Words by Carlie Tucker
When it comes to big business in the USA, Chicago rivals that of New York. This bustling mid western epicentre calls to professionals around the globe with corporate pursuits. And, like New York, it also happens to be one heck of a city, lavishing those visiting on business with more travel to-dos and amenities than they could possibly need. This definitely includes the hotels with a sweep of stays that specialise in the needs of business travellers. Here are just a few ...
Palomar Hotel Chicago
Conveniently positioned right in the heart of the downtown area, this hotel is within close proximity to many of the city's brightest highlights. This includes key business districts, shopping, culture and nightlife precincts. Along with a fantastic location, impeccable presentation further ensures a top stay while you're in the Windy City.
There are 261 guestrooms and suites, styled with a hint of creativity to offer a home-away-from-home feel that doesn't skimp on the service and amenities. Each room is fitted with architecturally inspired furniture and floor-to-ceiling windows. Guests staying on business will also appreciate the full-size in-room desk, designated fitness TV channel and laptop safes.
Outside the room, the hotel provides complimentary tea and coffee, 'Forgot it? We got it!' travel essentials, a 24-hour fitness centre and a hosted evening wine hour! Adding extra incentive to book your stay, FCBT clients will also receive SmartSTAY benefits when booking through their Travel Manager. This includes free WiFi, a room upgrade on check-in (if available) and more.
Wyndham Grand Chicago Riverfront
Another hotel ideally located in the Downtown area, the Wyndham offers guests quick and easy access to much of the city. This includes such must-sees as Millennium Park, the Loop and Magnificent Mile – perfect for those days when you have some free time to explore the city.
Extravagant style abounds throughout the hotel, particularly in the rooms and suites where plasma televisions, iPod docking stations and WiFi access come standard across all room categories. Business travellers will also appreciate the spacious desk with ergonomic chair, oversized bathroom with rainforest shower and Keurig one-cup coffee maker.
In addition to the comfy rooms, the hotel boasts a 24-hour business centre, 24-hour fitness centre, in-room massage appointments and onsite dining at Hoyt's Chicago.
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This SmartSTAY hotel provides guests with a number of exclusive bonuses when booked through their FCBT Travel Manager. This includes complimentary WiFi, a room upgrade on check-in (if available and more. If that's not enough to convince you of its status as a top Chicago business hotel, the funky boutique style and great location may just sway you.
Located in the downtown Loop, it is within minutes of many of the city's main attractions. This includes Millennium Park and Michigan Avenue. It features 191 rooms and suites with delightfully individual style to ensure a comfortable stay. Each room comes complete with standards such as comfortable beds and spacious bathrooms. They also happen to come with a few unique extras like a complimentary newspaper upon request, in-room spa services, 'Forgot It? We've Got It' travel essentials and a companion goldfish delivered to your room for the duration of your stay upon request. Tall rooms are also available upon request.
Morning coffee service is provided in the lobby for those with quick morning routines, while an evening wine hour can help you unwind after a long day. There is also an onsite fitness centre, full concierge and business services and mid western comfort dishes serviced up at the South Water Kitchen.
Waldorf Astoria Chicago
If your business travel demands a touch of luxury, look no further than the Waldorf Astoria Chicago. Drawing on its reputation for impeccable service and standards, this hotel is all about the finer things with a convenience location in the downtown Chicago area.
Choose from a Superior or Deluxe King room, a Deluxe 2 Queen room or one of the six suites. Cool contemporary interiors feature across the board along with surround sound systems, iPod integration and a wet bar. There is also a generous bathroom with a soaking tub, separate shower and vanity inset with LCD TV. Beyond the rooms, guests are treated to complimentary access to the Waldorf Astoria Spa & Health Club, private housecar and concierge services.
Meeting and event spaces are available, or reserve your table at the Balsan restaurant to impress clients over "refined, yet rustic fare with an American sensibility". Alternatively, the Lobby Lounge or Bernard's serve up inspired cocktails, craft beers and artisanal wines.
Regularly touted as one of the city's best hotels, the Burnham combines the regal style of its National Historic Landmark building with all the modern accoutrements expected of a top business hotel. It is located amongst Chicago's famed Loop and provides quick access to many business and leisure activities.
There are 122 guest rooms and suites combining the subtle luxury of old world charm with a modern twist. All rooms feature calming colour schemes with mahogany touches. They feature a dedicated work desk and private bathroom with Bigelow bath products. There is also a yoga matt in every room! To further assure your comfort while you stay, guests are treated to complimentary morning coffee and tea, an evening wine hour, fully equipped fitness centre and 24-hour in-room dining.
Book this SmartSTAY hotel through FCBT and you'll also receive complimentary WiFi access, a welcome amenity and complimentary room upgrade (if available) when you check in.