Get The Election Season Rolling With The “Presidential Package” At The Renaissance Blackstone, Chicago

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“Hotel of Presidents” tantalizes political aficionados with accommodations in legendary Smoke-Filled Room, personalized Presidential turndown treats and more

Blackstone Renaissance Smoke-Filled Room

The "Smoke-Filled Room" will be one of the rooms for Renaissance Blackstone guests to watch the elections

Will Obama hold onto the White House? Are the Romneys poised to redecorate? While the nation will have to wait until Election Day for answers to the above, political junkies can get geared up for election excitement ahead with the Presidential Package and an Election Night party from The Renaissance Blackstone, Chicago Hotel.

Whatever your political preference, enjoy the perks of plugged-in power brokers with the Presidential Package from The Blackstone, including:

  •     Overnight accommodation in the Smoke-Filled Room
  •     Private check-in by your personal “Navigator”
  •     Presidential dinner, prepared personally by Executive Chef Eric Liebtag
  •     Personalized turndown amenity of favorite Presidential treats reflecting your party affiliation:

o    For Democrats: Obama’s milk chocolate and Clinton’s cinnamon rolls and pies.
o    For Republicans: George W. Bush’s peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and peanut butter candy and Ronald Reagan’s jellybeans.

The Presidential Package starts at $500 per night based on double occupancy; package valid through Election Day, November 6, 2012. To reserve the Presidential Package at The Renaissance Blackstone, A Chicago Hotel, guests must call the hotel directly at 312-447-0955. More information on the package can be found here:

If you are lucky enough to be staying at the Blackstone on this year’s Election Night, you can party with your own party in a private room while you watch the polls and root for your hopeful president. The Smoke-Filled Room will be designated for the Republicans, since this is where Warren G. Harding got the Republican nomination, and the Suite of Presidents will play host to the Democrats since FDR dubbed the name. Each room will be decorated in that party’s colors and Blackstone wine and candy cigars will be served.

The Beaux-Arts landmark on Chicago’s South Loop is a dream destination for aficionados of Presidential politics. Nicknamed “The Hotel of Presidents,” The Blackstone has hosted a dozen U.S. heads of state since opening in 1910, welcoming everyone from William Howard Taft to Richard M. Nixon on one side of the political divide and Woodrow Wilson to Jimmy Carter on the other. There are even special guest quarters designed just for Presidents with hollowed walls to aid the Secret Service.

FDR, Truman and Eisenhower all caught wind of their respective nominations while checked into The Blackstone. And when cigar-puffing Republican kingmakers holed up at the hotel to broker the 1920 nomination of Warren G. Harding, an imaginative Associated Press report described their accommodation as a “smoke-filled room.” The phrase has been among the most colorful in our political parlance ever since.

The Renaissance Blackstone Chicago Hotel
The Renaissance Blackstone Chicago Hotel is located in the heart of Chicago’s arts and theater district and adjacent to Grant Park. The historic property, which has accommodated 12 U.S. presidents, is a Beaux-Arts architectural landmark offering 332 stylish rooms, among them the fabled Presidential Suite and legendary “Smoke-Filled Room”; the award-winning destination restaurant, Mercat a la Planxa, an original concept by Sage Restaurant Group serving Catalan-inspired cuisine; an extensive collection of contemporary art by emerging artists; a 23rd floor Concierge Lounge with sweeping views of Lake Michigan; and 12,000 square feet of meeting space, including the lavishly restored Crystal Ballroom. Opened in 1910, closed in 1999, and reopened in 2008 following a $128 million showcase restoration by Sage Hospitality, The Blackstone’s décor is a dynamic mix of historic architecture and savvy design combined with luxury amenities and thoughtful guest services. For reservations: 1 888-236-2427;

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