20 Excellent Hotels In Chicago

Source : instagram

Chicago, known as the Windy City, is packed with top-notch museums, restaurants, and entertainment options. With so much to do, you'll need a comfortable place to rest in between your adventures.

Luckily, Chicago's hotel scene has you covered. Whether you prefer upscale downtown hotels or quaint inns in the neighborhoods, there's something for everyone.

1. Graduate Evanston

You'll love how cozy the Graduate Evanston Hotel feels. The whole place has this cool retro college atmosphere paying tribute to Northwestern University. And wait until you see the guest rooms.

They went all out with the Northwestern pride featuring purple accents everywhere, plaid wallpaper and curtains, and vintage-looking couches and armchairs.

The hotel's also has The Graduate Homestead Room, a cozy little lounge and restaurant serving seasonal dishes and hand-crafted cocktails.

2. Pendry Chicago

Source : instagram

Situated right on the edge of the Loop, The Pendry is a block or two away from cool spots like the Riverwalk and Millennium Park. The rooms here are sleek and elegant with cool architectural photos lining the walls.

But if you want the absolute best views, you'll want to splurge for one of the specialty suites on the higher 35th and 36th floors up in that curved "neck" part of the building's unique shape.

One thing that stands out is the next-level service at this place. The concierge team will text you throughout your stay to help with anything you need - like scoring restaurant reservations or finding the best running routes around the city.

3. Sofitel Chicago Magnificent Mile

Even though Sofitel Chicago is a pretty huge hotel - 415 rooms spread over 32 floors - it feels boutique and intimate since there are only 12-13 rooms per floor.

The rooms here are an actual dream. You get these heavenly feather bed toppers, the kind of high-quality linens you'd expect at a luxury hotel and these fluffy down duvets that make you never want to leave.

And with all the natural light pouring in, you score awesome views of Chicago's iconic architecture and even a peek at the lake.

4. The Peninsula Chicago

Source : instagram

Top-notch service and customer satisfaction are top priorities at The Peninsula Hotel. If anything ever does come up, you can bet the staff will be hustling to make it right.

And the rooms? Pure luxury on a royal level with spacious layouts loaded with every amenity you can imagine. Even the "smallest" rooms feel generously sized with a cozy couch and little dining table for two set up by the big picture windows.

Staying at this cool hotel in Chicago isn't cheap, but you get what you pay for.

5. The Robey

The rooms at The Robey have nailed the vintage 1950s office vibe with big frosty grey glass windows and old-school corded phones in the rooms

 Their triangular-shaped suite is ginormous featuring spacious showers, and double-sink bathrooms. But they've also got some solid options for travelers on a budget like the bunk bed rooms or the "Landmark Queens."

Don't just stay in your room all day. Stop by their restaurant Café Robey offering a cozy contemporary spot that's constantly switching up its menu of comfort food faves with a seasonal twist.

6. 21c Museum Hotel Chicago

Source : instagram

Booking a stay at 21c Museum Hotel is like getting everything under one stylishly cool roof. Like the sleek, modern rooms, a hot restaurant spot in Lure Fishbar that always draws a fun crowd and a legit contemporary art gallery.

The rooms have this chic gray-toned color scheme happening, but the real star is those heavenly cloud-like beds. Even if you book one of the modest rooms facing the interior light, you still get a cozy little living room setup with a couch and table.

But, if you want to splurge, those corner suites offer prime cityscape views from two different angles.

7. Viceroy Chicago

The lobby at Viceroy Chicago has avant-garde living room vibes with Plush, curved velvet couches, a massive fireplace, and elaborate, show-stopping light fixtures.

As for the rooms, they've got 180 of them, including an extra fancy penthouse suite up top with insane views of Lake Michigan.

Speaking of views, you have to check out their rooftop lounge Devereaux. It's the perfect spot to sip on craft cocktails while taking in the Chicago skyline.

And they've got a pool up there too, though it's only open during the warmer months.

8. The Hoxton, Chicago

Source : facebook

The Hoxton is one of those awesome hotels in Chicago that just feels like a home away from home. The rooms are cozy, the food is on point, and the rooftop area is perfect for soaking up some rays - all right in the heart of the trendy Fulton Market District.

When it comes to the rooms, they keep it simple with three sizes: Snug, Cozy, and Roomy. But no matter which one you go with, they've got that personal touch with design elements and those whimsical bedspreads made by local artists.

9. SOPHY - Hyde Park

If you're scoping out the University of Chicago campus, you have to stay at Sophy. It has massive suites that are just flooded with natural light, big bathrooms, separate living rooms with sleeper sofas and everything. 

You'll get plenty of space to stretch out and get nice and cozy. But even if you opt for one of their standard entry-level rooms, you still get all those homey touches like loveseats and ottomans to chill after a long day.

10. The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago

Source : facebook

People in large groups or families consider staying at The Ritz-Carlton. They have nice suites and residences that work well for families. But the real wow factor is the incredible views you can get. 

Some rooms look out over the blue waters of Lake Michigan and Navy Pier, while others face the bright skyscrapers of downtown Chicago.

The facilities are good too, there's a spa with a gym and pool, plus a rooftop bar that's open during the warmer months.

11. The Blackstone, Autograph Collection

The Blackstone Hotel is an iconic old beauty with a ton of Chicago history behind it. But they've revamped it with all the modern comforts you could want.

So you get that classy, distinguished vibe along with top-notch amenities for today's travelers. The rooms are slick and updated, with views overlooking Lake Michigan or the lovely Grant Park.

And don't miss their acclaimed restaurant, Mercat a la Planxa, for some delicious eats and killer craft cocktails. 

12. Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago

Source : instagram

As soon as you arrive at Radisson Blu, you'll love the cozy, stylish lobby with its long fireplace and chic sitting area. The rooms are nice and roomy too, with a warm, comfortable vibe.

But one of the best things about this hotel is how convenient it is for exploring the city. You're right in the thick of it all. Yet it's still a relaxing place to come back to after a long day of sightseeing and shopping.

Plus, you'll have full access to the on-site health facilities - indoor and outdoor pools, with a fantastic gym to get your workout in.

13. Ace Hotel Chicago

The Ace Hotel is the stylish, hip place to stay in one of Chicago's trendiest neighborhoods. The rooms have a totally hip, industrial loft vibe with exposed brick and big gridded walls.

Some even have a vintage Martin guitar hanging there or a record player. The rooms are a decent size and have these awesome built-in wood cabinets that double as a desk by the big window.

But you can't just hole up in your room the whole time. Make sure to hit up their rooftop bar Little Wild for skyline views, cocktails, and live music every night.

14. Hotel Zachary Chicago, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel

Source : instagram

This hotel is the perfect home base if you're catching a Cubs game at the iconic Wrigley Field right across the street. Hotel Zachary leans into the baseball theme.

Their revamped bar and lounge areas have such a buzzy, lively atmosphere with outdoor terrace seating and everything.

The rooms here give you a vintage sporty-club kind of vibe with black and white photos of players from back in the day, plus some old stadium blueprints and memorabilia decorating the walls.

But they blend that nostalgic baseball charm with modern comforts like plush beds and subway-tiled bathrooms.

15. Four Seasons Hotel Chicago

The Four Seasons is all about keeping things classy and relaxing for their guests. As soon as you step in from the bustle of the Magnificent Mile, they whisk you up to the 7th-floor lobby, which is decked out in a ton of fancy marble and these massive, gorgeous flower arrangements.

If you score one of the rooms on floors 30 through 46, you're in for an awesome view of the city skyline. Request a lake view room so you can gaze out over Lake Michigan.

16. Hotel Lincoln - JDV by Hyatt

Source : facebook

For a fun, laid-back place to stay with your kids, check out Hotel Lincoln, located right next door to Lincoln Park and the Lincoln Park Zoo.

The whole place has a vintage hotel feel, and they lean into a retro aesthetic with eclectic art pieces throughout the lobby and guest rooms.

The rooms are cozy and comfortable too. Try to snag one overlooking the park and Lake Michigan - the views are awesome and location-wise, it's perfect for a family vacation.

17. The Langham, Chicago

The second you step into one of the rooms at The Langham in Chicago, your eyes are instantly drawn to those massive window walls with the cool steel framing

It's a pretty awesome view! You don't even need to splurge on an upgraded room to enjoy it.

Even the basic-level rooms are spacious enough to have a little sitting area with armchairs set up right beside those 10-foot tall windows. But that's not all this place has going for it. They've got this unique Chuan Spa with all kinds of traditional Chinese treatments.

18. Waldorf Astoria Chicago

Source : instagram

As soon as you walk into the lobby of the Waldorf Astoria, you're immediately hit with a bright, airy, art museum-type vibe.

The ceilings are super tall, letting in tons of natural light, and the space is filled with all sorts of cool artwork, glasswork, and this elegant black and white marble flooring.

The 215 rooms and suites spread over 26 floors range from spacious to legitimately palatial. The color schemes keep things pretty muted with different shades of grey, and colorful artwork on the walls.

19. theWit Chicago, a Hilton Hotel

theWit puts you just a short walk away from killer shopping, live theater shows, and all the big downtown attractions. Once you get to your room though, you'll be living in upscale comfort with all the fancy amenities.

But if you're trying to go over-the-top luxurious for your stay, you have to book the Paramount Suite. This massive suite has two full bathrooms, a huge corner bedroom, and a separate living room area - all with insane views overlooking State Street and the iconic Chicago Theater marquee.

20. St. Regis Chicago

Source : instagram

The St. Regis Hotel is an absolute must. Staying here means you get an insane view of the city, lake, river, an elite gym, restaurants, and a world-class spa with pools. This place screams boutique luxury without any pretentious vibes.

It is located in the downtown but steps from Chicago icons like Millennium Park. The hotel has nice staff and they'll hook you up with whatever you need.

Need some popcorn and snacks for a cozy movie night? No problem. Want to line up a babysitter for parents' night out? Consider it done.