The Peninsula is one of Chicago’s most upmarket hotels, the choice for Hollywood stars and other VIPs. With tech-laden rooms, a view-tastic pool, luxurious spa and location smack bang in the middle of the fancy commercial district, who can blame them?
In a busy area surrounded by swanky shops and restaurants. It is steps to the Michigan Avenue retailers, a five-minute walk to the Museum of Contemporary Art and Hancock Center observatory, and 25 minutes to Navy Pier, the Art Institute and Millennium Park. The closest L station is a five-minute stroll.
Address: 108 East Superior Street, Chicago, Illinois 60611, United States.
Style & character
There’s a bit of Far East flair, such as stone Chinese lions guarding the Peninsula’s entrance, but Art Deco style dominates the public spaces. Gold sconces glitter over buffed marble floors. Plush oval-back chairs rest under breezy palms. Paintings hang in heavy gilt frames. It’s old-school elegant, like a vintage outpost in French Indochina.
Service & facilities
Service is impeccable. Concierges arrange tickets to hot shows, private architectural boat cruises and other feats. The fitness centre and indoor lap pool sprawl on the hotel’s 19th and 20th floors, with truly jaw-dropping skyline views through floor-to-ceiling windows. Trainers offer free classes like aqua pilates and power yoga; the hot tub and sun deck are prime for lounging. The large spa provides hot stone massages, facial peels, Himalayan salt scrubs and much more.
The Peninsula’s 339 rooms are vast, with interiors of creamy white leather and ebony wood. Each holds a silky king-sized bed, huge television, window-side dining table, armchair/lounge area, walk-in closet and work desk with printer and fax. Technology is a big focus: rooms are equipped with tablets for entertainment and plenty of power outlets. Marble bathrooms have a tub with television to watch while you soak, plus a separate shower.
Food & drink
Pierrot Gourmet is a rustic, farmhouse-style bistro serving quiche, French-inspired flatbreads and truffle burgers; open morning through evening. The Lobby serves all day long, offering omeletts for breakfast, sandwiches for lunch, and seafood and steaks for dinner. The elegant space also serves a much-praised traditional high tea. Shanghai Terrace brings Peking duck and other Chinese dishes to black-lacquered tables in a 1930s supper club ambience. The Peninsula Bar pours champagnes and rare whiskies.
Access for guests with disabilities?
Yes, the Peninsula has 16 ADA-compliant rooms.
Yes. The hotel provides cots, toys, colouring books, sweet treats, Playstation and Wii games, and it can arrange adjoining rooms for families. The restaurant serves a children’s high tea, and the spa offers manicures for kids.
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