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Freehand Chicago, 19 East Ohio Street, Chicago, IL | Area: Downtown - River North
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4.25
HOTEL RATING: 
EXCELLENT
4.25 out of 5 (2030 Ratings)
1.1 miles from Chicago centre
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Hotel Description
Lattes libations and a communal kitchen plus free Wi-Fi are a few of the pluses featured at the centrally located non-smoking Freehand Chicago. Guests at the high-rise Freehand Chicago discover 217 rooms featuring free Wi-Fi flat-panel HDTVs and hairdryers. Sip a frothy cappuccino in the cafe mingle over handcrafted cocktails in the lounge and take advantage of the shared kitchen and lounging area. The hotel provides lockers and luggage storage as well as a game room and laundry facilities. Situated in central Chicago's River North area the Freehand offers a cozy setting in a 1927 building a block from the Red Line and a 10-minute walk south of Water Tower Place. Guests reach Millennium Park in a mile and Magnificent Mile in two blocks. Nearby airports include Midway International 13 miles southwest and O'Hare International 17 miles northwest.

Check-in time: 15:00   Check-out time: 12:00
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Amenities View More
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Free Internet
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Fitness Center
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Non Smoking
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Accessible
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Free Breakfast
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Free Parking
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Swimming Pool
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Business Center
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Airport Shuttle
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Pets Allowed
Other Amenities
` Restaurant
` Laundry
` Room Service
` Tour Desk
` Air Conditioning
` Bar
` Concierge Service
` 24-Hour Front Desk
` Express Check-In/Check-Out
` Coffee shop
` Bicycle rental
` Hair dryer
` Shower
` Smoking area
` Dry cleaning
` ATM/cash machine on site
` Nightclub/DJ
` desk
` Ironing service
` Heating
` Shared kitchen
` Wheelchair accessible
` fitness center
` toiletries
` All Spaces Non-Smoking (Public and Private)
` Baggage Storage
` Facilities for Disabled Guests
` Family Rooms
` Safe
` Sitting area
` Vending Machine (Drinks)
` Free WiFi
` Linens
` Towels
` Carpeting
` Bedding
` Free Internet
` WiFi in Public Areas

Freehand Chicago Guest Reviews

OVERALL AVERAGE SCORE: 
EXCELLENT (4.25 out of 5)

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5

Exceptional - 5 out of 5

Jacqueline Mon, 29 June 2020

Exceptional

4.5

Wonderful - 4.5 out of 5

Jacob Sun, 28 June 2020

Superb

Liked: It was super affordable and in the heart of downtown
Disliked: The rooms were a little small and I had a roommate. Inconveniences but not necessarily bad. I just didn't expect it

5

Exceptional - 5 out of 5

Nicole Sat, 27 June 2020

Exceptional

Liked: Cleanliness and location

0.5

Poor - 0.5 out of 5

Danita Fri, 26 June 2020

They dislike people with money...

Liked: I like that there are stores and restaurants surrounding the hotel and they are clean if you ask them to be
Disliked: The Gay staff discriminated and were hostile for no reason. They gossiped and frequently told stories about guests, they also moved items around in the rooms to cause arguments between guests. They got tired of me asking them to give me fresh towels and bedsheets which they did not have to put on themselves. They made up lies and asked me to leave and then refused to give me a refund for the remainder of my stay including the day I was asked to leave. When one was caught lying the other staff covered for him and became hostile. I had to call the police to force them to begin the refund process.

2.5

Fair - 2.5 out of 5

Anonymous Thu, 25 June 2020

Passable

3.8

Good - 3.8 out of 5

Bill Thu, 25 June 2020

Good

2.5

Fair - 2.5 out of 5

Giusy Wed, 24 June 2020

Good location, but I will...

Liked: The location was really good, mostly because it was super close both to Eataly and Uno, which gave us the chance to find easy and good food during the pandemic. The area is also full of garages, which allow parking for a reasonable price.
Disliked: The room was terrible. We stayed only for one night and we didn't pay so much; however, when I booked there were great hotels (like Hilton or Hyatt) that had a comparable price. Hotels that we already tried. We decided on the Freehand because of the Handshake in New York where we spent the New Year Eve, which was amazing. We thought we would have found the same vibes. The room was so small that both of us couldn't walk around at the same time; one of us needed to lie or be sitting on the bed, while the other was standing. We were lucky that Uno was open and allowed to eat in one of their tables outside because we could not have eaten any food in our room since it was so small and dark (always considering the Coronavirus lockdown). The room had a window, but it was close to a blindfold curtain because behind there was a wall with big pipes, so the room was in the dark. I thought with my usual positivity: "ok, I will sleep really well tonight since there is no light". However, at 7:30 in the morning, a continuous sound woke me up; I was unable to identify what it was, but it was like a mechanical sound (like the one produced by furnaces or elevators). The room was also not soundproofed (which I'm not complaining about), for this reason I know we had someone staying in a room around us. Considering that the hotel was maybe 10 or more levels tall, and it had at a maximum of 15/20 rooms booked (they made me sign a Coronavirus spreadsheet, so I know how many guests there were in that moment), it is still not clear to me the reason to give such a bad room and not have spread their guests a bit more, particularly because of the pandemic situation. I rarely write reviews, but this hotel experience was really bad, and it completely destroyed our expectations towards FreeHand.

5

Exceptional - 5 out of 5

Lailul Wed, 24 June 2020

Exceptional

1.5

Poor - 1.5 out of 5

Mohammad Sat, 20 June 2020

Poor

0.5

Poor - 0.5 out of 5

Howard Fri, 19 June 2020

Bad

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Freehand Chicago 19 East Ohio Street, Chicago, IL