Whether seeking a cheap hotel room or an ultra-luxurious suite, Chicago has a plethora of each with a lot of in-between. Travellers should always check with hotels for special rates or promotions. During special events like Winter Delights (Jan-Feb) visitors can also check with the Chicago Convention and Tourism Bureau.
The Chicago hotels, all located Downtown are grouped into three pricing categories:
Luxury (over US$325)
Moderate (US$225 to US$325)
Cheap (up to US$225)
These Chicago hotel prices are for one night in a double room, excluding room tax and breakfast unless otherwise specified. Hotels in Chicago add a room tax and sales tax (totalling 17.4%) to all bills. Travellers should be aware that winter rates are sometimes less than half the cost of summer and convention rates.
The Ritz has always been a symbol of luxury and the Ritz-Carlton Chicago is no exception. An award-winning dining room, oversized rooms with a view, L'Occitane bath toiletries, state-of-the-art business facilities and 24-hour concierge service are some of the reasons its reputation is deserved.Address: Magnificent Mile, 160 East Pearson Street, Chicago, 60611
Telephone: +1 312 266 1000.
Four Seasons Hotel Chicago
At the Four Seasons, personal service, attention to detail and elegant appointments are basics. The opulent seventh-floor lobby has a French art deco look, while spacious guest rooms include 1940s French décor and, for viewing stunning city and lake vistas, some have leather window seats. Marble bathrooms are spa-like.Address: Magnificent Mile, 120 East Delaware Place, Chicago, 60611
Telephone: +1 312 280 8800.
One of the best deals in the central area of Chicago, the Felix is a modern hotel with an environmentally friendly rating and lashings of style. Plush rooms are kitted out in shades of cocoa and offer flat-screen TVs, contemporary bathrooms, and handy desk space. Unwind at the hotel's spa, or work out in their state-of-the-art gym. Service is brisk and efficient.Address: Near North, 111 W Huron Street, Chicago, 60654
Telephone: +1 312 447 3440.
In a landmark building on the Magnificent Mile and across from Oak Street Beach, this Chicago original opened in 1920 and has been the premier place to stay ever since. The spacious guestrooms combine elegance with all the expected modern touches, from flat-screen HDTVs to iPod adapters. Some have views of the city skyline or Lake Michigan.Address: Magnificent Mile, 140 E Walton Place, Chicago, 60611
Telephone: +1 312 787 2200.
The Hard Rock Hotel
The staid 1929 Carbon and Carbide Building has been reinvented and is now a sleek hotel. The 383-room, 13-suite, contemporary venue pulsates with musically-themed excitement. Piped-in music and rock & roll memorabilia are everywhere. Cushy leather couches and open space give the lobby a feeling of warmth and comfort. Rooms with zebra wood furnishings are accented in greys, blues, chrome, wood, mirrors and rock'n'roll artwork. Matchless Downtown vistas, flat screen television, and state-of-the-art amenities are standard, as is the business centre and fitness facility.Address: Loop, 230 North Michigan, Chicago, 60601
Telephone: +1 312 345 1000.
This 130-year-old mansion is an elegant, 11-room boutique hotel that offers a nice alternative to the big bustling hotels. Its lovely garden area, polished woodwork and special mattresses with goose feather duvets radiate warmth and comfort. Attention to detail is revealed in the property's original artwork and furnishings.Address: South Loop, 2020 South Calumet, Chicago, 60616
Telephone: +1 312 945 2020.
The Fairmont Chicago
This 37-floor, Rosetta-pink granite structure, which overlooks both Grant Park and Lake Michigan, has a spacious lobby that mixes contemporary furnishings with antiques and original art. Guests can relax after a busy day with a choice of candles, scents and bubbles in their drawn bath. The large and comfortably furnished rooms include premium mattresses, dressing areas, marble baths and built-in bars. Its chic Aria restaurant features a wide selection of wines and an interesting selection of regional American cuisines and its lounge has become a unique sushi bar.Address: New Eastside, 200 North Columbus Drive, Chicago, 60601
Telephone: +1 312 565 8000.
Modern, sleek, compact and comfortable, The James is a nice departure from the big, glitzy chains. The narrow lobby has a clean and clubby look about it as does the adjacent, complimentary business centre and the J Bar. Rooms have minimalist decor, with platform beds and marble bathrooms, as well as a dining niche, plasma TVs and free Wi-Fi.Address: Magnificent Mile, 55 East Ontario Street, Chicago, 60611
Telephone: +1 312 337 1000.
Embassy Suites Chicago Downtown-Lakefront
Conveniently located between Navy Pier and Michigan Avenue, the modern Embassy Suites meets the needs of the business traveller. Its airy, 17-floor atrium lobby, with fountains and reflecting pool, is just the place to unwind after a busy day. Enclosed glass elevators reveal city and lake views, as do the comfortably furnished, two-room suites, which are standard.Address: River East, 511 North Columbus Drive, Chicago, 60611
Telephone: +1 312 836 5900.