Top 10 Hotels in Chicago

Another one of our most requested Top 10 Lists is the Top 10 Hotels in Chicago.  There are legions of guidebooks, magazines, and websites aimed at helping you find the best hotel and some rely on in-house experts while others gather guest reviews. We like the list developed by US News & World Report, who  has  ranked the top hotels in Chicago based on an unbiased analysis of awards, expert recommendations and user ratings.    To compile the U.S. News list of Best Hotels in the USA 2012, our editors analyzed recommendations across many of these sources. Using this approach, we found the hotels that consistently come out on top.The properties reflected on this list are winners not only for their luxurious amenities, fine service, and lavish décor, but also for the way they showcase America’s diversity. These properties range from major hotel brands to independent boutiques, Out of 59 luxury hotels, 19 made the U.S. News list of the Best Hotels in Chicago. Of these, six scored high enough to make the exclusive U.S. News list of the Best Hotels in the USA.
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  • Reputation: EXCELLENT
  • (431 reviews on Truipadvisor)
  • Named one of the U.S. News Best Hotels in the USA for 2012

This fashionable, relatively new, 66-story hotel on East Walton has yet to be recognized by many travel guides, but real-life travelers have discovered its outstanding Michelin-rated restaurant, RIA. Dine here if you’re looking for a resplendent meal, or opt for Balsan if you’re looking for a quick bistro bite. Formerly known as The Elysian Hotel Chicago, The Waldorf Astoria Chicago also wins favor from vacationing couples; some unexpected but appreciated amenities include the white Carrara marble bathrooms (don’t miss the inset LCD TVs on the bathroom mirror) and the luxurious Italian bed linens. … Reviews & More »

 

 

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  • Reputation: EXCELLENT
  • (278 reviews on tripadvisor)
  • Named one of the U.S. News Best Hotels in the USA for 2012

Previous lodgers particularly rave about this North Michigan Avenue hotel’s refinement. According to those who’ve stayed recently, every detail — from the soundproofed treatment rooms in the Spa and Fitness Club to the unique cocktails served at the Seasons Bar to the mid-20th century French décor of the executive suites and 346 guest rooms — screams elegance. … Reviews & More »

 

 

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  • Reputation: EXCELLENT
  • (296 reviews in Tripadvisor)
  • Named one of the U.S. News Best Hotels in the USA for 2012

The Peninsula Spa by ESPA is in a class by itself, but honorable mention also goes to the afternoon tea served in the lobby bar. The comfortably standard guest rooms come with modern techie touches, like a bedside remote command station that controls the lights, television and room temperatures. During your stay, you should also make time for the terrific Cantonese dishes served in the Shanghai Terrace restaurant. … Reviews & More »

 

 

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  • Reputation: EXCELLENT
  • (350 reviews in Tripadvisor)
  • Named one of the U.S. News Best Hotels in the USA for 2012

The Ritz-Carlton Chicago is one of the city’s best luxury hotels for families. Its Sunday brunch menu includes M&M’s and pizza; you can even rent a PlayStation console from the concierge. Guests without children also appreciate this Water Tower Place property’s bright, airy feel (thanks to a 2009 facelift). And this Four Seasons hotel now features dark wood fixtures, white linens and brand new wall art. … Reviews & More »

 

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  • Reputation: EXCELLENT
  • (283 reviews in Tripadvisor)
  • Named one of the U.S. News Best Hotels in the USA for 2012

Travelers really appreciate the Park Hyatt Chicago’s attentive and responsive staff, but other touches — like the fitness center’s resplendent lap pool and the Tuesday evening wine tastings with an Advanced Sommelier — certainly don’t hurt guests’ overall impression. The debate is still out over this Near North/Magnificent Mile property’s restaurant. NoMI restaurant and the hotel’s two lounges/bars just recently re-opened following renovations.  … Reviews & More »

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  • Reputation: EXCELLENT
  • (453 reviews in tripadvisor)
  • Named one of the U.S. News Best Hotels in the USA for 2012

The Trump Tower is perfectly placed on North Wabash Avenue. And though it’s true that many great Chicago hotels are well-situated, this property will put you in easy walking distance to the Navy Pier. From many of the minimalist-design rooms, you’ll get a fantastic view of the Wrigley Building and the Tribune Tower, all brightly reflected in Lake Michigan. Other perks include the fully equipped kitchens with Sub-Zero refrigerators and Nespresso machines. And Trump Tower’s signature, Michelin-rated restaurant, Sixteen, earns acclaim for its Executive Chef Frank Brunacci. … Reviews & More »

 

 

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  • Reputation: EXCELLENT
  • (322 reviews in Tripadvisor)
  • Named one of the U.S. News Best Hotels in Chicago for 2012

Travelers have a favorite word for the Blackstone Hotel, located near Grant Park in the South Loop: comfortable. And they don’t just use it to describe the chichi guestrooms and suites. Recent guests also say the staff at this Marriott is friendly and accommodating. When you’re feeling a bit peckish, order a couple of plates at Mercat a la Planxa, the hotel’s on-site tapas restaurant. Or burn off some energy at the 24-hour on-site health club. … Reviews & More »

 

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  • Reputation: EXCELLENT
  • (485 reviews in Tripadvisor)
  • Named one of the U.S. News Best Hotels in Chicago for 2012

Most visitors love the Burnham’s historic ambience and convenient location, tucked in the Reliance Building, an old office building in the Loop and within walking distance to a number of different El lines. The hallways and common areas — with the mahogany office doors, terrazzo tile floors and white marble wainscoting — have all been preserved from original decor. Rooms are decorated in a contemporary yet elegant style. On the other hand, some travelers warn that the accommodations, as former office space, are a bit cramped. … Reviews & More »

 

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  • Reputation: GOOD
  • (1018 reviews in Tripadvisor)
  • Named one of the U.S. News Best Hotels in Chicago for 2012

There’s a good chance that you can enjoy the Sofitel’s upscale amenities for a more reasonable rate than the other nearby four-star hotels. And what amenities would that be? Try cavernous marble bathtubs, Bose sound systems and awesome views of the John Hancock Observatory. The distinctly Euro feel infused in the décor and restaurant is easy on the eyes too. The Hotel Sofitel Chicago Water Tower is the rhombus-looking building just two blocks off the Magnificent Mile…. Reviews & More »

 

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  • Reputation: GOOD
  • (125 reviews in Tripadvisor)
  • Named one of the U.S. News Best Hotels in Chicago for 2012

After a recent $396 million renovation, the JW Marriott Chicago usurped this gorgeous former bank building. Situated just a block from the Chicago Board of Trade, business travelers love the hotel for its central location; however, luxury travelers also adore the property for its well-equipped fitness center and 20,000-square-foot spa, VALEO. Guests rave about the oversized bathrooms and modern in-room amenities like iPhone docks and flat screen TVs. When they aren’t enjoying their accommodations, many visitors flock to the hotel bar and gourmet Italian eatery, The Florentine. … Reviews & More »

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