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Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel Chicago 

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!


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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Marsha (Moosh) Teslik discovered travelling at the ripe old age of 15 with her first holiday to Japan as part of a school program. It wasn’t until she was 28 would she travel again, the desire was always there but the same as everyone else she thought she would not be able to afford to travel again. When Moosh isn’t travelling you will find her enjoying the Melbourne lifestyle consisting of brunches with her dog Ekko and FT of course, going for drives along the Great Ocean road and discovering the laneways in Melbourne. She does love to entertain but unfortunately does not get the chance to do it much anymore. Originally from Adelaide, she does make it back to her hometown quite regularly to catch up with family and friends and fill that emotional bucket that only your hometown can do.

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