Park Hyatt – Chicago
What We Love
- An art collection so seriously curated that even the guestroom art comes from top Chicago-area photographers
- A playful room service menu that starts with truffle popcorn and ends with a butterscotch and bourbon milkshake
- Impeccable, understated service, from valets who always catch the door to bath butlers who set a romantic scene
- Free WiFi
What To Know
- Guestrooms renovated in winter 2010; NoMi, the spa and pool in 2011
- The spa has only two treatment rooms
- Aside from the NoMI Lounge and Garden, the hotel is a quiet, buzz-free zone
- If you want cheaper eats, head across Michigan Avenue to the Water Tower Place’s food court
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Hitting the sweet spot between minimalist restraint and modern luxury, this contemporary classic is the only high-end Chicago hotel that can claim North Michigan as an address. Its austerely cool façade, a column of limestone and glass, sets the tone for elegantly pared-down interiors that could pass for a contemporary art gallery. And for good reason. The associate curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art selected the ceramic sculptures and black-and-white photographs punctuating the hotel’s public spaces. And some sparkle is added by the hushed library’s gemstone and fossil collection, gleaming on polished bookshelves.
Bed & Bath
The airy guestrooms are an ebony and ivory sweep of oval glass desks, black leather Eames chairs, cherrywood dressers and arctic-white duvets. Deep window seats framing tall picture windows are fitted with cushions and lined with fat pillows so you can curl up in front of the expansive views of Lake Michigan, or of the Gold Coast skyline. You can also gaze out over the city from your marble soaking tub. Just open the sliding wooden privacy door that stands between the supersized bathroom — which includes black granite counters and a walk-in shower — and that stunning view.
Scooping all of the hotel’s amenities into one flowing playground, the Park Hyatt’s seventh floor comes fully stocked. Start in the NoMI Lounge for sushi and cocktails, or wander onto the garden terrace, which is anchored by its own teak bar and features some off-season surprises (such as a pop-up Christmas igloo boutique). The posh NoMI restaurant (a.k.a. the Kitchen) dishes up a very serious, eclectic menu: marinated hamachi, wild boar goulash, langoustine carpaccio and braised wagyu beef cheeks. And the constellation of the NoMI spa (signature treatment: a lake stone massage), a 24-hour fitness center and the indoor lap pool, banked by picture windows, offers a complete workout.
In the Area
If you’re inspired by the hotel’s art collection, head to the Museum of Contemporary Art, where the cutting-edge exhibits are complemented by a bilevel gift shop featuring a knockout selection of arty souvenirs. Or walk a few blocks west to River North, where photography galleries like the Catherine Edelman Gallery hang Hyatt-worthy shots. If you make it past North Michigan’s row of high-end shops without dropping too much dough, splurge on a victory dinner of crab tagliolini at Spiaggia.
How to Get There
Very pleasing & in the middle of everything! We came for anniversary, birthday & theater. Everything was excellent. Close to the beach & great food! When it came time for the theater, there was a hotel vehicle & driver available to get us to the theater. This was a wonderful experience! We'll return!
Park Hyatt is an iconic hotel in class with The Waldorf in NYC or The Peabody in Memphis. It has been many years since my previous stay and my fond memories were reinforced with every turn. Of course the property is state-of-the-art with beautiful finishes and brilliant tech in our room. I do have a certain status with Hyatt but I am certain that even without that I would have had just as brilliant an experience.
That being said if you're reading this an are not a member of the World of Hyatt program I cannot recommend that enough. Best hotel program available.
You will enjoy the Park Hyatt at every turn. While you're there be sure to say hello to Parker the Pug. He's usually in the looby and loves all the attention. Cheers.
If you are a human being who requires sleep to properly function do yourself a favor and consider looking elsewhere before booking your reservation at the Park Hyatt. (The Peninsula is one block away. I spent the first four nights of my stay there. It was quite lovely and quiet.)
I travel consistently throughout the year, for both business and pleasure. I have close family and friends who reside in Chicago, so travel there often. As I know, I will always be up late [Chicago time-I am a west coast resident with a three hour time zone difference that hinders me when traveling to the midwest.] visiting with people, I am mindful to ask for a quiet room so that I can sleep later in the morning.
Park Hyatt assigned me room #1205, directly across from the stairs and diagonally adjacent to the "Hotel Staff Only" supplies room. Slamming doors became a constant issue around 7:15 am. As a result, I got only four and a half hours of sleep, and could not work on my four hour flight home as planned. This irritated me due to the fact that I had paid an additional fee for a larger seat on the airplane, specifically because I knew I would need to work.
No more Hyatt, please.