Midwest Living Review
You'll notice a few things the moment you enter Chicago's Hyatt Regency. Its location, near North Michigan Avenue along Wacker Drive in Chicago's Loop, is practically perfect. And it's huge. Its two towers stand 36 stories tall and boast the most rooms -- 2,019 -- of any Hyatt property in the country. And it does a lot of convention business. A lot. You'll feel a bit left out if you're not wearing a lanyard of some kind and traveling with a group. Still, the staff is friendly and professional, accustomed to serving clientele from around the world. The rooms are comfortable. The renovation decked each guest room in orange and gray tones with soft, comfortable beds; spacious baths with modern fixtures; new carpeting; Chicago-inspired artwork; and quiet heating and cooling systems. A leather easy chair and ottoman tempted us to relax near our window overlooking the Chicago River and watch the huge flat-screen TV on the bureau. And despite so many rooms, the hallways and guest rooms are uncharacteristically quiet.All of this, of course, comes for a price, with summertime weekend king rates starting at $229, plus $50 a night for parking (a pretty standard rate for Chicago) and an additional charge for Wi-Fi. Breakfast is available through room service, at the Starbucks in the lobby or on-site at The Bistro at 151, where you'll pay $14 for banana-and-raspberry-topped pancakes or $22 per person for the buffet. We understand this is downtown Chicago and by nature, a trip here gets pricey fast; we enjoyed our stay but not enough to seek this particular property out and pay those rates. We would continue to book our rooms through hotwire.com, where we lock in rates at similar hotels for much less.