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Best Hotels in Chicago

Best Hotel Rankings We've ranked the top hotels in Chicago based on an unbiased analysis of awards, expert recommendations and user ratings. Out of 68 luxury hotels, 21 were named award winners on the U.S. News list of the Best Hotels in Chicago. Of these, seven scored high enough to make the exclusive U.S. News list of the Best Hotels in the USA.

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The Langham, Chicago

Chicago, IL
Best Hotels #1 in Best Chicago Hotels

The Langham, Chicago

Chicago, IL
Best Hotels #1 in Best Chicago Hotels
  • 5.0-star Hotel Class
  • Excellent Critic Rating
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Situated on the banks of the Chicago River and less than a mile from the shopping on The Magnificent Mile, The Langham, Chicago is a hit with recent travelers. Open since September 2013, the hotel impresses guests with its attentive service, quiet location and river views. Occupying the first 13 floors of a 52-story landmark skyscraper, The Langham, Chicago boasts 268 guest rooms and 48 suites. Accommodations are outfitted with soaking tubs and rain showers, 55-inch LCD TVs and Chuan Spa toiletries. Past lodgers compliment the comfy beds and relaxing bathrooms and recommend booking a room with a river view to make the most of the hotel's location. When you're not relaxing in your room, you'll find plenty of other amenities at your fingertips. In addition to a 22,000-square-foot spa, the hotel also touts a health club and 67-foot-long indoor pool. Though many of downtown Chicago's top restaurants are within reach, previous visitors suggest sticking around the hotel for a Mediterranean meal at Travelle, the on-site restaurant. As is the case throughout the property, guests say the service staff members at the restaurant are both attentive and friendly. more

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Waldorf Astoria Chicago

Chicago, IL
Best Hotels #2 in Best Chicago Hotels

Waldorf Astoria Chicago

Chicago, IL
Best Hotels #2 in Best Chicago Hotels
  • 5.0-star Hotel Class
  • Excellent Critic Rating
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This fashionable hotel on East Walton gathers acclaim from recent guests for its elegant design and prime location in Chicago's Gold Coast neighborhood. According to many travelers, you can't go wrong with a stay here — in large part because of the hotel's exceptional customer service. The Waldorf Astoria Chicago also wins favor from vacationing couples; some unexpected but appreciated amenities include the in-room fireplaces and 400-thread-count Italian bed linens. Accommodations here look similar to how they were when this was the Elysian Hotel, but visitors don't mind that one bit: Rooms are dressed in stylish, silvery grays and contemporary furnishings. Recent guests also say the hotel deserves kudos for its restaurant, Balsan European Bistro. But if you're hankering for something more substantial than bistro eats, recent guests recommend exploring the Gold Coast's acclaimed restaurants and bars that are all within reach. And when you need a break from the Windy City's hustle and bustle, relax with a massage, a quick workout or a dip in the indoor pool at the hotel's Spa & Health Club. Because of its ties to the Waldorf Astoria brand, this hotel allows members of the Hilton HHonors rewards program to accrue or redeem points. more

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Four Seasons Hotel Chicago

Chicago, IL
Best Hotels #3 in Best Chicago Hotels

Four Seasons Hotel Chicago

Chicago, IL
Best Hotels #3 in Best Chicago Hotels
  • 5.0-star Hotel Class
  • Excellent Critic Rating
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Previous lodgers rave about this North Michigan Avenue hotel's refinement and unbeatable location. Sitting just steps from Chicago's Magnificent Mile, the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago is central to all of the city's best restaurants, shops and nightlife. After you've sufficiently tested the limits of your credit card, retreat to one of the hotel's soundproofed spa treatment rooms to enjoy a relaxing massage or skin renewal treatment. Before you call it a night, previous guests highly recommend sitting down to dinner in the Allium's dining room, where diners are treated to fresh, farm-to-table Midwest cuisine. When it's time to bed down, this Four Seasons hotel's well-appointed accommodations provide a comfortable escape. Previous guests love the elegant decor, which combines contemporary fittings (like flat-screen TVs and iHome stereos) with 20th century-inspired design accents and spacious marble bathrooms. Recent visitors recommend splurging on the lake view accomodations, rather than the rooms with the city skyline vistas. more

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The Peninsula Chicago

Chicago, IL
Best Hotels #4 in Best Chicago Hotels

The Peninsula Chicago

Chicago, IL
Best Hotels #4 in Best Chicago Hotels
  • 5.0-star Hotel Class
  • Excellent Critic Rating
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Occupying prime real estate on Chicago's coveted Magnificent Mile, The Peninsula Chicago combines Hong Kong's cosmopolitan flair with the Windy City's Midwestern charm. Travelers describe the guest rooms as comfortable thanks to their creamy color palette and plush furniture, not to mention their modern techie touches, like a bedside remote command station that controls the lights, television and room temperatures. Meanwhile, the renowned Peninsula Spa is in a class by itself: The Peninsula Spa houses numerous treatment rooms, as well as fitness facilities, to help promote a healthy urban lifestyle. In fact, the spa facilities here have earned The Peninsula Chicago many accolades from health and leisure magazines. Another honorable mention goes to the afternoon tea served in the lobby bar, which visitors say is a nice and welcome touch. During your stay, guests recommend making time for the tasty Cantonese dishes served in the Shanghai Terrace restaurant. However, for many travelers, it was The Peninsula Chicago's friendly service staff that convinced them to stay here again. more

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Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago

Chicago, IL
Best Hotels #5 in Best Chicago Hotels

Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago

Chicago, IL
Best Hotels #5 in Best Chicago Hotels
  • 5.0-star Hotel Class
  • Excellent Critic Rating
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The Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago is conveniently positioned on North Wabash Avenue in the Near North Side neighborhood of Chicago, offering easy access to both the business-centric Loop and the city's top attractions, including Navy Pier. From many of the minimalist-design rooms, you'll get a picturesque view of the Wrigley Building and Tribune Tower, all brightly reflected in Lake Michigan. Accommodations here also include floor-to-ceiling windows, fully equipped kitchens (with Nespresso machines) and limestone finished bathrooms. Recent guests recommend booking a room with a river view to take full advantage of the hotel's enviable location. Cap off a Windy City day at Sixteen, Trump's signature Michelin-rated restaurant. Guests praise the restaurant for its French-inspired American cuisine (crafted by executive chef Thomas Lents) and unbeatable views of the iconic Chicago skyline. Or should you need a break from the hustle and bustle of the city, plan on spending some time at The Spa at Trump, which offers a wide array of services, as well as a fitness center and an indoor pool. more

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Park Hyatt Chicago

Chicago, IL
Best Hotels #6 in Best Chicago Hotels

Park Hyatt Chicago

Chicago, IL
Best Hotels #6 in Best Chicago Hotels
  • 5.0-star Hotel Class
  • Good Critic Rating
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Travelers commend the Park Hyatt Chicago's attentive and responsive staff, along with its enviable seat along The Magnificent Mile. (Recent guests say the Park Hyatt is the ideal home base for visitors who want easy access to Michigan Avenue's shops and restaurants.) But there's more to this hotel than its convenient location. After indulging in some retail therapy, rest up in the NoMI Spa, where you can soak up the warm aroma of massage oils while your muscles are soothed. Or retreat to your spacious digs, which include oversized marble baths, modern decor and views of the Chicago cityscape or Lake Michigan. Guest rooms here also come with standard amenities like flat-screen TVs, minibars, complimentary Wi-Fi access and Geneva sound systems. And though the hotel is surrounded by some of the city's top eateries, recent guests recommend sitting down to dinner at hotel's NoMI Kitchen, which serves up contemporary American cuisine alongside Chi-Town views. And because this property bears the Hyatt name, Hyatt Gold Passport members can earn or cash in points here for additional stay benefits like free room upgrades. more

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The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago

Chicago, IL
Best Hotels #7 in Best Chicago Hotels

The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago

Chicago, IL
Best Hotels #7 in Best Chicago Hotels
  • 5.0-star Hotel Class
  • Good Critic Rating
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The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago is recognized by guests as one of the city's best luxury hotels for families. While staying at this Ritz-Carlton, children are invited to select a toy out of the hotel's classic red wagon and can even partake in cupcake decorating classes with the on-site pastry chef. Guests traveling without the youngsters can also indulge in this Ritz's numerous amenities: Couples can relax with a spa treatment or go for a dip in the indoor pool. And all guests can appreciate the hotel's primo location on Chicago's Magnificent Mile. Though recent visitors praise the on-site deca RESTAURANT + BAR, they also say you can't pass up Michigan Avenue's acclaimed eateries. Guest rooms at The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago — which remain open amid upgrades (along with several of the hotel's public spaces as part of an extensive renovation expected to be completed in 2017) — also earn high praise; shades of cream, blue and gray add a dreamy ambiance to the accommodations, while amenities like flat-screen TVs, luxury bedding and complimentary Internet access ensure comfort. The hotel will also introduce a Ritz-Carlton Club Lounge in the spring of 2016. Previous visitors recommend a room on a higher floor so you can get more enjoyment from the large picture windows. more

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Thompson Chicago

Chicago, IL
Best Hotels #8 in Best Chicago Hotels

Thompson Chicago

Chicago, IL
Best Hotels #8 in Best Chicago Hotels
  • 4.0-star Hotel Class
  • Good Critic Rating
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The Thompson Chicago sits in the Near North Side neighborhood, one block back from Chicago's Michigan Avenue near Oak Street Beach and close to many attractions and restaurants. Recent guests loved the location of this Thompson property and all agree the decor in the lobby, including the large fireplace with its library feel, strike a nice balance between refined and homey. Past visitors said that everyone from the general manager to the doorman is congenial — and they're especially skilled at remembering names here. The Thompson Chicago's rooms offer a sleek, sophisticated design, featuring floor-to-ceiling windows with views of Lake Michigan and The Magnificent Mile, 400-thread-count Sferra linens and bathrooms with rainfall showers. Additional conveniences include the two dining options that are popular with guests as well as locals. Nico Osteria is an Italian-inspired seafood restaurant, serving dishes like lobster spaghetti and swordfish pancetta, while the Salone Nico keeps up the European feel with an extensive wine list from Greece and Italy, although both dining options can be a bit pricey for some travelers' tastes.  more

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The Talbott Hotel

Chicago, IL
Best Hotels #9 in Best Chicago Hotels

The Talbott Hotel

Chicago, IL
Best Hotels #9 in Best Chicago Hotels
  • 4.0-star Hotel Class
  • Moderate Critic Rating
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Located in the Near North part of Chicago, The Talbott Hotel is known for rolling out a red carpet experience. You won't find your traditional luxury amenities here (sorry, workout buffs: no fitness center); rather, this Joie de Vivre property specializes in truly boutique hospitality. Recent guests say the customer service here is exceptional and find the hotel's elegant decor refreshingly well-appointed. Visitors love the draped curtains and luxury linens found in the guest rooms, as well as the unique furniture and city views. This hotel appeals to both business and leisure travelers with its convenient location, dog-friendly policies and tasty Mexican fare served at the in-house restaurant, Mercadito Kitchen. But it could be possible that those who love this hotel most are young girls: The Talbott Hotel offers special American Girl Place packages, which include perks like a travel bed for your American Girl doll, milk and two Sprinkles cupcakes at turndown, and for an additional fee, a horse-drawn carriage ride to American Girl Place on The Magnificent Mile. more

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Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago

Chicago, IL
Best Hotels #10 in Best Chicago Hotels

Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago

Chicago, IL
Best Hotels #10 in Best Chicago Hotels
  • 4.0-star Hotel Class
  • Good Critic Rating
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With Lake Michigan as its backdrop, the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago combines Chicago's iconic views with a chic, urban design. Previous guests are blown away by the look of this relatively young hotel, describing the building's design as interesting and innovative. Within walking distance of Millennium Park and The Magnificent Mile, this Radisson — which falls within the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group brand — serves as an excellent home base for city exploration without appearing too tourist-focused. Recent guests say the Radisson Blu Aqua maintains a boutique hotel feel without sacrificing the high customer service standards hallmark to the brand. The stylishly designed rooms feature flat-screen TVs, single-service coffee makers and free Wi-Fi — an amenity for which previous guests are thankful. And though this property puts you near a variety of neighborhood eateries, visitors recommend the on-site Filini restaurant and bar for Italian cuisine and a lively atmosphere. Guests can also enjoy a wealth of rooftop amenities, from the lap pool and hot tub to the fire pit and deck chairs from which to take in Chicago's skyline. Additionally, Club Carlson rewards program members can use their points here for free nights and upgrades. more

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