Optimize Your Hotel Experience
Winter is a beautiful time to visit Chicago! Although it’s very cold, I still think that it’s one of the best cities in the world. I recently stayed at The Blackstone Hotel and have taken some photos in one of their rooms to share with you! Although I could, in fact, see my home from the hotel room (lol) it was so nice to feel pampered and relax my mind for a short stay-cation.
Different hotels have a wide variety of amenities and benefits. I can honestly say that the customer service at The Blackstone was beyond amazing. From the bellhop to the concierge to housekeeping and management, I was treated with the utmost respect and everyone made sure I was comfortable from the minute I stepped foot on the property. Of course, it’s clear that I highly recommend the hotel, so, I’m going to share a few more tips, tricks, and benefits that will help you get the most out of your hotel experience at The Blackstone and beyond.
1. Ask for Early Check-In
It never hurts to ask! Sometimes, hotels will allow you to check-in early and it’s even better to call ahead of time so that they can prepare for you if your room isn’t ready already.
2. If the room isn’t ready, check out some amenities
The Blackstone Hotel has a beautiful lobby and seating areas that would be an enjoyable place to spend some time if you arrive early. They have beautiful and comfortable furniture and many areas to have private conversations within the intimate space.
The hotel is connected to a restaurant, Mercat a la Planxa, and a bar, Timothy’s Hutch. Mercat a la Planxa is a creative, Catalan-inspired tapas & inventive cocktails in a swanky setting overlooking Grant Park. Timothy’s Hutch is a lobby cocktail concept at the hotel- how cool is that! There’s also a Starbucks for all of you coffee lovers! If you know you want to visit one of the restaurants prior to your stay, simply go to their website and use Open Table to make a reservation!
3. Here are a few things you shouldn’t forget about!
Many hotels have pools, fitness facilities, spas, bars, room service, complimentary breakfast, laundry, concierge, mini bar, valet parking, bathrobes, housekeeping, turndown service, pet-friendly rooms, saunas and upgraded rooms and suites! Check to see if your hotel has any of these amenities! If they do, be sure to make sure your stay is as luxurious as possible.
4. Special Offers
Some hotels will share a list of special offers on their website, or on a special pamphlet at the concierge. If you don’t see one on their website, be sure to ask where it is! The Blackstone shares theirs online! I will break down my favorites-
Group Discounts- If you are traveling with a group of friends, be sure to book your rooms together! Large groups are given discounts when booked together. Sometimes, there are even upgrades! If you don’t mind planning for everyone, be sure to do so. This way, you’re notified if/when there’s an upgrade available. Hellooooo Presidential Suite!
Stay for Breakfast- Enjoy complimentary breakfast for two during your weekend getaway! Be sure to book this in advance here using the promo code S4B.
Museum of Science and Industry Package- This is my favorite museum in Chicago, hands down. Actually, it is one of my favorite of the many I’ve been to in the world! Guests who stay at the Blackstone through March 31st, 2018 will receive two tickets to the Museum of Science and Industry, two craft cocktails at the new lobby lounge Timothy’s Hutch and an in-room curated welcome amenity. Use this link and enter code P42 in the promotional code/corporate code field.
Romance Package- Traveling with your honey? The Romance Package is perfect for you! Glamorous architecture and luxury accommodations make The Blackstone hotel the perfect choice for a romantic getaway. The package includes an upgraded room with views of Lake Michigan and Grant Park, daily breakfast for two at Mercat a la Planxa, & chocolate covered strawberries with sparkling wine upon arrival. Use the promo code ROM when booking.
Out and About Package- This package includes two complimentary welcome drinks at Timothy’s Hutch, wireless internet, late checkout up to 3 pm, and upgraded room featuring views of Lake Michigan and Grant Park. If you know you’ll be staying out late the night before you leave, this package is for you! Book this option here.
I hope you decide that the Blackstone Hotel is the perfect hotel for your va or stay-cation! You won’t be disappointed!
Thank you to The Blackstone Hotel for sponsoring this post.