Apr192013

Four Points Chicago Downtown/Magnificent Mile

One block west of North Michigan Avenue, the major shopping district and upscale retail section of Chicago called the ‘Magnificent Mile’ is Four Points Chicago Downtown-Magnificent Mile. The hotel is next to Trader Joe’s supermarket for access to food and drink when a restaurant is not in your meal plans. 

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This hotel stay was a Starwood Hotels Best Rate Guarantee claim where I saved about $10 on the room rate and earned 2,000 bonus Starpoints. Starwood Hotels had a prepaid, nonrefundable room rate of $105 for a room with two Double beds and Hotels.com rate was $95 for a King Bed.

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Four Points Chicago Downtown lobby.

My plane arrived from San Francisco the night before winter storm Rocky reached Chicago. The hotel is about four short blocks from the CTA Grand red line metro station.

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Large room at Four Points Chicago Downtown.

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Couch, desk and a large empty space that could have stored another cushion chair.

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Desk area with recycling basket.

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Couch is a sofabed.

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Microwave and refrigerator below the shelf. The microwave is quite handy since Trader Joe’s is around the corner for frozen foods.

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Closet and mirrors.

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Large soap and shampoo dispensers in shower/tub.

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Standard shower with curved rod curtain. Standard bathroom.

The hotel elevators were abnormally slow. That is my primary complaint about this stay. Also I had an interior view with other room windows close by.

The indoor swimming pool was closed during my stay.

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The workout room seemed small for a hotel with 226 guest rooms.

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Interior courtyard being covered by snow during winter storm Rocky.

The hotel interiors were nice, the room was clean and the stay was pretty much what I expected for a Four Points.

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Four Points Chicago Downtown lobby.

One upscale feature of the Four points were Dale Chihuly glass sculptures in the lobby.

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Chihuly glass in lobby of Four Points Chicago Downtown.

Four Points Chicago Downtown/Magnificent Mile is a good location just north of the Chicago River near North Michigan Avenue in what is known as the Magnificent Mile retail section of the city. This is a fine location in Chicago for tourists near many other large hotels like InterContinental Chicago, Marriott Chicago, The Peninsula, Crowne Plaza The Avenue, Omni Chicago, Conrad Chicago and other major city hotels around North Michigan Avenue.

SPG Category 4 hotel award = 10,000 points.

This hotel stay was a deal for $95 on a Best Rate Guarantee where I earned 2,000 bonus points in addition to the regular points earned for the Chicago hotel stay.

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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Comments

  1. I may have caught them on an off day, but I had a so-so experience with the front desk.

    The agent was not professional, more interested in talking with her friend than helping me out.

    Other than that the hotel was fine. But unless the price difference is substantial there are a number of other hotels I’d prefer in the area.

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