My boyfriend and I are planning a little romantic getaway to Chicago, Illinois in the near future, and we’re looking for some really nice, romantic hotels. We’re prepared to splurge a bit, which is a good thing since Chicago’s nicer hotels will cost you. What are we looking for? We’d love a hotel that’s very close to downtown, that has a spa and maybe an indoor pool, spacious rooms and big bathrooms with jet tubs (ok this isn’t a total necessity) — and great room service so we can just chill out and relax in the room.
After poking around on the Internet for a bit, one of my top romantic hotel pick is the Park Hyatt Chicago. This place even has butler service! Huge bathtubs, flat screen TV’s in the rooms and the bathrooms, a pool and a luxurious spa is starting to sound really good. And, we’d be able to walk to the Magnificent Mile Shops, which is a plus. This one might be a little out of our price range (standard rooms start at over $400 a night), but it’d be awesome for even one night. Soaking in a bubble bath in a huge tub while drinking a glass of champagne…I’m fighting to keep this one on the list.
I’m also looking into the Palmer House Hilton. We could even bring our dog on the trip if we wanted to (dogs under 85 pounds are fine), though frankly she’s like a kid and I don’t want a kid on a romantic getaway – sorry, Penny! I really like the look of this hotel, very elegant and historic, without seeming stuffy. This hotel’s been around for more than 100 years, and it’d be neat to stay in a place that’s got a little history to it. There’s a sauna, nice! And the price is a little better, too – all the rooms are under $300, and some are under $200. The Palmer House Hilton may not be as fabulously luxurious as the Park Hyatt, but we could use the extra change to treat ourselves to a very fancy, romantic candlelit dinner. It’s a thought.
The Hotel Monaco looks really wonderful too, and at about $300/night, it would definitely be a luxurious romantic weekend. This looks like a really cute French botique hotel and it’s very close to the theater district, which would be fun. And get this — they provide you with a complimentary goldfish for the room to keep your company if you are staying alone. Hah! My 6’4″ boyfriend was excited about the “tall” rooms you can reserve which have nine foot king sized beds and tall shower heads. Talk about attention to detail. I’m tickled about the possiblity of in-room spa services!