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):
- We're excited to welcome you to the new Talbott, re-opening May 2017. We're currently closed for a full renovation, but will accept reservations starting May 1. Imagine yourself in the heart of downtown Chicago’s effervescent Gold Coast and steps away from the iconic Magnificent Mile on Michigan Avenue. Envision a boutique hotel near the Chicago Loop that blends the charms of a gracious bygone era with opulent hotel accommodations, impeccable service, and unexpected delights. ... more less
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