Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers-Chicago, Illinois
Date of stay-February 2011
If you happen to be visiting Chicago in the winter, or only a few days after its infamous 2011 blizzard hit as was the case with me, you might want to choose a different hotel location. Although the Sheraton’s setting by the Chicago River and some of the city’s most stunning buildings is quite picturesque, it’s a bit of a walk to some of the city’s main tourist attractions and key El stops, especially when contending with sub-freezing temperatures. But should you score an incredible package deal on Expedia for an unbelievably low price (as I did), its location should not deter you from staying there.
The lobby area of the hotel is simply stunning. Its luxurious seating and large windows that offered sweeping views of the Chicago River was the perfect spot to get warm upon coming in from the blustery cold outside. Check-in was smooth and prompt even though we arrived at the same time as a group of Iberia Airlines personnel. Although we didn’t go, there was both a cocktail lounge and a coffee bar in the hotel lobby area.
While the lobby looked as if it had received a face-lift recently, the guest rooms were in need of some updating, at least the bathrooms. The paint on the bathroom door was chipped at the bottom and parts of the tile floor were cracked. But the room portion was quite nice and comfortable. We had a corner room and were provided with a view of the area known as the Magnificent Mile and a silver view of the river.
Although there is an on-site restaurant (a steakhouse), D and I chose to eat elsewhere for our meals. Hotel breakfasts I generally find to be overpriced and not at all a place where the locals would dine. So one morning for breakfast we crossed the river into the Loop and dined at the Corner Bakery Cafe (a chain establishment, granted, but still filled with an even combination of both tourists and locals).
I wouldn’t pay the full rack rate at the Sheraton Chicago, but were a fantastic deal to come along again, I’d go back. And I would certainly keep it in mind were I to return in the warmer weather, for its proximity to Navy Pier, a premiere attraction in the city, is most desirable.
Sheraton Hotel and Towers
301 East North Water Street
Chicago, Illinois 60611