Is the Four Seasons Chicago Worth the Price Tag?
by Rachel on Nov 2nd, 2010 | Has 0 comments
Looking for an elegant escape in Chicago? The Four Seasons Chicago may be the obvious choice, and it certainly earns its place among luxury hotels.
What exactly are you getting for your money at the Four Seasons Chicago? A beautiful room, for one. The rooms are larger than expected for a city hotel, and of course elegantly appointed. Since the Four Seasons is one of the tallest hotels in Chicago, the views are amazing. My standard room had gorgeous views of Lake Michigan complemented by a large window seat, above and beyond what I expected. Several online reviews mentioned creaking, and although it was storming during my stay, I didn’t hear a thing.
The thoughtfulness that went into the re-design of the bathroom is not to be overlooked. Floor-to-ceiling mirrors make getting ready for a big event a treat. The deep-soaking tub was also a welcome amenity after a long day of shopping on Michigan Avenue. The room service (oatmeal and fruit one morning) was as expected – expensive but delicious.
As with any Four Seasons, you are also paying for wonderful service. When I pulled up my car to the hotel, the bellman took my luggage out of my trunk and back seat, and escorted it to my room while I self parked. Small details, like holding an umbrella while I got into a car on a rainy night made the stay feel special. And of course, the front desk staff was beyond courteous and helpful.
Don’t expect to make a grand entrance at the Four Seasons Chicago. I self-parked to save $20 per day (valet is $50, self-parking is $30 per day), and entered through the attached shopping area to the hotel. The elevators to the Four Seasons were hardly marked; I had to ask someone that looked official. Guests entering the hotel from the street go through a small entrance where they must take the elevator to the 7th floor for the actual lobby and check-in.
The lobby is just how you would expect it, although there is no grand staircase or high ceilings. It is elegantly furnished and filled with businessmen and beautiful people, albeit beautiful people over 35. The lobby bar is just as intimate and luxurious, and is a place to scout celebrities visiting the Windy City.
Overall, the hotel was exactly what I expected from a Four Seasons, refined luxury with great service, and a large price tag.
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