I have a choice of staying at any of the Chicago properties for the next few weeks. Does anyone have comments of the Palmer vs. the Drake vs. the Hilton and Towers. Also, does anyone know what big conference is in town the week of Mar 14th. Rooms are expensive and hard to get.
Have not stayed at any of the properties but I had friends who stayed at teh Palmer HIlton. Classic hotel, very nice restaurant, services, conveniently located.
The advice: BOOK NOW!!! CHeck the HHonors reservations website for availaiblity. And in fact you might want to call the Chicago tourism bureau to see if there are indeed any big conventions for those dates.
The Hiltons are generally the first to go when it's convention time!
Location: Seat 1A, Juice pretty much everywhere, Mucci des Coins Exotiques
I stayed in a palatial suite on the top floor of the Palmer house years ago. It is full of old-world charm. The Drake is very, very nice and in a much nicer neighborhood. Plenty of night life within walking distance.
The big-old Conrad Hilton on Michigan was one of the world's top hotels in it's day. These days it's in a dead neighborhood and a bit dumpy.
Ive stayed at the palmer house for 3 months. Its OK, but I switched to the River North Westin. Much nicer hotel. However, if you are going to go with Hilton, stay at the Drake. Its one of the best hotels in the Hilton chain. I have not stayed there but many famous people do.
gabbysz-- the American Medical Student Assoc national convention is there from Mar 11-14. I'll be there, and staying at the Palmer House. I've got a Towers room reserved, and it was on hold at $230/night, but just last week I was checking the price and got it for $175/night. As of when I last checked, there was availability of both regular and Towers rooms.
Have stayed in almost all of the major properties in Chicago over the last 5 years. Don't particularly like the Drake. It's rooms are older, bathrooms are small, and the restaurants are not up to snuff. My favorites are the Intercontinental on Michigan Ave.--if you are in Six continents Club and get an upgraded room (some of the regular rooms are really small and stuffy), or the Fairmont a couple blocks off Michigan near the Lake. It's a terrific new hotel, everything's first class. Hyatt on the other side of the river is just so-so. While I like to double dip, I like the IC and Fairmont so much that I'd rather stay there.
There's a new sheriff in town.
The Chicago Hilton and Towers has long been one of my favorite hotels and it is closer to the park, Art Institute, aquarium, and museum, but the Drake is closer to shopping and is also a great favorite of mine.
We are staying at the Garden Inn in March because everything else was full but I have no idea what it is like.
I've stayed at the Chicago Hilton & Towers a few times - it's a huge place but I like the "old-style" ambience (built in 1927 I believe as the Stevens Hotel, then it was the Conrad Hilton - biggest in the world for a long time).
Be sure to get a room that faces the lake, preferably a corner room. Some of the rooms are rather gloomy because they face "semi" courtyards (e.g another room 100 feet away).
I was there in November; arrived at 1:45 a.m. and they were out of rooms. They sent me to the Palmer House Hilton for one night, then treated me like a king (junior suite for my convention rate, goodie basket, no charge for the first night, free breakfast, etc.) to make up for the gaffe. Excellent staff.
I'll speak up for the Chicago Hilton & Towers. Easy walking access to the Art Institute, lots of fun shopping, and the L is nearby, too, if that's on your list of things to do. Definitely see if you can get a room that looks onto the lake. Wonderful view. Rooms are kind of unusual -- at least mine was -- seemed to be two rooms remodeled into one. Long and narrow, with a bathroom on either end. Odd, but very nice, and the staff was excellent.