Fodor’s Choice Lodging: Chicago

Hotel Burnham
This hotel, housed in the famed 13-story Reliance Building, has a marvelously rich interior that retains such original details as Carrara marble wainscoting and ceilings, terrazzo floors, and mahogany trim. Guest rooms, which were once the building’s offices, are compact. But we’ll overlook the lack of wiggle room thanks to perks like the “pillow library,” which offers everything from firm to hypo-allergenic pillows. 1 Washington Street, Loop. 312/782-1111. $$-$$$$ (photo, right)

Days Inn Lincoln Park
This award-winning Days Inn is one of the more luxurious in the sometimes so-so chain, featuring a lobby with a pressed-tin ceiling and brass chandeliers. The updated look of its guest rooms is one of cheery mixed patterns and dark-wood furniture. All guests have free use of the nearby Bally’s health club. 644 West Diversey Parkway, Lincoln Park. 773/525-7010. $-$$

Four Seasons
At the ultra-refined Four Seasons, guest rooms begin on the 30th floor (the hotel sits atop the tony 900 North Michigan Shops), so there’s a distinct feeling of seclusion. The rooms look English manor–like, with Italian marble, handcrafted woodwork, and botanical prints. To get the most out of the experience, buy one of the hotel’s package deals. 120 East Delaware Place, Near North. 312/280-8800. $$$-$$$$

Park Hyatt
Thanks to unique partnerships with the Art Institute, this hotel is full of blue-chip art—and even boasts its own gallery. (Check out the 1968 masterpiece Piazza del Duomo by German painter Gerhard Richter in the lobby.) Rooms have mellow bamboo colors and, with a nod to the minimalist and mod, come with Eames chairs. Cherrywood doors between bedrooms and bathrooms glide open, making rooms appear more spacious. 800 North Michigan Avenue, Near North. 312/335-1234. (photo, right) $$$-$$$$

Peninsula Chicago
This property — one of only three Peninsula hotels in the United States — has cornered the market on cool electronics. Look for high-tech bells and whistles like the “beside panel,” featuring buttons to control just about anything in the room, including the flat-screen TV, temperature, and radio. Bathrooms are made to linger in, with hands-free telephones and TVs positioned above huge soaking tubs. 108 East Superior Street, Near North. 312/337-2888. $$$$

Sofitel Chicago Water Tower
A wonder of modern architecture, this French-owned gem is a prism-shaped structure that juts over the street and narrows as it rises. Design sensibility shines in guest rooms, too, with beechwood furnishings, Barcelona chairs, and marble bathrooms bedecked with bamboos (think feng shui). The sophisticated Café des Architectes is notable for lunchtime soups while Le Bar is a homey den filled with newspapers and architecture books. 20 East Chestnut Street, Near North. 312/324-4000. $$$-$$$$

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