There is no doubt that this is the best hotel in Chicago. We have stayed at the Four Seasons, Ritz Carlton, Drake, Whitehall, Hyatt, and others, and none of them have come close to the quality of the Peninsula. The location is perfect, right next to the Water Tower - all the great shopping and restaurants in walking distance, and the "L" two blocks away. The hotel is new (I think it opened in 2002), so all the features and amenities are up to date. The bedside control panels allows one to turn on/off all the lights, control the radio and TV, adjust the thermostat, check the outside temperature, and turn on the do not disturb light outside your room. The beds are as good as the famously wonderful beds at the Four Seasons. The baths are big with double sinks, separate tub (with a TV) and shower, big thick towels, and the toilet is behind a separate door. I just stayed there for my birthday and the hotel gave me a complimentary bottle of French Champagne and a chocolate cake as an arrival gift. The double corner exective suite is spacious and full of light, and at $535/night is less than similar (but not as nice) type rooms at the Four Seasons and Ritz (I think the standard rooms start at around $350). The restaurants are wonderful. Avenues is one of the best restaurants in town, the beautiful lobby restaurant with 2 story wall of windows is great for lunch, tea or cocktails, and the deli/wine bar on the ground floor makes for a great lunch/brunch (we didn't get to the Shanghai Terrace). The service is absolutely wonderful all around. The concierge are friendly, very knowledgable, and helpful. They of course have slippers and robes. The rooms have stereo, DVD player, VCR, fax, and high speed internet access. I noted no negatives (allowing dogs is a major plus in my book); you just can't beat this place!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located at Water Tower Park on the "Magnificent Mile," the city’s premier shopping district, The Peninsula Chicago is the city's most luxurious and sophisticated hotel, offering guests all possible amenities and services. The Peninsula Chicago is a proud recipient of the Five-Star, Five-Diamond Award, and was also recently awarded "#1 Large City Hotel In US And Canada" by readers of Travel + Leisure. The Peninsula Chicago's 339 luxurious guestrooms and suites are among the largest in the city and are exquisitely furnished in a contemporary yet classical style, with a state-of-the-art electronic system that provides guests the ability to control guestroom features with the touch of a button. At the top of The Peninsula Chicago, you’ll find the world-renowned Peninsula Spa. An intimate, indulgent environment featuring innovative spa treatments, gracious service and magnificent facilities including a half-Olympic length swimming pool on the 19th floor overlooking the Chicago skyline. With three distinctive restaurants and a bar, guests can choose from a diverse array of superb dining options. Shanghai Terrace is notable as much for its intensely flavored Shanghainese and Cantonese delicacies as for its matchless service and 1930s supper club atmosphere; The Lobby provides an incredible breakfast, lunch and dinner menu, live entertainment and delectable afternoon tea in elegant surroundings; The Bar offers a sophisticated menu of cocktails, port; and Pierrot Gourmet is a European-style cafe ideal for casual, light fare. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Peninsula Chicago Hotel Chicago
- Peninsula Chicago
- Chicago Peninsula