€57.33 Avg/night
Rate and special offer based on Check-in 20 Apr 2014 Check-out 21 Apr 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
953 reviews
Great price! Awesome location!

Customer Service was awesome! Room was nice! Very happy camper!!!! See full review

  • New Beginnings
  • 2 Jan 2014
Historic Congress Plaza

Grand tall ceilings and Windows! Great service from staff! We had a 12th floor lakeside king room.... See full review

  • LMB52
  • 13 Dec 2013
Historic hotel on Michigan Avenue by Grant Park
Guests at the Congress Plaza Hotel at Grant Park hotel enjoy value prices and a convenient location across from Grant Park, Buckingham Fountain, Millennium Park, the Art Institute and Lake Michigan. Designed to accommodate large groups, the 850-room hotel has hosted legions of tourists, conventioneers and even the nation’s presidents since the World’s Columbian Exposition in 1893. Its presence among Chicago architecture is unmistakable: Just look for the oversized sign in all red caps.
Highlights
  • Spectacular views of Grant Park, Buckingham Fountain, Lake Michigan
  • Two restaurants and a lounge on site
  • Wireless Internet in the lobby
Rooms
Rooms at the Congress Plaza Hotel at Grant Park hotel favor space over flash. Find rooms and spacious suites of various sizes -- many with lakefront views -- as well as high ceilings and parlor seating. Complimentary wired and wireless Internet access are also available.
Features

The Congress Plaza Hotel at Grant Park serves as a top reception site for weddings, conferences and other formal events. The lobby with its massive mosaic-tiled ceiling inspires awe in both guests and architecture fans. More than 50,000 square feet of meeting space, including the gorgeous Gold Room with its gold-leaf covered walls and ceilings, lend opulence to any occasion.

Diners visit the Gazebo Restaurant, a casual restaurant serving breakfast and lunch, or Rafael's Steakhouse, a more intimate dinner venue. Cocktails and pub fare are available in the lounge.

Other property amenities include a barbershop, game room and fitness center.

Transportation
  • O’Hare International Airport (16.1 mi/25.8 km)
  • Midway Airport (8.9 mi/14.4 km)
  • Blue Line (LaSalle) (0.9 mi/1.5 km)
  • Orange Line (Library) (0.3 mi/0.5 km)
  • McCormick Place Convention Center (1.7 mi/2.7 km)
Nearby attractions
  • Grant Park (across the street)
  • State Street (0.1 mi/0.2 km)
  • Buckingham Fountain (0.3 mi/0.5 km)
  • The Art Institute of Chicago (0.4 mi/0.6 km)
  • Millennium Park (0.5 mi/0.9 km)
  • Soldier Field (1 mi/1.6 km)
  • The Magnificent Mile (1.3 mi/2.1 km)
Policies and fees
  • Valet Parking $44.00 for overnight parking
  • Self-Parking $39.00 for overnight parking

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

Meeting facilities

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

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

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 (953)

Ratings and reviews for Congress Plaza Hotel at Grant Park

Overall score

3.3 / 5
953 out of 953
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
boundfor70
bethesda, maryland
6 Oct 2013

wifi is not free!

It costs about ten dollars to connect internet. It is amazing that such hotel still remain. The location is very good. But, the cost is expensive, and no worth to pay.

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

Reviewer score

2
radobar
Business
kingston, jamaica
4 Oct 2013

Maintenance needs improvement

the toilet was running when i got there; the plunger was sticking. still not fixed when i left ordered smoking room - placed in non-smoking without explanation

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

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

great deep dish pizza at Lou Malnati's

Review of Congress Plaza Hotel at Grant Park

Reviewer score

3
AshAnn
Omaha, Ne
30 Sep 2013

First trip together

Great location!! a nice walk away from Shedd aquarium, Pier, and magnificent mile! Neat hotel but could have been a little cleaner. The sink and tub were clogged. The staff was very friendly and especially Steve who parked my car every time! He was so nice and went out of his way to meet our expectations.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
2
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
3
Dining tip: Long walk from hotel

Go to Pizzanos Pizza off the magnificent mile! You wont be disappointed especially if you are in the area. Also, Giordanos was amazing!!

Review of Congress Plaza Hotel at Grant Park

Reviewer score

4
Jammie4203
South Lake Tahoe, Ca
28 Sep 2013

Great Chicago Views

Oldest hotel in Chicago. Built in1893, but very comfortable. Beautiful lobby and the view from our room priceless. My wife's family, who all live in Chicago, said it was the best view in the city. We will stay here on our next visit.

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

Distination Chicago 5 day pass was a bargain.

Review of Congress Plaza Hotel at Grant Park

Reviewer score

1
TLight
Chicago, IL
26 Sep 2013

Sadly disappointing

I booked this room and I got what I thought was a pretty great deal, but when I arrived to my room I was immediately disappointed. While I know part of the hotel's charm is it's "age," I must admit that the hotel has not been kept up very well. The furniture in the room was very damaged and I was disappointed in the overall cleanliness of the bathroom as well. I just couldn't get comfortable--I'm glad it was only an overnight stay. I wish that the property had been better maintained. The location is what saved this trip for me, but I wouldn't recommend staying there if you want something a little more sophisticated and less dated. Happy Hunting!

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

Reviewer score

3
Total ID Bossman
Business
Cleveland, OH
26 Sep 2013

Security show ASIS

Experience was okay. People were great. Rooms need some upgrading...shower head really bad...bathroom door didn't close...

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

Business

Review of Congress Plaza Hotel at Grant Park

Reviewer score

4
Strick26
Atlanta
25 Sep 2013

Solid room

This was a solid value room with a great location. Would definitely stay here again. Only downside is no parking is provided. $39 valet a day.

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

Walk to Willis/Sears tower.

Review of Congress Plaza Hotel at Grant Park

Reviewer score

4
ARC307trip
Business
Syracuse
24 Sep 2013

Old Chicago charm in great location

For touring the city's architecture, this was a perfect place to drop our bags and continue on to see Millenium Park and the Loop

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
4
Holiday purpose:

Business

Entertainment tip: Short walk from hotel

See Millenium Park

Review of Congress Plaza Hotel at Grant Park

Reviewer score

1
Dean Howard
San Diego, CA
24 Sep 2013

Not so great

Our room had a fantastic view of the Buckingham Fountain and the bellmen were great. That's pretty much where the good stuff stops however. The room was old and run down. Supposedly it was one of the nice upgraded rooms but I don't believe it was. The rest of the staff seemed lazy and made you feel as though you were bothering them if you needed anything. There was no temperature control in the room; it was either high, medium, or low. The fitness room is an absolute joke. This is a historic building but I've stayed in many historic building that have at least been well maintained and updated through the years.

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

Reviewer score

4
Anna MLP
St. Louis, MO
24 Sep 2013

The start of my vacation.

The hotel staff was pleasant and accommodating. When we arrived they upgraded us to a room with a view of Lake Michigan. The room was pleasant, small but the bed was comfortable and clean. Would stay again.

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

The Artists restaurant has a great breakfast and plenty of food is provided, tasted great.

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