REVIEW

Hotel Sax Chicago

Fresh from its $30 million renovation, the former House of Blues Hotel now has a lobby with check-in desks that look like jewel cases lining white marble floors.

By Chauncey Hollingsworth, Thursday, Jul 31, 2008, 5:06 PM

Hotel Sax Chicago

About this Hotel

Price From $189

'Hood River North, half a block from the Chicago River and next to Marina City, a pair of iconic 60-story, corncob-shaped towers that are showpieces of 1960s avant-garde architecture. The area attracts locals with its upscale hangouts, including Bin 36 (a hip wine bar) and Keefer's (a swanky steak house).

First Impression Fresh from its $30 million renovation, the former House of Blues Hotel is now all about modern chic. The lobby's check-in desks look like jewel cases, and the white marble floors and high-end furnishings complete the hotel's transformation. The adjacent Crimson Lounge is an enormous, ornately decorated cocktail bar.

The Rooms High energy and high style: Damask wallpaper and a panoply of red, gold, and royal-purple fabrics on bedspreads and pillows, with occasional, unique flourishes such as faux-snakeskin wing chairs.

Plus The little details, such as padded headboards and 320-count Egyptian cotton sheets.

Minus Fido will cost you. Pets incur a nonrefundable $50 charge.

Free Wi-Fi? Yes. There's also a simple, plug-in cable connection.

Credit Cards Accepted Visa, MC, AmEx, Discover.

Details Doubles from $189.