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Hotel Guide: Best Hotels in Chicago

Chicago Hilton
720 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605


Imagine a big-city hotel from a Golden Age Hollywood movie--that's the Hilton Chicago. Opened as the Stevens in 1927, this was the biggest hotel in the world, with a rooftop golf course, private library and basement ice rink. While these amenities are long gone, others remain, like the Normandie Lounge, where you can watch the hubbub while sitting in a chair salvaged from the namesake ocean liner. There's 234,000 square feet of meeting room space, including the Grand Ballroom and Great Hall, which have kept their original luster, gold leaf and all. The hotel is removed from downtown, but a complimentary shuttle runs up Michigan Avenue and returns down State Street. If the name sounds familiar, it may be because it was the headquarters of the 1968 Democratic National Convention (then the Conrad Hilton). For a contemporary view, rent "The Fugitive."

The hotel now has 1,544 rooms (about 50 suites). Many are spacious "double-doubles," with two beds and two baths, ideal for double-bunking conventioneers. The elevator lobbies on each floor, however, are as big as the main lobbies in most hotels. Click here to save on your next hotel stay

Four Seasons Hotel
120 E Delaware Pl
Chicago, IL 60611-1644
Guests are greeted by a first-floor valet and take an elevator to the seventh-floor lobby, a well-designed area with rich woods, Italian marble and crystal chandeliers that create an old-fashioned elegance not usually found in modern hotels. Traveling with a dog or cat? A tray of food and rubber toys will be awaiting your pet at check-in. Forget your swim trunks? Disposable swimsuits are available from the pool attendant. The health club includes ultra-modern cardio and weightlifting rooms, saunas and a pool area that resembles an ancient Roman bath. Upstairs, there is an outdoor, quarter-mile running track.

The hotel's 345 rooms are situated between floors 30 and 46. The spacious rooms are decorated with designs that complement one another and are loaded with amenities. Click here to save on your next hotel stay
Hotel Burnham
1 W. Washington Street
Chicago, IL

One of Chicago's most significant architectural landmarks, the 105-year-old Reliance Building on State Street was reborn in October 1999 as the Hotel Burnham after a sweeping $27.5 million refurbishment and renovation. Named after famed city planner and architect Daniel Burnham of D.H. Burnham and Co., the firm that originally designed the Reliance Building, the 122-room European-style Hotel Burnham is situated in the heart of Chicago's Central Business District and the State Street retail and theatre district.

The architectural history of this steel-and-glass skyscraper attracts design-conscious guests (like Frank Gehry). Be sure to enjoy the nightly wine reception in the lobby. Just steps from the Art Institute, this 1892 office building has been transformed into Chicago's latest boutique hotel. Guest rooms mix distinguished details like frosted-glass office doors and mahogany writing desks with plush art deco furnishings. Click here to save on your next hotel stay

Hotel Monaco Chicago
225 N Wabash Ave
Chicago, IL 60601

Situated in the center of downtown Chicago, the boutique, luxury Hotel Monaco Chicago is just steps from the North Michigan Avenue shopping district and the Loop business district. Originally built in 1912, the luxury Hotel Monaco’s eclectic French-Deco inspired design envelopes you in high energy, high design, and high style. The French Deco-inspired design of the downtown Hotel Monaco Chicago yields a sensually rich décor, including beautiful guestrooms in warm pistachio greens and butter yellows with highly detailed furnishings. In keeping with the expectations of a small luxury hotel located in downtown Chicago, the Hotel Monaco's 192 deluxe guest rooms and suites surround guests in exceptional comfort.

Catering to discerning travelers drawn to the downtown Hotel Monaco's high style, plush residential feel and sublime service, this small luxury boutique hotel offers all the services and amenities, in keeping with your expectations. Click here to save on your next hotel stay

Palmer House Hilton
17 E Monroe St
Chicago, IL 60603

A Chicago landmark and downtown mainstay whose elegance remains undimmed after over a century of operation. The breathtaking lobby ceiling features 21 individual oil paintings of figures from Greek mythology. It was immortalized as a symbol of urban opulence in the classic musical "Showboat."

Up in the 1,640 guest rooms and 83 suites, the decor is more updated and subdued. The hotel's vintage charm remains, however, in the bathrooms' deep tubs. Canine and feline guests can expect to be greeted with a food and water dish and a newspaper-lined plastic tray that contains bottled water and either dog biscuits or rubber balls. Among the high-tech gadgets is Palmer House Golf, a full-swing virtual golf course. Click here to save on your next hotel stay
Peninsula Chicago Hotel
108 E Superior St
Chicago, IL 60611

The lobby is the focal point for the newest member of the Peninsula Group Hotels, with 20-foot-high gold-gilded ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows facing Michigan Avenue. Dining and drinking options include the intimate, clubby Lounge with open fireplace and grand piano, and the Asian-inspired Shanghai Terrace. A two-floor spa and fitness center offer state-of-the-art equipment, classes and pampering treatments. A business center and meeting space are also available on site.

Even the most standard of the Peninsula's 339 guest rooms offer superior amenities. Pale, soothing decor serves as a backdrop for executive desks with fax machines and data ports for high-speed Internet access. The 27-inch flat-screen TV sets please business and leisure travelers alike. Bathrooms are the star attraction, with separate showers and bathtubs. Soak in the deep tub while you watch your steam-free television or chat on the hands-free phone. Click here to save on your next hotel stay
Park Hyatt Chicago
800 North Michigan Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60611

For business or pleasure, Park Hyatt Chicago's location is ideal. Located in the heart of North Michigan Avenue, or "The Magnificent Mile", museums, the finest retailers, restaurants and exciting nightlife are all within walking distance. The world-famous Water Tower (the only structure to survive the great Chicago fire) is located in front of the hotel.

They take pride in offering you the best of everything - luxurious rooms, delicious food, and unparalleled service. Whether your stay is for business or pleasure, it should be a worry-free experience that delights your senses. Click here to save on your next hotel stay

Ritz-Carlton Chicago
160 E Pearson St
Chicago, IL 60611-2308

The classic elegance of the lobby and 435 guest rooms--91 suites--is a stark contrast to neighboring Water Tower Place's modernism. The decor is lush but conservative. There's a wealth of attractions just around the corner, such as North Michigan Avenue, the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Water Tower.

The newly renovated rooms are worthy of their own coffee-table book. All guests can take advantage of the "I Need It Now Program": At any time of day, guests can get more than 100 travel "essentials," from cufflinks to bobby pins, delivered to their room on a silver platter. Click here to save on your next hotel stay


Sofitel Chicago Water Tower
20 E Chestnut St
Chicago, IL 60611

Architectural critics have lauded the elegant geometry of this building. The interior is equally impressive. From the "bonjour" you hear upon entering, to the reception desk's red velvet backdrop, to the exotic flowers that fill myriad vases, you'll know every detail was carefully planned. The sleek, sexy lobby invites lounging with comfy couches, warm colors, sensual music and oversized candles. High-strung business travelers should find it easy to unwind with a martini in the L.A.-chic bar off the lobby. Take note of the chameleon floor lights and twinkling staircase. References to Chicago and France appear in artwork.

Quiet and restful compared to the drama of the lobby, rooms are appointed with custom-designed light wood furnishings, milky-colored down comforters and marble bathrooms. A welcome tray contains French chocolates and specially designed bottles of Evian, and orchids (with at least three blossoms) decorate every room. Deluxe suites have sitting rooms with velvety couches. Click here to save on your next hotel stay
The Drake
140 E. Walton Place
Chicago, IL
Staid, but still stately, the Drake has hosted everyone from Julia Roberts and Woody Allen to Groucho Marx and Lucille Ball?plus enough heads of state to rival the White House. Since its opening in 1920, the Drake's prime location—at Lake Michigan and the Magnificent Mile shopping strip?is still one of the swankiest parts of town. Guests are given the royal treatment, which may be why Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles stayed here on a Chicago visit.

The Drake has an elegance that's impossible to duplicate today. From the wainscoting in the wide hallways to the mail chutes and classic elevator doors on each floor, there are vintage delights everywhere, especially in the ornate lobby. Lounge lovers will enjoy the clubby, intimate Coq d'Or, where pianist Buddy Charles entertained guests for more than 50 years until his retirement in 2001. Also on the arcade level are many high-end shops.

For all its historic splendor, the Drake offers all the amenities that guests have come to expect in a premium modern hotel, such as mini-bars, modem lines, bathrobes and complimentary newspapers. Its 537 rooms are large and luxurious and contain separate seating areas and foyers. Click here to save on your next hotel stay