I almost consider Chicago one of my abodes. I am fortunate that I get to spend time in this wonderful city with the excuse of visiting my daughter. I have previously stayed in a number of the luxury hotels along the Magnificent Mile area of downtown, with the Intercontinental being one of my favorites. However, this past April my husband and I decided to try out the Park Hyatt Chicago for a 3-night stay. We love the Park Hyatt brand, and have stayed at a number of their other properties around the globe.
Located in the Goldcoast neighborhood of Chicago, opposite the Historic Water Tower Square, this hotel is the perfect setting for exploring the various downtown neighborhoods. The 60-story building is hard to miss, although only the first 18 floors are actually the hotel. Chicago offers so much to do; the river tours, plenty of restaurants like Rosebud on Rush, and of course the shops are all right on your doorstep.
As soon as our driver pulled up to the hotel entrance, a doorman was quickly and efficiently whisking our bags out of the car and through to reception for us to check-in. Once through the main doors there is a seating area to your left, referred to as the living room, with comfy sofas. Thee is an adjacent room that has tea, coffee and soft drinks on offer throughout the day, and rather temptingly, chocolate muffins.
Check-in was fast and efficient, as you might expect from this luxury hotel brand, and we were soon on our way to our room.
We had booked a king room and while the room was very well appointed, nothing will ever compare with the wow factor we experienced when we checked into the Park Hyatt Tokyo (location for the film Lost in Translation). One feature that this room did share with Tokyo was the ‘see-through’ concept to the en-suite bathroom. There is a sliding door that can be closed for privacy, but when open the room certainly feels that much more spacious.
Our room had a large flat screen television, a desk area, a leather chair with ottoman, and a large window seat, There was a stocked minibar/fridge and an alcove that had a coffee machine, complete with all the necessary supplies. As we love a cup of tea in the morning we called reception and asked if we could have a kettle placed in our room and one was promptly delivered, love that extra service.
A hotel room will always get good marks from me if the bathroom is well appointed, and this one did not disappoint. A separate bath and shower area, double sinks, a divided toilet area are all must haves. Plush towels and a good toiletry brand also make a great impression. The Park Hyatt offers the Neroli 36 brand. Note the tv in the bathroom?
Wifi was complimentary in the room. A DVD player is available upon request.
The hotel has a gym, pool, and spa located on the 7th floor. David put the well-equipped gym to good use during our stay and enjoyed using the elliptical machines that overlook the 25-meter indoor lap pool. Bottled water and towels were available in the gym. There is no additional cost for use of the gym; entry is gained by using your room key. The pool area has a number of comfortable chaise lounges that just called my name to sit and enjoy my book. During each of our visits there was only ever 1 or 2 other people using the facilities making the area very relaxing.
All the years I have been visiting Chicago I have walked past the restaurant that protrudes from the building many times and wondered what it was like inside. Well now I can say I have tried it, and yes the view is wonderful.
There really aren’t that many seats by the window so be there before the crowds to get the best view
Nomi Kitchen is one of the top rated restaurants in Chicago. Service was friendly and super efficient. We first tried the NoMi lounge one evening and enjoyed a selection of delicious sushi and a few cocktails. For breakfast we were lucky to get one of the few window seats that overlook the Magnificent Mile below. There is an outside patio area, but as it was April and still a little chilly, we preferred the comfort of the inside tables.
The Park Hyatt brand remains one of our favorites, they just know how to give great service. The Chicago location is perfect for exploring downtown Chicago.
Address: 800 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago 60611
Telephone: +1 312 335 1234
Check in time: 3pm
Check out time: 12noon