Back in January, I lucked out and was able to book 2 consecutive nights at the Public Chicago during their $1 sale. The 270 $1 rooms sold out in minutes, and many have argued that the sale was a marketing hoax/publicity stunt on behalf of the hotel. The good news is, I’m living proof that it was a real deal, and frankly, my entire decision to take a trip to Chicago with my girlfriends was influenced by this sale. In fact, we were thrilled that we were able to make this trip possible for under $100 each including round trip airfare (See related post).
Overall, we had a great 2-night stay for a grand total of $2.34 including all taxes. The chic boutique hotel is conveniently located in downtown Chicago, a few blocks from the famous Michigan Ave (The Magnificent Mile). A cab ride from ORD is about 20-25 minutes depending on traffic and will cost roughly $35; luckily there were three of us to split the cost.
As you can see from the website, the Public Chicago is a new addition to Chicago, with its grand opening in October of 2011. The Public is a very sophisticated luxury hotel conceived by Ian Schrager (creator of Studio 54). Inside the Public is the Pump Room restaurant, bar, and lounge. We did not dine at the Pump Room during our stay, but we did have a drink during happy hour (5-7 pm). The crowd was a bit older (45 ish), and very upscale. As far as drink prices, they certainly were very expensive for Chicago. I ordered a mojito, and it was $15; let’s just say that I was sure to sip that drink for a very long time.
The staff were friendly and accommodating overall. Since we arrived to the hotel before check-in, they allowed us to leave our bags with them so we could explore Chicago for a bit. We had lunch nearby at Gibson’s on Rush Street, which was only about 3 blocks away from the property. During lunch, the front desk called us to inform us that our room was ready. The lobby, common areas, and rooms were absolutely stunning, modern, and artistic. We were certainly impressed, and most importantly, we enjoyed some much-needed quality “girl time” away!
If you missed out on the deal the first time around, don’t fret. They’ll be another chance of scoring a room of your own for $1. The Public Chicago will soon be announcing another round of 270 rooms available for $1. You must register your email address to be notified of the sale, and act quickly!