It is often said of Chicago that it is a city with a swagger – it is the heart of the Midwest in America, and retains that cowboy cool amongst its skyscrapers and love of theatre.
If you are staying in a Chicago hotel, you will find that swagger is only a symptom of a greater condition – keeping to the principles and nature of small Midwestern towns, with their friendliness and hospitality, even in a big city. There are plenty of facilities with wonderful service, and here we find out about the best kept secrets in exclusive Chicago luxury hotels.
In 2011 a new standard in Chicago hotels will be set, with the grand opening of Shangri-La Chicago. The mythical paradise of hotels can be found throughout Asia, and is coming to the Windy City with artistically appointed rooms, beds as soft as a lover’s shoulder, and views that make you think you are flying.
The revitalizing health treatments and practices of Asia are also coming to this new hotel in Chicago, with the signature brand CHI spa evolving into a seven-private-suite, spa within a spa at the Shangri-La hotel Chicago. Yoga and Pilates can also be practised in specialized facilities – so you can not only relax, but rejuvenate also.
Chicago loves the theater, and the restaurant at Shangri-La hotel Chicago will feature a special pre-theater supper menu and sitting. The Wintergarden Lounge will also serve chef-specialties and all other light meals in a relaxed, plush and comfortable setting, while for heavier meal there will be an Asian-inspired restaurant – there is nobody that does Asian luxury quite as well as Shangri-La!
And if you arrive back at your room and find that you could really use a dessert, or would love an aromatic coffee, round-the-clock butler service at your hotel room in Chicago can take care of your every desire.
Chicago’s rebirth after the Great Chicago Fire in 1871 gave rise to many of the skyscrapers you will be able to see from your room at one of the best Chicago hotels, the Conrad Chicago.
A true 5-star facility, the Conrad has more than the comforts of home, and even more than the comforts of the office, with three dual-line phones, complimentary high-speed Internet access, home theatre systems in rooms, and luxury amenities. The location of this hotel in Chicago is one of its strong points, being within walking distance of Lake Michigan, The Loop, The Merchandise Mart and the financial district.
Hotel Sax in Chicago is another that frequently makes the most-exclusive list of Chicago hotel rooms. It was once known as the House of Blues hotel, but the new name much better reflects the luxury that you find within.
It is situated on the Chicago river, just nest to the House of Blues, and this Chicago hotel swings to the rhythm of the city just like that famous live music venue does. Pillow top mattresses and 320-thread count sheets give you a place to dream to the cadence of Chicago.
The reputation as the heart of the Midwest certainly does not ruin Chicago’s luxury appeal – it only adds to the atmosphere in these extravagant Chicago hotels.
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