Hotel review: Park Hyatt Chicago

I loved this hotel. So much.

In fact, the Park Hyatt Chicago was so amazing that I didn’t really want to leave the room.
IMG_2486This was my first stay in a Park Hyatt, and I can say without question that it is worth every one of the 25,000 Hyatt points you need for a free award night. Here’s why:

Ambiance.

From the moment you walk in the door, you are enveloped in a restful feeling of comfort. The lobby is a beautiful, art-filled space.

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Comfortable seating in the main lobby

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A display case filled with fossils.

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I have no idea who this dude was, but he was loving it.

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Alcove off the main lobby.

Little extras and amenities are liberally sprinkled throughout the entire hotel, starting in the lobby, where there are refreshing beverages and snacks available 24 hours a day.

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Iced tea and lemonade.

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Bite-sized financier cakes. 

 

Check-in and welcome amenity.

Check-in was delightful. They immediately offered a 4 pm late check-out, which we happily accepted. They also informed us that due to being Diamond members, we would get complimentary breakfast, either in the restaurant or from room service. I asked if there was a limit, and they said that as long as we didn’t go overboard, we could order anything we wanted. Next they mentioned as Diamond members, we also got a choice of 1,000 Hyatt points or a welcome amenity. Normally I would take the points and run, but I knew that this hotel offered some interesting choices, so I opted for the amenity. I’m so glad I did!

We scheduled delivery of our amenity for the end of the day (Happy Hour!). We got a few ice-cold beers, strawberries and dipping chocolate, and a plate of cheese and fruit.

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Strawberries and dipping chocolate.

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They have a great selection of beers!

 

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Cheese and fruit.

The room.

We got upgraded to a Water Tower View King. The view from the gigantic picture window was absolutely gorgeous. Since there was a padded bench that ran the length of the window, it was a very relaxing place to sit and read or chat as we watched the city scene below and in the distance.

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Incredible view from our window.

The room itself had an interesting feature, which was that there was a big sliding window that opened onto the bathroom.

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Bed with a view to the bathroom!

While we didn’t mind this feature at all, it is definitely something to note. We actually enjoyed being able to see the view of the city from the bathroom. 😉

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Bathroom with a view to the bedroom!

The bathroom itself was really spacious, with a HUGE tub as well as a shower. The water pressure was fabulous.

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Bathroom

I loved that the room had some special touches such as an Eames lounge chair and an ipad pre-loaded with music.

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Eames lounge chair and ottoman.

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Ipad which doubled as a clock.

The gym and spa.

We visited the pool area as well as the spa. Our favorite part was the jacuzzi, which was actually hot (unlike most hotel jacuzzis), and the steam room. We especially enjoyed the iced fruit water and the ice-cold lavender-scented towels.

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Gym amenities.

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Light-filled pool area.

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Jacuzzi was actually hot!

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Great views from pool area.

Diamond amenity breakfast.

We pre-ordered breakfast to be delivered at 9 am. When it arrived, they did not even include a bill. It was all taken care of. We tipped our server anyway.

Ginger ordered an egg white frittata with goat cheese…

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Egg white frittata.

…and a bowl of fresh berries…

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Berries

…while I got the cheese and meats with rustic toast…

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Fruit and cheese

and a glass of fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice. We shared a pot of Intellgensia coffee.

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So delicious.

Location.

The location of the Park Hyatt was perfect…walking distance to great restaurants, shopping, and CTA train stations.

However, the location was dangerous (for me) because it was literally steps away from TopShop, and directly across the street from Nordstrom Rack. 😉

Other amenities.

This is a hotel where you can leave your shoes outside the door for a complimentary shine, which I did. I felt a little self-conscious because my boots were so big that they didn’t fit in the bag provided, but I made it work.

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Making it work.

Sigh.

I want to return to this hotel. You know how sometimes when you are having a bad day, you think of a peaceful, happy place to try to make yourself feel better? This is going to be one of my happy places from now on. We had such a great stay.

Have you ever been to the Park Hyatt Chicago? Or to another Park Hyatt? What did you think?

If you haven’t been here yet, what are you waiting for? 😉

Comments

  1. I think it is a category 6 and 25,000 points per night.

  2. Should have only been 25,000 Gold Passport points as a Category 6, so all the more worth it!

  3. Agreed, Park Hyatts in general are a notch above. I have had fantastic stays at the Istanbul and the Toronto but have not tried the Chicago. In Chicago I generally stay at the mag mile hyatt as it tends to run ~$100 less. I wish I could justify the Park on a business trip 🙂

    • Points Pixie says:

      Guil – I am looking forward to stays at the Paris Vendome and Park Hyatt Tokyo this summer. They are addictive, I’m afraid…

  4. Have to be honest, the window into the bathroom creeped me out. Is there a shade you can pull down?

    And share with us fellow shopaholics what you bought, so we can live vicariously. 🙂

    • Points Pixie says:

      Anne – There is a sliding wooden door 😉

      And yes!! I will definitely share – it was GREAT!!!

  5. Rebecca says:

    Looks amazing! That cheese plate YUM! Were you nervous about leaving boots outside your door?

    I’ve stayed at hotels where there was a big window btwn bath/bed. A bit odd in my opinion but maybe I just don’t get it.

    • Points Pixie says:

      Rebecca – I remember from my Four Seasons post that you are skittish about leaving your shoes outside the door 😉

      Yeah, the window was a little weird, but we didn’t mind.

  6. JustSaying says:

    Excellent!

  7. JustSaying says:

    Still in London……..train to Vendome tomorrow……..finally got my email from American Embassy telling me to come by and get my tickets for D-Day 70th remembrance………..

  8. pinkisnice says:

    My happy-place hotel experience also happened in Chicago. It was a W right across from the lake, probably about 10 years ago. The memory of that view, the big, fluffy comforter, and the fuzzy teddy bear ornament they left on my pillow (in June (why?!)) – which I still have – make me feel all warm and cozy. Thanks for reminding me 🙂

  9. Richard says:

    I stayed at the Paris Vendome in December and it is divine. I stay at the Park Hyatt in DC 4-5 times a year and it is also delightful. Hyatt really gets the brand exactly right with Park Hyatt. I look forward to trying many others; especially NYC when it opens this summer.

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