When Travel + Leisure selected the top hotels in the world in 2008, Chicago fared very well. Out of the top 100 Hotels in the Continental United States and Canada, four hotels were on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile. Chicago hotels in the Top 100 were The Peninsula Chicago, The Four Seasons Chicago, James Chicago and The Ritz Carlton Chicago.
The Peninsula Chicago
The Peninsula Chicago was chosen number 10 in the top 100 hotels by Travel + Leisure readers. Peninsula is an AAA Five Diamond and Mobil Five Star hotel on the Magnificent Mile of Chicago. The location is in the prime shopping district on Michigan Avenue. Dine at Shanghai Terrace, The Lobby Restaurant or Peirrot Gourmet Restaurant.
The Peninsula has also been voted America’s Healthiest Hotel by Health magazine. The state of the art exercise equipment next to the windows shows off views of Lake Michigan and the 25 metre heated indoor swimming pool. The Spa by ESPA is called a sublime urban escape by travel experts.
The Peninsula Hotel, 108 East Superior Street at North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60611. 1-312-337-2888.
Four Seasons Hotel Chicago
The Four Seasons, number 13 out of the Top 100, is a refined hotel on the Magnificent Mills with views of Lake Michigan and of the city. The Spa and Fitness Club includes fitness facilities, a luxurious spa and a 50 foot indoor swimming pool.
Four Seasons Hotel, 120 East Delaware Place, Chicago, Illinois 60612 1-312-280-6800.
James Chicago is number 29 of the Top 100. This downtown hotel is steps off of the Magnificent Mile and convenient to the attractions of the windy City. James describes itself as the first in a line of hotels to fill the niche markets between boutique and luxury.
James Chicago, 55 East Ontario, Chicago, Illinois 60611. 1-877-JAMES-55
Ritz-Carlton is number 55 out of the top 100. The Ritz-Carlton is a Four Seasons Hotel set on top of famous Water Tower Place on about North Michigan Avenue. Not only was this hotel highly rated by Travel + Leisure readers, it was honed as the favorite hotel in the United States by Conde Nast Readers in 2008.
The Ritz-Carlton Chicago, 160 East Pearson Street at Water Tower Place, Chicago IL 60611 1-312-266-1000.
Travel + Leisure magazine readers voted to select their favorite hotels in the 2008 World’s Best Awards featured in the August issue and on Travel + Leisure World’s Best 2008 online.
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