February 7, 2018 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
This is a very different kind of hotel, so there is really nothing that I can compare it to. Although the building itself is very beautiful (if you like older buildings that have real character), the operations and overall staff need much improvement. We booked this hotel solely because of its amenities. Unfortunately, the amenities (e.g. indoor bocce ball court and many other games) were not able to be used until after 11pm. The hotel booked a private event, so we were unable to use these amenities. After speaking with many different people, I came to find out the game room where all of these amenities are located is owned by a different company than the hotel. This was quite a surprise to say the least. The hotel actually has no control over these amenities, despite the fact that the hotel advertises said amenities and displays many pictures of them. Since we were not able to use the amenities during the most of our stay, we decided to try the "rooftop" bar. This place was slammed and we were unable to get a seat anywhere. Getting a drink was near impossible! Although the view of Millennium Park was great, it was like being in a very loud airport on Thanksgiving break. This was certainly not what was expected. The hotel ultimately offered a concession, which they did make good on. This place has a ton of potential, but some serious operational improvements are in order.
TheFonzarelli - Chicago, Illinois
By all measures, this could have been an absolute disaster. But, this charming and gorgeously appointed hotel accompanied its nostalgic aesthetic with absolute first class service, and we enjoyed a spectacular New Year's weekend trip. Let me explain. We were coming to Chicago for 3 nights to celebrate New Year's Eve. We booked an upgraded King room, with a view of Millennium Park, so that we'd be able to see the fireworks from our room (which, you absolutely can.) Our room was adorable - a comfortable bed, cozily appointed, with a long private hallway inside our door that made the room feel much larger than it was. We had been greeted by the friendliest doorman in the city, we were given free champagne tokens for the Cherry Circle Room on arrival, we were happy with our room, what could go wrong, right? Well...it's New Year's weekend. Which means there are multiple weddings, and, unbeknownst to us, the ballrooms are above the rooms on the front of the hotel (we were on 6, the ballroom was on 8.) And the acoustics of an old men's club that's been re-born as a hotel are such that 2 floors below, our windows, walls and room were shaking with the bass from the wedding DJ until 2 AM. We called the front desk and asked to be moved at 11:30 PM, but there were no rooms available, and the desk attendant was frosty with us, to say the least. She said, "I don't know what to tell you, they shouldn't have booked you in that room. You'll have to check in the morning." Additionally, and I don't know if it was because of the extreme cold when we were there, it seemed as if the kitchen vents were backing up into the room. It smelled chokingly of fast food grease, beginning at 4 PM and lasting well into the night. So, not a great start. However, at 7:30 AM the next morning, we rolled downstairs, fully expecting to have to switch hotels. Nope. The front desk attendant apologized profusely, and moved our room immediately - to a vastly upgraded 1,000 sq foot, 2 BR suite (with floor to ceiling windows overlooking the park.) I don't know whether or not the staff were all alerted to us, but following this, people were even nicer to us, and we fully enjoyed the rest of our stay, not just the amazing room (which was phenomenal) but also the opportunity to experience Cindy's with preferential treatment, and, as mentioned to watch the fireworks without having to leave our room when it was subzero temperatures was clutch. Would return here in a heartbeat - and thank you so much to our team for saving our visit.
Shamrock_in_CA - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
where do i start? Annoying and Attitude are 2 words that define our stay. ok, we did not do our wedding at the hotel, but we had 20+ rooms and ate and drank at the hotel many times. but they wanted to charge us $2k to take professional photos on the balcony of Cindy's. 9 months early we asked for a specific table by the library room in cindy's for sunday brunch, they would not promise it-WHAT? they ended up holding couches by the windows, we needed tables with chairs with backs. i got "reprimanded" sat night by the manager of the gameroom when the corner table area we had reserved for 11PM and we did not arrive until 12pm. she gave me attitude big time. i told her we just came from a wedding! more attitude. the bartenders were all more interested in talking with each other and the waitresses than helping people at the bar CUSTOMERS!!! there were 6 people back there and all could care less and when they did help us, it was like and inconvienence. the rooms were nice but to check in early was like asking for free drinks. we had a rehearsal at 3 and wanted to all check in at 1, well, that is not policy so we would not know if a room would be available until 10AM on the day of. understandable due to others checking out, but it was like i was making a request that had never need made before...more attitude. late check out so we could eat brunch in their fancy rooftop was like asking for a free room. the door men and bell staff were all wonderful and great at their job and great helpful attitude- all of them friendly. we tipped them well. registration desk was pleasant. i heard this from many of our guests and we also experienced the terrible shower situation, water all over everyones floor because they are too fancy to caulk between the glass partition and the wall-WHAT? who does not do this simple thing? and there is no curtain or shower door so water goes everywhere. guess they think everyone takes baths? many of our friends complained rooms were nice overall but ALL DARK! no way to make it brighter, guess the fancy room should be good enough. we will not be back, too many great options in Chicago without attitude. but the funny thing is that if you complain, they turn normal and accommodating but if it is not the way they were instructed to respond in their "manual", it's an argument. THE CAA needs a top to bottom attitude adjustment.
chgotourist312 - Chicago, Illinois
I LOVE LOVE LOVE this place!!! Really, you never even have to leave the hotel because it's all right there under one roof - great drinks, great food and the most spectacular rooftop bar in Chicago. Service/Staff is average (sorry!), but maybe it was just super busy when we were there?? Rooms are comfy and I love the style, I appreciate the restoration of the building and all of its unique qualities. Might sound crazy, but I always judge a hotel by its bathroom, and this is one of the best. Loved the design of the shower and the soap/body wash smells amazing. I'm hooked on cracked black pepper soap!
SandBAtlanta - Atlanta
From the moment I walked in the building I had a good feeling about the Chicago Athletic Association. The staff did an excellent job of making me feel welcomed from check in through check out. The bars were fun and the rooftop restaurant had an amazing view. I canâ€™t wait to go back to Chicago for my next stay at CAA!
Perristpc - Pasadena, California