When a man cannot skip town, he must go with the next best option: a completely unncessary hotel room.
And if he so chooses to go this route, he better make sure that completely unnecessary hotel room is worth it.
Y'know: The right vibe. The right amenities. The right locale.
With that in mind, here are seven of the flushest hotel rooms for your next local adventure that — we assure you — are worth it.
Situated on the 24th floor, the Penthouse Suite (the hotel has two of ‘em) at the Virgin Hotel is a perfect mix of world-class amenities and just the right amount of cheekiness Virgin is known for. A standalone bar and fancy tech adorn the room, with other in-room features including a guitar and a deep clawfoot soaking tub. For more on the rest of the hotel’s amenities, check out our first-hand 24-hour account.
Virgin Hotel, The Loop — 203 N. Wabash Ave. www.virginhotels.com
Perched on the hotel’s 22nd floor, Thompson Chicago’s 750-square-foot bi-level lofts offer a residential feel but come with a dedicated concierge who’ll attend to all of your personal matters, whether it’s dinner reservations or local transport. Insiders know to book room 2210, the Penthouse Suite that comes with a billiard table and lakefront-facing terrace. But the best reason to stay at the Thompson (and why you may never want to leave): the elevated in-room dining service handled by Nico Osteria.
Thompson Chicago, Gold Coast — 21 E. Bellvue Pl. www.thompsonhotels.com
The Park Hyatt offers a number of top-tier suites, the largest of which is the 1,900-square-foot Water Tower Suite. Consider these palatial living quarters as a true hideaway from the madding Mag Mile crowds below. The executive site is tricked out with bamboo floors and a double-sided fireplace that leads into a smart open-plan living area that channels classic luxury with a sophisticated neutral color scheme and plush, velvet furniture.
Park Hyatt Chicago, Mag Mile — 800 N. Michigan Ave. www.parkhyatt.chicago.com
The Navy Pier Suite at Loews Chicago offers jaw-dropping Lake Michigan vantage points from every room, including its private workout room. Standing as one of the city’s newest hotels, the Loews lobby also houses Rural Society, an Argentine steakhouse that’ll do ya well for a dinner or just a nightcap.
Loews Chicago, Streeterville — 455 N. Park Dr. www.loewshotels.com
Ripe with vintage sporting ephemera, mid-century modern furnishings and all the Gothic charm you’ll find throughout the hotel itself, the Founders Suite is the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel’s most flush accommodations. From there, you’ll be able to take full advantage of Cindy’s, the city’s hottest rooftop perch, while being just spitting distance from Millennium Park and other civic attractions you never visit enough.
Chicago Athletic Association Hotel, Mag Mile — 12 S. Michigan Ave. www.chicagoathletichotel.com
The Infinity Suite at the Langham is a study in stately elegance. The two-bedroom suite boasts 2,700 square feet of living space and picks up the regal marble and gold palette from the hotel’s lobby, with dramatic windows that afford views all the way up the river. In the living room sits a custom grand piano. You’ll also have access to The Langham Club, basically the idea of the perfect Business Class lounge, actualized. In addition to the plush, cozy digs, Langham’s also home to Chuan Spa, a tranquil Asian oasis where you and yours can enjoy an aromatic herbal sauna and some serious relaxation.
The Langham Hotel, River North — 330 N. Wabash Ave. www.langhamhotels.com
The Grand Deluxe at the Trump lives up to its luxury pedigree with velvety furnishings and a grand marble fireplace. The suite’s ten-foot floor-to-ceiling windows command the most attention, along with Trump’s current ranking at the polls.
Trump Chicago, River North — 401 N. Wabash Ave. www.trumphotelcollection.com