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On a recent brief trip to downtown Chicago, staying at my luxurious standby favorite, the Park Hyatt Chicago was not economically sensible, so I looked for a more affordable alternative. The newly renovated Hyatt Chicago Magnificent Mile (formerly the Wyndham Chicago) was the perfect choice for our short stay at a very affordable rate (around $120 for the Sunday night) in a great location.
This hotel really is in the heart of downtown Chicago. As their website describes it, “To the east, guests are a short walk from the shores of Lake Michigan and Chicago’s premier destination for fun, Navy Pier. To the west, one block separates you and the famous Magnificent Mile, home to exclusive high end shopping and boutiques.”
We walked from the hotel to almost everywhere we went in downtown Chicago including Millennium Park, Chicago Tribune Building, and the Chicago Water Tower without any issues.
We arrived pretty late at night, so I was thankful for a very nice, but efficient check-in. Our Diamond benefits were explained and they included free breakfast, the standard 1,000 points or food/beverage amenity (we took points), and free breakfast in the restaurant. The free internet required a password that was provided by the front desk. To get to the check-in desk you do have to enter at the street level and then go up to the second floor.
Since I was traveling with my mom on this trip, we requested and received two queen beds. Two queen beds is perfect for many traveling families, so I was happy to see that option. Since the hotel is fresh off of a massive renovation, the bedroom looks very clean, updated, and modern. We didn’t have any issues with the room for the few hours we had to sleep. Though just like in most big cities, you do get some street noise in the room when emergency vehicles or similar go by.
One interesting feature in the room was that when you got out of bed at night, there was a small light at your feet that automatically turned on and served essentially as a night light.
There was also a small sitting area, that could have served as a bed for a small child, if needed.
The Restaurant and Bar:
When we arrived very late on a Sunday night, this bar area was packed! Thankfully none of that noise made it’s way to the guest room, but it was a lively portion of the hotel the night we stayed. As you can see, it was much quieter the next morning. The hotel’s website advertises a sushi bar that is open in the evenings from 5-10PM, but I wasn’t at the hotel during the hours it is open, so I’m not 100% sure where it is located.
I do know that the Level 2 bar, lounge, and restaurant are very easy to find as they are next to the check-in desk. This is where we had our Diamond breakfast. You can order off the menu, but we were in a rush so opted for the buffet.
There were meats, cheeses, hot items, pastries, breads, cereals, and more. As far as domestic hotel breakfast buffets go, this one was pretty good.
If you are a berry lover like me, you can appreciate that there were tons of raspberries and blackberries on the buffet. I think I got my money’s worth solely in berries, since so often you just find “filler fruit” available with maybe a couple of berries mixed in.
On the ground level of the hotel there is also a Starbucks, so if you have to get your Starbucks fix in the morning, you simply need to head down to the street level.
Our stay at this hotel was very short and sweet, so my experiences were limited to sleeping and eating breakfast, but the hotel met those needs quite well. This hotel is a Category 4 hotel, so if you want to use Hyatt points (or transfer those points in from Chase Ultimate Rewards via cards like the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card, Ink Plus® Business Card, or Ink Bold® Business Card) then it will cost 15,000 points per night. That didn’t make sense for our stay since we would have gotten such a low return for our points thanks to the $120/night rate, however I am sure the hotel gets pricier during peak times in downtown Chicago, so 15k Hyatt points could be a decent back-up plan during those times. As a Category 4, it is also a hotel where you could use your annual free night certificate if you have the Chase Hyatt Visa.
I would not hesitate to stay here again when I’m in downtown Chicago either for work or when traveling with my family. It was a clean and modern option, in a good location, and at an affordable cash or points price.
If you have stayed at the Hyatt Magnificent Mile, I would love to hear about your experience!
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