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“Great stay at the Waldorf” 5 of 5 stars
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Waldorf Astoria Chicago
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   11 East Walton, Chicago, IL 60611 (Formerly Elysian Hotel Chicago) (Gold Coast)   |  
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Ranked #6 of 174 Hotels in Chicago
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“Great stay at the Waldorf”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2013

We used HHonors points for this hotel before the recent change in Hilton's policies that took place in March or April 2013. What a treat this place was....beautiful accomodations, excellent service, and so much history in the building itself. Great place!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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WAChicago, General Manager at Waldorf Astoria Chicago, responded to this review, June 19, 2013
Dear Jeffrey M,

Thank you so much for taking the time to post your review of your recent stay with us on TripAdvisor. I am delighted to read that you enjoyed your suite and the team was able to efficiently assist you throughout your visit. We will look forward to welcoming you back, hopefully in the not far future.

Sincerely,
Richard R. Evanich
General Manager
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  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2013

We have stayed here almost a year ago while our place was being renovated and I did not get a chance to write a review then. We did not get a chance to use the spa then but promised ourselves to come back just to get a massage since we have heard great things about their spa. The perfect opportunity arouse when I wanted to surprise my husband for Father's Day. Naturally I scheduled one for myself-who wouldn't?! The spa facility is a bit small - only if Vegas has spoiled you and the layout is something I would rearrange if I had a chance - who wants to wash hands with a chance of being hit by bathroom door? But that just might be a set back only to uplift you on that massage table! What a relief to know that I found a place for us to come back to! Hard work is our middle name so we always look for something where we can step back and enjoy life... Mark - the artist -yes I called him that- used different techniques to make me feel alive. Needless to say we are coming back!
The stay (last year) was amazing in every perspective. It was last year and I still remember they bought a candle four our in room dinner (we could not go out that night.) When you travel a lot you want to stay in a place that will spoil you or stay in your memories - Elysian/Waldorf Astoria (or Tramp) will do that for you in Chicago.

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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WAChicago, General Manager at Waldorf Astoria Chicago, responded to this review, June 17, 2013
Dear MoniqueMoniq,

Thank you so much for taking the time to post your review of your past experience with us and your most recent visit to our Elysian Spa. It gives me great pleasure to read that you and your husband chose to visit with us again to celebrate such a special occasion, and that you were able to enjoy some of the relaxing services our Elysian Spa has to offer. Thank you for your kind words regarding Mark. I will certainly share your remarks with him and the rest of the staff, for comments like yours inspire our continued pursuit of excellence in everything we do. Your loyalty and patronage are very important to us. We will look forward to our next opportunity to serve you.

Sincerely,
Richard R. Evanich
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2013

Not much to say. The WA in Chicago is just simply a great hotel. We loved that it is understated to the extent it does not have a huge ornate lobby or a bustling bar scene. If you're looking for old-fashioned service, spacious and luxurious rooms and pampering without intrusion, stay here. Everyone is so accommodating and helpful, you feel special from the moment you walk in the door. Spa is tremendous, and you must have a cocktail at the quaint bar. Timeless right down to the bartenders constantly polishing glasses. Have stayed at many fine hotels, and the WA is at the top of my list. There are so many good hotels in Chicago, it is often hard to choose one when you're looking for quality. It's nice to know we don't need to do any research for our next trip.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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WAChicago, General Manager at Waldorf Astoria Chicago, responded to this review, June 17, 2013
Dear jamstl,

Thank you so much for your review of your recent stay at the Waldorf Astoria Chicago. I am truly delighted to read that you enjoyed the hotel’s décor and ambiance and the different amenities it has to offer; especially our Elysian Spa & our quaint boite Bernard’s. We are truly proud and honored to be on top of your list of favorite hotels. Your loyalty is highly valued and appreciated. We will look forward to welcoming you back, hopefully in the not far future.

Sincerely,
Richard R. Evanich
General Manager
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2013

beautiful hotel close in a great location. Rooms and spa are impecable. The bathrooms in all the rooms are grand and wall to wall marble. Love the tv behind the mirrors in the bathroom. Just wall-to-wall luxury.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2013

Staff made us feel special and welcome from start to finish. We needn't lift a finger and we had a wonderful anniversary trip because of it. Didn't make it to the spa; next time! The bed was absolute heaven! That is normally a sticking point with me, and we slept in just to spend a little more time in the wonderful bed. Only one complaint: there is such a thing as too much water pressure, and room 707's shower head is guilty of it. We will be back. Can't wait!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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WAChicago, General Manager at Waldorf Astoria Chicago, responded to this review, June 14, 2013
Dear NevaLouLou,

Thank you so much for sharing your candid feedback regarding your most recent visit, but most importantly, thank you for celebrating such a special occasion with us. I am truly delighted to read that you found comfort in your suite, especially in your bed. I am sorry to read about the high pressure in your shower. I have brought your comments to our Director of Engineering’s attention. Your patronage and loyalty are highly valued and appreciated. We will look forward to welcoming you back soon.

Sincerely,
Richard R. Evanich
General Manager
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2013

We have stayed in many hotels over the years in Chicago over the last several years, and this is an exceptional place to stay with a great staff! Conveniently located a couple blocks off Michigan Avenue. We will gladly go back next time we are in Chicago.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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WAChicago, General Manager at Waldorf Astoria Chicago, responded to this review, June 14, 2013
Dear Dewey G,

Thank you so much for your review of your recent stay with us. I am delighted to learn that you found the hotel’s location convenient and that you will visit with us again. We truly value your loyalty and can’t wait to our next opportunity to serve you.

Sincerely,
Richard R. Evanich
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2013

Just returned from a five night stay, which was a five star experience from start to finish.
From the moment we pulled up in our car the staff could not do enough for us, and made us feel special.
We stayed in a luxury suite, on the 24th Floor - which was more like an apartment than a hotel room. We could quite happily have moved in for good.
We loved having the balcony, if the weather had been better we would have used it more.
The concierge was very helpful, and the use of the town car was a luxurious bonus.
The location was ideal, as more of a residential feel with great local restaurants and bars - but still within easy reach of Michigan Avenue.
Oak Street beach is a must in good weather, and is only 10 minutes walk away. And for $10 you can hire a sunbed for the whole day.
Found the non-tipping policy a bit hard to get use to, but after talking to the concierge he explained that the owner preferred to pay his staff slightly higher rates to compensate - making his guests stay less of a worry. This was nice to know, as then showed that the service was not false just for tips - but was genuine. We'd like to mention specifically Jonathan, who we found to be very helpful and welcoming.
It is an amazing hotel, and would recommend this to anybody staying in Chicago. If all their Hotels are the same as this, then we would definitely stay at them.
Thank you for a great stay.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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WAChicago, General Manager at Waldorf Astoria Chicago, responded to this review, June 14, 2013
Dear TBnRB,

Thank you so much for taking the time to post your review of your recent stay with us on TripAdvisor. It gives me great pleasure to read that you felt right at home in one of our Luxury Suites. It is unfortunate that the weather wasn’t pleasant enough for you to enjoy its balcony as much as you could have. I am also delighted to read that you enjoyed the different hotel amenities, especially the house car and our Concierge services. Thank you for your kind remarks with regard to our service team, especially Jonathan. I will proudly share your gracious comments with the rest of the staff as comments like yours are an inspiration to our continuous pursuit of excellence in everything we do. We will look forward to welcoming you and your travel companion back, hopefully in the not far future.

Sincerely,
Richard R. Evanich
General Manager
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Address: 11 East Walton, Chicago, IL 60611 (Formerly Elysian Hotel Chicago)
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Location: United States > Illinois > Chicago > Gold Coast , Near North Side
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #6 of 174 Hotels in Chicago
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Waldorf Astoria Chicago 5*
Number of rooms: 188
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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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