Residence Inn Chicago River North Review

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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.

Residence Inn River North LobbyI was pleased to see there was plenty of stylish and comfortable seating.

Residence Inn River North LobbyThe double fireplace was fantastic and I’m sure very popular during cold Chicago winters.

Residence Inn River North FireplaceThe old books lining the shelves were memorable and a nice touch.

Residence Inn River North Lobby BookshelfThere was a lot of seating available along the windows as well which was nice because the city views were captivating.

Residence Inn River North Lobby WindowThe business center was in the lobby as well It was nice to see it wasn’t hidden away in a corner office somewhere. You could use the computers and look out into the city while you worked.

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.

Residence Inn River North We stayed in a studio room which included a full kitchen, sitting area, queen size bed, and decent size bathroom. Here’s a video overview of our 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.

Residence Inn River North Bed

Residence Inn River North Hotel RoomThe tv was a good size and it turned to face the sitting area or the bed. I liked that the stand it was on doubled as a dresser with spacious drawers.

Residence Inn River North TVWe 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.

Residence Inn River North Sitting AreaThe desk was spacious and offered outlets in the base of the lamp.

Residence Inn River North DeskThe 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.

Residence Inn River North KitchenThere was a nice dining table too that is compact and out of the way, but at the same time offers plenty of room for two to grab a bite to eat.

Residence Inn River North Dining TableThe 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.

Residence Inn River North BathroomThe 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.

Residence Inn River North Fitness CenterThe 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.

Residence Inn River North PoolWe 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.

Residence Inn River North Breakfast BuffetWe also appreciated all of the seating. Each time we went to breakfast nearly every table was taken however it was never long before someone finished their meal just as we were arriving.

Residence Inn River North Breakfast Area

Residence Inn River North Breakfast LoungeAs a testimonial to the Residence Inn’s breakfast buffet, we went out to breakfast once and after we took a few bites and agreed we wished we had eaten back at the hotel.

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.

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  1. We’re generally uncomfortable in big cities, but keep saying someday we’d like to try Chicago. I’d love having the kitchen.

  2. saminder gumer says:

    i love residence inns. they are so nice and have a great breakfast and happy hour. i like that you can stay in them long term and they are part of marriott which i love.

  3. Marygrace says:

    Thanks for that review. We were in Chicago in Nov and stayed elsewhere in same area. This was on my list and from your review it looks way better. Nevertheless. We had a great trip and when we go back next year I will be sure to check out this hotel. Thank you.

  4. I am glad you had a great room and a nice stay. Chicago the windy city is huge. I bet you saw lots of things too. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Christina Gould says:

    Wow, really nice. I love to stay at Residence Inn. Thanks for the info!

  6. alena svetelska says:

    what a cozy looking rooms,feels like being home doesnt it.I never been there before,but would love too.

  7. I love Chicago, the first time I was there I was about 13, the pizza that comes out of there is AMAZING

  8. Sherrie C. says:

    What a nice hotel and I’m pretty impressed with the full-size refrigerator. Not many hotels offer that! I’ve been to Chicago once during a four hour layover but that was it. One of these days I plan to go back and see the sights. I’ll keep this hotel in mind :)

  9. Maralea says:

    Chicago is such a fun place to visit. I will definitely be checking this out the next time we go. Great review!

  10. Maria Malaveci says:

    Absolutely love Chicago and definitely will be checking out the Residence Inn Chicago Downtown River North when we go next!

  11. nicole dz says:

    WOW very beautiful place to stay. The dinning area and pool is my favorite. Looks so comfy and cozy. Would love to get away somewhere like this.

  12. Christopher Sorel says:

    wow great looking compared to where we stayed for 150 night and was horrible

  13. Looks like a great hotel! Although I’ve never been to Chicago (yet!), I have stayed at Residence Inns and have always had a good experience. Great customer service, too. So now I know that if (when?) I get to Chicago, the Residence Inn will be on my list of places to consider staying! Thanks for the review.

  14. Tanya Cox says:

    Love that hotel. We have family in Chicago and sometimes they don’t have enough room for us when we come from VA. This would be such an awesome place to stay.

  15. Ashleigh Gunter says:

    Loved the review. Very beautiful rooms!

  16. Michael G says:

    Gotta love Chicago

  17. Tammy S says:

    We go to Chicago every few years and we have stayed in some not as nice hotels. Next time we go we will have to see if they have any space. It would be so nice to have all the amenities of home in a hotel.

  18. We are planning a trip to Chicago so this post was very helpful. This place has all the amenities we are looking for.

  19. courtney hennagir says:

    Wow,this place is gorgeous! The bed looks super comfy and the furniture is all so pretty! Anywhere with made to order waffles is awesome in my book!

  20. ellen beck says:

    Gosh thats a beautiful room! I bet it was nice that you could make your own coffee and have some down time someplace that is all your own if deven for awhile.

  21. Amanda Sakovitz says:

    the interior is beautiful

  22. Michael G says:

    Lovely place there.

  23. Julie Wood says:

    I sure know that this is a place that I would love to stay at and enjoy the swimming and the nice relaxing room. Chicago is such a wonderful place to visit and take in the sites, and to have a room like this would be amazing.

  24. Jenny Moses says:

    This looks like an amazing place to stay in the fun city of Chicago!

  25. Cynthia R says:

    I aboslutely love Chicago, and this looks likea nice hotel, I will have to check it out next time I am in Chicago.

  26. Maralea says:

    This looks super nice! Nice review.

  27. Melissa Kitley Potter says:

    absolutely gorgeous, we are going to consider this on our next trip! great review

  28. Maria S says:

    Great review, I just got back from Chicago on Sunday & loved my time there! I’ll be sure to look this hotel up next time I visit!

  29. Priscilla Benavides says:

    I have always wanted to stay at a Residence Inn! We have one locally and I know someone who even lived there for a couple of months and I can say it was hard or them to move out when it came time because of how comfy and cozy they felt there!

  30. Joni Caraway (trippygrandmaof3) says:

    Absolutely wouldn’t mind staying at this hotel. Love the layout of the room and all that it contains. Nice kitchen to be able to prepare your own meals to save money.

  31. Betsy Barnes says:

    This is a beautiful hotel! I love the kitchen, great for breakfast before a day of sightseeing :)

  32. shelly sawicki lash neuhouser says:

    This really looks like a fabulous place, the lobby looks great and the rooms look very inviting!

  33. Wow It looks like a very nice place to stay. I love that you have a kitchen and a table. Perfect for grabbing a quick snack. Plus I love the double fireplaces.

  34. Heather Hayes Panjon says:

    Looks Like A Great Place To Stay, The Pool And Fitness Center Is Always A Plus.

  35. Cynthia R says:

    this looks like a wonderful place to stay, and i love chicago too!

  36. stephanie says:

    i love Chicago. this hotel looks so nice

  37. What a cozy place to stay and very relaxing! I love that the room has a full kitchen!

  38. how very pretty stylish as well. I would love to take a stay there

  39. Jennifer Marie says:

    Wow that looks awesome! Love the workout room!

  40. Jerry Lafferty says:

    I would have no problem becoming a permanent resident there. Looks nicer than my own home and as for the decor it suits me perfect. Im fact I wonder if I sold my home, just how long could I live there before I ran out of the money I got for my home.

  41. Very nice hotel. I like the looks of their breakfast buffet. Now I’m hungry.

  42. judy gardner says:

    what a beautiful lobby and suite – and the breakfast bar looks great! i think i could live there!

  43. Amanda Sakovitz says:

    Gorgeous! I love how modern it is!

  44. I love Residence Inns ….I alwyas go right to the grocery and stock up on all my favorites so I can cook if I want to. Love the convenience ….and your room looks super cozy.

  45. What a beautiful lobby and room. We try to choose hotels that offer complementary breakfast when we travel

  46. Christopher Sorel says:

    looks like a nice place and want to head over tochicago again soon

  47. How nice is this! So roomy and the fireplace is especially nice!.


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