My wife and I spent 3 wonderful days at the Pen Chicago. It was our anniversary so we received a double upgrade (one for Amex FH&R and one for the anniversary). We booked a junior suite so we ended up in a deluxe suite.
The room was very fresh and new looking. The furniture was in excellent condition, electronics were of the highest standard (Ipod ports at TV's, memory card ports at TV's, the usual Peninsula bedside console, DVD players and a TV in the bathroom). Kudos for the free wireless! The bed was comfortable with soft sheets, the bathroom was large with a big shower plus a separate soaking tub and the sitting area was spacious. The soundproofing in our room was excellent and the blackout curtains made for a great sleeping environment.
Service was top-notch. The bellmen were fast and friendly. The front desk staff accompanied us to our room and were exceedingly gracious. Housekeeping was thorough yet almost invisible. The concierge made good recommendations about dining and places to see. The hotel arranged airport transportation which was flawless.
Dining: Shanghai Terrace is exceptional for high end Chinese, I cannot adequately praise this place. Be warned it is pricey but worth it. Room service is both prompt and quite good albeit very costly. Pierrot the French cafe is ok and a quick place to grab lunch or breakfast.
The Bar is always crowded and if I had one complaint we had a sour waitress the one night we went down who shorted me on my scotch as I received the "last shot" in the bottle. That was not an excuse for a short drink.
On our anniversary the hotel sent chocolate covered strawberries and a bottle of French Champagne which was unexpected and very nice. This hotel delivered a product and service at an exceptional level for the United States. As a very frequent traveler this hotel is among the best I have seen in a US city. Yes, it is very pricey but they deliver a top notch experience with great rooms and great service. The location cannot be beat either.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located at Water Tower Park on the "Magnificent Mile," the city’s premier shopping district, The Peninsula Chicago is the city's most luxurious and sophisticated hotel, offering guests all possible amenities and services. The Peninsula Chicago is a proud recipient of the Five-Star, Five-Diamond Award, and was also recently awarded "#1 Large City Hotel In US And Canada" by readers of Travel + Leisure. The Peninsula Chicago's 339 luxurious guestrooms and suites are among the largest in the city and are exquisitely furnished in a contemporary yet classical style, with a state-of-the-art electronic system that provides guests the ability to control guestroom features with the touch of a button. At the top of The Peninsula Chicago, you’ll find the world-renowned Peninsula Spa. An intimate, indulgent environment featuring innovative spa treatments, gracious service and magnificent facilities including a half-Olympic length swimming pool on the 19th floor overlooking the Chicago skyline. With three distinctive restaurants and a bar, guests can choose from a diverse array of superb dining options. Shanghai Terrace is notable as much for its intensely flavored Shanghainese and Cantonese delicacies as for its matchless service and 1930s supper club atmosphere; The Lobby provides an incredible breakfast, lunch and dinner menu, live entertainment and delectable afternoon tea in elegant surroundings; The Bar offers a sophisticated menu of cocktails, port; and Pierrot Gourmet is a European-style cafe ideal for casual, light fare. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Peninsula Chicago Hotel Chicago
- Peninsula Chicago
- Chicago Peninsula