First, I am very late posting this review. I had an opportunity to enjoy a day to myself in December while in Chicago so I decided to treat myself to a 1 day stay at the Hotel Monaco. Rarely do I get to enjoy a city when traveling for business so I took full advantage of the opportunity. I stay at the Hotel Monaco every time I possibly can and each and every visit reminds me why I like it so much. I was welcomed warmly on arrival by the Doorman and Reception, they remembered my name and how often (and long i might add) I normally stay. We talked about me taking a day for myself and how different it was for me when traveling. Once I checked in, the weather took a turn for the worse so my plans to walk and shop a bit on Michigan Ave was tempered by my availability of warm weather gear. What I did was, in my opinion, was just as relaxing and enjoyable. I took the time to enjoy the wine reception in the lobby and then experienced a great dinner in the restaurant and then after an after dinner drink in the bar area. I travel the world and the wonderful service at the Hotel Monaco in Chicago, in my opinion, rates at the top of my recommendations. This is the only hotel that I can say I get excited about when I know I'm going to be staying there again.