The only all-suites hotel on Michigan Avenue has a lot going for it: every room is good-sized. French doors separate the living room from the bedroom, making them feel more like apartments. In 2015 the hotel wrapped an $11 million renovation. It's a smart choice for extended stays or family trips (the hotel offers a fun kid-friendly amenity that includes a backpack filled with activities)--most rooms have pull-out couches, and all have multiple TVs plus MP3 plug-ins. To dine on-site, simply visit the 676 Restaurant & Bar, with farm-to-fork, Midwestern-style American cuisine, and views overlooking Michigan Avenue.
YOU SHOULD KNOW WiFi isn't free--unless you sign up for the hotel brand's Membership Club.
Peach-y walls and dark-navy carpet with white scrolls lend Old World flair but are thankfully modernized. All rooms are suites, and designed to feel like a living area with French doors separating the rooms, which tends to attract families with young children. Many rooms have a full-size sleeper to help a group traveling together spread out in comfort.
Traveling with kids? The hotel's kid-friendly amenity (Omni Kids Crew) gives each child a backpack at check-in that's filled with activities, plus milk-and-cookies are delivered at turndown.
Baths can be quite dark, with dark-navy walls subtracting much of the light, but the well-lit mirrors make up for it. Baths are quite large for a hotel at this price point.
The lobby's cherry-wood paneling, high ceilings and built-in check-in desk make for a cozy entrance.
An indoor pool is open year-round and a fifth-floor sundeck allow you to squeeze some tanning time into a tight schedule.
Not sure about visiting the gym? Request the hotel's in-room fitness kit for a work-out on the go. Otherwise, the 700-square-foot fitness center has all the machines you'd expect--ellipticals, treadmills, Nautilus, etc.--and free weights, too.
676 Restaurant's farm-to-table, all-day dining features delicacies like Sullivan pheasant and Strauss veal as well as more casual offerings like Midwest cheese and charcuterie platters or ribeye burgers, and shareable eats such as deviled eggs and bar meatballs. An open-air kitchen creates amazing aromas. A daily breakfast buffet runs $25 per person.
DIY Bloody Marys can be tacked onto the weekend brunch at 676 Restaurant. 676 Bar & Lounge is an intimate spot with a long, narrow bar serving a balanced mix of wines by the glass, craft cocktails, house infusions and craft beers from Chicago's own Two Brothers Brew Company. Bar snacks are fun, like elevated popcorn and potato chips that fold in interesting flavors.
This River North location gives you the best of both worlds: shopping, bars and restaurants north of the river; and museums and attractions south. You won't need a car at all. Public-transit stops for a trolley to Navy Pier, bus to the Museum Campus and L lines around Chicago are all within a few blocks' walk of the hotel. Uber and Lyft drivers are always around, too.
Portillo's Hot Dogs is a kid-friendly favorite but also a hit with adults: one is just an 8-minute walk from the hotel. GT Fish & Oyster (14-minute walk) is your classic New England-style eatery with fish chowder and more.
Serving craft beer and letting patrons tool around on arcade games, Headquarters Beercade (14-minute walk) has evolved into a destination. Tiki drinks are the real deal at Three Dots and a Dash (13-minute walk), a locals' favorite.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Rates here are competitive with the neighborhood's big luxury brands. You get access to a pool, fitness center and restaurant, and retiring back to your suite-sized room is a boon after walking for hours in the city.