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JW Marriott Chicago

JW Marriott Chicago Rating: 4.5 Pearls

Opened in late 2010, this upscale hotel is housed in a historic neoclassical-style building with crystal chandeliers and a grand staircase in the lobby. But sophisticated rooms are thoroughly modern, and big, elegant bathrooms have separate showers and soaking tubs. The Loop location is convenient for business travelers, and the pool and 24-four fitness center is top-notch.
Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel Chicago

Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel Chicago Rating: 4.0 Pearls

The elegant 306-room Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel is a good value, considering its location half a block from the Magnificent Mile. It's true that the historic property doesn’t have many amenities (only a 24-hour fitness center and a 24-hour business center), and the rooms are on the small side — but they're nicer than those at the similarly priced Sutton Place, and come with big flat-screen TVs and Frette linens.
The Allerton Hotel Chicago

The Allerton Hotel Chicago Rating: 4.0 Pearls

The 443-room Allerton is one of the few hotels right on the Magnificent Mile, and its rooms -- with soothing blue-and-white color schemes, iPod docks, and flat-screen TVs -- are more modern and stylish than those at the neighboring Omni and Intercontinental hotels. But unlike its neighbors the Allerton lacks a pool, and its rooms offer significantly less space than the Omni's generic two-room suites.
The Talbott Hotel

The Talbott Hotel Rating: 4.0 Pearls

Built in 1927, the 149-room Talbott is an upscale boutique hotel that retains much of its original grandeur. Far from a dusty relic, the hotel and its large rooms combine antique English decor with modern technology, such as free Wi-Fi and the Apple Mac minis that function as sophisticated controls for the Internet ready 46-inch flat-screen TVs. With its Green-Seal certification, the hotel practices eco-friendly housekeeping and climate control. The ambience and consistently top-notch service fit right in to Chicago's posh Gold Coast neighborhood, with upscale shopping and dinning in every direction. Guests might also want to check out the nearby Whitehall Hotel, which has similar historical, boutique ambience.
The Drake Hotel

The Drake Hotel Rating: 4.0 Pearls

The 535-room Drake Hotel is a historic property on upscale Magnificent Mile and one of Chicago’s grande dames, with an impressive lobby full of chandeliers and a beautiful classic decor. Despite its historic status, modern amenities abound: There is a large, modern fitness center; wonderful dining options on-site, including the Palm Court, where a harp player entertains the guests during the afternoon tea; and even a shopping arcade with designer names like Chanel. But while the rooms are adequate and have some modern perks (like flat-screen TVs and MP3 players), the bathrooms are sub-par and could use an upgrade. The golden days of this luxurious property might be slowly fading, but it is still a great pick for its history and high-class notoriety.
Hilton Chicago

Hilton Chicago Rating: 4.0 Pearls

The historic, 1,544-room Hilton Chicago once hosted presidents and dignitaries, but today it's just a massive chain hotel in South Loop, a little far from many popular tourist sites. The grand lobby still impresses, and faux old-world rooms have high-tech amenities (flat-screen TVs, digital concierges). In 2012, the hotel launched a three year, $150 million renovation to all guest rooms and most public spaces with the goal being to meld the traditional flavor of the hotel with more modern decor and amenities.
The Blackstone, a Renaissance Hotel

The Blackstone, a Renaissance Hotel Rating: 4.0 Pearls

The quirky, 328-room Blackstone hotel across from Grant Park, in South Loop, mixes contemporary style with the building's restored historic grandeur. Some of the bright, modern rooms have great views of Lake Michigan, the meeting spaces are grand, and the on-site tapas restaurant draws locals as well as guests.
The Palmer House Hilton Hotel

The Palmer House Hilton Hotel Rating: 4.0 Pearls

This 1,639-room historic hotel in the Loop has a storied past, and a breathtaking lobby with a painted ceiling and glittering chandeliers. But room quality is uneven -- some rooms still have dated decor and tube TVs -- and all the extra fees can add up. If you don't mind sacrificing the history, it's worth considering the similarly priced Hotel Monaco or Fairmont.
Burnham a Kimpton Hotel

Burnham a Kimpton Hotel Rating: 4.0 Pearls

This 122-room boutique located in an 1895 building pays homage to its past with cool historic details, including wrought iron, mosaic tiles, and marble stairs. But as in many old buildings, the rooms are teeny tiny, starting at just 175 square feet. At least they come with 37-inch flat-screen TVs, iPod docks, CO Bigelow toiletries, and bold, but stately, decor. Freebies like nightly wine tastings and morning coffee also help compensate, but you can probably find bigger rooms for the price.
Hotel Monaco Chicago

Hotel Monaco Chicago Rating: 4.0 Pearls

The 192-room Kimpton is located inside a former hat factory in the Loop, and its stylish decor is a mix of Art Deco elegance and bright, quirky boutique flair. Solid freebies, including evening wine and beer hour with entertainment plus morning coffee and tea, help to create an intimate experience. All in all, it's one of the city's best boutiques, even with expensive valet parking and unexceptional bathrooms.


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