The Peninsula Chicago
What We Love
- Controlling the in-room temperature, lighting, and TV via a single tablet
- Being chauffeured around in the hotel’s bespoke BMW
- A concierge service that organizes kitchen tours of Michelin-star restaurants and FastPass access to the Art Institute
What To Know
- The 25-meter pool on the 19th floor offers the hotel’s best views through floor-to-ceiling windows
- Rooms here are some of the largest in the city
- Free WiFi
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
The Peninsula chain imports its Asian-style luxury and excellent customer service to Chicago in this standout, 330-room hotel, where no detail is too small: on weekends, a chocolate sommelier creates custom sweets for guests, and even pets are pampered with an in-room dining menu and doggie massages. Taking up a full city block on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile, the hotel’s guest rooms are commensurately spacious, each with a king-sized bed (topped with custom Pratesi linens), plenty of natural light, and deep-soak tubs in the marble bathrooms that come with an embedded 19” television and separate showers. One advantage of the hotel’s recent vintage (it opened in 2001) is the profusion of power outlets and UBS charging ports. Dinner at Shanghai Terrace means Cantonese treats by chef Elmo Han, in an atmosphere channeling 1930s China. Follow it all up with a rare whiskey nightcap at the Peninsula Bar.
In the Area
The surrounding neighborhood is full of upscale shops and restaurants, and the hotel’s within walking distance of some of the best sights in Chicago. Art aficionados can stroll to the Museum of Contemporary Art just around the corner, or make the mile-long walk to the Art Institute. The fabulous Millennium Park, whose forward-looking design and public art displays have garnered international praise, is a mile south. If you want to venture further afield, a subway station is five minutes away.
How to Get There
Rather than rave again about the service, accommodations, etc (see my 2 previous reviews), I thought I would describe a quintessential experience from our last stay at this extraordinary hotel:
It was breakfast time. We were having our coffee in the beautiful Lobby restaurant, and my husband was trying to scrounge a newspaper from one of the other tables. Suddenly, a server appeared with The New York Times. This was the same server from a prior morning, who had remembered my husband's preference in newspapers. Of course, we thanked him. He beamed and said, "This is the Peninsula. Everything is possible!"
This hotel is really, really nice. One of the most upscale rooms I've stayed in...and I travel alot. Nice touch with robes and slippers. I was in a "basic" room I presume...presumed because the room was booked for me. Room lay-out was awesome with closet and restroom area separated from bed via a wall. Frosted glass encasing shower and toilet area was gorgeous. I would definitely stay there again.
An excellent hotel. Every wish was fulfilled, even special new mattresses for my wife were bought. My stay was like a second home. We lived there for two weeks.
Nearby are also very good restaurants at good prices.
Great accommodation at a great location in downtown Chicago. We had a very spacious room with fine furnishings. The location is convent for all Chicago attractions including Wrigley, restaurants, Soldier field, and needless to say the Magnificent mile.
A extra good location in downtown chicago ,most of attractions are within walking distance and an excellent hospitality,top reception and restaurants, relaxed beds in a clean arrangement of all the room