Updated on January 21, 2016
Hotel Review: Park Hyatt Chicago
As many of you know, Joe and I are partial to the Hyatt brand and the Park Hyatt category in particular, which made choosing a hotel in Chicago for a weekend trip a no brainer!
Since we live in IL, the Park Hyatt Chicago has always been a hotel that I figured I would stay at eventually but after a few years of being here it still hadn’t worked out until a couple weekends ago when we finally got to check it out.
I am currently a Hyatt Diamond member, but I will more than likely be dropped back down to Platinum this coming March so I wanted to stay there while I could still take advantage of and critique the experience from a “Diamond perspective.”
We arrived in Chicago around 11am on Saturday with plans to check-in or at least drop off our bags and then walk around the city with my cousin, Connor, who lives there. As I expected, our room was not ready when we arrived and they asked us to enjoy the city and they would call us when we could check in. This was fine with us as we wanted to walk around anyway. The Park Hyatt is in a great location on north Michigan Avenue right next to the historical water tower. The Hancock Building is about a block away with extensive high-end shopping all around (which Katie loves – unfortunately for me). The Bean, Museums, etc. are all also a 15-20 minute walk or a quick Uber away.
However, as 5pm approached we kind of wanted to get settled in our room and figure out dinner so even though we hadn’t received a call we headed back to the hotel to check on our room.
The lobby of the Park Hyatt Chicago is really beautiful. As most Park Hyatts do, it has a great simple elegance to it. There is a sitting room to the left when you first walk in and then it opens to the main lobby with high ceilings. As you walk in to the main area look at the walls to each side and you will notice they are covered with stones which are actually meteorites!
We approached the front desk again where the associate knew all about our room and said that if we could just wait another 15 minutes it would be worth it. To apologize for the continued wait she asked us to go up to the NOMI Lounge and have whatever drinks we would like on the house!
Since Katie and I had no real plans for the evening this sounded great to us!
At the bar I had a Botanist and Katie tried a Part and Parcel. Both were very good and the bartender was wonderful which made for an excellent start to our evening. Something else cool that we noticed while there is that in the winter they have a Hot Chocolate Bar with different fun ingredients to add. They can also turn them into “adult” hot chocolates if you so choose.
Here are a few pictures of the Nomi Lounge the next morning:
After 20 minutes enjoying the bar the woman we had spoken with at the front desk arrived to give us our key and inform us that our bag would be in the room.
We were upgraded to a Water Tower View King Room on the 11th floor which was just perfect with an awesome view of the water tower and Michigan Ave beyond.
The room is situated with the bathroom on your right immediately after entering with a separate room in the bathroom for the toilet and shower. The bathroom was a good size with a tub and door to the hall closet as well as a wall which could be moved to view the rest of the room. The bathroom also included toiletries and a little seat for use while doing makeup at the vanity. Finally, there was a box of bath salts above the tub if you like that sort of thing.
Continuing into the room you find the hall closet, a mini bar and an espresso machine.
The room then opens to include a desk and chair, dresser with large TV, a King sized bed and a really, really comfortable lounge chair. Additionally there was also a cushioned window ledge which was great to lay on and gaze out the window at the street below. This window lounge area was my favorite part of the room.
Shortly after arriving in our room one of the bellman arrived with our Diamond Amenity of macaroons and champagne! It might not be the highest priced champagne in the world but free drinks are free drinks! A perfect compliment to our drinks at the bar before heading to dinner!
The next morning we awoke to a beautiful view of the city below!
After getting up it was time to head back to Nomi for breakfast. Due to our Diamond status, breakfast was free and could have been taken in our room instead with a small fee of $7-8. Nomi Kitchen is located right next to the Nomi Lounge we had drinks at the night before and has windows looking out to Michigan Ave. It is actually located a few floors directly below our room. When looking at the hotel in the first picture of the post you can see it jutting out above the trees.
When we sat down we were told we could order whatever we wanted off the menu and as much as we wanted! I chose the Eggs Benedict and Katie couldn’t decide between the waffle and french toast so they gave her some of each! My eggs were good but not as good as at the Park Hyatt Washington DC and not even close to the AWESOME ones at the Park Hyatt Seoul.
After breakfast I went to check out the gym and Nomi Spa which is located on the same floor as the Lounge and Kitchen. You enter through the Spa and from there can get to the gym which is actually very good with free weights, cardio machines, towels, waters and even a full length swimming pool.
How do you get here?
We drove and parked in a garage down the street for some crazy amount of money but it was still $20 a day less than the insane prices at the Park Hyatt. You can also very easily get here by taking the L train from either airport. From the train station is may be easier to take a cab or Uber, especially at night as it is a bit of a walk to the closest L train stop.
Any restaurant suggestions?
Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinder Co. at 2121 North Clark St.! GO THERE! But expect to wait. It’s REALLY GOOD! About a $6 Uber ride north from the Park Hyatt.
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 the Water Tower View room we were upgraded to was going for $460 that night.
This is a great hotel. It may not be as new as some of the other Park Hyatts I have stayed at but it had the impeccable service I have come to expect and very nice rooms with a perfect location. I will try to stay here every time I come to Chicago if I can.