I can see why this hotel is #1 in the continental U.S. It is tremendous. The lobby itslef is a little understated, but it's tastefully done, and the check-in process was very speedy and efficient. I particularly liked the fireplace in the lobby. It was very cozy. I also liked the courtyard -- it actually reminded me of Paris.
I had indicated on the reservation that it was my anniversary. As a result, the front desk upgraded us to a beautiful suite, and there was a half-bottle of sparking wine from Burgundy for us in the room. The suite was beautiful, with a loving foyer and bar, living area with open gas fireplace, a beautiful bed and sleeping area, a dressing area, and a huge bathroom. The only bathrooms I liked as much as this one was Encore Las Vegas and the Four Seasons Provence. It really was a beautiful room, and I actually got an exceptional price of $375. I'd stay here again for that price in a heart beat.
The only thing that was a little disappointing about the hotel was the view. We overlooked a parking garage. The location of the hotel was nice, just off the northern section of the magnificant mile, near the water tower. I wouldn't want to be any further north, but it was a nice walk down Michigan Avenue to get to the river. It was a lovely spot.
I'd return here in a heartbeat, and I'd say that it certainly ranks up there among the places that I've stayed. I perhaps enjoy the St. Regis NY a little more, but it's hard to say...
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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 215 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; 7,500 square feet of private event space; Bernard's Bar & Restaurant. ... more less
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