When budget is no constraint, the five-star hotels found in Chicago stand ready to cater to the elite traveler. Or, if you just want to kick up your heels and live like royalty despite your current income level or if you’ve booked a wonderful honeymoon and want once-in-a-lifetime treatment, these towering champions of distinctive service are prepared to make your stay picture perfect.
That’s always assuming you can book a room. There are only a handful of five-star rated hotels in Chicago, so if you know you’re planning a trip there next summer, you may want to check well in advance, especially if you’re booking rooms for your entire wedding party or corporate retreat.
Five-star hotels are so rated on the basis of industry standards, not due to online traveler ratings. Most online ratings for Chicago’s five-stars tend to be in the high four’s though, as the perfect five is difficult to accomplish with thousands of online raters and experiences. None-the-less, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better, more focused service experience than with these hotels. Chains that are rated five-star tend to be the Four Seasons, Peninsula Hotels, and Ritz-Carlton. All three have a presence in Chicago, as does Viceroy Chicago, Sofitel Chicago, Park Hyatt, Conrad, and the famed Waldorf Astoria.
These are the sleek hotels known for cocktail bars, spas, health clubs, and all the pampering you can take. Standard to these hotels will be pools, gyms, business centers, and fine dining in the hotel, with the best available room service only a call away. Bell hops and valet parking are the norm, if you didn’t arrive by limo. If a hotel room should have it, these rooms are equipped. The beds should be better than the one you drop into at home every night. The furnishings may harken to a time of past elegance for those seeking to recall a retro feel or they’ve been outfitted by the top decorators in the country. Rooms are frequently cavernous, or more likely luxury suites on higher floors.
You’ll rub shoulders at a five-star hotel with titans of industry, famous entertainers, and the rich and famous from all over the world. During your stay, it would be a shame to waste features like the spas, saunas, pools, and health centers, so be certain you plan your trip with those visits in mind. Should anything at all rub you the wrong way during your stay, don’t hesitate contact the front desk. They’ll put it right with a smile and guarantee to improve upon your visit in any way possible. If you still don’t know what you want to do during your stay, there’s certain to be a concierge ready to help you plan your quest to experience the best of Chicago.