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By transcending traditional concierge duties, Trump Attachés at Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago provide customized service beyond compare – be it providing private access to an exclusive salon or shopping after store hours. For instance, a guest sent a last-minute request for authentic Kobe Beef. Given the distance to Japan, an Attaché staffer simply attended a local auction for the necessary purchase. Then there was the male guest whose underwear arrived within minutes of his initial 7 a.m. request. Talk about going the extra inch.
401 N. Wabash Ave.
Mind-altering state-of-the-art technology is on tap at The James, a spiffy hotel with tricked-out rooms. Look into The Loft (with separate media room featuring a cushy king-sized bed/couch perfect for comfy film viewing via movie projector playing on one entire wall), The Studio, or the One-Bedroom Apartment for spacious living areas and a wet bar stocked with full-sized libations, not those teeny sample sizes. The Loft features a private media room perfect for comfy film viewing via movie projector playing on one entire wall. Also on hand: David Burke’s celebrated Primehouse, for hand picked meat dry-aged in the chef’s own Himalayan salt room, and JBar, for great spins from Chicago’s most popular DJs.
55 E. Ontario St.
312-337-1000, 888-526-3778 (toll-free)
Hotel Sax brings both hot hotel style and a dash of drama to Marina City with its trove of in-house extras. Consider the unexpected sweet sounds of a saxophone wailing and the fun of fabulous nightlife built in. Imagine yourself in the hotel’s hotspots ? House of Blues, 10pin Bowling, and the Crimson Lounge (where heiresses go to party). In the exclusive Thompson Suite, it’s hard to know which is more breathtaking: the view inside the suite, or the views out the 15th-floor windows of the city and the river. Another bonus: Room service is provided by five — count ‘em five — different popular restaurants, including the famous steakhouse Smith & Wollensky and Bin 36.
333 N. Dearborn St.
A gem hidden within The Windy City’s Gold Coast, The Talbott Hotel remains fancy without forgoing sustainability. Proof? This family-owned retreat, built in 1927, was deemed one of Illinois’ first Green Seal Certificate hotels. After a painstaking nine months of work to meet the stringent environmental lodging standard required for such honors, The Talbott greatly reduced its carbon footprint to include such recycling practices as donating unused soap and other bathroom amenities to charity. And, for guests who need help deciding what is the right (translation: green) temperature for their newly renovated rooms, there’s a special eco-mode on each and every thermostat. Now, how cool is that?
20 East Delaware Place
312-944-4970, 800-TALBOTT (toll-free)
Downtown’s Hotel Monaco encourages guests to bring their favorite pets — both canine and feline — and then greets them with kitty litter boxes, grooming care, and special spa services. Your dog or cat will even be photographed for the hotel’s permanent register. What? Rover or Morris won’t travel? Then sign up for a pet to foster. The Monaco provides your very own goldfish to cherish during your stay. Bonus: While you’re out, hotel staff happily feeds and tends to your new finny friend. No more returning to a lonely room. The adopt-a-fish idea has made quite a splash.
225 N. Wabash Ave.
By Paula Conway
My last-minute trip to Louisville was also my very first — guaranteeing one delightful surprise after another.
As a neophyte, I was urged by a friend to try a Hot Brown (an open-faced turkey sandwich, smothered in cheese, with bacon), to sample a Derby Pie (a cookie stuffed with chocolate chips, walnuts, hot fudge, [...]
RUMBAR, inside The Ritz Carlton Key Biscayne, lays claims to being Miami’s only live Latin music venue. On weekends, a four-piece band in white dinner jackets will take you back to Old Havana with rhythms of vintage Cuba. Order a rum flight for a vertical tasting of Miami’s largest selection of rums from Trinidad, Barbados, [...]Read More