Nov192011

Guest room #604 at Radisson Blu Aqua Chicago

The guest rooms at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago come in two basic design styles with “Naturally Cool” and “Mansion House”. I could go all detailed with adjectives pulled from the hotel press release, but I’ll keep it simple with Naturally Cool being light colors and light wood and Mansion House being darker colors and dark wood. The pictures provide the best descriptions of the rooms.

Naturally Cool room style

 

Naturally Cool style guest room - photo courtesy of Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago

 

Mansion House Room Style

Mansion House guest room style - photo courtesy of Radisson Blu Aqua Chicago

Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel guest rooms are located on Floors 4-18 of the building. I had not looked over the hotel website prior to hotel arrival so everything I saw offered a first impression to me.

I stayed in corner room 604 for three nights. The rest of the photos here are my own pictures taken during the hotel stay. My first impression of the guest room was highly positive. I particularly liked the space and angles of my corner room  which was different from any other room I saw at the hotel when touring with a group of journalists.

Room 604 Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago

 

 

Guest room floor cityscapes as wall design for Radisson Blu Aqua Chicago.

 

 

Long narrow entry hall to room 604 contains small room closet and large safe.

 

 

The mini-bar and coffee maker in room 604 Radisson Blu Aqua Chicago.

 

 

Room 604 bathroom sliding door on right.

 

 

Room 604 bathtub at Radisson Blu Aqua Chicago.

 

 

 

 

Sliding glass door encloses either shower or toilet - not both.

 

 

 

 

Fluorescent lighting embedded in bathroom mirror.

 

 

 

Anne Semonin bath products at Radisson Blu Aqua Chicago.

The Bedroom

Bed in Room 604 Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago

As I have gotten older I am more fond of simplicity. The Radisson Blu Aqua room 604 had simple design with plenty of function. This bed was firm and the pillows comfortable. I am a bed snob and this bed passed the test for me.

Being the only occupant of the room made this one chair adequate. There was also a desk chair. Other rooms I saw at the hotel had a small couch. You might want to request a room with more seating if that is important for your stay.

Room 604 seating area at Radisson Blu Aqua Chicago hotel.

First thing I did was move the glass vase to the floor for my stay. The patio door leading to a wraparound balcony was behind the table and I could envision myself bumping that table and crashing the vase on the hard wood floor.

Desk and TV area of room 604 Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago.

I arrived on Sunday and I didn’t even turn on the TV until Wednesday when I thought I should see if it worked. The reception was great HDTV. There are also many guest services available through the interactive TV set. The TV allows guests to make maintenance requests, housekeeping requests, spa services, enroll in Club Carlson, check weather, shopping, entertainment, dining and other options.

The hotel tour stated there was an effort to reduce the paperwork around the hotel and information is available through the TV rather than through a traditional print guide to the hotel on the desk. The hotel is seeking LEED Silver certification as a an environmentally green building.

Interactive TV reduces printed products at Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago.

I arrived at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago at 10pm on a Sunday night. Big city lights excite me still since I have spent most of my life living in small towns like Monterey, California. Here is the night view from Room 604.

Chicago city view to Art institute of Chicago from Room 604 balcony.

One of my favorite features of the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago are balconies on many of the rooms. Once again, I suggest you request a room with a balcony if this is an important feature since not all rooms have balconies. Room 604 on the corner of the hotel had a wraparound balcony.

Room 604 balcony looking to Jay Pritzker Pavilion and Art Institute of Chicago.

I loved this balcony for room 604. Millennium Park with the Jay Pritzker Pavilion (Hyatt Hotels family) where concerts are held in summer and the Art Institute of Chicago just two blocks away. The location of the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago is great for a tourist interested in the museums and parks.

[Loyalty Traveler note: There was actually text in between all the pictures when I created this post, but the text was deleted in the final post. There is a way to get it back by finding an earlier version of this post. Perhaps I’ll try and figure that out later. Enjoy the pictures.]

Loyalty Traveler disclosure: My stay at the Radisson Blu Aqua Chicago included three complimentary hotel nights and free meals while attending a Nov 14-15 U.S. media press tour of the hotel. Airfare from San Francisco to Chicago was also provided complimentary for the trip.

About Ric Garrido

Ric Garrido of Monterey, California started Loyalty Traveler in 2006 for traveler education on hotel and air travel, primarily using frequent flyer and frequent guest loyalty programs for bargain travel. Loyalty Traveler joined BoardingArea.com in 2008.

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