Chicago Hotels in the Downtown Loop

by Patrick M. Lind
Reflections of buildings in The Loop

Reflections of buildings in The Loop

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Staying at a hotel in Chicago's Loop means having access easy access to everything downtown has to offer. This is the city's cultural and commercial center, and the hotel's here reflect this. From cutting edge boutiques to luxury chains, The Loop provides a large selection of hotels for just about every taste.

Central Loop Hotel

The Central Loop Hotel puts guests exactly where its name implies--in the center of The Loop. From here guests have access to nearly everything in a matter of minutes by foot, car or taxi. Rooms at this boutique hotel have a fresh appeal with contemporary decor and amenities like iPod docking stations, flat-screen televisions, complimentary bottled water and wireless Internet access. The on-site restaurant reflects an English pub and serves classic British and American cuisine. Dishes include fish and chips, and burgers. Its 16 imported draft beers allow customers to experiment while they drink.

The Blackstone Renaissance

The Blackstone Renaissance puts guests in the South Loop across the street from Grant Park within steps of Buckingham Fountain. This hotel dates back to 1910 and features a classic French Beaux-Arts exterior. While the outside may look historic, the inside has a cutting edge modernist appeal. Guest rooms differ in style and design; all rooms have a contemporary feel and come with amenities like flat-screen TVs and wireless Internet access. The on-site tapas restaurant serves Catalan cuisine in a vividly Mediterranean surrounding. Guests have access to a 24-hour fitness center.

Hotel Blake

The Loop's Hotel Blake in the South Loop on Congress Parkway lies within a few blocks of the LaSalle train station and Grant Park. This upscale hotel resides within the 19th-century Morton and Duplicator building on downtown's Printer's Row. Guest rooms feature large picture windows with expansive views of the city; 12-foot ceilings, down comforters, iPod stereos and wireless Internet. Guests here indulge in a Mediterranean/American fusion cuisine at the on-site restaurant, as well as a variety of West Coast wines.

Hotel 71

Hotel 71 exudes a hip, urban style and design. The hotel sits at the shore of the Chicago River and offers many rooms with unfettered views of it. Guest rooms have a minimalist design with dominating whites. The large windows lend each room a light and airy atmosphere. The hotel's full-service, lobby-level cafe stays open from the early morning to the late evening; complimentary wireless is available while guests dine and enjoy drinks. Guests reach the numerous dining establishments and art galleries in River North by foot.

About the Author

Patrick M. Lind has been freelance writing since 2007 and has worked as an editor and journalist for He received a Master of Arts in history from the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands and has traveled extensively throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and Middle East.

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