We were going to stay at the Langham for a birthday weekend, but they were booked solid. We were able to secure a great deal at the Waldorf Chicago... a corner Gold Coast Suite (1200+ sq ft) with a bath and a half, wet bar, large living room, epic bath and ample balcony for $800/night including valet parking and taxes. We felt this was a unbelievably great rate considering everything in the city was very high because of a number of events. For example, the Red Roof Inn (which we checked for a laugh) was over $250/night. By comparison the Waldorf was a steal.
Anyway, the hotel is relatively new (built as the Elysian) and in tip top shape. The entry motorcourt is especially nice if you are valeting your car and using the in&out privileges. Check in was quick and efficient. The lobby is a grand space that balances modern with a classical influence. We were escorted to our suite and shown all the features. Hand-written notes accompanied a cupcake and some chocolates. And every member of staff was at your beck-and-call for the entire stay.
There is a refrigerator drawer and a freezer drawer in the wet bar, which is so nice when you are bringing things to chill. There is no tipping at the hotel, which feels odd at first, but you get used to it. We asked for champagne flutes... within a minute they were at our door. When we needed the car, it was always waiting in the courtyard when we got downstairs. Late checkout? No problem. Is 2pm okay? Why, yes it is.
The furniture was beautiful and comfortable. The bed, down pillows, and sheets were all of the high quality you'd expect.
In the end, it was a perfect stay.... although, we broke the rules and left a modest $10 in an envelope for the housekeeper. I would feel sick otherwise. Always tip the housekeeping staff.