Let’s presume you’re used to enjoying the best of the best and you have a budget of at least $250 or more per night- closer to $400 may be more accurate. You’re looking for one thing- luxury. Whether it’s a special day such as a honeymoon or just another day in the life of a busy CEO on the go, your anticipation that your stay should be exclusive, refined, and meeting the pinnacle of standards for the hotel industry.
The good news is that you are spoiled for choice. There are perhaps a dozen such hotels that meet that criteria in Chicago. Kinzie Street and Wacker Drive are teaming with hotels wanting to take advantage of the splendid view afforded by the winding Chicago River and its famed bridges. Within a short distance of one another, you’ll find The Langham, Sheraton Grand Chicago, and LondonHouse Chicago, Curio Collection by Hilton. The Waldorf Astoria, Ritz-Carlton, The Peninsula, and The Four Seasons are all a bit further north in the vicinity of Lake Shore Drive and the Magnificent Mile.
Conveniently located in the heart of the city, you’ll find these hotels are only steps away from high-end shopping, famed art galleries, and tours through the historic and scenic neighborhoods steps away from downtown.
So what kinds of features do luxury hotels in Chicago offer? They’re universally designed to provide the most comfort and enjoyment one can have away from home. The Four Seasons has city and Lake Michigan views, marble bathrooms, and a minibar. They pride themselves on their indoor pool, hot tub, sauna, steam rooms, and gym. If you’d prefer to relax, you’ll find a spa, fine-dining restaurant, and art collection to look over. In contrast, the Peninsula has three restaurants, a cafe, and a sun terrace. The Waldorf Astoria provides bistro dining, a cocktail bar, and their suites include pull-out couches and a fireplace. Over at the Langham, they provide a Mediterranean restaurant and an afternoon tea lounge. All come with WiFi and flat screen TVs.
A few final things to expect. Truly luxury hotels have a concierge on hand, ready to help you with the last-minute details of your trip planning. These hotels generally have business centers and conference rooms, so you can conduct business on site. What they do not usually have is free parking or free breakfasts. You should plan those expenses into your next trip.