€92.63 Avg/night
Rate and special offer based on Check-in 6 Oct 2014 Check-out 8 Oct 2014

Congress Plaza Hotel at Grant Park

3 stars
520 South Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
3.3
out of 5
1,097 reviews
good expedience. get what you paid for

The room was clean. The lake view in my room itself was worth half of the money. The staff was... See full review

  • ali mohammad
  • 22 Aug 2014
Convenient Location

The Congress Hotel is in the middle of everywhere. Situated near a huge open park. You couldn't ask... See full review

  • Lazy man's lobster
  • 13 Aug 2014
With its neon-red sign standing out against the Chicago skyline, its vaulted Italianate ceilings, and glimmering 'Gold Room' banquet hall, the Congress Plaza Hotel makes an imposing first impression. Once known as the "Home of Presidents" due to its popularity with both Roosevelt's, Woodrow Wilson and Richard Nixon, it's been operating since 1893. Valet dry-cleaning and barber services of yesteryear sit side-by-side with modern amenities like audiovisual tech for business meetings and a 24-hour fitness center. On-site eating options are globally diverse (Rafael's Steakhouse) and come straight from the griddle in the morning (Gazebo Restaurant). In the evenings, settle into a leather back armchair with a bourbon, or take your shots at the dartboard in the Congress Lounge, where both business users and vacationers gather for some much-needed R&R.
Key facts
  • 871 guestrooms
  • 36 suites
  • 23 meeting/event rooms
  • 2 restaurants: Rafael's Steakhouse, Gazebo Restaurant
  • Congress Lounge & Bar
  • Gift shop
  • Barber shop
  • 24-hour gym
  • Valet dry cleaning/shoeshine
  • Smoking rooms available on request
Neighborhood
Across the street from Grant Park and the famous Buckingham Fountain, Congress Plaza rests on the main thoroughfare and shopping mecca of Michigan Avenue, aka, the Magnificent Mile. The hotel is walking distance from world-renowned institutions like the Art Institute of Chicago, Shedd Aquarium, and the fascinating Field Museum. Found on the banks of Lake Michigan, the Field Museum is the home of "Sue," the largest and most complete Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton ever discovered, as well as a life-size Maori meeting house.
Hints and tips
The Congress is frequently nicknamed 'the most haunted hotel in Chicago,' and budding paranormal detectives should request a room in the oldest part of the building, the South Tower, for the 'highest chance' of ghostly activity.

Be on the lookout for characters like notorious murder victim Peg Leg Johnny, or test your courage near the 12th floor room which was allegedly closed down due to paranormal activity.

This is not a comprehensive list of fees. Any amounts listed above may not include taxes and are subject to change.

Congress Plaza Hotel at Grant Park Rooms

Lakefront King
Guest room with one king-sized bed. Rooms face Lake Michigan and Buckingham Fountain and can accommodate a maximum of 2 quests. All rooms have cable satellite T.V., coffee maker, radio and voice mail, high speed internet connection for $9.95 + TAX for 24 hours and Movies on Demand.
Lakefront Suite
Guest room with one king-sized bed. Rooms face Lake Michigan and Buckingham Fountain and can accommodate a maximum of 2 quests. All rooms have cable satellite T.V., coffee maker, radio and voice mail, high speed internet connection for $9.95 + TAX for 24 hours and Movies on Demand.
Standard Double
Guest room with two double beds and can accommodate a maximum of 4 guests. All rooms have cable satellite T.V., coffee maker, radio and voice mail, high speed internet connection for $9.95 + TAX for 24 hours and Movies on Demand.
City View King Suite
Guest room with one king-sized bed. Accommodate a maximum of 2 guests. All rooms have cable satellite T.V., coffee maker, radio and voice mail, high speed internet connection for $9.95 + TAX for 24 hours and Movies on Demand.
Standard Room - 1 Double Bed
Guest room with one double bed and can accommodate a maximum of two guests. All rooms have cable satellite T.V., coffee maker, radio and voice mail, high speed internet connection for $9.95 + TAX for 24 hours and Movies on Demand.
Standard King
Guest room with one king-sized bed and can accommodate a maximum of two guests. All rooms have cable satellite T.V., coffee maker, radio and voice mail, high speed internet connection for $9.95 + TAX for 24 hours and Movies on Demand.

Amenities

  • Free internet in room
General
Concierge
Activities
Fitness Center
Dining
Restaurant
Room service
Internet
Free internet in room

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Hotel Map

41.8751 -87.6243
Area served
Chicago, IL
Nearby airports
Midway and O'Hare International Airports
Area description
Adjacent to Grant Park and Buckingham Fountain. Near Millenium Park, The Art Institute of Chicago, Museum Campus, Symphony Center, and the Sears Tower.

Nearby points of interest

  • Auditorium Building: 0.1 km
  • Harold Washington Library: 0.3 km
  • Chicago Architecture Foundation: 0.4 km
  • Buckingham Fountain: 0.5 km
  • Symphony Center: 0.5 km
  • Grant Park: 0.5 km
  • Printers Square: 0.5 km
  • Art Institute of Chicago: 0.5 km
  • Crown Fountain: 0.7 km
  • Bank of America Theatre: 0.7 km
  • Chicago Board of Trade: 0.7 km
  • State Street: 0.8 km
  • Cloud Gate: 0.8 km
  • Shubert Theatre: 0.9 km
  • Pritzker Pavilion: 0.9 km
  • Auditorium Building: 0.1 km
  • Harold Washington Library: 0.3 km
  • Chicago Architecture Foundation: 0.4 km
  • Buckingham Fountain: 0.5 km
  • Symphony Center: 0.5 km
  • Grant Park: 0.5 km
  • Printers Square: 0.5 km
  • Art Institute of Chicago: 0.5 km
  • Crown Fountain: 0.7 km
  • Bank of America Theatre: 0.7 km
  • Chicago Board of Trade: 0.7 km
  • State Street: 0.8 km
  • Cloud Gate: 0.8 km
  • Shubert Theatre: 0.9 km
  • Pritzker Pavilion: 0.9 km
  • Willis Tower (Sears Tower): 0.9 km
  • Yacht Club: 1 km
  • Chicago Cultural Center: 1 km
  • Macys: 1 km
  • Harris Theater: 1 km
  • Oriental Theatre: 1.1 km
  • City Hall: 1.1 km
  • Chicago Theater: 1.2 km
  • Goodman Theatre: 1.2 km
  • Prudential Plaza: 1.2 km
  • Field Museum of Natural History: 1.2 km
  • Cadillac Palace Theatre: 1.2 km
  • Shedd Aquarium: 1.2 km
  • Harold Washington College: 1.2 km
  • Chicago Mercantile Exchange: 1.3 km
  • Opera House: 1.4 km
  • Union Station: 1.4 km
  • Marina City: 1.5 km
  • Soldier Field: 1.5 km
  • Museum of Broadcast Communications: 1.6 km
  • Wrigley Building: 1.6 km
  • Merchandise Mart: 1.7 km
  • Tribune Tower: 1.7 km
  • Adler Planetarium: 1.7 km
  • North Michigan Avenue: 1.8 km
  • Hull House Museum: 2 km
  • Chicago - Mag Mile - Wacker Dr: 2 km
  • Lake Point Tower: 2.1 km
  • Michigan Avenue South: 2.1 km
  • Terra Museum of American Art: 2.1 km

Dining

Gazebo Restaurant
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner served from 6:30am to 10:30pm. Breakfast includes full American Breakfast, lunch- a variety of salads and sandwiches, dinner- chicken, beef, pork and seafood dishes.
Tavern Tap
A relaxed setting to enjoy cocktails or play pool or watch your favorite sports

Meeting facilities

Meeting Info
50,000 square feet of meeting space. World renowned gold room

Hotel Policies

Check-in:
1500
Check-out:
1200

Terms and conditions

Extra charges may apply for children. Incidental charges, such as room service, are not included in the quoted rate.

The amenities and/or facilities may not be located at the hotel, but within a reasonable distance, and additional charges may apply for use.

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Guest Reviews (1097)

Ratings and reviews for Congress Plaza Hotel at Grant Park

Overall score

3.3 / 5
5.01.0
1097 out of 1097
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
3.7
Hotel staff:
3.7
Room comfort:
3.4
Location:
4.5
Value:
3.5

72% would recommend to a friend.

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Review of Congress Plaza Hotel at Grant Park

Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
Bio supporter
Business
St. Louis
17 Sep 2014

Best thing is the location.

The location to the train and museums was wonderful, but the hotel is old and has not been updated.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
2
Location:
5
Value:
3
Holiday purpose:

Business

Review of Congress Plaza Hotel at Grant Park

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
E Mc2
Charleston, SC
16 Sep 2014

Great location and price!

This is right in the heart of Chicago near Grant park. The location was great and the price was excellent! I would recommend this hotel to anyone visiting Chicago!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
4
Review of Congress Plaza Hotel at Grant Park

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Estrellaymar
Chicago, IL
15 Sep 2014

Chicago weekend

The Congress is a classic. It has old world charm and is at a great location. The lobby is beautiful and the bar is great. Because it's so old, the rooms are small & the bathrooms need updating.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
2
Location:
5
Value:
5
Sightseeing tip: Short walk from hotel

right across from Grant Park

Review of Congress Plaza Hotel at Grant Park

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
jamieromance
Terre Haute, IN
2 Sep 2014

Not Bad but Not Great

The service and the staff were nice, the room was clean enough but the hotel itself is a bit run down. Great location for sight seeing though.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
2
Location:
4
Value:
3
Review of Congress Plaza Hotel at Grant Park

Reviewer score

1
5.01.0
nan traveler
Houston, TX
2 Sep 2014

Chicago flop house

Although this place was in an excellent location, it was like staying at a youth hostel. Lobby hot and full of teens. Rooms very old and not very clean. Beds very hard and full sized, not queen. Elevators slow and was almost impossible to leave with luggage last day. Would not recommend this hotel to anyone. Asked concierge to help me with restaurant reservation. They gave me phone number of the restaurant to make my own call instead. Wireless was slow, slow and often terminated. Had to ask friend back home to look up events for me since it was so difficult.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
1
Room cleanliness:
2
Hotel staff:
1
Room comfort:
1
Location:
5
Value:
2
Review of Congress Plaza Hotel at Grant Park

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
katechild
Minnesota
1 Sep 2014

concert weekend

Overall, the Congress Plaza Hotel was a great choice for our weekend in Chicago. We drove down for a concert at Soldier Field and it was close enough that we could easily walk to and from the venue, as well as check out the many parks and sights in downtown Chicago. Parking was a bit annoying, charging a large sum a night with no discount for staying at the hotel, but I suppose that's downtown Chicago for you. The staff was really friendly and pointed out some of the best pizza we've ever had (and that's really saying something in the Windy City) and gave us lots of options for things to do before and after the concert without a fuss.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
4
Sightseeing tip: Short walk from hotel

This is a great place to stay if you are planning on going to a game, concert, etc. at Soldier Field. About a 20-25 minute walk from the field, the path is clearly marked and is a fantastic alternative to busy traffic in the area!

Review of Congress Plaza Hotel at Grant Park

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
dkopek
Rochester hills, MI
1 Sep 2014

Great night stay.

The hotel has a great location in Grant Park and right off Michigan Ave. Easy walk to all the cool tourist sites. Great value hotel but it is over 100 years old. The room was a little musty and the lighting wasn't great. If you are looking for a relatively inexpensive room, walking distance to everything this place is recommended.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
3
Location:
5
Value:
5
Dining tip: Long walk from hotel

Italian village was delicious as well as Lou Maltini's pizza.

Review of Congress Plaza Hotel at Grant Park

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
DJH in Mpls
Minneapolis, MN
31 Aug 2014

A Piece Of History

I choose the Congress Plaza because of the convenient location and view. As I read up on it, I saw it was one of the most haunted in Chicago. That sparked my interest. It's a beautiful, well preserved, well maintained building. The staff was marvelous. Upon check in, we were given a room on the 14th floor, which I thought would be a great view....it was a view of the middle of the north and south buildings (fire escape included). After seeing the view, I went to the desk and asked for a different view. She put us on the 9th floor, lake view! I loved it. It could have been better with a continental breakfast. As for ghosts.... They disappeared.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Sightseeing tip: Long walk from hotel

Go to Navy Pier and take an Architecture Tour by boat. There are many different type and prices.

Review of Congress Plaza Hotel at Grant Park

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Amoney
Fishers, IN
31 Aug 2014

Quick weekend stay

Stayed here for one night and overall our stay was great. The lobby is beautiful. The rooms were nice but you could see some damage to the walls and the doors. Big comfortable bed with a great view!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
3
Location:
5
Value:
3
Review of Congress Plaza Hotel at Grant Park

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
AlisonLovesFlowers
Twin Cities, MN
31 Aug 2014

Past grandeur

The location was fantastic. The hotel was so-so, and for the chance to stay in a great location for a price I could manage, it was fine with me. The Congress Plaza clearly was a showplace, and not surprisingly the choice of presidents staying Chicago. That said, from what I read, the last one to stay there was FDR. The rooms were clean and very large. The halls, dated and worn but adequate. The Congress Plaza was as expected, not 5 star, but not 5 star prices either.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
3
Sightseeing tip: Not Applicable

The GoChicago 3-Day Pass was a good deal for us because we like to be on the move. We saw many attractions and didn't feel obligated to stay a long time at any of them, which we would have if we had paid full price at a museum. It was an intense and fun 3 days.

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