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221 North Columbus Drive, Chicago, IL 60601-7801
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Contactless check-out
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#78 of 217 hotels in Chicago
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The Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago is the contemporary debut of Radisson Blu in North America. A true representation of the brand, it is designed to become a destination in itself. Radisson Blu is the upper upscale tier of our global hotel brand, focusing on design, style and attention to detail in every respect.
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Property amenities
Paid private parking on-site
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Bar / lounge
Billiards
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Taxi service
Parking garage
Wifi
Hot tub
Pool / beach towels
Pool with view
Indoor pool
Outdoor pool
Heated pool
Coffee shop
Restaurant
Kids' meals
Wine / champagne
Business Center with Internet Access
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Concierge
Convenience store
Newspaper
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor fireplace
ATM on site
24-hour front desk
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Shoeshine
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Air conditioning
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Private balcony
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Bottled water
Minibar
Flatscreen TV
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JavaSue wrote a review 20 Sep
Chicago, Illinois23 contributions23 helpful votes
The Radisson Blu Aqua is located in the famous Aqua building on Columbus, close to Millenium Park, Michigan Avenue, etc.. I used to live in the neighborhood and always wanted to stay in the Aqua, so when a trip took me back to Chicago I was happy it worked out. I got a great rate through Trip Advisors Plus. My room was cool (it was hot outside) and the bed was comfortable. Most surprising, it was quiet, even though downtown Chicago can be noisy. I slept great! My room had a mini-fridge and a coffee pot, and was stocked with coffee and tea. I love the location, because it's walking distance to the many fun attractions in Chicago, as well as to the El (0.3 miles) or the Metro (1.2 miles). I used a parking app to find a reasonably priced parking spot close by. The only downside for me was how long it took to check in. I waited in line for probably 15 minutes. Two of the counters (of 3) seemed to be held up by complicated questions because only one desk was really moving people along.
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Date of stay: September 2022
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Colin O wrote a review Aug 2022
45 contributions40 helpful votes
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Chicago is an amazing city and this hotel is just the perfect place to stay when visiting the city. It is perfectly located, a short walk to multiple L lines. The views are amazing. The outside pool area was even better than advertised. Can't recommend this place enough, if possible try to get a corner room, the wrap around balcony is worth it. Only heads up, if you ask for something from housekeeping, towels, coffee cups, etc it will take a very long time to get those items so plan ahead.
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Date of stay: August 2022
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Scott B wrote a review 16 Sep
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We stay at the Radisson Blue often and love the location and views. The front desk staff are always efficient and helpful and especially so on our last visit. Our room wasn't ready when we arrived but Dana at the front desk made sure we got our room in time for my wife's birthday dinner reservation and took the time to make sure it worked out.
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Date of stay: September 2022
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Room Tip: Corner rooms have great views
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Turkoize wrote a review 16 Sep
MI550 contributions67 helpful votes
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We booked this hotel for 2 nights as we were running the Chicago marathon and it was one of the preferred hotels. There were 3 adults staying in a 2 Queen room. We took the train in and it was a fairly easy bus ride to the hotel. Right as you walk in, the vibe is very professional, chic, modern and lively. We loved it! The desk Staff was really friendly and helpful and we got right into our room. The room was super clean, modern, chic and felt brand new. It was spacious enough with plenty of stuff for our gear and luggage and had a great view with a small balcony. This sounds funny, but the foyer/bathroom floors were the best. They were like black quartz and very glittery/sparkly. It made our stay quite fun when the light would reflect off the floors (lol) The safe and fridge were great to have in the room. The free bottled waters and the coffee maker with a variety of teas and coffees was a nice touch. The desk area was nice and big with lots of plugs and tech. Wifi worked pretty well with all our devices. The beds were very comfy with plenty of pillows, several layers of linens with blankets. The lights above the headboard were nice for reading. The bathroom was immaculate with upgraded toiletries and plenty of towels. The counter had a lot of stuff on it to begin with, so there wasn't a ton of space, but it worked well. The stand up shower was pretty good sized with great water pressure and temperature. What really stands out is the concierge. Unfortunately, I don't remember his name, but he literally became our buddy over the three days. Anything we needed: restaurant recommendations, directions, bus schedules, he was ON IT. He literally made our experience SO much easier because he was so eager to help and seemed to know everything! Loved him! On the morning of the marathon, we stored all our bags with no issues. It was a very secure closet and you had to have tags to get your bags. It was nice having that squared away, so we could have stress free morning. We didn't get to enjoy the rest the hotel offered, but I'd definitely come back!
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Date of stay: October 2021
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ahetz328 wrote a review 15 Sep
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Overpriced, filthy, missing amenities. Pass this one by folks. Looked like a dog grooming service had been run in the bathroom, no iron, no coffee supplies, broken shower. All for $727 a night. I’d have rather slept in my car
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Traveled on business
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Paradise734230 wrote a review 15 Sep
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Concierge desk In particular; a gentleman who was born in morocco I don’t remember his name was very pleasant and helpful and on the day we left in pouring rain Hassan went the extra mile ! The housekeeping supervisor on our floor was also very friendly and our room was tidy and all requests were met with a pleasantry.
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Willa C wrote a review 10 Sep
137 contributions28 helpful votes
Really Beautiful Hotel in the downtown area. SUPER LATE POST visited in July 2021 🫣 Nice restaurant (Filini) inside the lobby, regal looking decor in the lobby (sorry I didn’t get photos), and the most stunning views from the top floor/premier lounge (we had breakfast & snacks there). I attended a birthday event with my hubby in one of the ball rooms and the food was GREAT! I wish I would have posted right away because sometimes restaurants are epic and closed 2 months later 🙁 Trip was short but great accommodations at the Blu. If your staying in downtown Chicago, don’t forget to check out the bean, magnificent mile, museums, and the river walk. You won’t regret the recommendations. Dress appropriately if visiting in the Winter 🥶 Sorry again for the late post I’m like businesses…. It’s due to Covid 😜
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Traveled with friends
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paulsaopaulo wrote a review Aug 2022
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Attended a wedding event with family. 2 night stay 3 days. Great hotel great staff. Great location. Great bar. Great dine in options. Convenient secure parking. Wonderful rooms. Fast elevators. Plenty of elevators.
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Date of stay: August 2022
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Joseph L wrote a review Aug 2022
Los Angeles, California46 contributions12 helpful votes
This is a perfect hotel for people who like things poorly cleaned and maybe have a Live Laugh Love wood cutout proudly in their home. The whole place lacked sophistication, including the reclaimed wood-look room numbers. General filth around the hotel; it’s obvious that the manager has the same tunnel vision the cleaning staff does. Reserved a king but sleeping apart in two queens from their room management services. Mattress is particularly cheap feeling. I am sure the filling was used to protect some packaged goods and then was repurposed. Lots of screaming kids. Bar area reminded me of a cafeteria. The comparison I made was that it would have been better to stay at like a Courtyard or maybe a Holiday Inn Express.
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from Melanie Molina, Other at Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago
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Thank you for writing a review. We are saddened to know that your experience was anything less than satisfying due to the concern you had with the facility and mattress, the noise as well as the bar area at that time. As we pride ourselves on delivering a memorable hotel experience, we are sorry that we failed to meet your expectations. We hope that you will reconsider and give us another chance to provide you with an experience that is truly excellent in all aspects. Thank you for writing a review. We are saddened to know that your experience was anything less than satisfying due to the concern you had with the facility and mattress, the noise as well as the bar area at that time. As we pride ourselves on delivering a memorable hotel experience, we are sorry that we failed to meet your expectations. We hope that you will reconsider and give us another chance to provide you with an experience that is truly excellent in all aspects.
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Tracey P wrote a review Aug 2022
Okemos, Michigan43 contributions10 helpful votes
I have stayed at this hotel a few times now and every time it's excellent. It's quiet, clean, safe and their third floor outdoor pool and terrace is a lovely oasis in the summer. Their staff is always exceptional from even when I booked I believe I spoke with Nicoletta? She was lovely in asking if I had any special requests. The front desk was always efficient and very helpful. I was in town to attend a conference and chose this hotel over a neighboring hotel selected by the conference as it has always been a reliable choice. Highly recommended.
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Date of stay: August 2022
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Trip type: Traveled on business
Room Tip: ask the front desk if you prefer a quieter room, they know which sides have less street noise
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US$217 - US$475 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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United StatesIllinoisChicagoCentral / Downtown / The Loop / New East Side
NUMBER OF ROOMS
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Frequently Asked Questions about Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago
Which popular attractions are close to Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago?
Nearby attractions include Millennium Park (0.5 km), American Writers Museum (0.4 km), and Jay Pritzker Pavilion (0.4 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an indoor pool, free wifi, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago?
Yes, a parking garage, paid private parking on-site, and paid private parking nearby are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago?
Conveniently located restaurants include Wildberry Pancakes and Cafe, Eggy's Diner Chicago, and Ocean Prime.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago?
Yes, guests have access to an indoor pool and a fitness centre during their stay.
Is Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago located near the city center?
Yes, it is 1.0 km away from the centre of Chicago.
Are any cleaning services offered at Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Are pets allowed at Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Does Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business centre, meeting rooms, and a banquet room.