Visiting Chicago and not sure where to stay? Well look no further because The Alise Chicago is your perfect choice!
Okay, that was probably the most sales pitchy I’ve ever sounded here on the blog. Yes, I work in Digital Marketing. No, I’m not just saying that to get you to book a stay with them. This is a sponsored review in which I was given two nights complimentary stay at the property, but I do not earn commission from affiliate sales of any sort and I truly do recommend The Alise Chicago from the bottom of my heart because well…
Have you ever visited somewhere expecting to be wow’ed only to be filled with disappointment? Chicago was definitely that place for me. However, this was also where I experienced one of my most enjoyable hotel stays ever. Spending two nights at The Alise made my $690.81 airline ticket completely worthwhile and I’m just beyond excited to share my review. (All opinions are of my own!)
The Alise Chicago – A Staypineapple Hotel
Address: 1 W Washington St, Chicago, IL 60602, United States
Phone Number: +1 312-940-7997
Check-In Time: 4:00PM
Check-Out Time: 12:00PM
Reservation was made for a Millennium Park View King Suite priced at approximately $256 USD/night (November low season rate; summer rates can vary ~$439/night).
Millennium Park’s Jay Pritzker Pavilion in the distant sunrise & Muddy Waters mural dedication.
History of the Hotel
I’ve never gone in depth about hotel background in any of my past reviews but The Alise is most certainly one full of history especially considering the fact that it is housed in one of Chicago’s National Historic Landmarks – the Reliance Building.
The building was formerly a retail/office space but it struggled to bring in business during the Great Depression hence was eventually bought off by the City of Chicago for $1.3 million and later converted into a luxury hotel, previously known as Hotel Burnham.
The Alise Chicago has kept its original 19th century office look but also combined this historic charm with modern luxury boutique hotel vibes with an added hint of fun and cuteness from the Staypineapple element.
From Chicago O’Hare International Airport, The Alise Chicago is an easy 45-minute ride on the Blue Line of the Chicago L – with no transfers. Get off at Washington and head south on N State Street towards W Washington Street. (The hotel is a minute-walk from the station.)
I usually take cabs/uber going from airports to hotels and vice versa but getting to The Alise was honestly so easy and convenient, not to mention cheap so +1 for awesome location!
Atwood specializes in American cuisine and is located on the first floor of the hotel. Although the restaurant is only open until 10:00PM, room service continues throughout the night and is offered 24/7.
My friend and I dined here Monday after checking out before heading to the airport. We ordered the loaded tater tots with a side of salad and the crab cake sandwich.
Every time I visit the States, I’m always astonished by the size of the portions. The food was phenomenal and we were stuffed. A lot of business professionals from the Chicago Loop area come here for lunch and lunch meetings and it’s quite the nice restaurant.
What’s Around The Alise?
From within our room, we got a little peekaboo view of the Millennium Park. Needless to say, the hotel is within walkable distance to several main Chicago attractions not just the Millennium Park but also Grant Park, Chicago Riverwalk, and 360 Chicago at the John Hancock Building just to name a few.
Right along Washington Street, you got various shops as well such as Macy’s, Block 37, and Nordstrom Rack where you can indulge in a little shop ’til you drop. And if you walk down a bit further, you can even treat yourself to luxury shopping on the Magnificent Mile or Michigan Avenue.
Food wise there are quite a few restaurant options around if you decide not to dine at the Atwood. For example, you got your famous deep dish pizza at Giordano’s and psttt there’s even a Nutella Café too!!!
The Wow Factor
Attention to Details
Aside from the big wow factor, what really left an impression on me was thoughtfulness for even the smallest details.
- Comfy slippers ready upon arrival
- Spare umbrella in the closet in case it rains
- Yes, it’s pineapple colored and it definitely came in handy during our visit.
- Extra blankets and sheets for when you get cold or if there is an additional guest staying on the pull-out couch
- Sound proof bathroom
- Okay, let’s be real here… how many of us feel self-conscious in the bathroom when you know someone outside can hear you. It doesn’t matter how close I am with the friend I travel with, I always alwaysss stress out when bathrooms have bad sound insulation. I’m telling you, The Alise really does pay attention to the little details!
- Super turbo strength hair blow dryer
- No standing in the washroom for half an hour struggling to dry your hair whatsoever.
- Charging station
- Instead of scrambling all over the room looking for an outlet and having all your devices scattered across and accidentally forgetting to bring a cord home, the central charging station is an absolute life saver.
- Unlimited water
- Most hotels usually only provide two bottles, some don’t even! This is a huge one for me for sure because I go through more than eight cups of water a day.
All of these may seem like no big deal but together they enhance the overall quality of the stay. I’ve never gone this in-depth with past reviews but this was truly quite the exceptional experience.
Amenities: ★★★☆☆ (standard: meeting room + small fitness room, no pool)
Space: ★★★★★ (living room has sofa bed for one extra guest as well)
Value of Price: ★★★★☆
Internet Access: Complimentary Wi-Fi
Parking: Valet (discounted parking package when you book directly with The Alise)
- Super central location
- Great attention to details and very thoughtful services
- European style duvet
- We all know what it’s like to fight for the cover in the middle of a freezing night. At The Alise, you get two sets of individual duvet aka. European style duvet so you and your travel partner can enjoy a peaceful night’s rest.
- Room service 24/7!!!!!!! Can’t stress how important this one is! Don’t you hate it when it’s 2AM and everywhere is closed but your stomach decides to storm and protest and demand to be fed? Worry not, The Alise has got you covered 😉
- Hotel has bikes for rent for those summery days you want to explore the nearby parks.
- Dog friendly! Feel free to bring your furry friends.
- Staying in a busier area generally means louder noises. On the first night, there were so many police cars and ambulances passing by that I was just tossing and turning even though I was dead tired from waking up at 3AM to catch my flight. Second night though I slept like a baby. It’s just one of those things that’s inevitable unless you’re staying in the mountains in a sealed off cave nowhere close to civilization.
- The hotel is environmentally friendly and this is absolutely awesome but not sure if it’s because of this that the hot water takes a bit longer to come in the shower. I personally enjoy showers that are steaming HOT so if you’re like me, just keep the water running while you go take off your makeup and whatnot (although that does kinda defeat the eco-friendly concept.) Either way the water is not entirely freezing cold. Plus, hot water can actually cause dry skin and rashes so it’s okay to take a colder shower every now and then.
Apart from these last two minor points, I have nothing but good things to say about this hotel. Whether you are from out of town or you are a local Chicagoan looking for a staycation destination, The Alise is simply perfect. 10/10 would recommend!
Husky plushie $25, proceeds go towards helping rescue dogs!
Ultra soft hotel robes lined with towel fabric.
Daily complimentary coffee and cupcakes from 3:30PM to 6:30PM.
Legit what my life would be like if I had a husky.
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