Stayed in a Juior Suite with my three kids in early November, four day weekend. Beautiful suite, if a bit small for four people. The much praised bathroom was a hit with the kids (they spent most of the first hour watching TV in the tub), but I found it a little cramped and the slight lack of privacy for the toilet was a bit of a pain for the four of us.
Kids liked the high tech room, but I couldn’t get the thermostat to keep the room cool enough without being too cold. The bed was very comfortable. Wireless internet, unlike, I think, the Ritz.
Location just off Michigan Avenue was nice, but views were plain. A nice look at the Walgreens/residential tower across the street. A sliver of beach & waves available. Too low to see far, but couldn’t watch the street traffic because our room was set back.
Excellent service, mostly. On the second night, they hadn’t brought our rollaway when we returned around 11:00 and we had to wait almost 45 minutes for it to be setup. Excellent room service, everyone liked their food. Shanghai Terrace was great for lunch. Nice fitness center and pool, though the hot tub was too hot -- another guest agreed. Great free snacks for kids.
Price was comparable to a Ritz or Four Seasons suite, though I think perhaps a bit smaller without as nice a view. Overall, I think I slightly prefer the Ritz, but the kids liked the Peninsula better and I won’t veto if I get outvoted.
- 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