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Congress Plaza Hotel at Grant Park

3 stars
View map of 520 South Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605

Hotel Overview

Reviewer score
3.4
out of 5
115 reviews
Weftec

Enjoyed the hotel. Good location enjoyed seeing the Egyptian style. See full review

  • Scott H.
  • Oct 1, 2015
Perfect Home Base for Chicago

The hotel was charming and had tons of character. Not like your usual sterile chain environment. We... See full review

  • Susan D.
  • Apr 29, 2015

The Congress Plaza Hotel at Grant Park Chicago is a living piece of American history. It was originally built in 1893, and after World War II began, the historic hotel was purchased by the government to become a headquarters for U.S. Army officers. In 1945, the hotel was repurchased by a group of Chicago natives and reopened to the public. The Congress Hotel blends the old and new for a unique and high-class stay in the Windy City. Rooms feature high ceilings, larger bathrooms and unique room configurations. The Congress Hotel offers many amenities to its guests to ensure their satisfaction, such as same-day dry cleaning and shoe shine service.

Highlights

The Congress Hotel is located near Grant Park, home of Buckingham Fountain, and the Magnificent Mile on Michigan Avenue. The central location of the hotel gives visitors easy access to explore nearby Soldier Field, Shedd Aquarium, The Field Museum, Adler Planetarium and Lake Michigan. There are three dining options located on-site at The Congress: the Gazebo Restaurant, the Rafael Steak House and The Congress Lounge. Room service is also available. The hotel also offers a 24-hour fitness center, gift shop, game room and an on-site barber shop. Visitors also have access to Wi-Fi, hair dryers, coffee makers and cable television with premium channels.

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Hotel Map

41.8751 -87.6243
Area served
Chicago, IL
Nearby airports
Midway and O'Hare International Airports
Area description
Adjacent to Grant Park and Buckingham Fountain. Near Millenium Park, The Art Institute of Chicago, Museum Campus, Symphony Center, and the Sears Tower.

Hotel Policies

Check-in:
3:00 PM
Check-out:
12:00 PM

Terms and conditions

Rates quoted in currencies other than the hotel's base currency are subject to the rate of the international exchange. Rate may change throughout stay. Rate may reflect average nightly rate. Extra charges may apply. Incidental charges, such as room service, are not included in the rate.

The amenities and/or facilities may not be located at the hotel, but within a reasonable distance, and additional charges may apply for use.

Ratings and reviews for Congress Plaza Hotel at Grant Park

Overall score

3.4 / 5
5.01.0
115 out of 115
Amenities:
3.2
Cleanliness:
3.7
Hotel staff:
3.8
Comfort:
3.5
Location:
4.5
Value:
3.6

75% would recommend to a friend.

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Review of Congress Plaza Hotel at Grant Park

Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
LDZA
Single
Concord
Oct 12, 2015

Place is gross

It is a pretty dirty place. I stayed there because I was looking for an apartment at the time and was trying to save some money by staying at a cheap place. This is like a dirty airport hotel, except its in a prime location on Michigan. Staff was mixed. Some rude, some helpful. Would not stay again

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
1
Cleanliness:
1
Hotel staff:
1
Comfort:
2
Location:
4
Value:
2
Trip purpose:

Single

Review of Congress Plaza Hotel at Grant Park

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Booya
Single
N/A
Oct 9, 2015

big room and a closet sized bathroom

Location, excellent. Big clean comfy room, comfy bed. Staff has no idea (and they couldn't care less) about just about anything! But, well...that's what all the reviewers say--and they're right! Splurge for the lake view (if possible), it's worth it. Beware--(it was only October) and my room was FREEZING cold, but they did send up a space heater (so they're not as bad as they could've been) There are vending and ice machines. It's quite a large hotel and so perfectly located.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
2
Comfort:
3
Location:
4
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Single

Review of Congress Plaza Hotel at Grant Park

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
BERNADENE C.
Family
N/A
Oct 7, 2015

Two Sisters trip

Hotel room did not meet expectations. In town at the end of a tour to see family and friends. The restaurant served very good dinners at an affordable price. When the weather turned cold, had to request a heater.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
4
Comfort:
2
Location:
3
Value:
2
Trip purpose:

Family

Review of Congress Plaza Hotel at Grant Park

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Maria R.
Business
Farmingdale
Oct 6, 2015

Chicago Oral Boards

The hotel was nice bar undergoing construction in the daytime. Parking was very expensive with a small discount given to hotel stayers. Breakfast food was good, but expensive as well.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Comfort:
4
Location:
3
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of Congress Plaza Hotel at Grant Park

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Scott H.
Business
N/A
Oct 1, 2015

Weftec

Enjoyed the hotel. Good location enjoyed seeing the Egyptian style.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
3
Comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of Congress Plaza Hotel at Grant Park

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Haworthuk
Couples
N/A
Jul 20, 2015

Where Presidents have stayed in the past

old school hotel right in the centre of things. Public rooms magnificent but bedrooms could do with updating. Pay extra for Lake view room..........you won't regret it.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Couples

Review of Congress Plaza Hotel at Grant Park

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Mathias C.
Business
N/A
Jul 13, 2015

Great business trip.

This was a great value. I stayed one block from the convention hotel and saved hundreds.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
3
Comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of Congress Plaza Hotel at Grant Park

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Jane T.
Couples
N/A
Jul 1, 2015

family wedding

The location of this hotel is excellent - walking distance to museums, Navy Pier, Grant Park, shopping and dining. The hotel has lots of character and history, but there is a trade off - the room was not very comfortable - no sitting chair, the slats under the bed collapsed at 2am while we were sleeping. Staff and service is outstanding!!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
3
Location:
5
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Couples

Review of Congress Plaza Hotel at Grant Park

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Kylee T.
Friends
N/A
Jun 10, 2015

Weekend getaway

The hotel was nice but definitely older, the rooms/hallways had an older feeling but everything was clean. Location was nice because right on michigan st

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
3
Comfort:
3
Location:
4
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Friends

Review of Congress Plaza Hotel at Grant Park

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Cindy J.
Friends
N/A
Jun 7, 2015

Great location!

This hotel was fun and was within walking distance of everything we wanted to do.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
4
Comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Friends

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