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Hot List 2005

Hard Rock Hotel, Chicago, Illinois 
$$$$

230 N. Michigan Avenue

Chicago, Illinois 60601
United States

Tel: 866 966 5166 (toll-free)

Tel: 312 345 1000

Three cheers for the Hard Rock, which gave new life to the old Carbide and Carbon Building, whose unusual dark-green and gold facade adds credence to the story that this 1929 Art Deco treasure was designed to resemble a champagne bottle. Now, it's a 381-room hotel best appreciated by anyone who's ever had a rock 'n' roll fantasy. More than a few guests may be tempted to choose their floor based on the artifacts displayed near the elevators; on the nineteenth, for instance, is a Gibson guitar that Jimi Hendrix used to record "All Along the Watchtower." The rooms are hip, if a tad bleak—blacks, grays, glass, and mirrors—and staff, once reportedly long on attitude, have discovered the benefits of service with a smile.
When to go: Summer and fall—the most conducive to strolling the nearby, spectacular Millennium Park.
Which room to book: Views, down North Michigan Avenue or toward the Chicago River, are best from the "Hard Rock" rooms and those in The Tower
Amenities: Bar/lounge, Gym, 24-hour Room Service, Wheelchair-accessible
Information may have changed since date of publication. Please confirm details with individual establishments before planning your trip.

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