Chicago is a trendy, diverse city, renowned for its lively atmosphere and good food. The Windy City draws in an eclectic crowd, from hipsters to budding entrepreneurs, who all need somewhere to stay. Over the years, Chicago has seen countless hotels spring up, each one as chic and quirky as the next, all trying to accommodate the city’s vast demographic. But which hotels truly stand out? We’ve made a list of Chicago’s top 5 hotels to help inspire your next city break. Whether you prefer a more bespoke hotel or a sprawling behemoth, we’ve got you covered.
The brand spanking new Virgin hotel is everything you’d expect from media mogul Richard Branson. It’s stylish, personable and stacked with heaps of cool amenities, including Smeg mini-bars with drinks that are stocked at street prices. There’s even a free cocktail hour! Simply unwind in the hotel’s lobby bar and enjoy a drink – or several – on the house. It’s little touches like this that make the Virgin hotel feel like it’s really looking out for its guests.
Okay, no surprises here. The Waldorf Astoria Chicago is overflowing with grandiose, from the building’s breathtaking Parisian architecture to the thoughtful amenities provided for guests, including Italian bed linen and hearty fireplaces. Situated in the stylish Gold Coast neighbourhood, the hotel is central to some of Chicago’s best sights. There’s also a stunning spa where guests can go to unwind, with tailored day packages available to suit your individual needs.
This boutique hotel is sure to appeal to those guests who are after something a bit different. From the leopard print bath robes to complimentary yoga mats in every room, the Hotel Monaco fits right at home in downtown Chicago. If you’re searching for something to do in the evenings, why not attend the hotel’s daily Wine Hour, where you’ll learn about (and sample) different wines from around the world. Did we mention that complimentary goldfish are available upon request too? Yep, you heard that right.
This 1893 building was originally home to the CAA and has now been lovingly restored into a grand hotel. Wherever you look there are nods to the past, from the stunning panelled walls in the elevator to the lively speakeasy bar downstairs. Whether you fancy a game of foosball in the games room or have a craving for a good steak, the CAA Hotel will see you right.
The Four Seasons brand is synonymous with decadence, and its Chicago branch is no exception. Sprawling guest rooms and luxurious amenities are the name of the game here, appealing to those guests who value the finer things in life. Situated steps away from North Michigan Avenue’s fabulous shops, the Four Seasons Chicago is perfectly situated for Windy City newcomers and repeat offenders alike. The hotel is also home to an astonishing art collection, with Andy Warhol and Matisse pieces just the tip of the iceberg.
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