If you don’t have room in your Chicago apartment for out-of-town guests to stay overnight, avoid settling them into a run-of-the-mill hotel. Consider the myriad of advantages offered by Chicago’s boutique hotels. They're small — fewer than 100 rooms — and their inherent intimacy enables them to showcase their individuality while offering amenities like sightseeing tours and guest outings.
All four of these classic boutique hotels below offer dazzling views of the Windy City and are located within walking distance of Lake Michigan and the Magnificent Mile. They’re also just a short drive from Chicago's many world-famous museums and pizzerias.
As the best boutique hotels aspire to do, TheTalbottoffers guests one surprise after another. TheTalbott, located in a Victorian building that was refurbished four years ago, is a breathtaking standout in a city acclaimed for its architectural diversity. It would be a mistake to infer “small” from “Victorian”; many guests have commented that the suites are larger than their first apartment. The graceful elegance of TheTalbottextends right down to the pool bar, where guests can linger over tea before enjoying a vintage Italian dinner in the restaurant.
Recognized by the readers ofCondéNast Traveler as the No. 1 hotel in the United States, the Waldorf Astoria will make every guest feel like royalty, whether or not they stay in the hotel's lavish presidential suite — a 3,000-square-foot “apartment” with panoramic views of the city's Gold Coast neighborhood, two terraces, a fireplace, fully equipped kitchen and a media room with surround-sound speakers and gaming system. “Everything is the best” at the Waldorf Astoria, so if pampering your guests is a priority, the obliging staff await them with their legendary red carpet treatment.
“Before it was a trend, it was an art” — the motto of the Westin'sKamehachisushi bar, which has been serving fine Japanese cuisine for more than 40 years to both novices and connoisseurs. The same could be said for the Westin, where guests will be tempted by continental breakfasts, complimentary hors d'oeuvres in the executive club lounge and craft beers and fine spirits inHana's, a cozy wood bar.
Here's a hotel that's justifiably proud of the attractions that await guests within steps of the concierge, including the Art Institute of Chicago, the theater district, and Millennium Park — not to mention shopping on the Magnificent Mile and culinary indulgences at River North restaurants. After seeing the city by day, the Wyndham offers sweeping views of the city skyline and the Chicago River by night. The Wyndham Grand Chicago was awardedTripAdvisor's2015 Certificate of Excellence for delivering consistently outstanding customer service — acclaim that had nothing to do with another Wyndham feature: rainforest showers.
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