Featured Chicago Hotels
17 East Monroe Street
The Palmer House is a Chicago landmark designed by famous architects Holabird and Roche, dating back to the 1920s. It has since been renovated, but the lavish details of the original structure were preserved and remain the crowning glory of the beautiful and historic inn. The arched lobby ceilings are covered in decorative tiling that draws the eye up as soon as you enter. Period furniture and ornamental rugs accent the palatial architecture of the hotel. As one of Chicago’s premiere hotels, it costs a pretty penny to stay at the Palmer House, but the deluxe guest rooms, top-notch service and spectacular views truly are priceless. The prime downtown location off North Michigan Avenue is convenient for weekend travelers who want to shop the Magnificent Mile and dine at the city’s most popular restaurants.
The Palmer House has 1,640 guest rooms and the average rate per night is $274. The hotel features a restaurant of its own and two bar/lounges, plus updated fitness facilities, indoor pool and business center. Pets are allowed and parking is available. There is 24-hour front desk service and a front door attendant on duty to help with bags.
120 East Delaware Place
No matter what city you are in, the Four Seasons is synonymous with luxury accommodations. In Chicago, the indulgence is paired with a dose of Midwestern charm and gorgeous views of Lake Michigan. The Four Seasons is located in downtown Chicago, near the bustling shopping, dining and entertainment district. It has a reputation for attracting celebrity guests and important personalities. Even famous hometown folks turned Hollywooders have been known to stay at this luxury lodging when back in the Windy City (i.e. John Cusack).
Guests have a choice of several different rooms and suites that includes a top-of-the-line, 2,300-square-foot Presidential Suite on the 46th floor. The average room price is $520 and there are 343 rooms in the hotel. The Four Seasons houses a Spa and Fitness Club with massage treatment rooms, manicure and pedicure stations, cardio and free weight equipment, indoor swimming pool, sauna and much more. The on-site restaurant and café offer breakfast, lunch and dinner menus and the lounge and bar serve up excellent drinks.
108 East Superior Street
As one of Chicago’s newer deluxe hotels, The Peninsula has stolen the limelight from other big name accommodations and has earned several awards since its opening in 2001. The prestigious downtown high-rise has 339 guestrooms and suites that outdo comparable hotels in size, luxury and design. Price per night ranges from $550 to $7,900, and each room is a model of sophistication and comfort with amenities such as high-speed wireless Internet, plush bathrobes, complimentary daily newspaper delivery, and flat-screen televisions with cable and DVD players. Dine on contemporary cuisine at Avenues or enjoy the old-timey supper-club ambiance of The Peninsula’s second restaurant, Shanghai Terrace. For a daytime meal, guests can stop by The Lobby (known for its afternoon tea) or the European-style Pierrot Gourmet, which has a delicious café menu and wine bar.
The Peninsula is home to an ultra-elite spa run by ESPA, one of the top spa companies in the world. In addition to receiving aromatherapy treatments, body massages, facials and seaweed wraps, guests can relax in the steam room or outdoor sundeck, where health-conscious hors d’oeuvres are served. The fitness center is outfitted with state-of-the-art exercise machines, free weights, a gorgeous 83-foot swimming pool, and personal trainers. The Peninsula’s grand ballroom and conference rooms make it a hot spot for specialty events and extravagant Chicago galas.
Best Western Inn of Chicago
162 East Ohio Street
The Best Western Inn of Chicago is an excellent mid-range hotel set in the heart of downtown next to Michigan Avenue retail and all kinds of restaurants. The historic building recently underwent a multimillion dollar restoration that gave this long-established hotel a fresh, new “look.” The guestrooms have remodeled bathrooms and brand new bedding and furniture, plus the lobby and bar have been revamped to reflect the same upgraded style. Even with a renovated interior, the Inn of Chicago maintains its vintage appeal that has made it a recognized Chicago landmark.
The Inn of Chicago is an entirely non-smoking hotel and offers complimentary stays for children under 18 years of age. Self-parking is available for $36 per night or valet parking with in-and-out privileges is offered for $41. Accommodation options vary from lofty Sky Suites (situated on the 22nd level) to spacious Junior Suites (with separate living and bed rooms) to classic Deluxe Rooms (with a choice of king, queen or double beds).
75 East Wacker Drive
This nationwide chain of big city hotels offers clean, no-frills accommodations with really great locations. Club Quarters Chicago is situated right next to the river in Chicago’s downtown Loop. It occupies a renovated tower that has an elegant, marble-clad lobby and attractive staterooms with all the modern conveniences of a twenty-first-century lodging.
Because the Club Quarters is a favorite among business travelers, the hotel rooms are equipped with fully-functional workstations and ergonomic chairs, two-line cordless phones and coffee makers. If you didn’t bring your laptop with you, Club Quarters has a computer and printer guests can use for free and Internet service is also gratis, too. Single and Standard rooms have one queen size bed, while Studios and Suites have kitchenettes and pull-out sofa beds. A membership with Club Quarters ensures you get good discounts on room rates and earn “Night on the House” coupons for free stays.