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
We had an overall good experience. Rooms are clean and staff is nice. The location was perfect within 2 miles of all that we wanted to see and we walked to all the attractions. I would stay again. I The Barman at the restaurant could be a little more less awkward when serving your drink by not starring at you insistently until you tip him and standing right in front of you like you were going to run and not pay. My bar experience in the restaurant was undesirable.
No fridge. Old tech on the keys which are demagnetized regularly. Old small elevators. Great location. Comfy bed. Not much else to say except that it is worthwhile if the price is right. Pleasant small coffee corner.
Stayed here for two nights, nice large comfortable rooms, although why they put a full length mirror at the side of the bedside cabinet so you cannot stand in front of it escapes me. That quirk aside this hotel is in a great location just around the corner from bus stops on various routes, making accessing different parts of Chicago very easy. Staff here are very friendly and extremely helpful.