The Hyatt Place Chicago Downtown The Loop is probably the best value hotel you can book on points in Chicago. Last October, I visited Chicago for a few days while attending the annual Chicago Seminars. My younger sister was with me, so we decided to spend most of our time in the city. Staying at the Hyatt Place Chicago Downtown The Loop was a great decision, since it offered a great location and a terrific value on points.
The Hyatt Place Chicago Downtown The Loop is a Category 3 hotel, requiring 12,000 points per night. While rates can go as low as $110 per night, during my stay rates were over $300, so I booked a Points + Cash award. The hotel is located just a few blocks from the Hyatt Centric Chicago The Loop, which requires 20,000 points per night. I stayed at the Hyatt Centric Chicago the year before, in the most depressing hotel room ever. The Diamond breakfast benefit was pretty pathetic, which is another area where the Hyatt Place wins out – all guests receive complimentary breakfast.
Hyatt Place Chicago Downtown The Loop – The Lobby
The Hyatt Place Chicago Downtown The Loop opened back in June 2015 but it still looks brand spanking new. The lobby is small, featuring modern yet warm decor. There’s a seating area to the left, with the dining area located on the opposite end, behind the check-in desk.
Past the lobby seating area is also a business center with two Mac desktops. Guests can use this space to browse the web, print documents, etc. The hotel offers free wifi, which worked great throughout our stay.
Hyatt Place Chicago Downtown The Loop – Standard Room
The rooms at the Hyatt Place Chicago Downtown The Loop are very spacious. They feature 1-2 beds, a seating area, plenty of storage space, and a decent sized bathroom with basic amenities. There are no suites at this hotel, but considering how huge the rooms are, it’s not a deal-breaker. Seriously, I don’t think the photos properly convey how large the room really was.
The guy checking us in turned out to be from the same city as us. Following our friendly chat, I figured we’d at least get a room with a nice view, so imagine my surprise when I walked in and saw this:
Inmates in solitary confinement have a better view than this room. At one point, I came back from a donut run and asked my sister if she wanted to go out. Her response: “But it’s so depressing and gloomy outside!” She didn’t believe me when I told her it was actually warm and sunny.
The beds were comfortable, there was tons of lighting, the blinds were electronic, and there were plenty of power outlets by the beds. A small thing that Hyatt Place hotels incorporate into their rooms that I personally really like is a sort of reading corner with a really cozy knitted blanket. It comes packaged, to detract guests from the thought that it has been used by hundreds of previous guests. It’s a tiny thing that I find charming in an otherwise generic hotel room.
Hyatt Place Chicago Downtown The Loop – Bathroom
The bathroom was on the smaller side, but totally sufficient. As is typical of Hyatt Place hotels, the bath amenities were scarce. I still can’t tell if I like or hate the fluorescent lights Hyatt Place hotels have in their bathrooms. On one hand, they brighten up the space and on the other, they expose every skin imperfection possible. So jury’s still out.
Breakfast at the Hyatt Place Chicago Downtown The Loop
All guests at Hyatt Place Chicago The Loop receive complimentary breakfast, served in the dining room between 6:30 AM – 9:30 AM. It was always hectic scene, and as a result, the breakfast spread was a bit of a mess.
The dining area was small but offered enough space for all guests. I’m normally a big fan of Hyatt Place’s A.M. breakfast skillet. They make delicious breakfast sandwiches and their orange juice is like crack to me.
I was a bit disappointed by the breakfast spread. This was kind of a Midwest version of a Hyatt Place breakfast: Instead of the usual egg sandwiches, they offered sliced potatoes covered in cheese, sausage, bisquits, and a pot of gravy to pour over it all. There was also fruit, yogurt, and cereal for the more health conscious guests.
I personally love Hyatt Place’s restaurant concept: There is no room service or overpriced, underwhelming restaurant. You can order snacks and appetizers that can be prepared quickly and taken to go (try the chicken tortilla soup if you’re ever staying in one). We didn’t end up eating at the hotel, though. My sister and I ate our lunches at Lou Malnati’s a couple of blocks away, and a few times when we were too tired to go out for dinner, we ordered from Uber Eats. I’ve never once had a good room service meal, so the fact that Uber Eats makes good local food accessible in major cities like Chicago is a relief.
Hyatt Place Chicago Downtown The Loop: Final Thoughts
Overall, our stay at the Hyatt Place Chicago Downtown The Loop was great and I’d highly recommend the hotel to anyone who wants a nice hotel in Chicago at a reasonable rate. Whether you’re staying on a low paid rate or on points, I think the Hyatt Place Chicago Downtown The Loop offers great value. I would certainly recommend it over the Hyatt Centric The Loop or the Doubletree Magnificent Mile.
Have you ever stayed at the Hyatt Place Chicago Downtown The Loop? What are your thoughts on the hotel?
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