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With its stunning architecture, glistening Lake Michigan, and exciting attractions, Chicago is a place where you definitely want a great view. When you stay somewhere with a view, you can admire what makes this city so unique and fascinating to visit over and over again. Here are our favorite hotels with the best views in Chicago.
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For views of the John Hancock Building and other iconic landmarks, consider the Sofitel Chicago Magnificent Mile. Some of the rooms here have views of the lake too. This is a French-inspired hotel with CDA restaurant for breakfast and lunch with patio dining available. Le Bar has a patio and indoor seating as well for guests. Spa treatments are available in your guest room from Windy City Massage, while the hotel has a 24-hour newly renovated fitness center. Other hotel perks are high-speed Wi-Fi, two business centers, pet-friendly rooms, and taxi and limo service.
The Peninsula Chicago is one of the city’s top hotels, where you can look down on the Magnificent Mile with its boutiques, restaurants, and galleries. You’ll love the panoramic views from the guest rooms, as well as from the rooftop bar that looks towards the John Hancock Building and the pool and Jacuzzi area. The Peninsula’s views include the historic water tower, and the Shanghai Terrace restaurant is perfect for a romantic dinner with a view. This is a five-star hotel that has won many awards. The Peninsula Chicago is also known for its spa on the 19th and 20th floors, its fitness center with skyline views, the indoor pool on the 19th floor with views of Lake Michigan, and the sun terrace with its awesome views too.
You can’t go wrong with the Ritz-Carlton, especially this top spa hotel in Chicago that offers views of the city and lake. It has a great rooftop lounge that’s plush and cozy. For a romantic getaway, choose one of the one-bedroom suites with a view of the lake. Guests also love the expanded fitness center that overlooks the skyline. When you stay at this scenic Chicago hotel, book an appointment at the spa for a massage, facial, or other treatment. You can also access the fitness center and pool here and enjoy a wellness-focused menu with vegan, organic, and gluten-free food options during your stay.
The Gwen hotel has a great downtown location that offers lovely views of the Magnificent Mile and River North. This is a stylish hotel with Art Deco glam and a rooftop terrace that offers great city views in addition to the room views. You’ll love the hotel bar at The Gwen to grab a drink with someone you love. Upstairs at the Gwen is an Art Deco rooftop retreat that offers handcrafted cocktails and small plates for food. The Gwen also has indoor and outdoor wedding venues and well-appointed areas for meetings and events.
The Fairmont is one of the best Chicago hotels if you like a nice view because it’s surrounded by Lake Michigan, the Chicago River, and several city parks. From here, you can get great views of the city skyline for your business or pleasure trip to the city. This hotel has spacious guest rooms and suites and offers childcare services through a local babysitting company. Dogs and cats that are 50 pounds or less are allowed. Other hotel perks include Wi-Fi, same-day laundry service, overnight shoeshine, and Enseo-enabled televisions to access your streaming accounts. The Fairmont also has a full-service spa with steam rooms, a fitness center, a boutique, and a relaxation center.
You can also stay at the Waldorf Astoria Chicago if you’re looking for a city hotel with a view because its in the heart of the Gold Coast neighborhood. From here, you can see shops, restaurants, and Victorian townhouses. You can book a room with a balcony here to enjoy the views to the fullest extent. The Waldorf Astoria here has a fitness center and pool for guests to use, as well as a spa that you can book an appointment for. This is also a prime spot for meetings because of the many business amenities, including floor-to-ceiling windows for natural light, complimentary Wi-Fi, a business center, and a complimentary house car for use within a two-mile radius.
As the name suggests, W Chicago – Lakeshore offers wonderful views of Lake Michigan. It’s along North Lake Shore Drive and an upscale hotel that also has views of the Ohio Street Beach and Milton Lee Olive Park. The hotel has a rooftop terrace where you can sit outside and enjoy even more views. This is a Marriott-brand hotel that has 14,000 square feet of venue space for meetings and gatherings. There’s an indoor heated pool, hotel restaurant, fitness center, and restaurant with seasonal cuisine. But to really soak up the views, spend time at Altitude on the 33rd floor to look out at Lake Michigan.
People love the Kimpton Hotel Allegro for its convenient Theatre District location and stunning views. This is a boutique-style hotel in the heart of the Theatre District and surrounded by all the elegance and glamour of the city. This hotel has a restaurant and bar that’s great for classic cocktails and local beers. You can also plan meetings and events here because there’s 14,000 square feet of event space and catered food as options.
The Four Seasons hotel is a family-friendly hotel with great views from the 900 North Michigan area with its shops and restaurants. It’s a top family-friendly hotel in Chicago because of the variety of views, in-room amenities, babysitting services, kids’ clubs, and other fun perks. Book a room between the 32nd floor and the 46th floor for views of the lake. For something truly special, book the Lake-View Executive Suite with its living area separated from the master bedroom. There’s a new restaurant and bar debuting from James Beard Award-winning chef, Jonathon Sawyer, here that specializes in New American cuisine.
A romantic and boutique option in Chicago to consider is the Hotel Lincoln that has rooms with lake views. You can enjoy a great location by the Gold Coast here and also be close to North Avenue Beach. This hotel features eclectic in-room furnishings, unpretentious and Midwestern charm, and is a location that’s also near the Lincoln Park Zoo. This hotel has a 24-hour fitness center, a business center, high-speed Wi-Fi, room service, a rooftop bar, pet-friendly rooms, and valet parking.
We also love Park Hyatt Chicago for views because of how close it is to the historic water tower. It also offers views of the Magnificent Mile and the Near North Side with its restaurants and boutique shops. Other reasons to stay at the Park Hyatt Chicago are free internet access, a pool, pet-friendly rooms, Camp Hyatt for kids, a fitness center, a business center, and a restaurant onsite.
The Langham hotel has views off River North and the Magnificent Mile and is a luxury option that’s romantic and well-appointed. This hotel has great skyline views of the lake and river that are best viewed through the floor-to-ceiling windows. It’s a five-star luxury hotel that has chic rooms and suites. Enjoy seasonal American cuisine at Travelle, swim in the indoor pool, work out at the onsite fitness center, and book an appointment at the Chuan Spa to enjoy the benefits of Traditional Chinese Medicine. This hotel also has a kids’ suite play space, a cinema suite with a 111-inch screen for movie nights, and 15,000 square feet for meetings and events.
Loews Chicago Hotel has stylish rooms, including luxury suites, and also a restaurant and bar that serve rustic American fare. The epic summertime rooftop terrace spot here is called the Streeterville Social. At the hotel, you also have 31,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space for meetings and events. Pets are allowed to stay at this scenic hotel with you for a $100 fee per stay. The hotel also has a complimentary 24-hour business center on the second floor and a 24-hour fitness center on the third floor.
For some of the best Lake Michigan views in the entire city, book a room at the Swissotel Chicago. The hotel is near Navy Pier and a great option for romance. It’s also a good option for families because of the kid-friendly amenities and adjoining rooms. At this hotel, you’ll find over-sized rooms and suites, a penthouse fitness center, and five premier ballrooms. There’s an Italian seafood steakhouse at the hotel and also grab-and go-options for food. The wellness offerings at this scenic hotel include relaxing in-room spa services, vitality boot camps, and guided morning runs to explore the city on foot while getting some exercise.