Springing to Chicago – Intercontinental Chicago, Magnificent Mile
- Here we go… again (in more ways than one)
- Off to Heathrow
- Terminal 3 Oneworld Lounges (Cathay Pacific and American Airlines)
- AA87 London Heathrow T3 to Chicago O’Hare International
- The joy of US immigration
- Intercontinental Chicago – Magnificent Mile
- Travel Tech: Life with a Canon 50mm f1.2 (yes, it’s another walk around Chicago)
- Hyatt Regency O’Hare
- Travel Tech: SkullCandy Ink’d Wireless Headphones
- Airplane Art Special: From the Balcony of the Hyatt Regency O’Hare ** BONUS **
- Back to O’Hare, The British Airways Business Class lounge
- BA296 Chicago O’Hare to London Heathrow
- Delayed Arrivals and Homeward
- Short and Sweet
The Intercontinental Chicago – Magnificent Mile
I was greeted at the hotel entrance, and made my way in to the grand entrance. Check-in was swift, with my loyalty and Ambassador Benefits explained to me.
A bottle of water was offered (and taken) and a choice of a drink at the bar or a 600 points was given.
As part of Ambassador benfits there’s one useful thing for me – the 4pm check-out. With me not needing to be at my next hotel until the evening – this plays into my hands very well.
I was allocated a room in the Executive Tower, and off I went.
So the room – I had an upgraded room which … and I’m going to be honest. LARGE.
Whilst the room may look a bit bland, it was relaxing to the point of when I entered it and my luggage arrived – I end up sprawled on the bed for a good hour whilst my body tried to sort itself out from the long flight.
And yes – the bed was that relaxing. My plan for being semi-active in the afternoon was in the partially in the bin, but after an hour or two – I was almost ready to go out and fight with the world.
And thus I did.
When I returned – in the mini-bar area was the welcome amenity had arrived – featuring fruit and a branded bottle of water.
As for the views from the room – they were limited, being in the corner of the executive tower of the Intercontinental Chicago – but pretty reasonable, with a view of North Michigan Avenue.
With me exhausted from a day of exploring and sorting stuff, I wanted to unwind in the bathroom in my room at the Intercontinental Chicago – and again it’s a big old bathroom, with its own bath, walk-in shower and everything my bathroom at home doesn’t have.
Sadly, my plans for a quiet nights sleep were ruined thanks to the joy of the office (as I said – I can never escape from that place). Thankfully, that 2am text message was dealt with, and by the time morning had come – I had properly adjusted to Mid-West Time.
Which is a good thing.
With an early morning start – I had bits and bobs to do in down-town Chicago – and thus, I was popping in and out of the hotel. This is where that 4pm check out comes into play as I re-pack things and re-organise myself – as well as checking equipment and even spending time writing.
By 3pm – I has achieved what I had needed to do, and I headed downstairs to check out.
Checkout was handled swiftly, and pretty quickly – I was in a Uber to my next destination.
Overall: Another strong performance at Intercontinental Chicago – with upgrades delivered, and a constant level of customer service – and that’s one of the things I look out for in a property like this. The additional details like the welcome amenity, customer service queries and such are what make a property like this one I want to visit again.
Next: We’re not leaving central Chicago just yet. We’ve got a lens review to do as I take the Canon 50mm F1.2 for a spin. Can Canon’s heavyweight shine… or are there a few little hidden gotchas with one of Canon’s heavyweight lenses?
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