Four Points Sheraton Hotel–Rush Street in Chicago #HotelReview #Travel Thursday
This is the second time that I had stayed at the Four Points Sheraton Hotel in Chicago. The first time was with a few girlfriends for a weekend away. It was a weekend of reuniting with friends, a fun trip to the windy city and a lot of shopping. We also went to the Art Institute of Chicago (a must-see if you are there). In that first trip we were four women and we felt the room was a bit compacted. I had know they offer rooms with an additional a sofa bed, I would have done that!
For this next trip, I was in town for business and a quick stay – two beds one room suited just fine…thank you very much! The first thing you will notice is that the lobby is unbelievably small but it works. So if you are looking for the grandeur of the Sheraton Towers, this is not the place. The good thing about a small lobby is that the no one can walk in without crossing in front of the front desk. In order to access our room, you need to put in your room card in the elevator (this provides added security – always a bonus). Good for security.
As we arrived, I did not see a bellman or a parking valet so not sure if this self service or not but if you have lots of luggage you may be on your own. We did not have any problems the valet finding us a cab when we went out later on that day. He was very helpful with directions & transit info.
As mentioned the rooms are not to spacious and the hallway seemed to be pretty narrow compared to other hotels. The noise level is not as much as if you were on Michigan Avenue but it is still noticeable. I prefer having a room facing the street than a back alley because I love the hustle and bustle of a city.
What I like the most about from this property is the location. Its around the corner from Marshall’s, Crate & Barrel & Trader Joe’s. I did not realize Trader Joe’s was a grocery store (BTW, Trader Joe’s have always been restaurants or bars in my world… my America friend found that very funny). This convenience is great because eating out in Chicago can add up.
The bistro attached to the hotel (but independent of the hotel) is e.leaven food company (very, very yummy… you can read that review too). Across the street is Uno (or its sister site further down the street Duo)…a fantastic Chicago style pizza place (yeah, another review). Well, worth the wait (Tip: call before, order the pizza and then pick it up). Starbucks is across the street from that.
Overall, my only complaint was that I had made the reservation on-line. I had a special request so I needed to contact the hotel with a question. For some reason, the night manager thought it would be o.k. to call my house at 2:30 am to confirm the reservations. Hubby was not happy about that! Either was I considering I had to leave for the train station at 4 am. When I mention this fact on check-in the hotel manager did apologize and offered us free WIFI and complimentary breakfast e.leavan food company the next day.
I love traveling to Chicago and the location of this hotel gives you the benefit of being close to the Magnificent Mile WITHOUT the high price of staying at the Marriott or Wyndham Chicago. It is right smack in the middle of the Mile so you can easily go north or south without too much walking. It is close to plenty of shopping, restaurants and public transit. There is no reason to not go to Chicago even if you are on a budget on a budget and enjoy yourself. The thing is if you save on hotel & some meals (then you can enjoy more shopping – bonus).
and half out of 5
Four Points Sheraton Downtown/ Magnificent Mile
Four Points by Sheraton Chicago Downtown is just off of Magnificent Mile, and convenient to Bears’ Soldier Field, the Cubs Wrigley Field, or to nearby Museum Campus.
630 North Rush Street, Chicago, IL 60611 (Near North Side) (312) 981-6600
Disclosure: There was no compensation or complimentary accommodations received for this post. All opinions are my own. Photo Credit of front of building is given to FPS and is from the official website.