We were in town for just one night to attend a lengthy opera (Die Meistersinger) at the Lyric, so didn't spend a great deal of time at the hotel, but the room (double queen) was large and very pleasant in spite of having no view at all. Beds, linens, towels, terry bathrobes, all excellent. Comfortable seating with good reading lights. Got back to the Talbott just before midnight and walked into the restaurant where staff insisted that it would be no trouble to get us some food in spite of the fact that they were closing the kitchen in about 20 minutes. Good late-night fare in record time. Then had after dinner drinks around one of the fireplaces in the lobby after the restaurant's bar closed at 1:00 a.m. Breakfast next morning (using two $15 vouchers that came with the room) was excellent -- good coffee and fine eggs Benedict with salmon.
But the most important thing at the Talbott was the service. The entire staff, from doorman to bellman to desk staff, bar and restaurant staff and housekeeping provided the best possible service and were probably the most consistently pleasant hotel staff I've ever dealt with.
This was our first time at the Talbott. (We used to go to the Seneca for its very large suites, but it closed not long ago.) But we will absolutely stay again when we go down to the opera or the symphony or theater. Really can't say enough good things about it!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Discover the many comforting rewards of a small European style hotel in the heart of Chicago's Gold Coast. Steps away from Michigan Avenue. As staff well versed in the art of fine European hospitality, people who remember your name and tend swiftly to your special, as well as, everyday needs. A host of gracious amenities including nightly turn-down service, morning newspapers, complimentary high-speed wireless Internet access, and complimentary access to a world class health center. A contemporary American seafood eatery is the latest concept developed by Managing Partner Alfredo Sandoval of the esteemed Mercadito Hospitality group. Mercadito Fish features the best of casual and fine dining seafood restaurants. Fresh seasonal "catches" and personable service amplify its' modern day sensibility, inspiring exploration of new flavors and approachability. The restaurant showcases a range of familiar and new seafood preparations, as well as an expertly customized beverage program. Matched with a warm and thoughtfully designed environment, Mercadito Fish offers exquisitely prepared seafood without compromising atmosphere and price. ... more less
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