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
The Park Hyatt Chicago is the only hotel that my wife and I stay at while in Chicago, we go once a year and the staff always remembers our names and always has the same wonderful room ready for us every time
Recently stayed three nights at the Park Hyatt for my 10 year wedding anniversary. Location was prime, and customer service and cleanliness was phenomenal. The room was beautiful, especially as we splurged for the room with river view and the large marble tub. And Parker, the geriatric, deaf and half blind dog absolutely stole my heart!
My one complaint was noise. We had requested a quiet room, but ended up right behind the elevators, meaning I could regularly hear them operating. In addition, the hotel is close to a hospital and/or fire station, and sirens could be heard ALL NIGHT. I loved the Park Hyatt, but would not stay again simply based on the noise level.
We had a suite. Lots of space, excellent amenities, everything worked and staff was very efficient. Nicole Escobar was working at the front and she suggested an upgrade. She was persuasive and we were glad that we did. The rooms were perfect. My son and I had a great father/son trip in the heart of the city, and were able to enjoy the hotel facilities also.