REVIEWS, TRAVEL

Review: Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel

Chicago, IL (October 14, 2013) – The Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel overlooking the Chicago River is a perfect central location to explore the Windy City. Formerly a Stouffer Hotel property that opened in 1991, and built by William B. Tabler Architects, today this completely smoke-free 27 floor, 513 room, 40 suite hotel now has that familiar and comfortable “Renaissance” global touch with even newer renovations coming this year including a new hotel entrance, refreshed meeting space and upgraded restaurant.

In the public spaces, there is Bar Novo, a casual American spot with hearty noshes, wonderfully hand-crafted cocktails and an extensive wine by the glass list.

The standard rooms offer city and non-city views. There are also club level rooms without a view, but makes up for that by offering other amenities. Finally, there are 16 Executive and 20 Riviere Suites all with city river views offering a one bedroom with a king-size bed and a sleeper sofa. These suites both offer club lounge access, the Executive Suites are 800 square feet and the Riviere Suites are 1000 square feet with a dining room and wet bar.

There are spa services offering massage, facials, manicures, pedicures, yoga and zumba classes. There is also a pretty decent gym, offering free weights, treadmills, elliptical machines, bicycles, and other cardio machines.

On the second floor, is the revamped Great Street Restaurant. This is a modern classic brasserie surrounded by local flavor. They have Goose Island and Half Acre beers, both local to the Chicago area, while their menu offers Skuna Bay Salmon with roasted corn soybean succotash, and a London Broil with tobacco onions.

The hotel also boasts 32,000 square feet of sophisticated functional meeting space.

The Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel is at 1 West Wacker Drive and is the perfect location for shopping on Michigan Avenue, touring Millennium Park, visiting one of Chicago’s many museums and is right around the corner from the Theatre District. It was a pleasurable experience and I would recommend this hotel to you.

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