Chicago has more than half a dozen five-star hotels, but I’ll let you in on a little secret. If your budget leaves you stuck with a standard room at a five-star property, you’ll get more for your money by booking a suite at a more moderately priced hotel. This might be a new way of thinking for frequent travelers who set the bar for luxury high, but it’s a good idea to broaden your search for hotels, especially with last minute bookings during peak times of the year. year. You could forgo turndown service and on-site spa, but you’ll definitely have more space, and when it comes to design and amenities, you’ll be pleasantly surprised with these hotels. Here are my top picks in Chicago, all based on my personal experience.
Hyatt Centric Chicago Magnificent Mile
the Hyatt Centric Chicago Magnificent Mile boasts a prime location on the Gold Coast, a few blocks from the Park Hyatt and the Peninsula. Reserve one of the 46 huge 735-square-foot Executive King Suites for a living room large enough to entertain multiple guests with a 46-inch flat-screen HDTV. There is also another equally large TV in the bedroom. Rates start at $ 159 during off-peak dates.
Toiletries include a hairdryer, Listerine mouthwash, and BeeKind products made with organic honey and herbs. The Level Two restaurant (you guessed it, the second floor) serves a pretty predictable menu but the food is better than you would expect from the generic name.
Bonus: it’s just two blocks from the new Starbucks Reserve Roastery – the world’s largest – which is quickly becoming one of Chicago’s top tourist attractions.
Vintage dart board, badminton rackets and wooden gymnasium bleachers in the lobby set the tone for a sporty and relaxed stay at FieldHouse Jones, just west of Chicago’s bustling Gold Coast. Standard rooms at this boutique hotel are tiny, but the larger suites here – The VanLier, The Fleetwood, The Rosewall, and The Chamberlain – each have four to six beds to sleep all those around and a functional basic kitchen. with a large refrigerator, microwave and crockery. Prices start at $ 155 for The VanLier and $ 165 for The Chamberlain.
There are no bathrobes or slippers and no late check-out, but the Beekman 1802 toiletries are a good idea. Bunk beds can bring back memories in college dorms, but they’re much more comfortable, with outlets accessible from each bed. The staff are friendly, helpful and know the city well.
Bonus: Dropshot Coffee lobby has excellent light breakfast and lunch options, a dozen different flavors of empanadas from 5411 Empanadas and a great selection of local craft beers on tap.
Kimpton Monaco Chicago Hotel
the Kimpton Monaco Chicago Hotel just renovated all rooms, suites and their lobby last year, with more vibrant colors and smart design, a nod to the building’s century-old history as the nation’s largest wholesale hat shop. Reserve one of the 11 cheerful 578-square-foot one-bedroom river view suites and sit on the comfortable bay view bench with a book or your laptop for unobstructed views of the Chicago River while you work. Rates start at $ 259 per night.
The new 55-inch TVs have fully interactive broadcast and broadcast capabilities, and Kimpton perks like in-room yoga mats and Raid the Bar credit for IHG elite members are always appreciated. Restaurant on the ground floor Fisk & Co. is a fun mussel and beer bar concept run by Ashlee Aubin, one of the best chefs in town.
Bonus: knock and drop room service lets you order from full menus at Fisk & Co. without worrying about dressing even a little.
Hyatt House Chicago / West Loop – Fulton Market
The West Loop is Chicago’s hippest area for eating and drinking, and there are a few equally hip hotel options in this neighborhood like The Hoxton. But their rooms are noticeably small, so if you’re craving more space, consider one of the Hyatt House’s 10 one-bedroom suites on Fulton Market, with rates starting under $ 100. This is an incredible bargain for a 240 square foot studio kitchen suite, equipped with a full kitchen, king bed, desk, and sofa bed. The hotel just opened in June 2019 so everything is brand new.
Bonus: yogis rejoice – you’re only two blocks away The Yoga Lab, Chicago’s best boutique yoga studio.
This luxury property at the corner of Michigan Avenue and Wacker Drive is part of the Hilton Curio Collection. The Vista Suites at LondonHouse Chicago starting at $ 219 a night with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Chicago River, king-size bed, separate living room with sofa, walk-in shower, Malin + Goetz toilets, and smart TVs. The three-level rooftop bar is unlike any other in the city with stunning views and a Gatsby-style feeling of grandeur. The LondonHouse in-room dining menu also features signature Chicago indulgences, including Chicago-style poutine (inspired by Chicago’s classic Italian beef sandwich) and bangers and smash, from bangers sourced from the area. The golden pig.
Bonus: Every Wednesday evening, it’s Ladies’ Night at the rooftop bar with tickets given to each woman and a raffle for Christian Louboutin heels at 10 p.m.
The Godfrey Hotel in Chicago
Each one-bedroom king suite at the Godfrey Hotel Chicago in River North provides a charming yet spacious stay for visitors. The suites, starting at $ 129 a night, each have a plush king bed, L’Occitane toiletries, and a separate living room with a sofa bed, coffeemaker, HDTVs, wet bar, a workstation and mini bar, which includes local touches like canned cocktails by Chicago Distillation Company. Some suites even have a dining table for four, and a free overnight shoe shine service is available to all guests. There are two floors of self parking in the building which is very convenient if you are driving. The biggest downside is that there are no bedside sockets for charging the devices.
Bonus: The Godfrey’s gym is open 24 hours a day, but you’re also a stone’s throw from Chicago’s premier fitness studio, Studio Three, which as the name suggests, offers three specialist studios for cycle, yoga and interval training.