Updated: May 21, 2015
Affinia Chicago Hotel Review:When you visit Chicago for business or pleasure, staying right off the Magnificent Mile is always a good decision. This where all the restaurants and shops are located within easy walking distance. The Affinia Chicago is a great hotel that offers over 200 rooms - many large suites with over 700 square feet of space. I did lots of online research before my recent stay in September 2011 and my wife and I thought this looked like the best spot. We liked the idea of having a large hotel room - compared to places you find in Manhattan - our suite was like a mansion. We first got Room 705 on the 7th floor which had a nice view of the Hancock Building through the window. The room was huge with a spacious bathroom, sitting room and large sleeping area. We could not have been happier - except for maybe having a better view of the city. There were 2 flat screen TV's in the room and the amenities were quite nice. The only problem was the sound of garbage trucks that started in the middle of the night/morning.
On Saturday night we got to bed at about 1 AM and by 4 AM we were awokened to the sound of garbage trucks dumping trash from dumpsters. The constant thud of heavy machinery and the dumpsters being loaded and then dropped made for a reckless 2 hours. Yes, the garbage services run early on Sunday morning and behind the Affinia hotel they go through dozens of these dumpsters. It would have been nice if the Affinia Hotel had mentioned this, but we had no clue until we were woken up. We called the front desk that morning and asked for a room change. Obviously we were a little irritated with the situation and then obliged with a room overlooking the front of the building but it was much smaller than the previous room. I didn't argue with the front desk about the Saturday night stay as I saved that headache for when I got home and was thinking more clearly. Needless to say, I felt like the $300/night hotel was overpriced at this point. We did have a nice time at the rooftop bar C-View. You can sit either indoors or outdoors. The good news is that they are well prepared outdoors with propane heaters to keep you warm even as the temperatures cooled off. We were also able to enjoy a lunch at the C-House restaurant just off the lobby area. Marcus Samuelsson's restaurant has some tasty food and I recommend trying it. You can see more details listed at the hotels official website at http://www.affinia.com/Chicago-Hotel.aspx?name=Affinia-Chicago. Room rates are roughly $230 for non-refundable guest rooms and the Junior Suites are closer to $275-$300. I will say the rooms are very nice and being just steps from the Magnificent Mile is a huge plus. We were able to take public transportation or walk almost everywhere. If it weren't for that terrible garbage dumpster story I would have given the hotel 4 out of 5 stars, but given they tried to make amends, I will give them 3 stars. They did give me a partial credit on that Saturday night stay.
Affinia Hotel Location:The Chicago Affinia hotel is located at 166 East Superior Street, Chicago, IL 60611. Their phone # is 312-787-6000. You are roughly 4 short blocks from the Red Line train at the Chicago stop. We had luggage and took the Orange Line from Midway downtown and changed trains to the Red Line and eventually walked the last few blocks to the hotel. It was not hard on a Saturday, but weekdays proved a bit more difficult in terms of crowds and space on the trains. From the hotel you can walk to Navy Pier, the Michigan Bridge and the Chicago River. We probably walked about 8 miles in two days while in town. You could go as far north as Lincoln Park if you wanted - walking that is. The subway stop is very convenient for sidetrips to places like Wrigley Field or into the downtown area like Willis Tower. I liked that we were 5 minutes from the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Hancock Building. We caught a water taxi down at the Chicago River and the walk along Michigan Avenue and the Magnificent Mile was very memorable. Taxis were always out front of the hotel if you needed them.
What Others are Saying About the Hotel:My favorite site to like at hote reviews is TripAdvisor and Affinia Chicago rates #20 on their website out of over 160 hotels. The vast majority of travelers agree that the location couldn't be much better. They also like the rooftop bar, the pizza place (Ginos East) right next door, and that the staff is very accommodating. Out of 900 total reviews, more than 520 say it is rated "excellent" and another 230 say "very good". A few mention the same garbage dumpster issue that I had and some even say the hotel was overbooked and that they had to be relocated elsewhere. That problem seems to have disappeared since first reported, but can you imagine showing up and having them tell you they are all booked and that you will be assigned another hotel. Go to Tripadvisor and read up on what others are saying and then decide for yourself.
|King size bed in our first room.
|Flat screen TV in the bedroom with window in background.
|Mirror in bathroom.
|Room 705 - it's big with a huge sitting area. This picture was taken from the bathroom area.