What We Love
- Even the smallest rooms include a mini fridge and microwave, plus a well-stocked mini-bar
- Hideaway rooftop bar with romantic nooks for public canoodling over craft cocktails
- Morning-after indulgences courtesy of destination donut maker Glazed & Infused
What To Know
- The 18th-floor bar is popular, and the elevator that goes there can be pokey
- You'll hear some street noise in lower floor rooms
- The two computers in the business center are located in a public hallway
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
A classic, with great bones, minimally accessorized. Constructed in 1926 as an apartment building, the Raffaello has aged gracefully, its soaring arched windows and ornate chandelier lending vintage charm in the lobby. The hotel cultivates small gestures, lodging an intimate donut shop in a lobby nook, lining guestroom hallways in black and white photography of Chicago landmarks, and bracketing the fireplace in the library-look rooftop bar in cozy tufted banquettes.
Bed and Bath
Beige color schemes are a bit bland, but bedroom layouts inspire residential repose beginning with your very own mini kitchen, complete with a Keurig coffee machine, cocktail shaker, mini fridge and full-size microwave, plus microwave popcorn and half-size bottles of Patron tequila and Coppola merlot in the mini bar. The ample desk means business, and the bathrooms feature updated fixtures including a rainforest shower head and amenities from GUYandGIRL.
The intimate street-level restaurant Pelago Ristorante serves contemporary Italian fare to linger over at linen-deck tables. Cozy up to the fireplace at the speakeasy-inspired Drumbar on the 18th floor, or step out onto the terrace for a look at the neighboring John Hancock Center (in fair weather) while sipping a Scotch. You can work it off in a small but well-equipped gym, though indulgence – in the way of maple bacon Long Johns at donut boutique Glazed & Infused – is more compelling.
In the Area
Michigan Avenue’s shopping-centric Magnificent Mile lies just a block west of the hotel in a neighborhood full of luxury options, from the Ritz Carlton to Ralph Lauren. The John Hancock Center next door houses the popular observatory 360 Chicago on the 94th floor. Its new Tilt installation features a glass chamber that tilts thrill-seekers out over the street for a face-down view from 1,000 feet. Recover at The Signature Lounge on the 96th floor, where you’ll overpay for cocktails and be rewarded with great views. Nearby, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago lands inspiring exhibitions. In the historic Water Tower Water Works building, Lookingglass Theatre stages innovative, often company-written shows with funky family appeal.
How to Get There
This hotel over charged my debit card and refused to refund the card. 351.00 room turned into a 1070.00 nightmare.Told me to call my bank if I wanted? Huh! The rooms are small and are blown up in the picture. You might as well just bring your carry on. Elevator was to tiny for more the 2 people. Had to take the stairs the whole night.
This hotel is in a great location 1 block off the miracle mile. The hop on hop off bus stops are just down the road. There are a number of great locations to eat within walking distance and the high end retailers are also steps away.
It doesn’t have a pool but has a open roof top bar. The rooms were quiet and the staff helpful. We stayed for $135/night Sun-Tues in July so the price is hard to beat.
Yeah there is the odd paint chip or very small stain in a carpet but the beds are comfortable and the place was clean. If you are spending that much time in the room or care about the luxury of the lobby you are doing it wrong or have way more money than I do. If you like to travel and don’t want to spend $300+ per night then this place will do just fine.
We stayed 2 nights, 3 full days in this lovely classic boutique hotel. The room (402) was quite roomy, being a corner unit. Great AC for this hot July in the city.
Helpful staff got us checked in early. Superb staff with great recommendations. It’s a bit far north, but really its a great location because its close to the ‘Mile’ but in a quiet spot.
The description of this hotel is 'luxury boutique' I must say I didn't find any of that. The room we had, 606, was tired and in serious need of a makeover. I had a number of small issues, no robes, soap, decaf coffee, a mirror in the room itself, pen and paper to ask for these things! I went to reception and mentioned how disappointed I was with the room but was almost dismissed. A while later someone from housekeeping brough some soap and a pen and paper.
The rest of the staff we encountered were lovely in particular the bellmen, so friendly and helpful with suggestions. I would not stay here again unless the hotel has a make over.
The Raffaelo hotel has quite a bit of work to do if they want to be counted among the many solid four star choices in Downtown Chicago.
The rooms are dated; carpets, furniture, and bedding. The bathroom tile was not on par with what you would find in a Westin, or almost any other four star hotel, and the toilet seat wouldn't stay up. the room smelled a bit of smoke (although this could have been the people before us). And we were staying in a Grand Suite, their highest level room!
the lobby is minuscule and we found ourselves doing a fair amount of waiting for the two elevators which are often filled with non-guests on the way to the rooftop bar. Speaking of which, the rooftop bar, called the DrumBar and the Michelin starred restaurant Pelago on the first floor are both far above the hotel standard. If only the rest of the hotel could elevate itself to their level, I would consider staying there again.