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Silver Accenture PreferredIntercontinental Chicago

505 N. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
312-944-4100websitePrice: Moderately Expensive
Area: Downtown
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On the south end of Michigan Avenue's Magnificent Mile, Intercontinental offers an upscale lodging experience. Staying at this fine hotel will keep you within a half-mile walk of this area's luxury shopping and exquisite dining venues.

Intercontinental's 807 rooms are divided between two towers, the "Executive Tower" and the "Grand Tower". Both buildings provide pizzazz with neutral colors and contemporary furnishings. The Executive Tower was more recently renovated and those rooms boast Moorish design elements, a dominant palette of white and deep grays, marble-topped nightstands and textured headboards. It's sophisticated.

The value of Intercontinental's on-site fitness center depends upon your workout plan. The space covers two levels with weight/strength equipment on one floor and cardio options on the other floor. But the goods are all there; it's open 24 hours and FREE.  The space is good enough that some non-hotel guests pay $25 to use it.

Certainly the highlight of Intercontinental's exercise center, the 25-yard, ornately-designed lap pool is reminiscent of an ancient Roman bath house. Vintage tiles and handcrafted designs will have swimmers daydreaming about stroking in the center of a 19th Century fountain (without the spouting water, of course). During our tour, 5 lanes were marked with bottom stripes, but only 3 were separated by floating lines. We also hope that our suggestions to staff to put the floating lane lines between the bottom stripes (instead of directly over) are heeded. Though the pool is unique, many of our other listed swim venues are superior. Check out the "Work Out" tab for more options in Chi-town!

Work Out Onsite

Cardio
Hours - gym24/7
Treadmills6 StarTrac
Upright Bike2 StarTrac
Recumbent Bike2 StarTrac
Elliptical3 StarTrac
StepperStarTrac
Strength
Dumbbells3-50 lbs
Free WeightsYes
Machines10 StarTrac
Swim
In / OutIndoor
Lap-Swim GradeB-
Lap?Lap
Lanes5
Length25 yards
Temperature 80 degrees
ToysKickboards, Pull-buoys
Other
HoursM-F 6a to 10p, S/S 7a to 10p
CostFree for hotel guests
TVYes
ExtrasAttendant on duty

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