I love it that they are not resting on their (well deserved) laurels and are constantly working on the improving the experience for their guests. I stayed here last June and fell completely in love with it. New since my last visit is the personal concierge (a shout out to mine, Andrew F.) that contacts you before your visit for any necessary preparation. You get a fancy personalized folder at check-in and are escorted to your room.
I have stayed at plenty of 5 star hotels (many with a $1000 night rate for a standard room) and none have approached the look, feel, sound of the WA Chicago. There are plenty of hotels out there that look good on the surface, but when you look closer, it’s not so great. On the other hand, the WA Chicago is like the perfect little black dress, it is timeless. The bathroom is stunning. I just realized the faucets are Kallista (the “couture” line for Kohler.) The sleeper sofa is luxurious and comfortable to sit on (a rarity.) Every detail is understated, timeless, sophisticated perfection. I think for the quality, size, location, and service, this hotel is a great value even at the rack rate.
Reservations are already made for my 40th Birthday in April. I’m heartbroken that RIA is closed since I wanted to celebrate my birthday there. A loss for Chicago of an underappreciated 2 Michelin star hotel.
- 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 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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