While I was in Chicago with some of my girlfriends in the beginning of March, we were given the opportunity to visit and take a tour of the Radisson Aqua Blu Chicago. For those of you have been following Club Carlson’s recent promotions for some time, the Radisson Aqua Blu Chicago might actually already ring a bell for you, as it was the inspiration behind Radisson’s awesome 50,000-Point “Big Night Getaway Promotion” (related post) last November.
The Radisson Blu Chicago is currently the only Radisson Blu hotel in the United States (it just opened its doors on November 1, 2011), and is skillfully located in the heart of picturesque-downtown Chicago. This new addition to the Radisson Blu family is home to 334 guest rooms, including 15 junior suites, 2 grand suites, and a presidential suite, all which are spread across the first 18 floors of the 4-year old Aqua Tower.
Upon entering the building, my girlfriends and I were immediately impressed with the design and ambiance all around. What blew us away even more were the stories behind the inspiration and design, which truly brought this hotel to life. We were given our tour of the property by the lovely Noemi Lopez, the hotel’s on-site catering manager, who was extremely knowledgeable, passionate, and proud of what the Radisson Blu Chicago has become. She explained to us that the property’s interior designer, Jim Hamilton, not only wanted to emphasize the brands motif, “inspired by design, driven by function”, but he also wanted to be sure that his design served as a very special, unique, and relevant tribute to the city of Chicago.
As you can see below, I took a lot of pictures during the 1-hour tour; the more I learned about the inspiration behind the brand, the more I appreciated all of the little details about the design and how amazingly-relevant and special it was to the city of Chicago. I’ll let some of the pictures do the talking now.
Additional Tips/Facts I’ve Gathered Along The Tour:
- The hotel is fully ADA compliant.
- Parking is $24 to Valet for the day/$41 for overnight.
- There is free WiFi throughout the hotel.
- The fitness center is HUGE, complete with a basketball court, large cardio section, free weights/machines, swimming pool, sauna, steam room etc. There is also a gorgeous jogging track on the outside deck.
- To book this property with points, it’ll cost you 50,000 Club Carlson gold points for a one-night stay.
That’s all for now! I really did enjoy exploring the Radisson Blu Chicago during my visit to the city. A huge thank you goes out to Club Carlson for inviting me out to visit and letting us dine at Filini.
Blogger disclosure: Club Carlson contacted me via email when they learned I was visiting Chicago to take advantage of Public Chicago’s $1 Sale promotion to invite me to visit the Radisson Blu Chicago. I did not stay at the Radisson Blu Chicago, and I was not compensated for the tour or this blog post. However, we did dine at Filini immediately following the tour compliments of the hotel’s management.