Posted on March 31, 2017
Hotel Review: Park Hyatt Chicago- Grand Executive Suite
Now I have reviewed the Park Hyatt Chicago previously but I recently stayed there again just before Christmas and this time I not only used Points + Cash but also used one of my expiring Diamond Suite Upgrades.
I had planned to take Katie to the Nutcracker in Chicago for her Birthday present and with opening weekend being at the beginning of December I ended up booking these rooms almost 9 months in advance before my upgrades expired. I knew that if my plans changed I could always cancel and just lose the upgrades, so why not.
Prior to booking these I had read about what suite you were booked into with a confirmed diamond suite upgrade and it appeared to be the Grand Executive Suite! At first this seemed like way to big of an upgrade since it always seemed to the most expensive room in the hotel every time I looked! Once I delved more into it, the consensus was that there were only 2 or 3 of these rooms so they could limit the amount of suite upgrades they were giving away. But if you get one then it’s great!
As you can see from the images above, there are Park Suites, Executive Suite and Grand Executive Suites. The last 2 are significantly bigger (and more expensive) than the Park Suites and from what I could gather on Flyertalk, the Executive and Grand Executive are basically the same type of room but the “GRAND” has much better views and is on higher floors.
I am just going to focus mainly on the room for this one but the FULL REVIEW from the last trip can be found HERE.
After a smooth check-in we headed up to the 14th floor to get to our Suite that was probably 3/4th’s the size of our apartment!
As you walk in you enter the living room with a dining table, a desk and an L-shaped couch. There is also a large flat screen TV and the best part of the room is the GREAT VIEW!
I was no longer Diamond at the time we stayed but we were still left with a nice amenity gift of fruit and champagne! (Katie was pregnant so I took care of the champagne 😉 )
On the other side of the living room, to your left when you walk in the door, is a closet and a bar are with a bathroom. The bar area has a coffee machine, dishes, a sink and a mini-bar.
There are double doors which then divide the living room from the bedroom.
The bedroom is a great size with a king bed, a lounge chair and another great view of the Water Tower and Lake. Both of the windows in the living room and bedroom also have seating areas to relax on and look at the city below. Both rooms also have curtains and black-out curtain which are controlled by a control panel on the wall as well as all the lighting.
There is also a large en-suite bathroom with a shower, tub and TV in the mirror of the double sink.
Although I am not doing a full review of the hotel in this post, I did discover a few things that I didn’t notice the last time I was here. First of all, there are individual work offices that guests can use just to the right of the front desk with a desk and a computer in each.
There was also evening hot apple cider put out each night just off the library looking lobby area when you walk in. I didn’t notice either of these last time so this can add more to the last review!
Any restaurant suggestions?
In most of my hotel reviews I give a suggestion on where to eat, and this one will be no different! Do yourself a favor for breakfast one morning and head to the Doughnut Vault! This place is literally the size of a closet and usually has a line but it is worth the wait! They have a limited standard menu as well as specials each day. GO THERE!
What did it cost?
We did a points + cash booking and this is a category 6 hotel so it cost me 12.5K points as well as $150. It actually cost me more than the $150 because of tax. That is one of the drawbacks to not using strictly points. With the prices in downtown Chicago I was happy to pay only $150 for the night! Especially since we were able to use a Diamond Suite Upgrade to the Grand Executive Suite which goes for around $1,000 a night! (Which I would never actually pay obviously)
We had another fantastic stay at the Park Hyatt Chicago. It has a fantastic location and the hotel and staff are really top notch. The Grand Executive Suite is really awesome and an unbelievable upgrade to get with your Diamond (now Globalist) Suite Upgrade. BUT, book early! With only 2-3 of these suites there is never much availability, even when they are all open.