Inside a Room at the Swissotel Chicago
Going to Chicago and looking for one of those stunning high-rise views over the lake from your hotel room? Sure, many hotels claim to have it, but then you'll check in and head to your room to find that something like a shorter office building or a historical structure is blocking the good stuff. Not at the Swissôtel Chicago, however, which is a triangular building where one side faces onto both the Chicago River and the lake, with Navy Pier clearly visible.
Just request the lake-view side of the hotel, and with a standard room (which begin around $160 for the lake, or $120 if you'd rather look at downtown) and this are the digs you'll get:
Since the hotel is beginning a renovation of their public areas this week, we stopped by for a little tour. The rooms themselves were totally revamped only a few years ago, so no need to worry about them changing from what you see above. The old dark wood lobby with its long reception desk is being demolished as we speak, however, to be replaced by pod-like check-in areas with iPads, a new cafe concept, and a media center.
If you're checking into the Swissôtel Chicago anytime in the next few months, note that the lobby entrance on Wacker is closed for construction and instead you'll be accessing the temporary lobby on the east side of the building.