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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
Hotel is very run down. The door to my room would not lock without giggling it around a bit. If you didn't make sure it was set properly when closed you did not need a key to open the door from outside. When I turned down the bed to go to sleep I found a wadded up paper towel with what looked like blood on it made into the bed. I called down to the front desk and they said they would bring up fresh linens. A maintenance man brought the linens and said there was no housekeeping on staff at that time. He handed me 2 sheets (no pillow case or blanket) and said I would have to change the bed myself. I demanded he take the dirty linens and he did but he did not want to. I asked to speak to a supervisor the next morning and was told I would need to talk to hotel management about the issue. I asked when they would be there and I was told they are an off site company and handed a business card. I travel A LOT and have never had such an unpleasant) unacceptable experience.
Hotel Raffaello's location is ideal for experiencing everything Chicago has to offer. Hotel staff were very friendly and professional. Our hotel accommodations exceeded our expectations and felt like a small city apartment. Make sure you do not miss going to the Drumbar Lounge on the 18th floor with its gentleman's club feel, great cocktails, and a attentive staff.
We stayed at the Raffaello Oct. 31 - Nov. 4, 2019. It was wonderful! We had a great suite (1209) which had an ideal location. The hotel itself had a great rooftop lounge with very personable staff. The hotel was located just minutes away from high end shopping and the 360 experience. Most places were a $10 Uber ride but we took the train to various parts of the city as well, including the airport. Beds were comfortable and clean. My only negative was the small bathroom but the separate makeup table was a bonus and made up for the small space.