Thompson Chicago - Great Location!
by, 07-14-2014 at 02:58 PM (752 Views)
A quick 2 night weekend stay, 2 couples, in the Windy City. Once upon a time, I lived in the Chicago area but for the other couple, it was their first visit to the Windy City. We stayed at the Thompson Chicago, packages bought from Luxury Link. The Thompson Chicago is a fairly new addition to the Chicago hotel scene, after a major renovation in 2013. It was originally built in 1988 as Hotel 21 East, as a reference to its address of 21 East Bellevue Place…...was later changed to the Sutton Place Hotel……....and then was completely redone in 2013 becoming part of Thompson Hotels. http://www.thompsonchicago.com
- Location, location, LOCATION!
- Large corner room suite
- Nice room amenities - Bigelow bath products, robes, slippers, umbrella (which we used)
- Valet parking included
- In-room breakfast included one morning
- The most comfortable beds
- No in-room coffeemaker
- Must call room service for ice
Although there was no in-room coffeemaker, there was (excellent) coffee provided in the lobby, so you needed to either order coffee from room service, or get dressed and go down to the lobby to get it. One other amenity that I prefer is an ice machine available for guest use since I prefer to be able to get ice myself without having to wait on room service to bring it. Both are just minor inconveniences. We were on the 5th floor and our friends were on the 18th floor.
The best part was the location - the best! Located in Chicago's Gold Coast area, a block from Michigan Avenue with every store imaginable…..and an easy walk to all kinds of restaurants and bars, with indoor and outdoor seating.
The Taste of Chicago, a large well known annual Chicago festival, was going on that weekend, and we planned to go to it, but due to some heavy downpours Saturday morning, surprisingly the festival was cancelled for the day! But there were so many other fun things to do in the city during our brief stay. The rain stopped for the afternoon and we did the HOHO (Hop On, Hop Off) bus tour - perfect to get a good overview and update of the city sights. We originally planned to go to the Cubs game at Wrigley Field, but once we learned of the forecasted rain, we bagged that idea.
I lived in Chicago many years ago and was thrilled when I learned that my old favorite deep dish pizza restaurant - Lou Malnati's - had a location within walking distance of the hotel, so that's where we went Friday night. There was a very long wait, but I was determined…...…and it was delicious, just as I remember it…..and we had plenty of leftovers for snacks in our room the rest of the weekend.
One thing we loved is the ability to walk to so many fun places. On Saturday night, it started raining again and checking with the concierge in regard to nearby jazz or blues clubs, he suggested a place called The Back Room….down a back alley off Rush Street. Perfect, only a block or so from our hotel (walking in the rain)……thoroughly enjoyed the music…..…good combination of jazz, blues, motown and R&B, with a little bit of current pop music. http://backroomchicago.com
The Luxury Link package included in-room breakfast one morning and if you stay there for 2 nights, the best pancake house is right across the street, the Original Pancake House (highly rated on Trip Advisor), but on weekends extra time is needed because the lines go out the door. I wanted to eat there but we had time concerns when we saw the lines, so we ended up eating at the outdoor cafe next door, Luxbar. We found out the line at the Original Pancake House does move quickly and from the looks of the food served on their outdoor tables, this is a place I would like to try on a second visit. Luxbar was good too, and a great place to sit at outside tables and people watch.
I bought these Luxury Link packages in 2013 when they were first offered (with a long shelf life) and the renovated hotel had recently reopened. I'm glad I bought them early because I see that although a Thompson Chicago package is still being offered, I wonder for how much longer because clearly this property is - and will continue to be a popular Chicago choice. By the way, the hotel was completely sold out for the weekend of our stay.
The Thompson Chicago - definitely a home run!