, and a spa tub are on site. Other recreational amenities include a 24-hour health club and a sauna. The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or nearby; fees may apply.

  • Segway rental/tour nearby
  • Basketball on site
  • Rock climbing nearby
  • Bicycle rentals on site
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby
  • Scooter/moped rentals nearby

Spa Services

  • Number of treatment rooms 2
  • Massages


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

  • Accessible bathroom
  • Roll-in shower
  • In-room accessibility

Hotel Policies


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


  • Check-out by noon

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Kids stay free! Children 17 years old and younger stay free when using existing bedding.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are available for USD 30.0 per night.
  • Free cribs (infant beds)!


  • Pets are welcome and stay free
  • Only dogs are allowed
  • Weight limit: 60 lb
  • Certain rooms only, restrictions apply
  • You can request a pet-friendly room by reaching out to the property at the number on the booking confirmation


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.

  • Service animals exempt from fees/restrictions
  • Pets allowed (no fees)
  • Parking height restrictions apply


Guests will be asked to pay the following charges at the property:

  • Deposit: USD 250 per stay
  • Resort fee: USD 20-25 per night

The resort fee includes:

  • Spa access
  • Health club access
  • Fitness center access
  • Business center/computer access
  • Internet access

We've listed all charges provided to us by the property, but they may vary based on length of stay or the room booked.

Optional extras

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

  • Breakfast fee: USD 37.00 per person (approximately)
  • Self parking fee: USD 49.00 per night
  • Valet parking fee: USD 65.00 per night (in/out privileges)
  • Pet deposit: USD 250.00 per stay
  • A pet fee will be charged
  • Rollaway bed fee: USD 30.0 per night

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

Hotel Names

  • Aqua Hotel Chicago
  • Chicago Aqua Hotel
  • Chicago Hotel Aqua
  • Chicago Radisson Blu
  • Chicago Radisson Blu Aqua
  • Hotel Aqua Chicago
  • Radisson Blu Aqua
  • Radisson Blu Aqua Chicago
  • Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel
  • Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago

You should know

  • Children 17 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.
  • Pets are welcome in certain rooms only; other restrictions apply. To make arrangements for your pet, contact the property directly at the number on your booking confirmation.

Awards & Affiliations

Green / Sustainable Property
This property participates in Green Key Eco-Rating Program, a program that measures the property's impact on one or more of the following: environment, community, cultural-heritage, the local economy.