The Ritz-Carlton Chicago (A Four Seasons Hotel)
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Made it to Chicago yesterday. The flight was smooth, so that was a plus. We got to the Four Seaons, and man, what a posh place. Take a look! Went to work today and trained about 30 people. The people at the Chicago office were absolutely wonderful! Went to dinner with Dad at Big Bowl. Thought it was great. Now we leave to come home early in the …
... our tour. (phew, no showers!). Our tour started at 1.30, so we grabbed a bite of lunch, and had a stroll in Millenium park. It is a lovely place, saw the 2 big water features that I have seen in pictures, there were children running in the water.
We discovered our tour was 2 tours,north side, and south side. The first tour went through the lakeside area, Lake Superior is the largest lake and is over a hundred miles ...
... most of the local beers and ciders were on tap. We continued browsing after lunch - mostly window shopping, as the art galleries and furniture stores we passed we very upmarket and a number of them could only be visited by appointment. We climbed a couple of steps from the footpath to 'For Dog's Sake', a store that specialises in cat and dog nutrition. The shelves were piled high with not only food but other 'essentials' such as doggie toothbrushes, plaque ...
... avoid if possible lol couldn't get into room so went for a walk up to John Hancock centre awesome view sore feet walk was cool but can't see past buildings but they are awesome I do like this city even though I am a green fields man.
had my first slurpee so sugar rush is keeping me up and wide awake heading to navy pier to chill out for the vending so catch all you followers later!!!
... Chicago White Sox. Tonight my Sox took on American League (AL) Central rivals the Kansas City Royals. The night was very enjoyable and had a fantastic view and got talking to an American guy who thought I lived in Chicago. Unfortunately, the result didn't go our way (we lost 5-1) but the fireworks at the end were fantastic (every cloud!!!). So it was back on the 'L' and back to the hotel to get some tea before hitting the hay before starting on tomorrow's sightseeing.
How has this hotel rated in the past?
- Swimming pool
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- Free High-Speed Internet
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Ritz-Carlton Chicago (A Four Seasons Hotel)
Look elsewhere for the $
stayed there in june 2004 for 1 week. views of lake were superb. only thing going for it. conceierge and check in not up to scratch, and disinterested. staff in restaurant & coference dining were superb. i feel management less than interested in hotel but think they are big time because of hotel brand. second time at ritz/four seasons never again. overpriced & fake
My standard room was quiet, comfortable and larger than average. However, whether this hotel is worthwhile depends on your lifestyle. I was there in March 2005 to attend a business conference. Perhaps the hotel should have frequent guests fill out a preference form.
We stayed in the Ritz-Carlton over New Years Eve and had a truly exceptional time. This is how hotels ought to be run. The staff are amazing and impeccable, always catering to every need and always at attention. When I disputed a charge there was no dicussion, it was simply taken off straight away. We stayed in a very expensive suite as I proposed to my girlfriend that night. We were sent chocolates and champagne complimentary, and we were put in a special corner suite overlooking the lake and the city. Everyone treated her like a princess. It was a remarkable night.
I really can't say enough about this place. I've stayed at many a five-star hotel but none compares when it comes to quality and perfection.
The Best of the Best
My wife and I thought this hotel was uniquely superb. We ended up doing a bit a research and found out that many customers must feel the same way, as it has won the finest hotel award for all of North America for the past 4 years!
The key is the people working at the Ritz. They have a way anticipating your next need without having any snobbery or pretense.
We plan to go back whenever we can.
Plush elegance in a great location
I stayed here twice for business in the fall of 2003. One time I had a very large, gorgeous room with a wonderful view of the Sears building and lakefront. The size of the room almost swallowed the king sized bed. The other time the room was much smaller but came with a small sofa, and the view was of the city. The elegant decor, bedding and furniture all befit a Ritz-Carlton hotel. The staff were always pleasant, helpful and eager to serve - they were almost disturbingly subsequious... The food in the meeting rooms was the only mediocre aspect of my stays - just typical hotel food. A truly elegant, luxurious place to stay on someone else's expense account!
Stayed here over Easter. What a wonderful hotel, smiling helpful staff, a totally relaxing atmosphere, I revelled in the complete peace and quiet. I can only compare the comfort of the bed to a cloud. I'm a light sleeper and I know we werent the only guests but there was absolutely no noise, nothing at all. Tears from my teenage daughter were imminent when her hair straightners didnt work, within minutes staff sourced some from a nearby hair salon, I need these folks for trouble shooting back home! Do eat in the Dining Room mmmm definitely grownups food. I cant understand the previous poor review at all, staff at this hotel were genuinely charming and helpful and made my daughter feel like a princess. When asked on checking out if there was anything which could have made our stay more enjoyable I had to think for a moment and finally admit that I'd have liked to find George Clooney in my suite. Maybe next time.
My first experience at a Ritz Carlton. We had a suite and it was just perfect except for a light over the bar which kept on going out. They wanted to fix it but they needed tear the ceiling out in order to replace the whole fixture but we declined and told them that they could fix it when we left. The bathroom door wouldn't shut unless you pulled the door hard toward you and it would lock - even though maintenance worked on it - it still didn't work. BUT... other than those two things the everything was PERFECT!
On several occasions I have treated my wife and daughter to a stay at the Chicago Ritz-Carlton. It is true that they make kids feel special but the best thing of all is the location...above the fabulous Watertower Mall. Other nearby attractions are American Girl Place, John Hancock Center and Bistro 110.Nothing for kids to do? Take the Musuem Express Bus down to the Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium, Adler Planetarium and the Museum of Science & Industry. If it is near the holidays, take the kids to the Chicago Symphony's Christmas program.....a lively and fun event.I don't know how you spend $4000 on a hotel room but we really like the Jr. Exec suites for about $390.
The good the bad and the ugly(this hotel falls into the catogory of ugly)
the dining was bad and there was nothing for my five year old son to do.I stayed in the imperial suite.I payed 4000 dollars for it.
My husband and I along with our three children stayed in this Ritz hotel in April and we all had a wonderful stay. My children are kind of young (ages 2-5) and I was concerned that maybe the hotel would be too "stuffy and up-tight" with kids in tow, but nothing could be further from the truth. Our kids enjoyed their stay as much as my husband and I did! The staff was extremely friendly and outgoing with my kids. They were consistently made to feel special and because our kids were treated so well, my husband and I felt great, too. A toy wagon was brought out upon our arrival and the kids got to pick out a new toy each to take up to the suite. When we got to the room there was a box for each of my kids with a helium balloon, coloring book and crayons and chocolate chip cookie and a juice box. For my husband and I there was wine and cheese. Yes, the suite was expensive---but we were spoiled, the service was superb and we would go back there in a heartbeat. If you can swing the money----take the plunge---and have an exceptional stay in Chicago.