Over the summer, Dave and I went in Chicago for BlogHer and to celebrate our 10th anniversary. When planning the trip we knew we wanted to extend our stay around BlogHer so we could spend time together sightseeing and enjoying the city. That’s why I am excited to be a Residence Inn by Marriott Resident Mom Ambassador. We were given a gift card to set up a stay through the Residence Inn. We chose the Residence Inn Chicago Downtown River North because of its amenities and location.
When we walked into the lobby we were immediately struck by how large it was.
After getting our room key we headed up to our room on the 15th floor. The elevators arrived quickly and as we opened the door to our room we were happy to see that the bright, bold colors from the lobby carried over into the room.
The bed was very cozy and comfy and I was pleased to see an light extra comforter was provided. I’m often cold at night where Dave is hot, so having that extra blanket made for a good night’s sleep.
We loved that the couch was a nice rich red and in the form of a fainting couch. It had both an old-fashioned look but was trendy at the same time. The coffee table was multi-functional. It stored an ottoman in it that could be used for resting your feet or as extra seating. I thought that was ingenious.
The full-size kitchen was wonderful. There is a CVS in walking distance so we were able to pick up food and drinks and store them in the fridge. There was also a nice selection of plates, glasses, utensils, and servingware as well.
The bathroom offered a lot of room for beauty products. I appreciated that the vanity had a drawer and two open spaces to store my hair dryer, curling iron etc. It was nice to not have to deal with a cluttered bathroom sink on an extended stay.
The hotel itself is lovely and we had a chance to check out the fitness room which had a variety of workout equipment available. It is a popular place and every time we visited other guests were there which speaks well of the machines offered and the space itself.
The pool was wonderful too. Not only does it have large windows letting in a lot of light and city views, but it also has a whirlpool which Dave enjoyed. He said it was a great place to relax after walking around seeing the sites all day.
We were extremely pleased with the complimentary breakfast buffet. It honestly rivaled any restaurant breakfast I’ve had of late. There is a wonderful selection of hot foods including scrambled eggs, potatoes, and bacon along with made to order waffles. They also offer fresh fruit as well as a variety of delicious breads, bagels, and pastries. I was also happy to see that the nice selection of cereal, yogurt, and oatmeal with a variety of toppings too.
We also enjoyed the location of the hotel. It’s just a few blocks away from the Magnificent Mile and we were able to walk it in about 15-20 minutes. The area around the hotel has a lot to offer too. We had a fabulous appetizer at RockIt, had a fun night out at the dueling piano bar – Howl at the Moon, and enjoyed a lovely rooftop lunch at Rock Bottom Brewery.
We recommend the Residence Inn Chicago Downtown River North to anyone looking for a place to stay in Chicago. With a fantastic location, great amenities, and a wonderful breakfast buffet we would stay here again. It’s a hotel with a lot to offer in a trendy, stylish, and comfortable way.
Gift card was provided. The honest opinions are my own.