The Radisson Blu Aqua Chicago Hotel Review is part of TPOL’s quest of completing the JetBlue Points Match while simultaneously searching for the best pizza in Chicago.
Getting There: Take the Blue Line from the airport to Washington. It’s $3 and will save you from the hassle of enduring Chicago traffic.
With an expiring Club Carlson certificate, I booked one night at the Radisson Blu Aqua Chicago. It proved to be an excellent redemption as this is one of the best Club Carlson hotels in terms of amenities, service, and aesthetics.
Only minutes from the shopping of Michigan Ave and the Sunday Funday experience of El Hefe, the Radisson Blu Aqua is ideally located. There’s even a CVS attached to the hotel for those looking to purchase libations or, for my points participants, gift cards.
The hotel is something to behold. I lack the vocabulary to articulate its beauty which is why I will defer to this article for a written description.
The Hotel Itself
The hotel is fancy from inside and out. From the golden wall of the lobby to the sparkling floors of the bathroom, everything about this hotel spells glamour.
Like the Radisson in Iceland, the service at the Radisson Blu Aqua was excellent. From allowing me to check-in at 9AM to extending my check-out to 2PM, the hotel staff did everything to make my stay comfortable.
The mixologist prepared some wonderful cocktails which were refreshing after exploring the city on a hot summer day.
The Radisson Blu also serves as a residence. That explains why the gym rivals LA Fitness. There’s a lap pool, an outdoor track, and a basketball court.
I was upgraded to a business class room with a limited view of Lake Michigan. The room like most Radisson hotels was nice but not spectacular.
The Radisson Blu needs a new line of soaps. The ones provided are not on par with other luxury brands.
Chicago has many hotels to choose from. The Radisson Blu Aqua is certainly a good choice, especially if you have points to burn.