One of the largest US cities – in both size and character – Chicago is renowned for its strikingly bold architecture that defines the skyline. But it is also awash with culture and entertainment, including world class museums, a vibrant arts scene exceptional restaurants, and prestigious sports venues. No surprise, then, that it is a magnet for tourists from around the world.
For those planning a visit, we’ve picked out some of the best 4-star hotels the city has to offer, based on price, location and guest reviews.
The Silversmith Hotel
When it comes to Chicago accommodation, you could say the Silversmith Hotel is the jewel in the city’s crown. Located in the heart of Jeweler’s Row, a historical district renowned for its dazzling array of jewellery stores, the upscale hotel is named after the silver craftsmen that once worked in the building before its transformation. Today it continues to sparkle with chic style, remaining loyal to the hotel’s rich heritage. Newly renovated guest rooms come with a whole range of lavish features including high ceilings, large walk-in showers and plush bedding. Meanwhile other hotel amenities include an atmospheric lounge serving modern American cuisine and exotic cocktails, a state-of-the-art business centre and a 24-hour gym. There’s also concierge services and on-site laundry facilities. Many of the city’s most popular attractions, including its famous theatre district, are just a sort walk away.
The Kimpton Gray Hotel
This stylish boutique hotel is housed in a historic building close to the prestigious Michigan Avenue. Contemporary guest rooms come with a flat-screen TV, iPod dock and private bathroom, while some also feature a spa bath and city views. However, it is atop the hotel’s rooftop lounge where many descend to enjoy stunning vistas, as well as to enjoy Latin-inspired cocktails and cuisine. Other hotel amenities include meeting and event spaces, a 24-hour gym, and a state-of-the-art spa. Grant Park and the Chicago Art Institute are just a short walk away.
Located just minutes from a scenic beach, this hotel is enjoyed by those who favour waterside living. It is also directly next door to the John Hancock Center skyscraper, which offers stunning views from its observatory. As for the hotel itself, a chic rooftop speakeasy also gives guests the chance to enjoy the visual drama of Chicago and wider region. European-style guest rooms are decorated with subtle and soothing accents, and come with a LED TV, a minibar, microwave and small refrigerator. An on-site restaurant serves excellent Italian cuisine while there’s also a fitness centre, business centre and refreshment area. The entertainment of Navy Pier, as well as a large number of shops and restaurants, are also within easy reach.
Staypineapple at The Alise Chicago
This exceptional pet-friendly hotel boasts the honour of having been designed by world renowned architect Daniel Burnham – and doesn’t it just show. Mosaic floors and marble ceilings in the communal areas are just some of the lavish design features to be found here. Guest rooms continue the luxurious look and feel, including mahogany furnishings, flat-screen TVs and plush bedding, while some select suites offer outstanding views of Chicago and the wider area. Other hotel amenities include a fitness centre, free bedding and water for pets, and an on-site restaurant and bar serving craft cocktails. The hotel also offers a bicycle rental programme. Popular attractions including Navy Pier and the Chicago Theatre are close by.
Omni Chicago Hotel
A rooftop garden and sundeck offer guests the chance to enjoy iconic city views at this superbly appointed hotel. Nestled in the heart of the city on Michigan Avenue, the hotel also features modern guest rooms with a flat-screen TV, mini bar and coffee maker, as well as private bathrooms. A fully-equipped fitness centre and indoor swimming pool are also available. Some of Chicago’s most famous landmarks and attractions, including Water Tower Place, 360 Chicago and The Museum of Contemporary are within just a few minutes’ walk of the hotel, while Millennium Park and Chicago’s Theatre District are also easily reachable by foot.