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The Congress Plaza Hotel

South Loop, Chicago
  • Jorge Carlos C.
    "Best hotel for Lollapalooza"(2 Tips)
    Katherine C.
    "Super views of lake Michigan, comfy bed, high ceilings!"(2 Tips)
    Emily H.
    "wonderful views."(8 Tips)
    Christopher B.
    "classic Chicago hotel with a lot of history and character."(2 Tips)
109 Tips and reviews
  • scenic views
  • lollapalooza
  • high ceilings
  • architecture
  • comfy beds
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  • Spoon University
    The Rafael Restaurant is a choice spot to eat with views of Grant Park... and spirits. The Congress Plaza Hotel is haunted by many individuals, and none of them seem to be very friendly. Read more
  • Marcela L.
    Marcela Luna1 week ago
    Alright but not impressed
  • Juan R.
    Juan RSeptember 18
    Creepy, old and some said... Hunted!!!!
  • Cennydd B.
    Cennydd BowlesAugust 12
    Been here 5+ times
    The kind of place you expect to see on the news preceded by the words "Huge fire sweeps through Chicago's historic"
  • Elizabeth M.
    We lucked out with a corner room. It was huge! Poor note: workers came in our room unannounced. It was creepy.
  • Deb
    DebJune 28
    The hotel is super old, needs an upgrade asap!
    Upvoted Sep 21
  • Amani A.
    I like everything in this hotel ❤️
  • Tomas F.
    Tomas FukMay 14
    It must have been a great hotel in 19th its kind of outdated
  • Edward S.
    Edward SeborNovember 16, 2015
    Stopped in for a beer. Decent selection. Right on Michigan for my tourist purposes
  • Kelly W.
    Kelly WongNovember 1, 2015
    Did you know this place is haunted? Well I'm not going to tell you the real answer in that. Going under renovations in different parts of the hotel. Room are huge, but run downs and feels plain.
  • Erik R.
    Erik RowleyNovember 1, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Room 441 is notorious as the most haunted room in the hotel, bring a oujia board. The creepiest floor is the 12th in the north tower, back staircase by the sealed room is very scary to the roof.
  • Keeler B.
    Keeler BOctober 5, 2015
    This is, quite honestly, the worst hotel I've ever stayed in. I came back to my room one afternoon to find the door unlocked after housekeeping had made up the room and cash for a wedding gift stolen.
  • Racky R.
    Racky RossJuly 19, 2015
    Feels a bit like Shining's Overlook Hotel. And it's definitely a great value for the price you pay! :-)
  • Kristen J.
    Kristen JefferyJune 5, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Listen to the reviews and avoid this hotel like a plague. Dirty and old! Gag!
  • Ray D.
    Ray D.May 27, 2015
    The elevators are quite efficient.
  • Christian T.
    Christian TafoyaMay 13, 2015
    Great value for a historic building in a convenient location. Public transit nearby along side amazing restaurants in walking distance.
  • Patrick L.
    Patrick LeMasterMay 1, 2015
    Beware...of two rooms I've seen, neither had adjustable thermostats. Check the room out before unpacking & settling in.
  • Dixie B.
    Dixie BarteeDecember 18, 2014
    Nice & affordable. Great view of lake MI. older rooms with old doors. Not very insulated for noise - making it hard to sleep.
  • Sergio P.
    Sergio PreciadoNovember 6, 2014
    The rates.
  • Brandon O.
    Brandon OzardSeptember 16, 2014
    Do not stay here! It reaks of mold and mildew. The rooms are crap, And have included a lovely picture of the linen closet opposite my room to emphasize this.
  • Erik R.
    Erik RowleyAugust 19, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Awesome historical hotel built for the 1893 World's Fair & one of the largest hotels in the world during the 20th century. Rumors of hauntings & a rich history create a Stephen King like environment.
  • Mathew G.
    Mathew GallagherAugust 13, 2014
    Stay was great. Sure it's got some issues. Makes it an adventure. Got upgraded without asking. Staff are friendly. Paid more for less. Have had worse.
  • AJ
    AJAugust 8, 2014
    This hotel is extremely old. You can't even control the A/C or heat. Hard mattress. Wouldn't stay here again.
  • Michael C.
    Michael ColbertAugust 7, 2014
    Smells funny but really well located near Grant Park. Tons of outlets (and also ghosts).
  • Kartik P.
    Kartik P.August 3, 2014
    Don't get drinks/food from the bar, they serve u drinks in plastic cups even if ur sitting there to eat or drink. #Horrible
  • Igor K.
    Igor KushnerovMay 3, 2014
    It's garbage can... Need completely remodeling😱
  • Rocio R.
    Rocio RasconApril 8, 2014
    Most haunted hotel in Chicago, room 907 is a good one no activity
  • Sue D.
    Sue DFebruary 22, 2014
    Location is awesome. Tricky getting the heat adjusted right. Gouged for parking.
  • Kee H.
    Kee HinckleyNovember 23, 2013
    Lovely old hotel. Great tall ceilings, bay windows, and cute rooms. Yes, if you want ultramodern it's not for you. But there are plenty of plugs, wireless for a small fee, and above all, character.
  • Jay B.
    Jay BeeOctober 12, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    well it's really dusty, outdated. Not really clean. I don't know what the management is doing but they should travel and see what is out here u have to pay $10 per 24h for wifi aha what a joke in 2013
  • Alicia B.
    Alicia BergerySeptember 25, 2013
    Definitely not the place to stay if you care where you lay your head to sleep- stains on the sheets, no towels, and the smell was terrible- it didn't smell old-the odor of Lysol was in the air- ick!
  • Emily H.
    Emily HuntSeptember 1, 2013
    Great hotel, especially for the price. I got a deal through for $179. The rooms are nice, staff is friendly, location is great, and it has wonderful views. I would definitely come back.
  • David M.
    David MAugust 31, 2013
    Horrible valet service. They've got two guys running the whole thing.
  • bowuj
    bowujAugust 15, 2013
    Rooms doesn't smell bad...smell old which is not bad is ghostly good
  • Jorge Carlos C.
    Best hotel for Lollapalooza
  • Kevin S.
    Kevin SAugust 5, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Good: inexpensive, close to everything, electrical outlets everywhere. Not so good: hot water was lukecold, no fridge (if you care). It's not a 5 star hotel, don't expect it to be. Would stay again.
  • Amanda M.
    Amanda McGauleyAugust 5, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    People who complain about this are insane. This is our third year staying and each time it's been great. Do have to pay for wifi but that's minor. Plus there is a lot of history too.
  • Chris D.
    Chris DegenhardtJuly 20, 2013
    Ghosts everywhere but in my hair
  • beez41nine
    beez41nineJuly 15, 2013
    Great Location for #TasteOfChicago Qaint hotel staff great BUT go across to Chicago Carry Out at TravelLodge for breakfast and lunch. Much more economical.
  • Nichole
    NicholeJuly 7, 2013
    Just going to reiterate, don't stay here if you don't have to.
  • Nichole
    NicholeJuly 7, 2013
    The chicken tenders from Rafael's were raw. I had a much better time at Super 8. At least I could watch interesting channels there :|
  • Amanda S.
    Amanda SiboldJune 25, 2013
    Rooms are really nice; get a view facing the plaza and the fountain if at all possible.
  • Bart C.
    Bart CrouchJune 19, 2013
    My basic criteria: clean, quiet & comfy, was met. Great stay.
  • Eric J.
    Eric JanssenJune 18, 2013
    Clean and affordable. Easy access to anywhere in the city but might be haunted.
  • Mark L.
    Mark LoterJune 10, 2013
    Condom found behind night stand was not there when we plugged in phone charger,but there now,not ours
  • Mark L.
    Mark LoterJune 9, 2013
    Careful what you leave in your room,things are missing and housekeepers enter your room at will long after they have cleaned your room.if you can stay elswhere,DO SO!!!
  • Marisol d.
    Marisol de la FuenteMarch 24, 2013
    Affordable but old fashion not vintage
  • StAcEfACe52
    StAcEfACe52March 17, 2013
    Ghosts?? Yes please.
  • Alex
    AlexMarch 10, 2013
    If you're still drunk from the night before and it's 2 pm and you're showering and you have bad vision you'll see faces of dead people in the tiles of the shower.
  • Alex
    AlexMarch 10, 2013
    I just did a shot with the ghost that "haunts" this place. I can't even say yolo.
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