I stayed at this hotel when it was originally opened as the Elysian Hotel. It was sold to new owners and managed by Hilton as a Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in 2012. It stills has the ambiance, elegance & service of top 5-star European hotels. I love the "no-tip" policy, however, gratuities of 18% is automatically added to your bill. This place after its 1.5 yrs of its opening became rated by Conde Nast Travel as #1 in the nation in 2011. This is my "go-to" place to getaway for the weekend and just pamper myself, plus great location to Rush St. area, Magnificient Mile shopping, & Oak St. Beach front. Also Balsan restaurant is an excellent fine dining restaurant & Bernard's Bar has a wonderful elegant lounge feel.
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- The AAA Five-Diamond Waldorf Astoria Chicago(formerly The Elysian Hotel)is located in the heart of the prestigious Gold Coast neighborhood amognst the Magnificent Mile and Oak Street famed restaurants, retailers and lakefront. The award-winning 215 room hotel through innovative services and technologies, creates a new experience in luxury – energetic and fashion forward, warm and welcoming, and fresh and engaging. Amenities include a 14,000 square-foot spa & health club; 7,500 square feet of private event space; Bernard's Bar & Restaurant. ... more less
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