Chicago Hotels in the City

by Gigi Starr
An aerial shot of the Chicago skyline.

An aerial shot of the Chicago skyline.

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Chicago is brimming with hotels to suit even the most picky of travelers. From high luxury to budget friendly, Chicago hotels seek to offer a comfortable place to sleep in combination with a satisfactory level of service. With a minimum of fuss, a traveler can find a hotel within the city that suits budgetary, design and comfort needs. When traveling to the Windy City, a good night's sleep might be just around the corner.

Sheraton Chicago

The Sheraton name is a well-established international brand, and its main Chicago hotel location on East North Water Street puts guests right in the heart of downtown. Near Navy Pier and the Chicago River, the hotel is well-placed for both tourism and business. In both conventional and Executive Club Level rooms and suites, the Sheraton furnishes guests with luxury bedding, a flat-screen television with cable and in-room refreshments. The top four floors include access to the Executive Level Lounge that includes extras just for their top-tier guests.

Marriott Renaissance Chicago Hotel

Michigan Avenue, also known as the Magnificent Mile, holds much of Chicago's premier shopping and hotels. The Marriott Renaissance on South Michigan is a modern and artsy hotel with a boutique look and feel. The 332 rooms range from conventional to executive- and club-level suites; some rooms also offer a view. The on-site tapas lounge, Mercat a la Plaxa, serves casual fare all day, while a Starbucks takes care of fancy coffee urges. After enjoying the area museums and attractions, unwind at the hotel spa or take advantage of the complimentary fitness center.

Best Western River North

In the same area as the Marriott Renaissance Blackstone sits the Best Western River North, a lower-priced option that's still tasteful and comfortable. In some ways, this hotel may even surpass the more expensive names in the area. The Best Western River North has an indoor pool open year-round and an open rooftop deck, along with free Internet service and complimentary parking. The outside facade may look inelegant, but the inside is clean, modern and well-kept; the rooms are simple and up-to-date with neutral colors. Book a suite for a separate sleeping area and a mini-fridge, along with a full living room.

House 5863

Some travelers don't want the chain hotel experience. For them, a bed and breakfast is more suitable. House 5863 lies close to the beach and Loyola University in the northern part of the city, and it is also near the eclectic Andersonville neighborhood. Being that this is a bed and breakfast, House 5863 only has five guest rooms. All rooms have a bathroom; one has a bathroom located across the hall. Guests are welcome to use the kitchen and living room areas, as well as the private garden and rooftop patio. Since the hotel only serves a light breakfast, take the opportunity to eat at any one of Andersonville's diverse ethnic restaurants.

About the Author

Gigi Starr is a freelance fashion writer. She previously served as the blog editor for a major online fashion blog and has more than a decade of backstage experience in the beauty and high fashion industries. She has worked for businesses like an internationally renowned theatrical touring company and events such as the Mercedes-Benz N.Y.C. Fashion Week.

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