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The Peninsula Chicago, Chicago 

108 E. Superior Street
Chicago , Illinois
Tel: 866 288 8889 (toll-free)
Tel: 312 337 2888
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The 339 rooms at this swank Gold Coaster, aptly located next to Tiffany, are patrician and huge (the smallest start at 530 square feet). Avoiding flash for understated glamour, they glow in a fitting palette of soft golds. The sense of luxury follows you into the marble bathrooms, which include in-tub TVs, hands-free phones, a soaking tub, and a separate shower. Tech-friendly features range from complimentary Wi-Fi to a multifunction bedside control panel that adjusts temperature, lights, and curtains, meaning you'll never have to get out of bed. The penthouse spa and its mammoth lap pool, though, will probably get you moving. So will the Peninsula's four restaurants, including the acclaimed Avenues (now helmed by chef Curtis Duffy) and the Chinese jewel-box Shanghai Terrace (dine alfresco in the summer). And then there's the weekly calendar of food events: A Thursday ice-cream social stars sundaes, Key lime parfaits, and dreamsicles; afternoon tea gets a fashionable update on Fridays; and a weekend chocolate bar transports you to a candy-land fantasia.

From the readers of Condé Nast Traveler:
The concrete-clad tower with nickel-colored window frames and a stained-glass wall in the lobby is steps from the Museum of Contemporary Art. "Beautiful rooms of exceptional" size have butterscotch walls, golden mahogany furniture, "remarkable vistas and spectacular bathrooms." Staff are "responsive, thorough, flexible, and helpful in every way imaginable." Meals at Avenues, where the wood walls have black lacquer accents, include grilled Illinois rabbit. The top-floor glass-enclosed pool and spa come with a skyline view.

(339 rooms)
—2011 Gold List
Overall Score: 96.4
  • Design: 96.7
  • Food: 95.3
  • Location: 97.4
  • Rooms: 96.1
  • Service: 96.4

Also appeared in the Gold List in 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005

Amenities: Pool, Spa

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