Oct182010

Luxuriating at The Peninsula Chicago

The Peninsula Chicago was ranked #2 hotel in the United States in the 2010 Condé Nast Reader’s Choice Awards. While I am not spending the night at The Peninsula Chicago, I did stay there for a couple of hours today. The $475 room rate before tax is well outside my budget. 

Shanghai Terrace provided me with one of the best dinner dining experiences I ever had for just $30.  The waiter asked my name when I entered the restaurant and I was addressed by other staff as Mr. Garrido when being waited upon. I was asked about any potential allergies after ordering my Bean Curd and Vegetables.

A selection of newspapers was offered to me for reading which I appreciated since I was dining alone. The food was superb. And I received two chocolate balls on a bed of coconut flakes in a decorated wooden box with my check.

The main lobby dining area, upstairs from Shanghai Terrace, has thick carpets which make your feet feel like you bounce along the floor. The premier restaurant at the hotel is Avenues with a set 8-course vegetarian ($105) or 8-course fish and meat dinner ($125).

The Bar is dark and cozy and stocked with items that would erase a month’s worth of my blog advertising revenue in a few sips. A beer fit my budget.

The view from the bed in my room at The Avenue Crowne Plaza looks right across to The Peninsula.

I can see the top floor pool is bathed in seductive blue lighting with large windows for looking out across the Magnificent Mile. The Peninsula top-floor workout room allows guests to look out over the historic Water Tower buildings which are survivors of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 that devastated virtually the entire city.

The Chicago Water Tower is the second oldest water tower in the U.S. behind the water tower in Louisville.

And The Peninsula was ranked the #2 hotel in the U.S. behind the 21c Museum Hotel in Louisville. How is that for a tangential coincidence!

The Peninsula Chicago provided Loyalty Traveler a magnificent evening on the Magnificent Mile in Chicago.

About Ric Garrido

Ric Garrido of Monterey, California started Loyalty Traveler in 2006 for traveler education on hotel and air travel, primarily using frequent flyer and frequent guest loyalty programs for bargain travel. Loyalty Traveler joined BoardingArea.com in 2008.

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  1. The Peninsula is great, but the best view of the Water Tower can be had while soaking in the deep bath tubs one block north at the Park Hyatt.

  2. I totally agree about the Park Hyatt Jim. I am sitting by the window right now and feel like I can reach out and touch the historical Chicago Water Tower. What a treat.I’ll post some photos this week.

    I am going to post the Best of the Best and the Park Hyatt room that I am staying in has “most awesome view”.

    The Lake, Hancock Tower, Magnificent Mile and the Water Tower.

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