If you're planning a vacation or staycation in downtown Chicago, you're not limited to large hotels. Even when you're staying near Michigan Avenue there are more intimate accommodations from which to choose. Here are four very different Magnificent Mile boutique hotels to suit different tastes, all within steps of the city's most popular shopping district.
Not only is this one of the more affordable accommodation options in downtown Chicago, it's also one of the coolest. There are glow-in-the-dark red lip-prints on the bathroom mirror, beach balls in the hot tub, chalkboards on the door so you can leave your own Do Not Disturb - or any other - message.
Coffee is free and brought to your room in a thermos from one of the best bakeries in Chicago, which just happens to be downstairs. Wifi is also free, and fast. Their hotel bar, The Berkshire Room, has more locals than tourists sipping its craft cocktails.
If you prefer to cocktail upstairs, there’s a DIY kit in your room, complete with a take-home mason jar shaker, for only $18. Plus, it’s ACME – Wile E. Coyote, anyone?
Location: 15 E Ohio St
Industrial chic meets efficient and affordable at this River North high-rise hotel a couple of blocks off the Mag Mile. The room decor is exposed concrete and floor-to-ceiling windows, and the amenities include iPad everything (room service, spa appointments, neighborhood info) and an in-room wine rack holding bottles that aren’t quadruple retail rate. Translation: you can open these and not feel guilty about it.
Downstairs you can dine at freestyle and upstairs you can drink at Apogee. The restaurant is locally global and the rooftop lounge is one of the hottest spots in downtown Chicago, no matter what time of year.
Location: 660 N State St
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This intimate hotel only has 63 rooms but they provide the services of much larger hotels. Room service will deliver craft cocktails and small plates to your room. The fitness center is off-site, but you can get spa services in your room.
The bathrooms feature Italian marble and custom toiletries. There’s a seasonal rooftop bar and you can get breakfast in bed for just $15 a person.
Location: 233 E Ontario St
For old-world charm and new-world comfort, the Talbott Hotel is a delightful respite from the surrounding chaos. Built in 1927, the European-style hotel is an opulent jewel with impeccable service.
Don't let those buzz-words fool you, though - the rooms and the bathrooms are large with plenty of space. They’re also very pet friendly and the rooms are surprisingly spacious, thanks to a recent renovation. The lobby is especially inviting during the holidays with their elegant decorations.
Location: 20 E Delaware Pl
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