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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
    Excellent Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    Four Seasons Hotel Chicago
    Chicago, IL
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 3584 reviewsTripAdvisor (3584)
    Free WiFi

    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.

    Chicago, IL
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 3584 reviewsTripAdvisor (3584)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Excellent Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    Waldorf Astoria Chicago
    Chicago, IL
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2682 reviewsTripAdvisor (2682)
    Free WiFi

    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 with unexpected amenities like in-room fireplaces, bathrooms with separate showers and tubs and double vanities with inset LCD TVs. For a quick bite to eat, the property has a pastry shop and the French-inspired Margeaux Brasserie. But if you're hankering for something more substantial than cafe fare, 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 Honors rewards program to accrue or redeem points.

    Chicago, IL
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2682 reviewsTripAdvisor (2682)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Excellent Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago
    Chicago, IL
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 3284 reviewsTripAdvisor (3284)
    Free WiFi

    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 bathrooms with limestone finishes. 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 Terrace 16, the hotel's on-site restaurant and bar. Guests praise the restaurant for its  American cuisine 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.

    Chicago, IL
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 3284 reviewsTripAdvisor (3284)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Excellent Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago
    Chicago, IL
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 633 reviewsTripAdvisor (633)
    Free WiFi

    The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago is recognized by guests as one of the city's best luxury hotels for families. Children are not only supplied with child-sized bathrobes and complimentary toiletries, but can also take part in select treatments at the spa alongside their parents. Additionally, families can take a dip in the indoor pool or take advantage of the hotel's primo location along The Magnificent Mile. Other amenities include the tasty Torali restaurant, a 24-hour fitness center and wellness classes like rooftop yoga and Pilates. Guest rooms at The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago boast shades of cream, blue and gray and amenities like flat-screen TVs, luxury bedding and marble bathrooms. Previous visitors recommend a room on a higher floor so you can get more enjoyment from the large picture windows. Keep in mind that members of the Marriott Bonvoy program can earn and redeem points by choosing to stay here.

    Chicago, IL
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 633 reviewsTripAdvisor (633)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Excellent Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    Park Hyatt Chicago
    Chicago, IL
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1944 reviewsTripAdvisor (1944)
    Free WiFi

    Travelers commend the Park Hyatt Chicago's attentive and responsive staff, along with its enviable seat along The Magnificent Mile. 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 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 and complimentary Wi-Fi access. 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, World of Hyatt members can earn or cash in points here for additional stay benefits.

    Chicago, IL
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1944 reviewsTripAdvisor (1944)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Great Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    Sofitel Chicago Magnificent Mile
    Chicago, IL
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 4800 reviewsTripAdvisor (4800)
    Free WiFi

    There's a good chance that you can enjoy the Sofitel Chicago Magnificent Mile's upscale amenities for a more reasonable rate than the other nearby high-end hotels. What amenities? Try marble bathrooms with separate tubs and showers, Bose sound systems and picturesque views of downtown Chicago and the John Hancock Observatory available in the rooms and suites. Recent guests say the Sofitel Chicago's accommodations possess a cosmopolitan, French flair representative of the posh Sofitel brand. The distinctly Euro feel infused in the modern decor is certainly easy on the eyes, but visitors are even more impressed by the hotel's convenient location – it's the rhombus-shaped building just two blocks off The Magnificent Mile – and its friendly staff members. When staying here, you will have complimentary access to the property's on-site fitness center and, according to past guests, you'll need it should you choose to dine on-site. Travelers are fond of the contemporary French cuisine served for moderate rates at the Café des Architectes. What's more, members of the Le Club Accorhotels rewards program can cut costs even further by using points to pay for their stay.

    Chicago, IL
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 4800 reviewsTripAdvisor (4800)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    Kimpton Hotel Palomar Chicago
    Chicago, IL
    4.5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2996 reviewsTripAdvisor (2996)
    Free WiFi

    Two blocks west of The Magnificent Mile and four blocks north of the Loop, the Kimpton Palomar Chicago is a convenient lodging choice for sightseers. This Kimpton hotel offers easy access to some of the Windy City's most popular attractions. But there's more to this hotel than its location. Previous guests praise the rooms, describing them as spacious and comfortable with floor-to-ceiling windows, a number of varied pillow styles, Frette linens and artwork inspired by the Chicago World's Fair. Although you'll be surrounded by the numerous eateries of Chicago's Near North area, some guests recommend trying the New American cuisine served at the trendy Sable Kitchen & Bar. Recent travelers also loved the wealth of freebies provided in the lobby, including complimentary coffee in the morning and wine tastings in the evening. And the service staff – from the concierge to the housekeeping employees – earns high marks as well. Members of the IHG Rewards Club can earn benefits, like complimentary Wi-Fi, by choosing to stay here.

    Chicago, IL
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2996 reviewsTripAdvisor (2996)
    4.5-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    W Chicago - Lakeshore
    Chicago, IL
    4.5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 2041 reviewsTripAdvisor (2041)

    Overlooking Lake Michigan (as you might've guessed from its name), this W hotel offers guests a trendy Chicago home base just minutes from some of the city's top attractions. Popular hotel features include the Bliss Spa on the eighth floor, as well as CURRENT restaurant, which serves seasonal modern Italian cuisine. Meanwhile, the accommodations feature decor with bright pops of color here and there, as well as LCD flat-screen TVs, minifridges, high-speed Internet access and amenities for your pet, should you require them. Guests say they enjoy the W Chicago - Lakeshore's waterfront location, but some found difficulty with an at-times too-cool staff and were disappointed with charges for in-room Wi-Fi. And because this hotel is part of the Marriott hotel family, Marriott Bonvoy members can earn and use points here.

    Chicago, IL
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 2041 reviewsTripAdvisor (2041)
    4.5-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
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    The Gwen, A Luxury Collection Hotel
    Chicago, IL
    4.5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 793 reviewsTripAdvisor (793)
    Free WiFi

    You'll find this boutique-style hotel attached to The Shops at North Bridge in Chicago's River North area, just a short walk from the Chicago River and several L train stops. Unlike the city's other high-end accommodations, which tend to skew contemporary, this Luxury Collection property exudes an old-school sumptuousness with rich jewel tones, marble floors, crystal chandeliers and plush furniture. The recently renovated guestrooms continue the tone of the lobby, with their elegant amenities and design. Recent guests especially like the Molton Brown toiletries, which complement the accommodations' cozy bedding and pillows, large bathrooms and high-tech amenities like iPod alarm clocks and flat-screen TVs. During your stay, you will have access to the hotel's rooftop, Upstairs at the Gwen, where you can enjoy a cocktail and spectacular views of the city. The bar received mixed reviews though. For something more filling, try the American-Asian fusion cuisine served up at The Terrace Restaurant. Chicago visitors also choose this hotel for its proximity to shopping, both at the mall and out on the nearby Magnificent Mile. What's more, Marriott Bonvoy members can rack up points and perks at this property.

    Chicago, IL
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 793 reviewsTripAdvisor (793)
    4.5-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    The Drake, A Hilton Hotel
    Chicago, IL
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 4465 reviewsTripAdvisor (4465)

    Travelers love the Old World elegance than defines The Drake: think New York's Plaza Hotel done Chicago-style. Once the preferred choice of both Winston Churchill and Princess Diana, this Gold Coast neighborhood outpost knows how to deliver a quality experience. (If you really want to blend in with the posh clientele while you're here, recent guests suggest attending the traditional English tea service in the Palm Court, offered every afternoon.) Unlike its trend-setting neighbors, The Drake boasts a distinctly vintage ambiance with high ceilings, upholstered walls and glittering chandeliers. Though recent guests admitted the hotel could use some remodeling, they also said the property's old-fashioned style is exactly what makes it so charming. And because of its Hilton Hotels ties, guest rooms here include signature Serenity beds and Italian marble bathrooms, as well as modern amenities like flat-screen HD TVs and high-speed internet access (for a fee). Plus, if you're a member of the Hilton Honors program, you can accrue or redeem points here.

    Chicago, IL
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 4465 reviewsTripAdvisor (4465)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
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    The Westin Michigan Avenue Chicago
    Chicago, IL
    4.5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 2884 reviewsTripAdvisor (2884)

    Sitting right at the corner of Michigan and Delaware avenues, this Westin hotel is just steps from the Magnificent Mile's best boutiques. And if you've got kids in tow, you'll appreciate the hotel's proximity to Navy Pier (roughly 15 minutes away by bus). Guests note that The Westin Michigan Avenue Chicago's downtown location is its best feature, but convenience does have its drawbacks. Some previous visitors complain of small rooms that could use a facelift and a noisy atmosphere due to traffic on the street below. Do your best to reserve a spot on a higher floor; no matter which room you end up in, you'll find it features Westin's signature Heavenly bed and bath fixtures, as well as a flat-screen TV and wireless Internet access (for a fee). Plus, several travelers say that they're willing to forgive the cramped conditions as a result of this Westin's reasonably priced rates. When you're not out on the town, you can get your workout in at the hotel fitness center, or you can stop counting calories and enjoy a meal at The Grill on the Alley, which receives praise for its prime steak and fresh seafood. And because this hotel is part of the Marriott hotel family, Marriott Bonvoy members can earn and use points here.

    Chicago, IL
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 2884 reviewsTripAdvisor (2884)
    4.5-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
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    MileNorth Chicago
    Chicago, IL
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 3608 reviewsTripAdvisor (3608)
    Free WiFi

    Recent guests consistenly praise MileNorth Chicago for its stellar location. Steps from The Magnificent Mile and within walking distance to the theater district, the lake, Navy Pier and Tribune Tower, MileNorth Chicago is both convenient and, compared to other high-end hotels in the area, affordable. Travelers describe the rooms here as spacious, comfortable and stylish with neoclassical and art deco design elements, minifridges, flat-screen TVs and complimentary high-speed Internet access. To make the most of MileNorth Chicago's location (and the accommodations' large windows), guests suggest requesting a room on one of the upper floors – this will also help you avoid the disruptive street noise below. When you're not out on the town, spend some time getting the lay of the land from the 52EIGHTY Rooftop Lounge; here, you can enjoy a cocktail and a smattering of small plates alongside excellent views of downtown Chicago. Another aspect of this hotel visitors were impressed with is its polite and professional staff.

    Chicago, IL
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 3608 reviewsTripAdvisor (3608)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Free WiFi
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    Warwick Allerton Hotel Chicago
    Chicago, IL
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 2214 reviewsTripAdvisor (2214)

    Many say the Warwick Allerton Hotel Chicago's best feature is its perch on The Magnificent Mile – at the corner of Michigan Avenue and Huron Street – but they're overlooking the hotel's historic appeal. This boutique hotel has been welcoming Chicago visitors since the 1920s, and although guest rooms here may be smaller than those at competing hotels, travelers say that the hints of history are worth acknowledging. First opened as a club hotel, the Warwick Allerton Hotel Chicago transformed into one of the Windy City's hottest hangout spots; by the 1950s (after the famous Tip Top Tap sign was installed), the property had welcomed the likes of Bob Hope, Danny Kaye and Ginger Rogers. Today, the property strives to accommodate guests in the same fashion. Rooms have received an upgrade since the glory days and now house contemporary amenities like Wi-Fi access (for a fee), flat-screen TVs and minibars. Meanwhile, travelers highly recommend a meal at the hotel's M Avenue Restaurant and Lounge, which specializes in seasonal local cuisine. You'll also find numerous neighborhood eateries within walking distance of the property.

    Chicago, IL
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 2214 reviewsTripAdvisor (2214)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
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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