The Tremont Chicago Hotel at Magnificent Mile

 
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Near the Museum of Contemporary Art
Located on the Magnificent Mile in the heart of the Gold Coast neighborhood, this contemporary hotel is in a great location for sightseeing in Chicago.

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    • IrishWombat
      IrishWombat Over a year ago
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      Good quirky history off the Magnificent Mile
      I took an über from where I was staying in the Loop up to this hotel on the Mag Mile, which was only four blocks from the Red line. Knowing where my public transportation is is very important to me, plus there were ample bus routes within a 3-block walk. Thanks to Google Maps, I learned how very well located and networked this location was. I recall the Magnificent Mile as the location of the Omni Hotel, where “guests of the Oprah Winfrey Show stay.” It’s so much more than that. I’m sure that Second City may shrug at this comparison, but Michigan Avenue feels like New York’s Fifth Avenue with a lot more breathing room. A wide boulevard with high end shopping – the Burberry store, for example, is clad with an onyx cage interpretation of its hallmark tartan – and tourists and Chicagoan bustling alike. There was a 24-hour Walgreens about three blocks from my hotel. The area was always busy and the Tremont is so close to many Chicago landmarks and points of interest. The room was cozy and as a Starwood Preferred Guest member, I was on one of the SPG floors. The Tremont is an older building that just saw a “$3 million renovation project, including a floor-to-ceiling transformation of all 135 guest rooms and suites, and the redesign of its entryway and lobby.” (from the March 9, 2015 press release.) It was obvious that there was some love placed into the hotel. Yet as an older building, there always remain some idiosyncrasies. The queen sized bed dominated my room but I would say there was enough room for two people to share the space and not be on top of one another. Yet just be aware there were some minor quirks that would make you go tilt your head. (In my room there was some plastic track cover to hide the wires of the TV. It was supposed to make things look neat and crisp. However whomever did the work, looked they just phoned that task in.) You’ll accept the quirk and it will be fine (especially when you hear the rate I paid). The bathroom was still dated. The light and heat light were still in the bath area and they looked like that hadn’t been touched in the renovation. However there was a tub and I enjoyed a very good, long, hot soak in that tub to bring my equilibrium back to level after my first full night back to drinking (from a Dry January). There was a separate room for bath area; enter the bathroom and the first alcove is for the sink and just beyond that sink is a door to the tub and toilet for the rest of the room. Should you be sharing a room with someone, that set up would be quite useful. My tastes are varied. I like the look and feel of the hotel with its contemporary décor in an older framework; I felt at home in my room. There were two windows in my room and I threw the roman shade up to get some light in. The north-facing window over looked a parking out. I drew up the shade of the east-facing window and I felt like I was on “Let’s Make a Deal” picking door number 3 which was the new car, I had a view of the Mag Mile and the John Hancock Center in front of me. I was so thrilled. Just know that it wasn’t perfect, but the pros outweighed the cons. I spent some time in the lobby and enjoyed it as a place to center myself. It was a warm combination of rustic and current styles, using discrete portions of burgundy, pale blue and orange against greys, silvers, black and wood – a masculine yet very modern feel. (Probably in balance with the traditionally masculine Ditka’s that is the hotel’s restaurant; think steak house, with white table cloths, milk chocolate leather upholstery and mahogany wood everyone.) I could sit there all day and play Candy Crush Jelly Saga. The sleeping area of the room got the most love in the renovations and some peculiarities remain in the room. Plus, there was a church or something nearby that tolled its bells at least twice on Sunday morning – around 9:30 am and 11:00 am. I was already up, but bring your ear plugs just in case. That said Starwood is the brand I am most loyal to. The location, the value, the design and the total convenience were still there for me. Plus, I took the bus everywhere from here up to Andersonville; it was more convenient than the L. I enjoyed myself at the Tremont. January in Chicago is a very affordable time to go there. My pre-paid rate was $93.99. However weather-wise, it can be it or miss. The only time I felt 40 below was in Chicago and that is rough. This time, it was a lovely 45 degree weekend. Yet no matter what the weather, museums, restaurants and bar are always open and you’ll have fun.

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