For my birthday weekend, we didn’t want to travel too far with our 6-month old daughter and two sons. We decided to stay local and retreated to the Swissôtel Chicago to relax. What a fabulous hotel! And the best part? Taking care of their youngest guests.
Location: 323 E. Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL 60601. Located right by the Magnificent Mile, Millenium Park, and Navy Pier.
Parking: Valet parking with in and out privileges is $70/night.
Check-in and check-out: 3:00 p.m. and 12 p.m.
Price: Prices for the suite and kids suite that we stayed at going for $400+/night.
- Great location on Wacker Drive. Just a few minutes walk from Millenium Park and Michigan Avenue.
- Modern lobby. I personally couldn’t get enough of the cool bubble light fixtures.
- How often can you say you’ve stayed at an all-glass triangle hotel?
- We stayed in a Corner Lifestyle Suite View with adjoining kids room and felt like we were in our very own apartment
- Beautiful and comfortable king room with a playpen/crib for our 6 month daughter
…and another awesome view of skyscrapers from our bedroom
- An amazing living room with so much room to move about….
….and the most amazing views of Lake Michigan, the frozen Chicago River, and even Navy Pier
- Large master bathroom which made for a fun bubble bath
- Dino-themed bedroom! This was probably their most favorite room EVER. There was an adjoining room with double beds that showcased none other than DINOSAURS!
…with dino-themed toys! Dino-opoly, anyone?
- And even a dino bathroom!
- LOVED the thought put into decorating the entire room including taking the time to place the bath toys in the bathtub.
- I’ve always said it’s the simple things that make a big difference. For instance, we loved how thoughtful the Swissôtel was by providing a kiddie shampoo and soap.
- One of the other great perks of booking a kid-friendly suite at the Swissôtel is that you get 4 tickets to either the Field Museum or the Shedd Aquarium (depends on what theme you choose)
- Much appreciated Keurig machine with 4 K-cups
- They continued to spoil us with chocolate chip cookies, milk, granola, and even a Naked juice drink
- And I was a little spoiled also with a birthday treat – Prosecco, cupcake, and delcious gourmet chocolates (from Anna Shea’s – I had to ask!)
- Pool on the 42nd Floor. You’ll have awesome magnificent views down below. We just wished it was more kid-friendly.
- Better than average fitness center with cardio machines plus strength training machines
- Three restaurants to choose from – Palm for dinner and a coffee shop. We did have a chance to eat at Geneva Restaurant for their breakfast buffet and we were delighted by the selection. Bountiful American food with a European flair. We weren’t disappointed.
- ..getting our cars was a little easier. All cars are parked in their garage and in order to retrieve it need to lug your luggage down the flight of elevators to the Garage Level.
- ..the pool was a little bit more kid friendly or had stairs for easy entry into it.
- ..the baby monitor worked. Pretty cool to see one, but all we could hear was static. I’m sure if we called the front desk they would have sent another one up. We didn’t want to bother since it wasn’t a big deal.
- ..the parking wasn’t so expensive! I know this is in line with what other Chicago hotels charge, but it’s still crazy expensive!
Tips to enjoy the Swissôtel Chicago
- If possible try to get a corner suite for a spacious room and great views
- Even if you don’t work out in the fitness center or take a dip in the pool, it’s worth it to check out the view from the 42nd floor.
- Those elevators are high tech. After you enter your floor, be sure to check which elevator you are assigned to!
Did you know?
- The famed architect Harry Weese designed the building as a triangle for two reasons: to minimize hallway lengths, and to showcase fantastic views of the city.
- The Swissotel Chicago is the ONLY Swissotel in North America. Pretty cool that they chose Chicago!
We heartily recommend the Swissotel Chicago especially for families. They will definitely feel like a VIK, Very Important Kid. I know mine did!
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