Best Chicago Hotel

Old May 2nd, 2004, 07:38 PM
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Best Chicago Hotel

Even though I was born and raised in Chicago, I need help with a hotel since I moved away 15 years ago. I am looking at the Four seasons(stayed there once but wasn't impressed), the Ritz Carlton(I know it's a FS, and I sort of feel like a traitor if I don't stay there since I got married there but it seemed sort of worn lately) or The Pennisula(seems to be Chicago's hot hotel). Which would you choose?
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Old May 3rd, 2004, 05:42 AM
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Definately the Pennisula. It was just rated top 3 in the U.S. but T & L magazine. (The other 2 were top 10.)
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Old May 3rd, 2004, 06:17 PM
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Pennisula hands down - one of the best in world, easily the best in chicago
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Old May 3rd, 2004, 06:37 PM
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Right now it's the Peninsula.
I've stayed there several times since it opened and couldn't be happier with it, but I've almost always stayed in an executive suite which is a nice upgrade over standard (and well worth it IMO--website sometimes has some 'good' deals (it's all relative)).

When the FS was new it was stellar. Started to get a bit worn by 2000. I haven't stayed there since the Pen opened a couple years ago.

I've had some downright substandard (for a Four Seasons property) rooms at the RC. I've really grown to dislike those old 1980's style white/gray marble baths with the small tub/shower and cloth shower curtain. Just doesn't cut it for me any more.
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Old May 4th, 2004, 03:20 AM
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Thanks for all your advice. I booked the grand suite at the Penn(need the room for two kids). The only thing I'm going to miss is a view of the lake!
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Any one can chime in if they think I've made a mistake!
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If I am not mistaken, the Grand Suites at the Penninsula in Chicago do indeed have a view of the lake. After bouncing between the FS and RC for years, I think this is probably the best hotel in Chicago today.
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