In the Loop, you can always find someone running to catch a train, coffee in hand. It’s in the business district of Chicago, named after the loop that the elevated train makes around a rectangle bordered by the Chicago River to the north and west, Lake Michigan on the east, and Harrison Street to the south. With an “L” stop at almost every corner, staying near the Loop offers a great launch pad. These seven hotels are your best options for a productive stay.
Palmer House a Hilton Hotel
Palmer House a Hilton Hotel, Chicago | Courtesy of Palmer House a Hilton Hotel / Hotels.com
Step back in time at the first hotel in Chicago to feature electric light bulbs and telephones in the guest rooms. It’s huge (over 1,500 rooms) and a great option if you don’t have time to visit any museums – you’re pretty much staying in one. Dubbed the longest continuously operating hotel in North America, The Palmer House is certified by Historic Hotels of America as a property that has maintained its authenticity, sense of place and architectural integrity.
The Virgin brand boasts stylish design and trendy amenities. Sipping an iced latte from a leather couch at the ground level coffee shop looking out at a bustling city corner is an energizing start to the day. The hotel’s killer rooftop hosts buzzy music events, and a bright red swing in the shape of lips makes for an Instagram-worthy photo.
Slide into the Cambria for a stress-free stay. The sleek design is ideal for travelers looking for a simple space designed with accessibility in mind. Each contemporary room features a 49-inch flat-screen TV and an executive desk with an ergonomic chair with free high-speed Wi-Fi to conduct business in comfort. Soak in the spa-quality tub at the end of the day for a well-spent stopover.
Situated in the epicenter of Chicago’s sightseeing haven, the St. Jane offers a luxurious and opportune stay in Chicago. A high-end bar and restaurant with an adjacent café populate the first floor. The ‘Bean,’ the lake, the Chicago River and the Magnificent Mile are all within footsteps of the entrance. The landmark Art Deco building fills up its “champagne bottle” shape with all things swanky for your stay at the St. Jane.
Pop into the Art Institute and then snap a photo of the start of Route 66 right outside the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel. The 1890s building exudes old-world charisma with its large lobby covered in mosaic tiles and a grand front entrance. Make sure to explore all the nooks and crannies of the former athletic club, including the original lap pool, enigmatic game room and outdoor roof terrace.
Take advantage of Kimpton Gray’s curated concierge service, which offers help with everything from bar recommendations in the Loop to engagement surprises on the beach. Top-notch amenities include an on-site tie bar, bikes to rent and Lululemon yoga mats in the fitness center. The bedrooms are the epitome of simple sophistication, lined in textured wallpaper with luxurious linens in a soothing gray/blue color palate.
Situated across from the Chicago River and walking distance to Grant Park, the Merchandise Mart and the Chicago Theatre, the Renaissance is one of the best hotels in Chicago. The rooftop view peers up and around a corner facing picturesque river bridges and energetic Wacker Drive. The big, open lobby – with a bar and plenty of sitting room – is great for getting some work done or meeting up with a friend before heading out on the town.