December 9, 2017 for 3 nights for 2 adults.
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Chicago Athletic Association Hotel in Chicago, Illinois
With echoes of billiard balls, poker chips, and clinking glasses frozen within its walls, this 1890’s Venetian Gothic landmark in the Chicago Loop springs back to life as an incomparable historic downtown Chicago hotel—where the spirit of play reigns supreme. After all, this is the city where the can-and-will-do attitude of Ernie “Let’s Play Two!” Banks lives on, where the father of Chicago blues, Muddy Waters, shook all night long at the Checkerboard Lounge, and Sir Duke tickled the ivories at The Blue Note. And this is the club whose historic members swam with five-time Olympic gold medalist Johnny Weissmuller—a.k.a. the original Hollywood Tarzan—and watched their fellow member Pudge Heffelfinger own so much end zone, he became football’s first pro. Today, Chicago Athletic Association is both a stunning hotel offering outstanding guest rooms and a historic monument to the big-shouldered, switch hitting spirit that defines our city with a downtown location in the Chicago Loop.
Where only rumors remain of what once went on inside these elegant quarters in downtown Chicago, today you’ll find a design aesthetic in rooms and suites inspired by the athletic heritage of the building—with thoroughly contemporary hotel amenities throughout. As with the public spaces of the hotel, the Roman & Williams design duo—recipients of the 2014 Cooper Hewitt National Design award and one of Fast Company’s 50 Most Influential Designers—have created a gorgeously appointed new old-world style in our hotel rooms in Chicago, IL. When hotel guests enter their rooms and suites, they’ll notice a wooden gym ladder is smartly reimagined into storage wall that’s as likely to stow a flask as a vintage self-improvement manual. A pommel horse becomes a bench, mixing easily with leather club chairs, lacquered wood furnishings, and nightstands with legs clad in a tennis racket’s leather grip.
Location of Chicago Athletic Association Hotel
Nearest Airport: MDW
Amenities for Chicago Athletic Association Hotel
- On-Site Amenities
- Fitness Room
- Fitness Center
- Game Room
- Rooftop Terrace
- Rooftop Garden
- Culture & Arts
- Luxury Hotel Games
Reviews for Chicago Athletic Association Hotel
We stayed in Chicago Athletic Association for three days on our way back from a conference. The lobby and the design of the rooms looked impressive online, so we decided to give it a try. The location is touristy, but that we knew and we wanted to be close to The Art Institute of Chicago. On the first night we got a really tiny dark room without any space for storing our clothes. The room was on one of the very upper floors of the building as we requested but this didn't really matter as our view was another building two meters away from our window. The heating did not work and it was really cold outside that day, however this was quickly repaired. Downstairs in the lobby area was quite rowdy, the so called gaming room was full of noisy teenagers/young people drinking and playing pool, obviously spending a weekend in Chicago. Next morning we asked for another room. This one was 40$ more expensive (350 $ per night), but it was a totally different story - much bigger, with a large armoire, view of the lake and the park, functioning heating. The bathroom could be much more practical - it was not heated as is so often with the case, and the shower pressure was too low, there was only ceiling mount shower head, without a handheld shower, which makes washing longer hair a little difficult). In sum, it is a nice hotel with an impressive lobby in a beautifull building with efficient and helpful staff. The type of the room your reserve or get can make a big difference. However, according to my opinion the hotel does not live up to a promise and it is a bit too expensive for the service is offers.
GANESHA - LJUBLJANA, SLOVENIA, EUROPE
Was in Chicago for business and kept reading about this hotel so I finally decided to book a stay. Paid about $283/night for a Saturday-Wednesday 4 night stay, what I would normally expect to spend in this area this time of year. Unfortunately the room was much smaller than the hotels I've stayed at for comparable rates in the area. It was no more than 300 sq ft and the view was of the fire escape/wall of the adjacent building. The bathroom was quite small as well, only a shower, no bath. I've paid about the same rate at other hotels this time of year and received a room about twice as large with a view and a much larger bathroom area. The room's design was quaint, with a mid-century modem feel, but I could have done without the rusted enamel cups in the bathroom. I suppose at the CAA you're paying for the design, look, and common areas. Unfortunately the common areas, including the game room, study area/lobby, and rooftop bar are usually full of non-hotel guests anytime other than the morning/early afternoon so keep that in mind. It seems like it's a popular spot for locals to come study and hang out (to no fault of the hotel-side of the operation). I also wanted to note checking in on a Saturday afternoon was not a pleasant experience as the first floor and second floor were completely packed. There were no visible hotel employees/bell boys assisting at the front door. It seemed like the hotel employees were focused on keeping an orderly line for non-hotel guests going to the rooftop when we first walked into the hotel, rather than those walking in with suitcase attempting to find the front desk (which is on the 2nd floor).
porquejorge - Washington DC, District of Columbia
A gorgeous hotel with a location that is second to none. Each dining outlet was unique, comfortable and made you want to spend the day there. With all that, the staff is what made our stay forever memorable. Each person we encountered: Doormen, concierge, front desk, bellstaff, restaurant servers, housekeeping were friendly, knowledgeable and eager to make our staff better. Great job team!! We were in town to go to Hamilton. The hotel is within walking distance and had the perfect location.
CI_Sid - Ann Arbor, MI
I'm still in shock how one hotel can have so many elements, and they're all spot on with style, warmth, sophistication, approachability and personality. What a gem in the heart of the city. I loved their complimentary coffee and espresso bar each morning, and the coziness of the living room. The entire time I felt like I was somewhere special. The staff was accommodating to my needs and very friendly, but not over the top, which I appreciate. My room was spacious, clean and had a vibe of collegiate cool, meets mid-century modern. The bath products were amazing, smelled divine, and large in size, which never happens! Good lighting in the bathroom, too. Getting to my business meetings was a breeze with cabs being available right away on Mich Ave. I only wish I had more time to lounge around there, and for Shake Shake and Cindy's, but I'll be back! Cheers. Job well done. Brianna
BunnyMpls33 - Minneapolis, Minnesota
We came to Chicago for a long weekend, and split our time between two hotels. The Chicago Athletic Association was the second hotel we stayed in, and we loved it. The beautiful woodwork and dĂ©cor was something to tour all in itself. The staff was extremely friendly and helpful with offering their advise on places to eat/drink nearby. Navigating around the hotel to upper flowers and/upper bar was a little cumbersome, but once we figured out the lay of the building, it was no problem. We understand with an old building not everything was built for today's needs. Our room was tiny, but decorated with such flair for 'old' Chicago, we spent a little bit of time just looking at all of the thoughtful details. We had drinks in the lobby bar, sports bar, and hotel restaurant. All were good quality drinks, although the drinks in the main restaurant were extremely expensive. We loved the location of the property and how close it is to almost everything of interest in Chicago. We would definitely stay here again.