The Peninsula Chicago
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Well, after a long haul through one of the best parts of the world, I am back home safe and sound. Anyone have $1500 so I can go back? The last few days of my trip were an excellent cap to a once-in-a-lifetime experience. My week in Manila was spent in the Peninsula Hotel - far and away the nicest place I got to stay in during my travels. Days were …
... that always has interesting stock on the shelves. A new bag was purchased and we wandered slowly home, detouring down Chicago and Franklin Streets to investigate shops in the area known as the 'furniture district'. First stop was Paper Source, an artisanal paper shop that offers a variety of papers for wrapping and crafts. By the time we left the store it was after midday, so we stopped at the nearby Farmhouse Tavern for lunch. This restaurant serves seasonal ...
... of the travel to Chicago went smooth. Standing at imagration made me remember how many different people there are in the world lol looking out plane window all I could see was square blocks of land divided by road "weird" makes the frosses road look unfinished with all its bends
hit by 31degree heat as we stepped off plane rushed to terminal for cool air no need for the fleece I ...
... and got a taxi to take me to S. Wabash Avenue as I wanted to pick up a new camera bag. After getting my new bag I headed off to Millennium Park.
Millenium Park, as the name suggests, was designed to celebrate the Millennium in 2000. Unfortunately it went massively over budget and was massively delayed that, I think, it wasn't finished until 2004. The Park is on Michigan Avenue (aka the Magnificent Mile) and has lots of famous architecture and exhibits ...
... to the biggest fountain was a little sandwich shop. Turns out it's run by by a culinary school to train train their students. Everything was fantastic. I had a "Chicago style Hot Dog", I was in heaven. Then back to the car and off to find Wrigley Field. Ironically the Pirates were in town but we didn't have time for this one. Back to our hotel for a nap, shower the off to the Kim's and Drew's Rehearsal Dinner, oh darn, MORE food. The day was ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
- Swimming pool
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
Historical Traveler Reviews The Peninsula Chicago
The Peninsula is either letter perfect or head-scratchingly wrong.
From an Asian couple, They welcomed us...
I could not understand the 1-star Asian reviewer who felt discriminated against [11/16/2003]. My wife [born in the Far East] and I [born near NYC] are both full-blooded, unquestionably picture-perfect Asians. On the numerous occasions we've been to the Peninsula, we have been very welcome in all areas. Maybe we were lucky. We have NEVER been bounced.
The best in the world
The Peninsula group of hotels is the epitome of luxury, taste, style and class. If you want the best and want to experience a staff that will anticipate your needs, then stay at ANY of the Peninsula Hotels. I have stayed at the propeties in Chicago, Los Angeles and Bangkok. All are at the top of their league...by far! For a guest of The Bar at the Chicago hotel to imply discrimination at an Asian hotel company is absurd! While staying at the Chicago property for 5 nights, I encountered many Asian employees. There is NO discrimination here. You will only experience the most pleasant hotel stay of your life. Not to be missed!!
The Peninsula Chicago is one of the nicest hotel facilities this hotel snob has visited in 20+ years of travel. The room service, maid service, health club, beds, HVAC & room lighting are outstanding & exceptional.That's why it's such a shame one can hear those in adjacent rooms sneeze, cough, flatulate, argue & engage in sex. (Although not necessarily in that order).It's also shameful that the front desk ignored my 1st request to change rooms. On the final day of my visit, after being kept awake from 5am by the room next door's ongoing alarm buzzer, I was moved...but not before security personel were sent to confirm my complaint! Furthermore, this (former) repeat customer has not heard from anyone representing the property regarding his complaints or concerns in the month since this incident.Notwithstanding the exquisite facility, I prefer sleep to luxury.
Worth every penny
We stayed at the Peninsula on 12/27. From the time we checked in until the time we left we received outstanding service. Upon arrival we were upgraded to a junior suite that overlooked Michigan Avenue and the Water tower. Our room had a spacious bathroom and a super comfortable king size bed. The room was extremely well appointed with everything you could hope to need during your stay. There is a beatiful atrium area on the second floor where they serve afternoon tea and live jazz in the evening. There is a cool bar with a fire place that is also located on the second floor. The hotel is located in the center of great shopping and restaurants. From talking with others this is now "The" place to stay in Downtown Chicago. It is expensive but worth it. I will be back.
I travel for my job and stay at hotels all over the world. I have had plenty of experience with the cream of the crop, as well as average hotels. And... when not on planes... I live in Chicago, so I know a thing or two about the local hotels. I've stayed there 5-6 times.
I went there with friends on a Saturday night after dinner. It was a friend's birthday, so I was dressed pretty well. I was able to get into the bar, but I then left and went to the bathroom. Imagine my surprise when I was told that I couldn't re-enter the bar, because it was 'too crowded.' I calmly and politely asked if I could at least see if my friends were still there. One of the 'bouncers' went in to check and came out about 30s later saying that there was noone by my friend's name in there. I tried calling my friends, thinking that they had left.
Started out at the W Hotel Lakeshore...checked out after being there 10 hours...absolutely horrible...found out it was an old Days Inn, in my opinion it still is, with a coat of brown paint and a 250.00 a night increase in price (the worst hotel)...moved to the Penisula the next day...I can't even begin to tell you how wonderful this hotel is...I travel the world and the service, attitude, quality of this hotel was the best I have EVER seen...the staff was more than friendly. Every staff person from the front desk to people you would see in elevators acknowledged you with a hello, how are you, how is your day...they were definetly TOP NOTCH...the W Hotel lake shore was $279.00 a night and the Penisula was $379.00...the extra $100.00 a night is more than made up for in the size of the room, the amenities, the spa, gym, service, etc. A wonderful hotel that i will stay in on every visit to Chicago.
Very Disappointing and Overrated
The service level at the hotel bordered on horrible. The staff had an attiutude and were unfriendly and the level of cleanliness in my room was poor. THe location is great but other than this the hotel should not get high ratings.
Lobby Dining & Dancing
What a treat to dine and dance in the sophisticated lobby of the Chicago Peninsula this past Saturday (3/25/2003)! We were actually booked for the Shanghai Terrace. But in passing thru the lobby, we heard the magical music of Stephanie Browning and her trio. We could not leave. After a magnificent dinner by a most attentive staff, we had three incredibly pleasant hours as we danced and danced .. just like an old-time movie. Total costs less than a C-note, but pricelessly valued memories for my wife and me.