Best Preferred Hotels & Resorts in Illinois

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With more than 600 independent properties across 85 countries, Preferred Hotels & Resorts offers its guests unique luxury experiences and quality customer service. Each hotel must conform to the brand's Preferred Standards of Excellence – an anonymous, annual inspection carried out by third-party experts to ensure top-notch service is provided – to remain a Preferred property. And within each collection (Preferred Legend Collection, Preferred LVX Collection, Preferred Lifestyle Collection and Preferred Connect Collection), travelers can expect amenities like locally inspired restaurant menus and full-service spas. Several Preferred properties also feature kids clubs, swimming pools and beach and ski slope access. What's more, members of the brand's I Prefer Hotel Rewards program can earn points – which can be redeemed for free nights – and perks, such as free Wi-Fi access and welcome amenities, during their stays. Popular collections in Preferred Hotels & Resorts appear on our Best Hotels in the USA, Best Hotels in Canada, Best Hotels in Mexico, Best Hotels in Bermuda and Best Hotels in Europe rankings lists; the U.S. News-ranked Preferred Hotels & Resorts are listed below.

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    The Peninsula Chicago
    Chicago, IL
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 1810 reviewsTripAdvisor (1810)
    Free WiFi

    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: earning 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.

    Chicago, IL
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 1810 reviewsTripAdvisor (1810)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Free WiFi
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    Hotel Arista
    Naperville, IL
    4.5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 514 reviewsTripAdvisor (514)
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi

    Travelers prefer the quiet Hotel Arista for stays in the outer Chicago 'burbs, complimenting its reasonable rates and amenable staff. Situated in Naperville, Illinois, about 30 miles west of the Windy City, this locally owned boutique hotel prides itself on personalized service. After making your reservation, you'll be asked to fill out a "Personal Preference Menu" to ensure that everything from your pillow to the snacks in your "Nosh Box" are up to your standards. Hotel Arista also boasts spacious digs: Rooms include well-lit marble bathrooms (with deep-soaking tubs and mirrors with embedded TV screens), iHome radios, Wi-Fi access and Nintendo Wii and Wii Fit game consoles upon request. You can also refuel at the Che Figata, which offers authentic Italian fare. As far is service is concerned, recent visitors are split: Some said attention to detail from the staff was lacking compared to their last visit, while others said they experienced courteous and helpful hotel employees.

    Naperville, IL
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 514 reviewsTripAdvisor (514)
    4.5-star Hotel Class
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
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    Ambassador Chicago
    Chicago, IL
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 1889 reviewsTripAdvisor (1889)
    Free WiFi

    Ambassador Chicago occupies a historic building in the Gold Coast neighborhood of the city, but don't expect the Old World ambiance that often comes with older hotels. Rather than feature tinkling chandeliers and heavy tapestries, the lobby at this Preferred outpost feels crisp with all-white decor and simple, elegant furniture. Meanwhile, rooms offer 300-thread-count Frette linens, complimentary Wi-Fi access and minibars in addition to a sleek, modern design. Some of Chicago's top attractions (such as The Magnificent Mile and the Lincoln Park Zoo) are located within walking distance, and recent guests say they prefer this boutique property to the larger chain hotels throughout the city. Perhaps an even bigger draw than the eclectic design is the Booth One  restaurant, a favorite celebrity watering hole. For this restaurant, James Beard Award-winner Jean-Georges Vongerichten created a menu full of regional flavors based on farm-to-table cuisine.

    Chicago, IL
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 1889 reviewsTripAdvisor (1889)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Free WiFi