The Peninsula Chicago
At a crowded place surrounded by swanky restaurants and stores. It’s steps to the Michigan Avenue retailers, a five-minute stroll into the Museum of Contemporary Art and Hancock Center observatory, and 25 minutes to Navy Pier, the Art Institute and Millennium Park. The nearest L channel is really a five-minute stroll.
Style & personality
10 / 10
There is a little Far East flair, for example rock Chinese lions supporting the Peninsula’s entry, but Art Deco style overlooks the public areas. Gold sconces glitter over buffed marble flooring. Plush oval-back chairs remainder under breezy palms. Paintings hang heavy gilt frames. It is old-school tasteful, such as a classic outpost in French Indochina.
Service & amenities
Service is impeccable. Concierges arrange tickets to hot shows, personal architectural ship cruises and other feats. The gym and indoor lap pool sprawl on the resort’s 19th and 20th floors, with really jaw-dropping skyline views via floor-to-ceiling windows. Trainers provide free courses such as aqua pilates and power yoga; the spa and sun deck are prime for relaxing. The massive spa offers hot rock massages, facial scrubs, Himalayan salt scrubs and a whole lot more.
The Peninsula’s 339 rooms are enormous, with insides of creamy white leather and ebony wood. Each holds a slick king-sized mattress, huge tv, window-side dining table, armchair/lounge place, walk-in cupboard and work desk with fax and printer. Tech is a large attention: rooms are outfitted with pills for entertainment and tons of outlets. Marble bathrooms have a bathtub with tv to watch as you soak, and another shower.
Food & beverage
Pierrot Gourmet is a rustic, farmhouse-style bistro serving quiche, French-inspired flatbreads and truffle hamburgers; available through evening. The Lobby functions all day, providing omeletts for breakfast, sandwiches for lunch, and fish and steaks for supper. The tasteful space also functions a much-praised standard high tea. Shanghai Terrace brings Peking duck and other Chinese dishes to black-lacquered tables at a 1930s supper club ambience. The Peninsula Bar pours champagnes and rare whiskies.
Value for cash
Double rooms from $399 (#275) in low season; increasing to $499 (#343) at large. Breakfast excluded — mains priced from $15-35 (#10-24). Free Wi-Fi.
Accessibility for guests with disabilities?
Yes, even the Peninsula has 16 ADA-compliant rooms.
Yes. The resort supplies cots, toys, colouring books, candy treats, Playstation and Wii games, and it may arrange adjacent rooms for families. The restaurant serves a children’s high tea, and the spa offers manicures for children.
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