The best hotels in Chicago 2018

We round up the best places to stay in one of the largest and liveliest cities in the US

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Chicago, Illinois is one of America’s biggest cities. Known for its soaring skyscrapers and a rich cultural and artistic history, Chicago has a bit of something for everyone. It also goes by the name “the city by the lake” as it is situated next to one of the world’s largest lakes; Lake Michigan.

Our hotel guide will advise you on where is best to stay depending on what experience you want from Chicago, and there are plenty to choose from!

Where to stay in Chicago?

Chicago has many different areas, all of which are diverse and appeal to a range of different travellers. 

Downtown Chicago is a popular area; the bustling business district with towering skyscrapers and lively nightlife, whereas the Gold Coast provides a much more chilled vibe as it’s by the beach. Stay here for great shopping, history museums and pretty views. 

Other great shopping areas include the Magnificent Mile and there are plenty of parks for when you want to sit down and chill in the sun. 

Check out our list below of some of the best hotels in Chicago. From luxurious spa hotels to swanky hotels with rooftop bars; these hotels all have something unique and special about them.

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Best hotel in Chicago for luxury: The Thompson Chicago

A prime Downtown location, with a sophisticated style

Reasons to buy
+2 minute walk from the beach+Lots of shops and restaurants nearby+Huge fitness centre

It’s hard to say whether this hotel should be best for luxury or location. Not only is the building itself stunning, but it is in a prime location, with just a short walk to the beaches and main attractions. During your stay you’ll receive complementary daily newspapers, and access to their 1,000 square ft fitness centre. 

The hotel restaurant is said to offer homemade dishes such as pasta and local seafood, as well as a sophisticated cocktail menu for you to enjoy your evenings in this city. A must for those who want to indulge during their stay.

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Best hotel in Chicago with scenic views: The Gwen Hotel

Overlooking Lake Michigan; this boutique provide stunning views

Reasons to buy
+Rooftop bar+Close to the beach+Fully-equipped rooms

For scenic views of both Lake Michigan and the skyline, The Gwen is the perfect place to stay. Within 12 minutes reach of the beach by foot, and a rooftop terrace, you can soak up the Chicago atmosphere with cocktails both day and night. 

The rooms are spacious and luxurious; coming equipped with TV, fully stocked mini-fridge and a bathroom full of products. It’s a great place to stay for both business and pleasure, as you’re only a short distance away from Chicago’s theatre district, providing show-stopping entertainment of an evening. Photographers will also love the panoramic views you can get from the roof.

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Best boutique hotel in Chicago: The Kimpton Gray Hotel

Swish interiors in the heart of the concrete jungle

Reasons to buy
+Great shopping location+Impressive architecture+Free bike rides and wine 

This swanky boutique hotel offers sophisticated rooms, filled with luxury bath products, iPod docking stations and TVs, as well as a stunning rooftop bar serving Latin inspired cocktails. It’s located in the heart of the city, and the hotel itself is a pretty impressive skyscraper. 

The Gray is in a fabulous shopping location for that looking to splash the cash, but what really makes this little boutique so unique is its free bike tours and a complimentary wine hour! What a great way to explore the city and wind down after a busy day.

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Best hotel in Chicago for families: The Langham

A luxurious stay for all the family within reach of all the best areas

Reasons to buy
+Great views+Family rooms available+Indoor swimming pool

Who says going away with the kids has to be cheap and cheerful? The Langham Hotel offers pure luxury with a family-friendly atmosphere, good food and easy access to all the best parts of the city. 

Floor-to-ceiling windows provide stunning views, and the hotel restaurants serves up traditional American dishes that the kids will love. If you fancy having a relaxing day, there is a spa where you can treat yourself to a massage while the kids play in the pool. You’ll have so many options here that none of the family will get bored.

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Best hotel in Chicago for relaxation: Waldorf Astoria

A serene and chic spa hotel with a fantastic French menu

Reasons to buy
+Light and airy+Chauffeur service+Spa and leisure club

When you walk into the Waldorf Astoria, it looks like an art gallery. With high ceilings and marble everywhere, the atmosphere is cool and elegant and it seems like it’d be easy to relax. The rooms are grand, with bathrooms you’ll want to spend more time in than the city itself. 

Plus you’ll get complimentary Nespresso machines and a chauffeur who will take you within a two-mile radius which makes getting around the city easier than ever. The French restaurant offers authentic dishes and an extensive wine list, so if traditional American dining isn’t for you, you’ll find this hotel a nice change of scenery.

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Best hotel in Chicago for style: Virgin hotel

A stunning Art Deco hotel that’s high tech and stylish

Reasons to buy
+Great nightlife nearby+Pet friendly +High-tech rooms

If you want to stay in Chicago like a high-flyer, then there’s nowhere more apt than Richard Branson’s Virgin Hotel. Located in The Loop district, this hotel is artsy and quirky, and the “chambers” are plush and luxurious and you’ll find music playing throughout the hotel, making it a fun and lively place to stay. 

It oozes twenties luxury, with a sense of grandeur both inside and out. Sip cocktails on the rooftop or chill out in your suite which has a dressing room and even a bed for your dog should you wish to bring them along for the trip.

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Best hotel in Chicago for foodies: The Peninsula Chicago

Modern with an Asian-inspired spa and fantastic restaurant

Reasons to buy
+Michelin star Chinese restaurant+Half Olympic swimming pool+Modern decor

If you fancy something a little bit different, then the Peninsula provides a modern hotel with an Asian twist.  The Asian-inspired spa is a great place to relax and unwind, while the hotel serving champagne and chocolates is also a welcome treat after a long day of sight-seeing. 

If you’re sick of pizza and burgers, head down to the Shanghai Terrace for some fantastic authentic Chinese food. This restaurant is voted the “number one Chinese restaurant in Chicago”. The half Olympic swimming pool is impressive just to look at, and the floor-to-ceiling windows make going for a dip a spectacular event.

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