Verified Reviews of The Congress Plaza Hotel Below are the verified reviews from guests that we have booked recently:
"Excellent accommodations and great location."
Overall Score5.0/ 5
I brought a group using nine rooms and check in and checking out went very smoothly. The staff was helpful and friendly. The location is one of the best in Chicago with the Taste of Chicago right across the street at Grant Park. The rooms were clean and the bed was comfy. I loved the history that goes along with The Congress Plaza Hotel.
15-Jul-2014 Verified Review, stayed from Sat Jul 12 to Sun Jul 13 2014 at a $149.00 group rate.
Customer Reviews of The Congress Plaza Hotel
a chicago landmarkThe Congress Plaza Hotel & Convention Center was originally designed and built in 1893 to accommodate visitors to the World's Columbian Exposition. We have catered to our nation's Presidents, foreign dignitaries, opera, stage and movie celebrities, and a multitude of conventions, business travelers, and folks who love coming to Chicago with families and friends for the absolute delight of it.The guestrooms and suites of the Congress Plaza Hotel & Convention Center are truly spacious by today's standards. There are 871 guest accommodations, including 36 deluxe suites, many of which overlook the beautiful waters of Lake Michigan.location?Centrally located on the world famous Michigan Avenue over-looking Grant Park and Buckingham Fountain with a majestic view of Lake Michigan?Recreation and shopping just steps away. Shop on the “Magnificent Mile” Or stroll in Grant Park on your way to relax on the beaches of Lake Michigan. Take in a show at the Shubert, Auditorium or Goodman Theater, The options are endless.?Within a mile, experience Navy Pier, Water Tower Place, Sears Tower, Orchestra Hall, Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium and Adler Planetarium. We are in the heart of it all.?O'Hare and Midway Airports are just 25 minutes away (Airport Express available)accommodations?The Congress Plaza Hotel has 853 Guestrooms including 36 deluxe suites, many of which over-look Lake Michigan.?Built in 1893 for the World Columbian Exposition ?The Gold Room, one of the most grand and historic ball rooms in Chicago.?The Great Hall, this colossal room is perfect for a reception of 2000 or a Banquet for 700.
What you need to know
Hotel Features – The Congress Plaza Hotel is a 14-story hotel originally built to accommodate expected visitors for the World’s Columbian Exposition in 1893. Located at 520 S. Michigan Avenue, The Congress Plaza Hotel features 36 beautifully decorated suites, 15 of which are lakefront. Also well-known in Chicago for its meeting facilities, the Congress Plaza Hotel boasts space for groups ranging in size from 20 to 2000. There are 23 meeting and banquet rooms in all, totaling more than 50,000 square feet of meeting space.
Guest Rooms – While at the Congress Plaza Hotel, you can choose a Lakefront suite, which features a large sitting area, a dining area, and a separate bedroom with one king-size bed. From these suites you will have a fantastic view of Buckingham Fountain, Grant Park, and Lake Michigan. You may also stay in one of the hotel’s standard double rooms, with two double beds, a standard king room which has a king-sized bed and a round table with two chairs, or a lake view king room, similar to the standard king, and with the same amazing views as the lakefront suites.
Nearby Attractions – The Congress Plaza Hotel, located in downtown Chicago, is close to all of the city’s attractions and popular sites. The Sears Tower (now called the Willis Tower), Art Institute of Chicago, Symphony Center, and the Magnificent Mile are all nearby as are venues for many of Chicago’s sporting events.
Amenities – Among the many amenities offered at the Congress Plaza Hotel, the Gazebo restaurant and Tavern Tap Pub are traveler favorites. Both provide a relaxing environment to enjoy after a long day of experiencing the Windy City. The hotel is also family-friendly—children under 17 stay free with an adult. And, for those committed to staying active, the Congress Plaza Hotel provides a 24-hour exercise facility.
Expert Tip – Don’t miss the opportunity to visit Wrigley Field during a summertime visit, or Soldier Field during a winter trip.
Details / Other Expenses
|Year of Last Renovation:||2008|
|Corridors:||All Rooms Have Interior Hallways|
|Non Smoking Rooms:||835|
|Room Windows:||Windows Do Open|
|Cleaning Frequency:||As Needed|
|Meeting Rooms:||1 |
|Meeting Space:||50000 sq. feet|
|Banquet Space:||Holds 550 people|
|Dist. to Food/Bars:|| 0.3 Mi |
|Dist. to 24hr Restaurant:|| 0.5 Mi |
|Dist. to Nearest Gym:|| 0.5 Mi |
|Pool Info:||No Pool in the hotel| Policies / Expenses
30 days for groups
|Typical Group Deposit:||25%|
|Total Misc Fees:||$0.00 USD |
(mandatory resort fees/taxes)
|Occupancy Tax:|| 0.00%|
|City Tax:|| 4.50%|
|Food and Beverage Tax:||10.75%|
|Audio Visual Tax:|| 0.08%|
|Parking Fee:||44.00 Per Night (Valet Parking)|
|Porterage Fee:|| 5.00 Per Person|
|Rooms Wireless Internet Fee:|| 0.00 Per Person|
|Rooms Wired Internet Fee:|| 0.00 Per Person|
|Meeting Wireless Internet Fee:||150.00 Per Day|
|Food and Beverage Service Charge:||10.75% (Non commissionable)|
|Avg. Continental Breakfast Cost:||22.75 Per Person|
|Avg. Plated Breakfast Cost:||21.50 VAT % Inclusive (per pp)|
|Avg. Buffet Breakfast Cost:||27.00 Per Person|
|Avg. Plated Lunch Cost:||36.00 Per Person|
|Avg. Buffet Lunch Cost:||42.00 Per Person|
|Avg. Boxed Lunch Cost:||30.00 Per Person|
|Avg. Plated Dinner Cost:||50.50 Per Person|
|Avg. Buffet Dinner Cost:||60.75 Per Person|
|Morning Break Cost:|| 7.00 Per Person|
|Afternoon Break Cost:||11.00 Per Person|
|Banquet Gallon of Coffee:||60.50 Per Item|
|Banquet Soda:|| 3.50 Per Item|
|Banquet Bottled Water:|| 3.50 Per Item|
|Banquet Hosted Bar:||20.50 Per Person/Per Hour|
|Banquet Reception w Hors d'oeuvres:||35.00 Per Person/Per Hour|
Amenities / Features Pet Friendly? Sorry, pets are not allowed.
Airport & Shuttle Information
Midway Airport - 11 milesO'Hare Airport - 18 miles**Taxi cabOne way to/from O’Hare$30.00-$35.00One way to/from Midway$22.00-$28.00**Airport Express One way from O’Hare $27.00 each way, $49.00 round trip One way from Midway $22.00 each way, $37.00 round trip Call Airport Express for group rates
Local Shuttle Info: Shuttle is not available.
Airport Shuttle? Sorry
airport shuttle available.
American Breakfast per person inclusive tax & service charge at $21.95 - Coupons through sales department
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