Contributor/ Emily Venugopal
Best Known For
Since ‘Lost in Translation’ brought the Park Hyatt brand to a wider audience, it’s been globally understood as a leader in luxury hotels. Park Hyatt Chicago certainly followed suit.
The Good Stuff
From the hotel’s sweeping modern façade and giant glass doors adorned at all hours by eager cape-clad doormen catering to your every need, Park Hyatt Chicago has an immediate sense of grandeur. We were whisked through reception to check-in, just long enough to fully appreciate its minimalist black leather seating and simplistic yet elegant cream marble walls. And the original artworks on display are jaw dropping and yes, that is an original Richard Rauschenberg on display on the wall. Bedrooms are sublime – immaculate, large and tasteful – Le Labo bathroom amenities to make you smell like heaven, a bed so comfortable I could have wept, service levels to end all service levels. Our room had city views with a distant Lake Michigan in the background, which made me vow to return when there wasn’t snow on the ground, beach towel in hand. A deluxe spa and a beautiful Wallpaper-ready Nomi restaurant with a tea lounge and floor to ceiling windows made me question why ever leave this divine hotel in the first place – it truly is a hotel so good you genuinely want to stay inside and experience it 24/7.
Located in the true heart of Chicago’s downtown area in the super chic-chi Gold Coast district, the hotel is a mere stiletto-wobble from Burberry, Cartier, Top Shop and Ralph Lauren and if you feel you’d like to reenact your own private ‘Ferris Beuller’s Day Off’ moment the Willis Tower is directly opposite. Chi-Town never looked so fabulous. If you are looking for a luxurious experience in Chicago, look no further.
Inside the hotel – 9/10
Attention to detail at every level is outstanding. It’s as if you think something and suddenly a member of staff arrives at your elbow with whatever it was you were thinking of.
Outside the hotel – 9/10
Central enough to feel in the heart of it, but without lacking exclusivity of the upscale Gold Coast area surrounding you.
Image courtesy of Park Hyatt