Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel Chicago
163 E Walton Pl, Chicago, IL 60611, USA
Built in 1927 the Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel Chicago has a checkered and colourful history. The penthouse floor was once run as a casino by Al Capone’s brother. In the 1970’s it was known as the Playboy Towers. It has hosted John F Kennedy, Richard Nixon and the Rolling Stones. It is also high the most haunted hotels in the United States list. However, during our stay we saw no gangsters, bunnies, presidents or rock stars living or dead. What we did experience was a great hotel experience. Located on the Magnificent Mile, Chicago’s 13 block street that is counted as one of the world’s great avenues. This hotel is all about location and history. Central to many great attractions the hotel allows visitors to travel on foot or access the public transit system easily.
The history and grandeur of the Millenium Knickerbocker is evident from the moment you step to the entrance. Ornate and elegant filigree adorns the awning and windows. It beckons you into a hotel lobby that has maintained a classic style. The rooms are simple and very comfortable. Soft furnishings and a thematically aligned colour palette take on a modern art nouveau meets art deco sensibility. The rooms are bright despite having relatively small windows by modern standards. Everything was clean and fresh and it was obvious that the housekeeping staff took pride in their work.
The hotel staff were very friendly and accommodating. Even taking part in a surprise that one couple has arranged for the other. The concierge was very knowledgeable a got us a line advance into a deep dish pizza place that normally requires a one hour wait. It helps to know the right people in Chicago… we guess!
FOOD and DRINK:
The bar staff were outstanding, remembering what we ordered from the first drink. Whilst handling a very high workload. We did not dine in the restaurant, but can only assume it is as good as the rest of the hotel.
We would definitely stay here again and highly recommend it to anyone visiting Chicago
Our review is based on our stay April 2011.
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