Posts Tagged With: Radisson Blu Chicago

Club Carlson Work Hard, Play Hard Promotion

Club Carlson has a new promotion they just announced called “Work Hard, Play Hard”.  From August 1,2016 through October 31, 2016 you can earn bonus points on your stays.

Whether you’re an on-the-go business traveler or just in need of a relaxing getaway, now you can be rewarded every day of the week with our Work Hard, Play Hard promotion. From August 1 through October 31, 2016, you can earn Double Gold Points® on weekdays or Triple Gold Points on weekends.*

  • Check in Sunday through Thursday = DOUBLE Gold Points*
  • Check in Friday or Saturday = TRIPLE Gold Points*
  • Book on our mobile app = 1,000 extra points per Eligible Stay

Register for the Work Hard, Play Hard promotion today to start rewarding yourself all week long.

*Eligible Stays completed at hotels in Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates will earn Double Points for stays arriving on Saturday through Wednesday, and Triple Points for arrivals on Thursday or Friday.

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Club Carlson Cyber Week – Wednesday

Cybertastic Wednesday - 25% off when you stay two nights at any Radisson Blu in the U.S.

Huge Savings – Today Only

Welcome to Cybertastic Wednesday! Book by 11:59 p.m. CST tonight and save 25% off our Best Available Rate on stays of two or more consecutive nights at any Radisson Blu® hotel in the U.S. now through January 31, 2016. Use Promotional Code CTWEDDAY when booking your reservation.

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This offer is available exclusively to Club Carlson members. Not a member? Join today.

We have enjoyed the Chicago and Mall of America Blu hotels. The locations are perfect and the hotels exceed our expectations each time!

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Eggy’s Chicago for Breakfast

Unfortunately this past time at the Radisson Blu we did not upgrade and have breakfast in the lounge while in Chicago. I do love their chocolate croissants but it was time to try something new.   We could see Eggy’s Diner from our hotel room to the lower right and we wanted to try it for breakfast.

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It was a short walk around half the block to the entrance behind the hotel.  And I thought the menu looked cute. They also look to have a great lunch menu and shakes!

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Daughter was wooed by the cinnamon roll pancakes.  And I went with the red velvet french toast special.

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Both of our breakfasts were amazing! We were stuffed for the morning and ready to hit the train to head back home.  We both want to go back to Eggy’s not only for breakfast but for a burger and a shake.

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333 E Benton Place, Suite 103, Chicago, IL 60601

Monday – Sunday 7:30am to 3:00pm

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New Club Carlson Promo and the Bad News….

I have been a huge Club Carlson fan for a long time.  They were my program of choice for many years, sorry to say it looks like that is changing….  Friday some bloggers discovered bad news from Club Carlson that made me rethink my travel plans.  The 2nd day free bonus on points ends May 28th.  😦

Now they have announced a new promo that offers triple points through June 28th.  I would normally be excited, but now that my one night in Chicago will be 50,000 points and not my two night weekend I am not feeling the love.  A new promo does not make me feel better.

And now I have a short window to plan my travel for the rest of the year when I do not yet have sports schedules, etc.  Not good times for the planner in me.  I don’t know right now where I want to spend Christmas or Daughters fall break.  So I am moving programs again, most likely back to Marriott for my earnings.

Register today for the Triple Points Time promotion and you’ll be on your way to earning triple Gold Points® on Eligible Stays at more than 1,000 Carlson Rezidor hotels worldwide. Plus, you can earn 1,000 bonus points on Eligible Stays booked through the Club CarlsonSM mobile app. Register today to take advantage of this rich offer exclusive to Club Carlson members.

You must be a Club Carlson member to participate in the “Triple Points Time” promotion (“Promotion”). Promotion is valid for Eligible Stays, as defined in the Club Carlson Terms and Conditions, between April 6, 2015 and June 28, 2015 (“Promotion Period”). To earn 40 bonus Gold Points per US. Dollar spent on Eligible Stays in addition to the 20 standard Gold Points per U.S. Dollar spent on Eligible Stays (“Triple Points”), you must register online for the Promotion at and provide your Club Carlson member number at the time of reservation or at check-in. Once registered, you will earn Triple Points on Eligible Stays at Quorvus Collection, Radisson Blu®, Radisson®, Park Plaza®, Park Inn® by Radisson and Country Inns & Suites By CarlsonSM hotels worldwide during the Promotion Period. In addition to Triple Points, once you are registered you will earn 1,000 bonus points for Eligible Stays booked on the Club Carlson mobile app. Stays or nights paid for by redeeming points or by using Points + Cash are not eligible for this Promotion. You only need to register once, but you must register before checkout of the Eligible Stay to earn Triple Points for that stay.

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Using Points for Radisson Blu Business Class Stays

I might have created a monster… Daughter has a love for the hotel business class lounge.  What is not to love?  Sprite in cute little bottles available all day.  Pastries with breakfast.  Snacks at dinner time.  Nuts and popcorn to snack on.  Its a child hotel dream!

On the flip side I refuse to pay that much for a hotel room, even if it does give me snacks and drinks! This is where Club Carlson points are a huge asset and the credit card is priceless if you have it!

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We had a Suite Stay at the Radisson Blu Chicago

Our latest stay at the Radisson Blu Chicago was in a suite.  To say Daughter was happy was an understatement, she was running around taking more pictures than I was. (I think she even emailed some to her friends.)  It was very spacious in the couch area and there was also a large desk to work at.

The suite opens to this view


Daughter wanted to sleep on the couch instead of sharing the king bed. (And then she had her own tv for the night even though we watched the same show.)


The bathroom entry is from the bedroom. Great if there is just you and your honey, awkward if your kids or someone else travels with you.  And there is not a bedroom door if that is important for your privacy.


I do love the bathroom. I have said it before but I love to soak in the tub and I love the colors they used on the room.  Tub on the left, toilet and shower on the right. Image


The king size bed took up most of the room but with a separate seating area its not an issue. The balcony entrance is also from the bedroom area.


The view from our room was looking out toward Millennium Park. I love the views this hotel offers!


And back toward Lake Michigan, this room has a very large balcony.


And the coffee maker with our welcome gift.


We were also given access to the business lounge for evening snacks and breakfast in the morning.  That area was busier than our last visits so I did not take any pictures up there.

We ate dinner at Filini in the hotel.  Our booth seating was nice but a bit dark. I ordered the Fettuccine and it was outstanding!  Not the heavy cream dish that is served elsewhere. And the poached egg on top was a interesting mix, I am going to try the dish at home for the family.  Daughter ate the kids Homemade Penne Pasta, she loved it.  Dinner was served with a mix of breads on our table.  Our server was very attentive and helpful with the ordering. Everything was delicious and we will definitely eat here again when we stay at the hotel.

It was such a nice warm evening we were able to walk to Navy Pier from the hotel instead of grabbing a cab.  And the hotel is very close to the Millennium Park train station, around a 3 block walk.

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