Chicago is loaded with excellent hotels, and the hotel bars in town are some of the best hangout spots as well.
Upscale Chicago Hotels
The Drake has been Chicago’s pride and joy for more than 80 years. This Landmark Luxury hotel is located in Chicago’s wealthiest neighborhood -- the Gold Coast. A stones throw away from Lake Michigan and surrounded by designer shops like Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Cartier and Chanel, The Drake is also one of the most prestigious hotels in the world.
The Drake features 537 gorgeous rooms, 74 elaborate suites, and a grand ballroom. The hotel also houses a world-class fitness center, a fully staffed business center and some of the city’s finest restaurants and shops. The Drake houses world famous Coq d’ Or, the Cape Cod Room and the Palm Court Lounge. At the Palm Lounge,guests can be seen having a traditional English Afternoon Tea or cocktails in the evening. A harpist, solo pianist or the Palm Courts’ very own Jazz Quartet performs regularly.
There are many different types of rooms and suites available at The Drake. Prices vary greatly depending on season, views, size, etc. A small room could cost as little as $300-$400 per night with suites averaging $1,000 or more per night.
The Ritz Carlton
The Ritz-Carlton Chicago is one of the most expensive hotels in the nation, with one of the most prestigious address in the city of Chicago -- Water Tower Place. The Ritz features an indoor heated lap pool, spa services at The Carlton Club, a fitness center, indoor access to all Water Tower boutiques and shops, and world-class dining including: The Dining Room restaurant, The Café, and The Greenhouse. The Ritz also features a sophisticated cocktail lounge -- The Trianon.
A “moderate” room at the Ritz could cost as much as $430 per night while a “Deluxe Lakeside Suite” could cost as much as $1,015 per night. With 435 rooms and 91 suites to choose from, price will vary greatly.
Other Upscale Chicago Hotels:
Le Meridien Chicago
Guests of the Oprah Winfrey Show stay here.
Park Hyatt Chicago
Great location and beautiful hotel.
Across from Millennium Park
Budget Chicago Hotels
Days Inn Lincoln Park
The Days Inn Lincoln Park is steps away from Borders, Barnes & Noble, a variety of French, Irish, American, Thai, Chinese, and Italian restaurants, as well as coffee shops, juice bars, boutiques and consignment shops, salons, dance clubs, and bars. This popular hotel has 124 rooms, free Wi-Fi service, free breakfast, free Bally Fitness passes (located directly around the corner at Century Mall) and several different room types ranging in price from $100 per night for single rooms up to $180 for full executive suites..
Best Western Hawthorn Terrace
With 59 rooms and a location just a few steps away from Lake Shore Drive, this is one of Chicago’s best-kept secrets. Besides restaurants, boutiques, bars, clubs and restaurants, this area also has golf courses, a bird sanctuary and a busy bike path along the lakefront as well as tennis courts, several dog parks and a dog beach! Yes, pets are allowed here, so feel free to bring Fido along.
The hotel features a business center, fitness center, sauna and whirlpool, and each room has Hi-Speed Internet service and satellite TV. Deluxe rooms feature whirlpool tubs, king sized beds and nice views of the patio terrace. There is also a self-parking lot next door ($14.50 plus tax). Depending on the time of year and room size rates may range from $99 per night up to $150 per night.
Other Budget Chicago Hotels:
Trendy Chicago Hotels
Chicago’s Luxury hotels are some of the most popular hotels in the country, while its budget hotels are among the friendliest and easiest to access. But there’s another type of hotel in Chicago with a reputation for catering to the hip, party-goer set. These hotels don’t stop at eclectic furnishings and catchy names. They go all the way by offering ultra cool lounges, restaurants, and clubs under roof. Below is a list, along with links to some of Chicago’s trendiest hotels.
W Chicago City Center
Voted the Best Hip Boutique Hotel
Chicago Bed & Breakfast
If you want to experience Chicago the way the natives do, opt for a cozy bed & breakfast located in any one of Chicago’s hottest and most historic neighborhoods. The list below represents some of Chicago’s most popular bed & breakfast spots.