201 East Delaware Place | Chicago, IL 60611 [See Map]
#54 in Best Chicago Hotels
Hotel Class 4.0-star Critic Rating Moderate Guest Rating
TripAdvior Traveler Rating

Based on 1377 reviews
Property Type Boutique hotel with 170 rooms, 18 floors
Primary View(s) City center
Style Modern
Best For Business travelers, Couples, Solo travelers

U.S. News Review

If you're looking for waterfront views, then look no further than Raffaello. This trendy boutique sits about a block away from the shores of Lake Michigan on the northern fringes of the Near North neighborhood. Rooms boast a distinctly European ambiance with cream-colored decor and contemporary furnishings, not to mention Egyptian cotton linens, Keurig coffee makers and iHome stereos. However, the European influences don't appeal to everyone, with some travelers lamenting the small elevators and the design of the showers (which can end up spraying the bathroom if you're not careful). Guests do praise the friendly hotel staff, and those with kids especially love the Raffaello's proximity to Navy Pier and the 360 Chicago building; choose the right room and you can see the notorious skyscraper out the window. Though the Italian restaurant Pelago fares well among recent guests for its mouthwatering seafood dishes, visitors weren't as pleased with the lack of breakfast food. Travelers also note that the Raffaello's quality service and tasty eats don't come cheap.

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Critic Reviews


“The clientele is international but also includes suburbanites looking for a city fix.”

Chicago Tribune

“With arched windows and high ceilings, the Raffaello retains most of the turn-of-the-century, Mediterranean-style architecture from its days as a college dormitory. Good thing too. The rooms are gargantuan, not what you'd expect from a boutique.”

Other Awards:
  • Lonely Planet Recommended

Guest Rooms

Originally built in 1926 as an apartment building, the Raffaello offers a variety of room sizes. Bathrooms are on the smaller side, but all are equipped with granite countertops, designer toiletries and showers complete with rainfall shower heads.

  • Kitchenette in every room with microwave, mini refrigerator and Keurig coffee machine
  • Complimentary in-room Wi-Fi
  • 46-inch flat-screen TV

Standard room size:

175 square feet
  • Internet (free)
  • Premium channels
  • Workspace/desk
  • Minifridge
  • Bathrobes/slippers
  • Minibar
  • Shower/tub combo
  • Separate shower
  • Separate tub
  • Wireless Internet
  • Guest rooms with patios and balconies
  • Adjoining rooms available
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Guest Reviews

A hotel's guest rating is calculated using data provided under license by TripAdvisor. A total of 1377 guests have reviewed the Raffaello, giving it a rating of 4.0, on a scale of 1-5.

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating: 4.0 (based on 1377 reviews)

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  • Room Service
  • Internet Access
  • Business Center
  • Dining
  • Parking
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Fitness Center

Location & Parking

The Raffaello is located in the Near North Side neighborhood of Chicago, one block east of the Magnificent Mile. Nearby attractions include the Water Tower Place shopping mall, parks and trails and various restaurant options.

  • Two blocks north of the Museum of Contemporary Art

  • 24-hour valet parking ($65)
  • 24-hour self-parking ($35)
  • Airport shuttle
  • Car service

Within walking distance of:

  • Bus stop
  • Train station
  • Subway/metro stop
  • Restaurants
  • Beach
  • Grocery store
  • Movie theater
  • Theater
  • Shopping


DrumBAR, the signature rooftop lounge and garden at the Raffaello, provides panoramic views of Chicago and is open year-round. Michelin Star award-winning chef Mauro Mafrici's Pelago Ristorante offers Italian seafood and cuisine with a fine dining atmosphere.

  • Handcrafted doughnuts provided at Glazed & Infused
  • Close to Magnificent Mile and River North dining

Number of restaurants:


Cuisine types:

Italian, American
  • Fine dining
  • Casual dining
  • Quick service cafe/coffee shop/marketplace
  • Bar/lounge
  • Room service
  • 24-hour room service
  • Free breakfast





The 24-hour Sanctuary Fitness Center at the Raffaello houses cardio and weight equipment.

  • Personal training available upon request
  • Jogging paths and boat rentals nearby

  • Weight equipment
  • Cardio equipment
  • Yoga mats
  • Free fitness classes
  • Premium fitness classes (with fee)
  • Bicycles
  • Tennis
  • Guided runs
  • Paddle boats
  • Motor boats


The Raffeallo offers 400 square feet of meeting space that can accommodate up to 25 people. The property also features a business lounge on the second floor with printing, copying and faxing services.

  • Meetings and small parities are also available at DrumBAR
  • On-site meeting concierge available

Number of meeting rooms:

  • Business center
  • Meeting rooms
  • Meeting and event planners available




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