Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Zerke72 My second stay here...
I stayed with the Holiday inn RiverMart Plaza last year because it was included in the point break promotion. The hotel is in a great location and close to public transit. Also a very easy walk to several sights. The rooms were adequate last year.
On this stay, I was very impressed by the upgrades made to the rooms and lobby. I know there is more work to complete the hotel, but what a difference!!! Nice job Holiday Inn!!
I know I will choose your hotel for future visits to Chicago!!
May 10, 2013
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0
by Janee Great view, good bed, bad room key
The room was recently remodeled so it was all new and very cool. The PTAC unit fan was way too loud - good thing I had earplugs.. Although the view was awesome - looking straight down the river, the ice machine was just outside my door and the source of guest noise on the week-end. My key (card) took several attempts to work even after being reprogrammed. It was inconvenient to have to transfer elevators on the 15th floor (lobby) to ground level and down stairs or a long walk from basement level to get to my car in the lot. The staff was very friendly and tried their best to accommodate me with courteous, quick service. Housekeeping staff was also very friendly, warm and accommodating. The pool was great - long for laps and perfect water temp. The quality of the room offset any inconvenience except the parking access.
May 6, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Liena love it !
We liked everything! For that value you get what you waged for. Amazing Downtown view, nice sheets, great location, awesome pool, wonderful customer service, cheap parking (compare to the area).
That is really worth your money.
Would defiantly stay there next time!
May 5, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by JJM2 Next trip to Chicago we will stay here
Room was bigger than expected. staff friendly, helpful. Nice bar.
Parking cost is outrageous, but it is Chicago after all.
May 5, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by GailD Best View
The view of the river and the skyline is the best feature.
The bar is a wonderful place to relax, have a drink and enjoy the food.
May 5, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by groomemother trip to Chicago
It was a pleasant enough property, although hard to find at night with a bridge out. Room was small but up to standards, dinner was tasty and ok. The atrium seems dated. The view is great.
May 4, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by lynn46 scenic room, very confortable
Our stay went by mch too fast. The staff were all very friendly and helpful. Confortable scenic room of beautiful Chicago, our first time in Chicago. Food and service was very good. Room was ready early, as soon as we landed went to hotel to see if they could hold our bags, but was delighted ti hear our room was ready. Housekeeping staff was very friendly and rooms made up soon after we left room. Check out was outstanding. Nothing could have been better, Thank you
May 3, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Teri29 Very comfortable
Every time we stay, we have a very nice time. The hotel is very clean and comfortable, the view is lovely. The restaurant/bar is relaxing with good food.
May 3, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by MasfromMO01 Super Friendly & Helpful
Edgar your guarantee is golden.
Marvin I would still be lost without you.
The desk clerk who checked us in was very helpful.
The woman who took our room service order offered great advice.
The man who delivered it was kind enough to remind me the gratuity was already included. I cannot think of any way this stellar staff could be improved. The customer service was outstanding!
The room was nice and roomy, clean and updated. The noise from the heater was a little annoying. We had to keep changing the volume on the T.V. when it came on. We had a few issues with the wheelchair accessibility in the room. The bed was a little too low for the Hoyer Lift we need to use to get my husband in bed. Sorry I forgot to take the phone book back out from under the leg of the bed. I bet housekeeping wondered what that was about. And, the sink set back was a little too shallow. It was tall enough for him to get his knees under, but his feet were hitting the back wall long before he got anywhere near it. Overall, it was just a little short of perfect.
May 2, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Grannymom Comfortable Room and great service
I would for sure stay there again and recommend my friends and family to stay at the Holiday Inn Chicago-Mart Plaza. The staff was so acommodating and very helpful in all aspects.
April 29, 2013
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by VFRSIDI Good location shame about the staff and services
The location for this HI is good. The rooms are quiet and reasonably proportioned with good decor. Unfortunately this hotel fell short of expectations.
On early arrival (1300hrs) I asked if I could check in early. Reasonably so the room was not ready however the reception check in took my details and I was told the hotel would call to let me know when the room was ready (nice touch I thought). I never recieved a call.
The following morning the water in the bathroom was luke warm, reception/housekeeping never answered the phone (several attempts) and the queue at reception in the morning was long - I never got the opportunity to complain or find out why the water was luke warm.
April 25, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by NCCPA Next to everything
Great location. Next to everything. Beautiful view. Very helpful staff. Gym needs work, but able to get a great workout. Full size pool a very nice touch. A block from CTA station. Great breakfast.
April 24, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by sparkly65 comfortable room and friendly service
well and close situated to city attractions and shopping
April 21, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by OrthoDoc Great experience in the center of Chicago
My only complaint would be that there are not enough elevators for such a large hotel and the elevators are rather confusing. Otherwise, the experience was great. You can walk to the Merchandise Mart for shopping or to eat. You can catch the rail to anywhere in Chicago and even to either of the airports with a simple walk to the Merchandise Center that is all enclosed.
April 21, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by VaCUBFAN great location, service and value
Stayed at the Holiday Inn recently for the first time. I was impressed. Great location and the staff was outstanding. Fantastic service. Good value. Highly recommended. Concierge was great and had excellent advice for things to do, directions around Chicago and so on. Very helpful.
April 20, 2013
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by beatrix98 Mixed reviews, but there are three gems here.
First of all, I need to THANK JAY, TODD, and MS. D. These are examples of people that anyone would want working in their hotel. They were extremely polite and made me feel at home. They truly should be asked to give training to some of the other employees in the hotel.
When I first got there, the key system was not working. I had stayed here last year and there were serious issues with the internet system. I began worry that this was simply a sign that this was going to be a repeat performance. So I waited for a bit, then walked back over to the counters and asked about how long it would be. They didn't know, so I went to the restaurant (where I had a delicious sandwich). I went back to check again and they told me that the computer system for the keys was down and they would have to wait until tech support could get it worked out. Again I flashed back to the horrible experience I had had last year, and asked if this was going to be the case with the internet as well as the key situation. Instead of answering the question, one of the ladies, responded, "Well, we have until 3pm anyway." I was taken aback. I looked at her and said, "That is not what I asked for." Instead of apologizing, she stood her ground and said, "Well, I was just saying that check in is not until 3pm so we don't have to have the keys ready until then." THis is NOT what I consider being hospitable, much less being mature. The saving grace was the truly heartfelt apologies that I got from Jay. "I'm so sorry" I saw him mouth as I walked away.
I went to eat, and then someone came over and let me know that the key was ready within a short period of time from the experience with the rude lady.
I went upstairs to the room, which was lovely, and settled in a bit and started hearing the elevator, walkie talkies, and some of the staff yelling to each other in Spanish. I eventually peaked my head out of the door to ask if they wouldn't mind keeping it down. They were on the elevator and did not respond, and they just let the doors close.
I called down to the front desk and, thankfully, got Jay. He switched rooms for me. The room was just fine. He always gave me a smile when I saw him in the foyer. Very kind soul and deals very well with customers. He truly cares. Multiply this man! He will make things run so much more smoothly for your hotel!
Ms. D was a sweetheart on the phone when I called for room service. Very friendly and helpful. Unfortunately, I didn't get her every time I called. The other times I called I either got a flat response from the person answering from the front desk that the restaurant didn't open for another...pause...four minutes. That offends my customer service sensibilities. Another time, I asked what wines were available, and the response was, "Red and white". I had to ask him to read me the list. He named the name of the vineyard, but not the wine. We went through this for quite some time as language was a bit of a barrier. But regardless of that, when asked what type of wine, it shouldn't be like pulling teeth to find an answer to a simple question, "What are your wines?"
Todd was an excellent concierge. I am amazed with the way he was able to come up with addresses off the top of his head to any type of restaurant a customer would suggest. And, I enjoyed the Purple Pig that he suggested. He gave great directions to use the L and to the restaurant as well. He should be training some of the other concierge folks. Heck, all three of these people that I have named have special qualities that should be used to your advantage. I would come back because of them.
The exercise room was fair. Whoever stocks it should be given more incentive to restock more frequently. Towels wer overflowing the bin and there were no more wipes to clean off the machines. There are a lot of ellipticals, though. A few free weights which were nice.
The restaurant staff are pleasant as well.
Thanks for reading this.
April 19, 2013
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by disappointed999999 yuck hotel
For downtown Chicago I expected more. Older hotel with outdated features. TV satellite didn't work but about 25% of time. Bed was old and definetly worn out. Room service charge you tip doesnt tell you and then the delivery person request more. The bell man waving down cabs is very mouthy for someone working for tips. Want stay here again unless forced to.
April 19, 2013
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Tarso Nice pool
I ask for a good room, but we receve a standart
The parking is far, uncover, no sheap, very unconfortable under rain.
April 16, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Nobrainerguy Great hotel
This Holiday Inn is centrally located. Short walking distance to many restaurants. If you are not picky about food, there is a food court nearby, mostly cater to lunch crowd. Food in the hotel was great in quality but it was also priced accordingly like any other hotel. CVS and Walgren are right around the corner, good for a quick stop for snacks. Very easy to get to/from the O'Hare airport. I used to take airport shuttle, but this time I took the CTA train, avoiding all the big city traffic for $7.25 round trip which is far better than airport shuttle and/or taxi. Staff was very friendly and helpful. Room was big, bed was comfortable. Bathroom was clean though the water pressure was low. Not sure if this was just my room, or this was for conserving water. If you are a lady who is particular about shampooing your hair, you might want to inquire about the water pressure first. Internet access was free without extra charge, a great feature.
April 15, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Kimberley2013 Clean room and comfortable bed
For several years, I have been traveling to Chicago about every six months for business and I always stay at the Holiday Inn Merchandise Mart.
I am never disappointed. The rooms are always clean and comfortable and the service is excellent.
I highly recommend this hotel to others!
April 14, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Sue63 great location
This Holiday Inn is a great location to go to the Bridal market- you don't even have to go outside.
April 12, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Jamagu Great Place!
Stayed during Easter break with kids....4/2013! Package room deal with free parking and in out privileges was AWESOME ... Especially with kids! Service was exceptional all the way around and the pool area was great for the kids. Hotel lounge with its night- time city view was wonderful! Total convenience to the "El" also a plus! Highly recommend ... Free breakfasts for two and free for kids also a plus! Renovated rooms .... AWESOME!! 5 stars!
April 11, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by yellow Excellent value
I find this Holiday Inn convenient for my business travel and relatively cheap for the location. They have great views from the bar and some lighter food options, which is important to me eating out every evening. Decent exercise facilities. Clean rooms. Comfortable bed. Wireless works great.
April 10, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Chicago13 stay over Easter 2013
Nice and clean room. Friendly staff in general.
However, at 8:00 am housekeeping would knock on the door and within 2 seconds attempt to enter the room. They should have known we hadn't checked out yet.
When bringing this up at the front desk, the staff spent their efforts correcting my statement (I incorrectly stated room service instead of housekeeping), rather than actually listening and addressing the issue.
April 10, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Sara1883 Great Hotel, Centrally Located
Beautifully clean rooms with excellent views of the skyline. I was able to walk to the Magnificent Mile and other area hot-spots. The room and bathroom were immaculately clean and visually appealing, with new appliances and soft sheets and pillows.
Aside from the crowded pool (lots of kids), my stay was great.
I'd definitely stay here again.
April 9, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Rexy Top Shelf Staff/Location
The staff was top shelf, front desk, etc were very helpful. Can't beat the location overlooking the river, we didn't have a car and walked to all. Parking is expensive,( 42.00 per night) so if you dont need a car, walk cab train it. Only issue is rooms have paper thin walls. Heard every arguement from next door and fighting late night. Not sure what you can do but overall good choice and price was right.
April 6, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by lovinHolidayInn Our first choice when visiting Chicago!
We enjoy staying at the Chicago-Mart Plaza (Riverview) when we visit Chicago. The hotel is very close to our family's home - all within walking distance. Beside the convenience, we always find the accomodations and staff to be friendly and accomodating. We look forward to our next visit!
April 5, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by 68Michelle Stay at the Holiday Inn Chicago Mart
I was at the Holiday Inn Chicago Mart for an event, and decided to stay the night and make a day of it with my daughter. The ballroom space was fantastic and the staff was so great to our organization. The staff and room was excellent and the price was too. I highly recommend this location for a stay and an event!
April 3, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by NCMike Friendly staff and clean rooms
Overall the stay was good, the staff was friendly, the room was clean and had enough space to relax. The bed was reasonable but could have been more comfortable. The location was extremely convenient and if I ever come back to this part of Chicago I'll check with this hotel.
April 2, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by OperaLovers A great place to stay
This is a nice hotel. It's within safe and comfortable walking distance of the train stations, neighborhood restaurants and the Lyric Opera. Helpful, friendly staff. Clean, well-appointed rooms and a nice bar with a beautiful overlook of the city. Connected by skywalk to Chicago metro mart with food court, day spas, shops. We'll be back.
April 2, 2013