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The Waldorf Astoria Chicago 5.0

Gold Coast, Chicago, Illinois

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  • Flat-screen TVs and iPod docks with surround sound in all rooms
  • Wet bars with mini-fridges and microwaves in all rooms
  • Luxe marble bathrooms with TVs inset into the mirrors
  • Separate showers and soaking tubs in all bathrooms
  • Upscale restaurant and bar from celebrity Chef Michael Mina (opening in May 2017)
  • French bakery and cafe from Michael Mina opening in the lobby in April 2017
  • Massive spa and health club encompass 14,000 square feet
  • The health club offers Pilates classes and the spa has a lap pool
  • All but standard rooms have fireplaces
  • Free Wi-Fi


  • Frosted glass doors for the toilet aren't particularly family-friendly (although the bathroom door can be closed for additional privacy)

Bottom Line

The Waldorf-Astoria offers top-of-the-line luxury in Chicago. With an intimate, boutique feel -- but all the amenities of a large hotel -- the 215-room Waldorf caters to leisure and business travelers. Sleek rooms feature neutral tones, contemporary furnishings, and gorgeous marble bathrooms that offer separate showers and soaking tubs, as well as TVs inset in the mirrors. Highlights include a top-notch spa, and health club with extensive services and an indoor lap pool. Plus, the hotel's location in the swanky Gold Coast neighborhood puts it within walking distance of upscale shops, restaurants, and attractions.

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Adjacent to hip Rush Street and within walking distance of popular attractions

The Waldorf Astoria is located on East Walton Street, around the corner from hip Rush Street and surrounded by popular bars and restaurants. It is one block from boutique shopping on Oak Street and two blocks from the high-end shopping on the Magnificent Mile. Also within walking distance are the Museum of Contemporary Art and Hancock Observatory.

The posh Gold Coast is a popular tourist destination, especially during the warmer months. Well-preserved Victorian townhouses and 19th-century buildings line the tree-shaded sidewalks of this affluent neighborhood, north of the Magnificent Mile. During the day, its beautiful buildings (which include the Playboy Mansion and Potter Palmer's lakeshore castle) attract tourists -- but not crowds -- and light traffic makes it a perfect place to take a relaxing walk far from busy downtown Chicago. Groups of young Chicagoans and tourists fill the neighborhood's trendy bars and popular clubs at night.

  • 23-minute drive to Midway International Airport
  • 27-minute drive to O'Hare International Airport
  • 2-minute walk to Washington Square Park
  • 5-minute walk to North Michigan Avenue ("Magnificent Mile")
  • 6-minute walk to Water Tower Place
  • 7-minute walk to Hancock Observatory
  • 9-minute walk to the Museum of Contemporary Art
  • 9-minute drive to Lincoln Park
  • 8-minute drive to Navy Pier
  • 10-minute drive to Willis Tower
  • 10-minute drive to the Shedd Aquarium

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11 East Walton, Chicago, Illinois 60611-1412, United States


(312) 646-1300

Room Types

  • Astoria Suite
  • Gold Coast Suite
  • Grand Suite
  • Luxury Suite
  • Standard Room
  • Waldorf Suite

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