I celebrated my 60th birthday weekend with a friend at the Elysian in Chicago. From the moment I walked in the lobby to time when the hotel provided driver dropped me off at the train it was an extraordinary experience. I travel a lot for business and often stay in very nice hotels in many cities in the US. The Elysian is in a whole new class for warmth, elegance, personal attention. Everytime we walked in the lobby door we were greated by name. All the staff are courteous, gracious and go out of their way to make your stay special. This is particularly notible given their strict refusal of any tips. You really feel you have hosts and that they all take pride in their hotel. We had excellent massages in the spa and used their other spa facilities several times. We did not eat at the hotel so I can't comment on the food though the concierge made a fantastic recommendation for nearby restaurants and by calling ahead, made sure we had personal attention there from the chef and owner as well. It was an expensive weekend but tremendous value for the price. So often you can pay a high hotel rate and get nothing better than a boring chain hotel. This is a special event worth repeating (and saving for)
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- The AAA Five-Diamond Waldorf Astoria Chicago(formerly The Elysian Hotel)is located in the heart of the prestigious Gold Coast neighborhood amognst the Magnificent Mile and Oak Street famed restaurants, retailers and lakefront. The award-winning 188-room hotel through innovative services and technologies, creates a new experience in luxury – energetic and fashion forward, warm and welcoming, and fresh and engaging. Amenities include a 14,000 square-foot spa & health club; 4,500 square feet of private event space; European-inspired bistro, Balsan; haute bar Bernard's. ... more less
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