Some say bigger is always better. Hoteliers realize this credo can help out with business, and they have, in the past, built up higher and higher into the clouds in order to impress clientele and reshape the skyline of their cities. If you’re looking for the largest of all possible hotels in Chicago to stay and you feel this would be valuable experience during your vacation, there are a few massive buildings for you to check out.
The biggest hotel in Chicago is the Hyatt Regency Chicago, with 35 floors, 2,032 rooms, and 123 suites located in the bustling downtown. With so many rooms, the population of the hotel at full capacity with a minimum of two people per room is roughly equal to that of Illinois towns such as South Chicago Heights, Caseyville, and Eldorado. The hotel offers 228,000 square feet of space for business trips or ballroom requirements and features a small market, a breakfast buffet, a restaurant, and a bar. Suites are reasonably large and well furnished, while standard rooms are of reasonable, if not vast space.
Large hotels in Chicago are generally higher star rated than not, and therefore can be considered luxury or upscale in nature. Other large hotels beyond the Hyatt Regency Chicago include those who occupy a special place in Chicago’s history, such as the Drake Hotel and The Palmer House Hilton. Luxury hotels that occupy a major footprint in Chicago include Ritz-Carlton Chicago, Four Seasons Hotel Chicago, The Peninsula Chicago, and the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel and Residence Tower.
In a larger hotel, you’ll often find multiple restaurants, indoor pools, spas, health clubs, cocktail bars, and vast, artfully-decorated lobbies. Concierges are often found to be on hand to help guests find their best travel experience in Chicago. Bell hops may or may not be employed by the hotel, and valet parking is often an option. Parking and breakfasts are likely not to be free. One definite benefit of staying in a large hotel, of course, is the view. The higher up one is, the better the opportunity to see Lake Michigan, the Chicago River, or the iconic neighborhoods surrounding downtown.
If you’re ready to give the crowded little motels in the suburbs a break and you don’t want to spend money to see the skyline, you might enjoy being able to view much of the city from some of Chicago’s largest hotels.