by Maxwell Barna
Families looking for luxury in the Windy Cindy needn’t look further than the AAA Five-Diamond Waldorf Astoria Chicago. This 188-room hotel is consistently rated as one of the best large city hotels in the continental U.S., and for good reason.
Located in the heart of Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood, the Waldorf Astoria Chicago is close to all the shops, restaurants and fun awaiting families on the Magnificent Mile and Oak Street.
Accommodations vary, but each room in this award-winning hotel includes, at the very least, a full bath with inset LCD TV, queen or king beds, complimentary Wi-Fi, a mini-fridge, a microwave, a 42-inch flat-screen TV, an iPod integrated surround sound system, a large work desk and at least 614 square feet of space. There are also connecting rooms for families, as well as pet-friendly accommodations.
Guests are also allowed access to a full-service Elysian Spa & Health Club, along with a world-class fitness center located on the 4th floor — including its indoor swimming pool.
Balsan is the Waldorf’s onsite restaurant, providing guests with stylish, upscale dining. Serving delicious items for breakfast, lunch, dinner and brunch on weekends, this sophisticated, truly seasonal European bistro will not disappoint. Menu items include things like gazpacho, beef tartare, dry aged sirloin steak, veal, Margherita flatbread pizza and much more. There is no kid’s menu.
Our Editor Loves
- Spacious and luxurious accommodations
- Close proximity to Chicago's Magnificent Mile
- Onsite swimming pool
First time in over 35 years traveling with family, we did get robbed in our room, food item stolen from our room fridge and who knows what else. Report this, had to almost beg for answers and at the end, we were made understood that the staff was 100% reliable and that perhaps we were making this up. Unbelievable !
Other minor incidents with housekeeping and hotel personnel.....sadly because its a nice property not run like it such be. Avoid headaches or stay at your own risk.
My daughters and I wanted a relaxing weekend getaway to be just pampered since they all had little ones at home and that is "exactly" what we received! Every request we made was granted; the personal service and concierge's recommendations were the best! Couldn't have asked for a better experience.