Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Intercontinental Chicago Review

Right in the heart of the River North neighborhood and the Magnificent Mile, the Intercontinental Chicago exceeded all expectations and was a perfect spot to start and end each day. A landmark hotel with it's history in every detail, the Intercontinental Hotel is a wonderful hotel option for anyone visiting Chicago. Featuring a truly amazing pool on the 14th floor as well as a state of the art fitness center, spa, and restaurant, the Intercontinental will have you covered in all aspects of your trip.

From the second you arrive at Intercontinental Chicago, whether that is by car or taxi, you are instantly made to feel like a VIP. After a speedy check-in and a quick elevator ride up to our room on the 25th floor of the newer Grand Tower, we arrived at our home for the next 3 days.

The standard room that we stayed in had plush, comfortable beds, a stocked mini-fridge, luxurious bath accessories, and a view of the city with glimpses of the glittering lake between buildings.

After unpacking and getting comfortable, I went to check out the spa, health club, and famous pool. Located on the 12th floor of the Historic Tower, the fitness club is packed full of modern equipment, fresh water, and walls covered in flat screen TVs. The spa, has 3 treatment rooms offering a wide range of services such as deep tissue massages, reflexology, sugar and honey polish, and sports therapy. While I'm sure the spa and health club are both wonderful (I didn't end up getting to use either one) the highlight of the hotel was definitely the Junior Olympic swimming pool.

Originally recognized as one of the highest pools in the world, the Junior Olympic swimming pool was considered a grand engineering feat for its time. Made famous by Olympic swimmer Johnny Weismuller and his training sessions there, the pool still has it's original bleachers from when spectators used to go and watch meets and trainings. Even more impressively, the pool still retains it's beautiful, original blue Spanish majolica tiles and terra-cotta fountain of Neptune. 

With first-class service, the Intercontinental Chicago is a fantastic hotel for any type of vacation. 

Our recommendation: Ask for a room on the upper floors as the view is much better and you can't hear the busy street below at all. Make sure that you take advantage of the pool and health club as they are both wonderful and I do regret not going everyday.

505 N. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL - USA - 60611
Price per night: Starting around US$180 but can be higher depending on the day/season and room type. 
To make a reservation online, click here.

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