Post # 1
Hey all! Any Chicago hotel recommendations for guests? I’m about to look into discounts/reserving a block of rooms…I’m leaning towards the River North, Gold Coast area…nothing super fancy, but not super cheap either 🙂 Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!
Post # 3
Our room block is at the Hard Rock Hotel, Hotel 71 and the Palmer House Hilton. I used hotelplanner.com to get rates- and then contacted the hotels directly.
Post # 4
We are getting married at the Hard Rock and will also be using the Fairmont and Travelodge – Downtown as well. The room prices in the area ran from around $125-$240. I was looking at Memorial Day weekend too so it should be lower on other weekends. I used hotels.com and based it a lot on location i.e. proximity to ceremony/reception site, price and reviews, in that order. Hope that helps!
Post # 5
Thanks for the reply! Using hotelplanner is a good idea – I appreciate the tip!
Post # 6
Thanks for all the details – it’s always a huge help to hear what other people are doing 🙂
Post # 7
I’m not sure what your price range is, but the Drake and Hotel Sutton are both nice!
Post # 8
- Wedding: May 2012 - Salvage One, Chicago
@baletrina – Well hello fellow Memorial Day Bride! I’ve just started looking for hotel rates and the lowest I’ve gotten so far is $199 for that weekend. Have you found anywhere less expensive? I’d love to figure out how low it’s feasible to go…I don’t want anyone spending an arm and a leg for my wedding.
Post # 9
Do not go to the Grand Plaza. It is cheap, a great location, and the hotel itself is pretty, but the staff is extremely rude and the rooms were kind of gross. We had a really terrible experience with them.
Post # 10
- Wedding: September 2009 - The 19th Century Club
The InterContinental usually does pretty low room blocks. It has a great location, a Starbucks in the lobby, and they have a lot of weddings and wedding blocks there, which means it can be pretty chaotic on a Saturday, but they’re really accommodating and the staff is always really friendly, rooms a nice, etc.
Post # 11
I typically stay at Hotel Sax. It’s in a good location and is trendy, but comfortable. Good staff. Very clean. I love the asthetic. We book through priceline and get a low rate. The only drawback is there is a lounge or nightclub off of the lobby. We didnt hear anything, but usually get a higher floor. If you are right next to it, it might be an issue, but I can’t say that for sure. It’s also next to the House of Blues and they share a driveway so it can get crowded late at night. But, everywhere in Chicago has valet and parking is a B everywhere, so it wasnt any worse than anywhere else.
Post # 12
We recently stayed at the Downtown Marriott for a wedding. The wedding guest rate was $129/night, which really surprised us, but it was a huge wedding held in one of their ballrooms (400+ guests, almost all stayed at hotel).
The hotel itself was really nice, and the location was great.
Post # 13
We decided to go with the Essence Suites for our room block. When I visited, the staff were nice, the rooms were large and clean and $116 per night plus tax. Rooms include a free buffet style breakfast as well.