Built in 1927, this European-style boutique hotel recently got a facelift with sophisticated design-forward modern features enhancing its historical charm. The Talbott is blessed with a Gold Coast location, which means plenty of upscale shopping and dining for leisurely tourists and business travelers on-the-go.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Feel free to bring your dog. The property has no fee for pets and even offers a dog menu package through the restaurant.
Blending Old World European flair with eclectic modern touches, expect sleek neutral colors with slashes of patters and textures. Updated features include digital wooden USB radios and electronic doorbell switches to indicate do not disturb or make up room. Because the property was originally built to be condos, rooms benefit from extra generous spacing—particularly the 800-square-foot one bedroom suites with Murphy beds that are great for families and additional guests.
YOU SHOULD KNOW For the best street views, opt for the Delaware king rooms that overlook Delaware Street.
Bathrooms retain classic European sizing with tub/shower combination outfitted with waterfall showers, Jonathan Adler designer soaps, gray microfiber robes, and majority have dual sinks.
If you want to get your soak on, try to secure one of the rooms that has a jet bathtub.
Among the most noticeable new details is a large design-forward lounge outfitted with dark, masculine features and back-set concierge, giving a ritzy living room feel. Think: hand-detailed walls, and copper and chocolate velvet couches popular for catching up on emails or having a cup of coffee.
A small, no-frills gym is located in the basement, stocked with 2 treadmills, elliptical machine, weights, and yoga equipment.
A concierge is available outside to hail a taxi easily or you can use a ride-hailing app like Lyft or Uber to immediately nab a ride. It's about a 4-minute walk to the nearest red line L stop at Chicago Avenues and State Street, where you can find buses running along both streets.
The Gold Coast is best known for pricey steakhouses like Gibson's Steakhouse and Bar, Tavern on Rush, and Maple & Ash (4-minute walk). If you want to stick with the luxury vibe, make reservations for Ralph Lauren's RL Restaurant (5-minute walk) or the award-winning Cafe Spiaggia (5-minute walk), a favorite of President Obama.
Head up to the second floor of Luxbar (5-minute walk) for great views of the Rush Street triangle, or if you want the best views of the city, grab a drink at The Signature Room at the 95th on the sky deck of the John Hancock building (5-minute walk). For something a little local and divier, grab a pint and a Chicago hot dog at longtime Irish tavern Pippin's Tavern (2-minute walk).
WHY WE LIKE IT
There's no shortage of luxury properties in the Gold Coast, which is why this historic boutique hotel stands out with its residential charm. While the hotel lacks some of the frills you'll find at larger properties, it makes up with generous space and curated comfort. Street views and prime location offer a real city experience that makes every guest feel like a local, with an intimate bar that makes it easy to get to know your bartender on a first-name basis.