InterContinental Hotels: IHG Rewards Club & InterContinental Ambassador - PLEASE RECOMMEND DT CHICAGO HOTEL
May 1, 03, 1:55 pm
I'm going to Chicago to see the Cubbies and for Taste at the end of June for three days and have 120,000 priortiy club points to burn.
I was wondering how the Intercontinental, Crowne Plaza Allerton and Crowne Plaza Silversmith stack up against each other?
Have you stayed at any of them? What was your impression?
May 2, 03, 12:21 am
I've stayed at the Silverton and found it quite good, recently rennovated. As a Plat even on an award, I was given a suite on the Exec Floor. Rooms are rennovated but rustic, exposing original brick work and in some, wooden beams. The entry is a bit obscure, tucked between some shops under the L. If you are high enough up, the sound of the trains is not a problem. There is an evening dessert buffet in the lobby, which is located several floors above the ground level. There is a good deli style restaurant attached to the hotel. Location is good for the central business district and major "old" department stores, Art Institute, etc.
I will be paying for a stay in June, but decided to give the Allerton a try, since the 21-day adance rate of $149 is one of the best for the city on the dates I need. The location on Michigan Ave North cannnot be beat.
May 2, 03, 9:43 am
Have you stayed at the Intercontinental? I wonder how much nicer the rooms are? A previous thread someone said the rooms at the allerton are rather small.
I am more interested in upgrades than lavishly appointed common areas. I wonder how the upgrade scene works at Intercontinental? I wonder if they look at priority club people who get their status off holiday inn stays as ghetto fab when they come to an IC for an award stay?
May 2, 03, 2:09 pm
ICs generally upgrade based on your SCC status, not your PC elite level. While there are few really bad rooms at ICs, I suppose one may get a less good view or some such thing. I know the Allerton's rooms tend to the small size, but as my friend noted, how much time will we be spending in the room! Particularly given the property's location on N.Michigan amid all that shopping. The $100 a night different over the IC will translate into a lot of nice little things in the shopping bag... And I expect with Plat PC status, we'll get a reasonable sized room, Exec Floor or even small suite for the weekend.
May 2, 03, 2:29 pm
the ic is nice. i was plat at the time and it didn't matter, you have to have status with thier program for upgrades.
the only complaint i had was that the i could hear a musician on the street through the windows.
nice bar and restaurant on the premisis
again i apologize for my inability to spell