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Hard Rock Hotel: Chicago

Chicago has lots of great hotels.  I have been lucky to stay in several of them over the years of visiting the city.  Here is a look at the room I stayed in recently at the Hard Rock Hotel.

Exterior of the Hard Rock Hotel

The building itself is gorgeous.  It is located in the Carbide and Carbon building.  According to legend, the architects designed the art deco building to resemble a dark green champagne bottle with gold foil.  It was built in 1929, but didn't become the Hard Rock Hotel until 2004.  I love old buildings and this one is uniquely beautiful.

Exterior of the Hard Rock

The room I stayed in was a Tower Suite...and boy was it sweet! (sorry, couldn't resist)  This is a layout of the room below.   Overall, the room was 750 square feet so I thought this would be helpful to put the pictures together. 

tower suite layout
Interior of tower suite at the Hard Rock

Maybe because it was the Hard Rock, but this hotel did make me feel like a rock star.  I have never seen a sofa this big in a hotel room before.   Don't worry, I didn't trash it, like rock stars are known to do.  ;)    We covered three sides of the building with this suite.  With windows all around, the view of Chicago was fantastic.   

Chicago city view

Too bad the weather wasn't as awesome as the room! ;)  That is Michigan Avenue.  The Hard Rock is located right on the Magnificent Mile Street.

Tower Suite at the Hard Rock Hotel

Bathroom at the Hard Rock hotel

Even the bathroom had a view of the city!  It also has a separate shower on this right side of the picture.  Sorry, my pictures aren't the best.  This was before I bought my new camera. 

Bedroom at the Hard Rock

This was the bedroom, again with fantastic views.  It is nice to say "bedroom" instead of just bed in your hotel room.  It was just as comfy as it looks too.  

Overall, I really liked this hotel and suite.  It was a great place to not only spend the night, but to just hang out.  I also liked being able to walk right out the door and shop the Magnificent Mile.  More on that later!

Have you ever stayed at a Hard Rock Hotel or eaten at a Hard Rock Cafe?

This is the only HR Hotel I have stayed in, but I have eaten at several HR Cafes (New Orleans, St. Louis, Washington DC) I know I'm forgetting some, but it has been a while.  It is only the kind of thing I liked when I was young.  I don't really think the food is that good.


  1. I have never stayed at a Hard Rock hotel, but I hope to in the future! As for the weather, at least today is super nice out!

  2. I expected something a little glitzier and brash, but this is cool and modern...nice

    I'm inviting you to join us for Travel Photo Mondays, the link runs all week so I hope you can join us for the next installment?

  3. that's quite nice, didn't think it would be a Hard Rock, love the deco exterior to the building.

  4. I love Art Deco buildings. This looks like a great suite and a good location. I have a pool membership at the Hard Rock Penang down the street from me. It comes with a free 1 night stay at the hotel, and I can't believe I didn't get around to using it last year before it expired! Perhaps this year...

  5. At 750 feet, it's bigger than a lot of NYC apartments!
    Love comfy hotel beds and bedrooms. And what a view. So happy to hear you didn't trash the room, Sonja. Enjoy your weekend. Hope you're spending it in someplace just as glam.

    1. Thanks, Marcia! Just home with the family now, but I love that even more. :)

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