First, an important note: I did not stay here on my own dime. I was in town for a family wedding and a relative was kind enough to pay for my room. If you're willing to splurge, though, the Elysian is truly an exceptional hotel. Luxurious linens (I don't think I have ever slept as well), a HUGE marble bathroom, great amenities like an iPod dock and a TV in the bathroom mirror so you can watch the game while you're shaving. If you open the window, you'll hear the noise & bustle of the city, but close it and enjoy complete silence.
One kind of weird thing: we checked in on a Friday and there were two wine glasses on our mini bar, which we used that evening. The dirty glasses remained on Saturday, then disappeared and were never replaced with clean glasses! I guess I could have called down and asked for new glasses, but it seems like that's the kind of thing that should have been done without having to ask at a hotel of this caliber. Also, the lock on the front door to our suite was broken and the maintenance person wasn't able to fix it, so we had to leave it propped open all weekend (we had locks on the doors to our individual rooms, so it's not like anyone could have come in, but still, it was a minor inconvenience).
- 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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