If part of your travel enjoyment comes from the actual experience of living out of a hotel, Chicago could be an excellent destination for you. There’s been an influx of new and revamped hotels that have popped up in the Windy City lately, and here are some of the notable properties you should consider for your next Chicago trip.
The Viceroy isn’t exactly new. This 180 room tower was built on top of what used to be the Cedar Hotel, which has been around since the 1920’s. The hotel offers amazing views of the Chicago skyline and Lake Michigan. If you’re a foodie, the Viceroy offers two amazing restaurants in the upscale Somerset and the rooftop lounge, Devereaux.
It gets cold in Chicago in the winter, and that’s why field houses were so popular in the area. These indoor recreation centers offered folks something to do when it was just too darned cold to go outside. The Fieldhouse Jones hotel embraces that theming and offers a boutique property that has décor boasting floor to ceiling displays of vintage sports gear and a game room in the basement. Guests can book both private and hostel-style shared rooms.
The name Ritz-Carlton is synonymous with luxury, and the Ritz in Chicago has further pushed the luxury envelope with a $100 million renovation. The lobby on the 12th floor is a perfect example of the upgraded energy and architecture. Here, you’ll find a new bar and café done up with modern, Chicago-inspired design. You’ll also find a new spa and fitness center where you can look out over Navy Pier as you work out.
If you’re looking to stay on Michigan Avenue during your Chicago stay, the Conrad Chicago is a new property boasting 287 rooms with modern design. You can text the staff directly with questions and that same level of technology can be found in the restaurants, where the menus offer state of the art features like virtual reality cocktail experiences.
Residing in a 100+ year-old building downtown, The Blackstone is as much an art gallery as it is a hotel. Inside you’ll find more than 1,600 pieces of artwork done by local artists. The hotel itself has 335 guest rooms that just underwent a $12 million renovation, but you’ll still find some the timeless features like original crown molding and brass-laden elevators.