Chicago is full of drama, from its lake views and the beaches to the impressive presence of some of the tallest buildings in the world ,as well as neighborhoods hopping with life both day and night. Even the weather is dramatic, veering from winter wonderland to sweltering summer nights as the year turns. The city is a great place to spend your honeymoon at any time of year. Whether you plan to spend the time out on the town or sequestered in your suite is up to you. Several top Chicago honeymoon hotel picks not only provide luxurious settings for your honeymoon vacation, they also specialize in the kind of service that will make your memories sparkle.
Named the top hotel for romance in Chicago by CitySearch, the Hotel Monaco is located downtown in a former hat factory, which may not sound promising for a honeymoon getaway. But the building has been completely renovated into a stylish boutique space. Clean lines on the exterior give way to plush yet spacious interiors. The hotel, a Kimpton property, serves complimentary wine every afternoon, in-room spa service is available and room service runs 24 hours. Some rooms have window seats from which you can appreciate excellent views of the Chicago River. The staff gets high marks for friendly and thoughtful service, and the beds for comfort. The sweetest touch may be the loaner goldfish the hotel provides all its guests to keep them company during their stay.
The Hotel Burnham is housed in a National Historic Landmark building, one of the earliest modern skyscrapers. It exudes vintage charm from the elevator grills to the mahogany paneling in the lobby to the fact that they give you an actual physical key to your room. The hotel describes itself as having a "vintage club atmosphere" and was named one of the top places in the world to stay by Conde Naste Traveler. Like the Monaco, this is part of the Kimpton hotel chain. A fun historical trivia note: Al Capone used this building for business, and the hotel has a special package in his honor. Rooms are relatively modest in size but well-appointed. Honeymooners will especially appreciate the evening wine hour and in-room spa services.
Palmer House Hilton
The Palmer House is possibly the best-known luxury hotel in Chicago. Newlyweds may appreciate knowing that the hotel itself was a wedding gift from Potter Palmer to his bride, Bertha Honore. If you're aiming for the utmost in old-fashioned glamour and luxury for the honeymoon, this is your spot. Inquire carefully when booking, as some of the rooms are on the small side -- you might consider splurging for a suite or a room on the executive level.
The Amalfi is located in the River North neighborhood right above the Loop and near the famous Magnificent Mile shopping district. The hotel itself is modern and sleek, with some unique amenities, including continental breakfast served on every floor in the morning, cocktails on the sixth floor in the evening and the services of a personal "experience designer" -- basically your very own concierge to help guide and shape your perfect Chicago honeymoon. One downside: no room service, so this place is best suited as a swank base to explore the city's delights.
The Drake is located on the Gold Coast of Chicago and offers stunning lake views, a historic setting full of old-time celebrity chic -- think Frank Sinatra and yes, the Queen of England herself -- and truly opulent surroundings. The renowned afternoon tea service is served daily in the Palm Court near an indoor fountain and is accompanied by live harp music. You might also enjoy the Chanel boutique downstairs.
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