The French define luxury as lust; in Latin, excess extravagance and magnificence, and back in the 12th century, luxury was defined as sinful. Of course, words only carries so much water. Below, we have assembled a list of our top four luxury hotels in Chicago; showing you the true meaning of luxury. Enjoy!
Formally known as the Elysian Hotel and renamed on February 2012 as the, Walsdorf Astoria (11 E. Walton), this 60-floor Chicago hotel is 686 ft tall with 188 rooms — all nothing less than exquisite. The building renders an art-deco aesthetic, and even holds a Marc Jacobs store at the bottom level. It also incorporates residential units as well that can be added to the room of hotel suites when residents are out of town. Rooms for $380 a night.
Named after the billionaire real estate mogul, Donald Trump, Trump International (401 N. Wabash Avenue, Chicago) was originally planned to be the world’s tallest building. Trump decided to shrink the $847-million Trump International to 1, 170 feet after 9/11. It’s 98 floors, hosts one of the seven four-star restaurants, and one of the three four-star spas in the city. When you step in, you’re greeted with hot towels to wash up after your travels. Rooms go for $329 a night.
Overlooking Lake Michigan on the North End of Chicago’s famous Magnificent Mile, the Four Seasons Hotel in Chicago ( 120 E. Delaware Pl., ) is one of the two Four Seasons luxury hotels and resorts in Chicago. The Four Seasons opened in 1989 and boasts 345 guest rooms. Modeled in French Art Deco, friendly faces greet you as you walk in and are offered a tour when you check in. The Four Seasons Chicago is also famous for treating families and children with extra special treatment, offering children treasure boxes, cookies and milk, and Xbox. If you mention or if they find out it’s your anniversary or birthday, they’ll send up a bottle of wine and may even upgrade your room. Rooms go for $320 a night.
Hailed as Travel + Leisure Magazine’s #1 Hotel in North America back in 2004, The Peninsula Chicago is one of four five-star hotels in Illinois. The 20-story hotel offers spacious suites, which guests have reported getting lost in. Its location makes it great for shopping, close to designer stores right on Chicago’s The Magnificent Mile. As soon as you walk in you’re greeted with helping hands. When you make it to your room, you’ll find a box of chocolates waiting for you. There are private dining rooms in Avenues and at the Shanghai Terrace restaurant; all available for exclusive business meetings and special events. If you want to relax and get pampered, make it down to their award-winning spa. Rooms go for $378 a night.