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
- 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
A great place to celebrate an anniversary. The staff can't accommodate you enough. The rooms are beautiful and spacious and you can't beat the location. The new rooftop bar with fire pit was amazing on a slightly chilled night.
WOW! What a fabulous, elegant hotel! I stayed here only one night for a business trip, but could have moved in if possible. The customer service here and the level of professionalism exhibited by the staff is unparalleled. They have elevated excellence to an art, and I hope I will get to go back with my family for an extended visit.
One of my favorite little luxuries was having beautiful china cups in the drawer so I could sip my coffee in style while snuggling up in an oversized bathrobe, enjoying the panoramic vista from my room. My breakfast was delicious (and they got my eggs just right).
The minute you walk into this oasis it’s
clear this hotel is different. Every single employee was gracious, friendly and took the time to listen. The rooms are spacious and spotless with the most comfortable beds. The spa services are excellent as are the restaurants. We didn’t want to leave. Certainly the best service at any 5 star hotel I’ve been to. Kudos.
Arrived on Friday afternoon, stayed 7 nights. Service was impeccable and the rooms were plush and well stocked. The cleaning crew even tied my cords into a nice bow and made sure I constantly had ice (which is very important to me).
This isn't my first visit. There is a reason why the Peninsula is rated one of the finest hotel groups in the world....because it is.The room was beautifully appointed and the service, from house cleaning to room service, they just don't miss a beat. The Sunday brunch is excellent....however if I had any Minor criticism it's the service at the brunch...not bad, just a little slower than it should be.
Overall, amazing...can't wait fro my next visit.