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Discussion in 'Chicago' started by vincer77, Apr 28, 2009.

  1. vincer77

    vincer77 Karting

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    I will be visiting Chicago in September and am looking for a good hotel. The Sofitel in downtown has some good rates. Is it on par with a a Ritz or Four Seasons? Ratings look very good.

    Anyone not like the Sofitel?

    Thanks,

    Vince
     
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  3. -EZtrader-

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    Sofitel is very nice, and in a great location.
    You will be happy there...

    Also for your consideration is the Peninsula (my favorite), and the Trump.

    all 3 are excellent
     
  4. Townshend

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    #3 Townshend, Apr 28, 2009
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    I'll second the Trump, one of the best views in the city as well. I've stayed there a few times, including last week..can't beat this..
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  5. aschultz19

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    You wont go wrong with the big hotel chains.... Depends a bit on your style and age... I am 41 and my wife and I frequent the Drake which is a very classically styled hotel frequented by foreign dignitaries, Princess Diana, etc... It is very ornate and has a nice executive lounge.. It is the old money hotel.. The Sofitiel is very modern and a couple blocks off the mag mile. Not to my liking but a good place none the less. The penn is the new money hotel where Jennifer Aniston and Vince Vaughn stayed.... IMO, overpriced luxury which you shouldn't need if you are visiting and won't be in the room much (which you shouldn't be)... My rec has always been the Drake.... Opt for the exec lounge..
    Tony...........
     
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  8. vincer77

    vincer77 Karting

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    I appreciate your input!

    Cheers
     
  9. amenasce

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    Regarding the Peninsula, my mom just stayed there last week, i went to meet up with her on sunday morning for breakfast. We go to the restaurant, and the lady there tells us that there is a 15mns wait due to the brunch ! At 10.30am ! We told her we dont care about the brunch, that my mom is a guest in the hotel ( which she already knew..) and that it is ridiculous to have to wait for a table when they are not all taken because of possible brunch customers.. Same thing happened the next sunday.
    They eventually prepared a table for us but i dont understand how a hotel as the Peninsula can have such a ridiculous policy

    Rooms were nothing to rave about. They felt like any $200/night hotel in NY....but were $500. We wont book it again.
     
  10. 575Mike

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    +1

    Drake is tried and tested. Great, classic, first rate hotel.

    We like the 4 Seasons too, and they have nice family packages.
     
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    WOW, what a rep the Northwest Sheraton is getting. BED BUGS, YIKES, and it's not the 1st time!!!!
     
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  13. drgek

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    Prefer the Park Hyatt to the Peninsula. I also like the Ritz-Carlton (which in Chicago is part of the Four Seasons chain.) I had a pretty bad experience at the Four Seasons and personally would not stay there again.

    For a moderately priced alternative, I'm a big fan of the Hotel James (or is it the James Hotel?) on Ontario and Rush.

    Is that the one at Arlington Park? It always looked like a dump from the outside. In any event, it's probably not within the geographic scope of the original poster's question.
     
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    That's the one.
     
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    I love the Drake. Great location, walk to everything. Very Old School, classy...

    RITZ is ok, nice eatery on the top floors... haven't been there in years though...
     
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    Speaking of hotels in Chicago, Do any of you know a good one to view the fireworks at Grant Park on the 4th of July?
     
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    Not a hotel, but it's my GF's condo at Harbour Point. She's on the outside curve overlooking Grant Park and the fireworks come about eye level.
     
  19. Townshend

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    End up deciding?
     
  20. Noel

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    agreed.
     
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    Gary, took your advice and sent my daughter and ex-wife there last week. They are still raving about it. Apparently the Yankees stay there when in town and Katie got a few autographs. Restaurant was also superb. Thanks! :)
     
  23. chet

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    A boutique hotel not mentioned is the James. I have sent several people there and all have raved.
     
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  25. Kevin2772

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    Ive stayed at the James and thought it was quite nice. I also was a big fan of the W Hotel. Except their valets...who scraped the **** out of the front of my buddies 997TT going to park it and driving it straight out onto the street.....
     
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    Speaking as an architect, I would highly recommend trying Hotel Burham. It's a boutique hotel in the magnificently restored Reliance Building, which is arguably the most important architectural treasure in downtown Chicago. It's not cheap, but it will be a truly unique experience. The others are all just very nice hotels.
     
  27. chet

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    We had friends in town and they stayed at the W Lakeshore. They didn't like it, and won't return.

    I give their opinion more weight as they own 4-5 hotels in Cannes.
     
  28. Townshend

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    I've stayed at the James as well. Very nice, I don't like you can't lock the bathroom door though but hey.
     

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