The Big Chicago 10: Hotel Rooms with the Best Views

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    Hotel Rooms with the Best Views in Chicago

    Thompson Chicago

    Chicago, with its home on Lake Michigan and spectacular, picturesque skyline, provides visitors with some great scenery. The flat prairie land on which Chicago was built makes it possible to sometimes see for up to 80 miles on a crystal clear day from certain vantage points.

    That means that a visit to Chicago wouldn't be complete without touring 360 Chicago or Willis Tower Skydeck for the absolute best views of the lake and skyline boasting iconic architectural masterpieces.

    But in the event you somehow miss out on two of Chicago's most popular attractions, you can always catch a great view or two from the comfort of your hotel room or suite. From the Magnificent Mile to the Chicago River, we showcase the city's most spectacular hotel room views.

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    Dana Hotel and Spa

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    Stats: Located in River North, Dana Hotel & Spa's corner king rooms are 335 square feet with one king bed and two walls of floor-to-ceiling windows for panoramic views of the city.

    The Views: The killer panoramic views of the upbeat neighborhood will make you want to stay longer. Those who book the Utopian or Nirvana suites will also be treated to views of the city's skyline and State Street.

    Other Perks: There's 24-hour room service, the private chilled wine reserve doubles as a personal beverage cooler, and the Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin sound system syncs with guests' MP3 players. The property includes Spa at Dana, Freestyle Food & Drink and rooftop cocktail lounge Vertigo Sky. The hotel is walking distance to many of the area's hot spots, such as Pops for Champagne, Godfrey Hotel's I|O Urban Roofscape and Osteria via Stato.

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    The Gwen

    The Gwen

    Stats: What makes this suite at the River North-based The Gwen so grand? They range from 920 square feet to 967 square feet, with a private terrace overlooking the Mag Mile.

    The Views: Chicago's Magnificent Mile stays bustling, from shoppers indulging in luxury retailers like Burberry and Neiman Marcus to pedestrians in search of upscale dining and nightlife destinations. The guests may also spot the John Hancock Building and Water Tower Place, which are only a brief walk from the hotel.

    Other Perks: Suite features include complimentary in-room basic internet access (wired and wireless), a 42-inch flat-screen television with HD stations, surround sound system, in-room safe and a customizable minibar. The hotel is adjacent to Shops at North Bridge, which boasts the likes of Nordstrom, BOSS Hugo Boss, and Louis Vuitton.

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    Hilton Chicago


    Stats: Hilton Chicago's hosted every president since its 1927 opening. It's directly across the street from Grant Park, which famously is home to Lollapalooza and Taste of Chicago. For those with means, this two-bedroom luxury suite offers a separate living room, nightcap station and media capabilities ranging from a 37-inch flat-screen television to a virtual concierge. The multifunctional space may be used for small gatherings like bridal showers or quiet birthday celebrations, but bookers must call the hotel to book for these purposes. Queen Elizabeth and Elizabeth Taylor have graced this suite with their presence.

    The Views: The living room offers a great view of Lake Michigan and Grant Park.

    Other Perks: The hotel is also walking distance to the Art Institute, Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium and Millennium Park.

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    InterContinental Chicago

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    Stats: Renovated in spring 2014, the two-story, luxurious Presidential Suite offers accommodations fit for royalty. It's located on the 35th and 36th floors of Intercontinental Chicago and takes up 1,700 square feet. Designed to feel like a luxury home away from home, the contemporary suite includes a new master bedroom and bath, media lounge, library, dining room, living room and residential-style kitchen.​

    The Views: The room features beautiful views of the Magnificent Mile, the Chicago River, and the iconic Wrigley and Tribune towers. Most rooms have city and lake views.

    Other Perks: Perks include dual-line phones with computer hookups, 27-inch TVs, minibar, iron/ironing board, clock radio, coffeemaker and coffee/tea, terry cloth robes, daily newspaper, and twice-daily maid service. Entertainment includes Michael Jordan's Steak House, ENO Wine Room, 24-hour fitness center and junior Olympic-sized swimming pool.

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    Hotel Lincoln

    Hotel Lincoln

    Stats: Hotel Lincoln's lake view standard queen rooms are located on floors eight through 12.

    The Views: The rooms face east with a view of Lincoln Park and Lake Michigan.

    Other Perks: The hotel rooms and suites are decorated in classic Chicago style, with bright colors and local artists' work decorating the walls. Most rooms offer sweeping views of Lake Michigan and Lincoln Park, there's a 24-hour fitness center, and some rooms are ​pet-friendly. Each room is equipped with an HDTV with iHome docking station and movies, in-room safe, coffeemaker and complimentary wifi. Dining and drinking offerings include rooftop lounge J. Parker.

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    Loews Chicago Hotel


    Stats: The luxury Streeterville property arrived in the neighborhood spring 2015 to much fanfare. It features 400 guest rooms, including 25 suites. Standard rooms range from 377-405 square feet, and suites range from approximately 621-1,207 square feet. The Navy Pier Suite offers 1,643 square feet of space on the exclusive 14th floor.

    The Views: Get ready for glorious views of some of Chicago’s most beloved landmarks, from Navy Pier and the Wrigley Building to the Chicago River and Lake Michigan.

    Other Perks: Amenities include individual wifi hotspots, a rooftop pool, and Keurig coffee makers; the hotel is also very pet friendly. Rural Society--an Argentine steakhouse concept from ​"Iron Chef" champion Jose Garces--is located on the lobby level.

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    Hotel Monaco

    Kimpton Hotel Monaco Chicago

    Stats: The sparkling downtown boutique hotel aims to make guests feel at home--especially in the spa-like, Mediterranean-inspired suite. Hotel Monaco's top-flight accommodations are set in 578 square feet and include a living room and two-person Jacuzzi.

    The Views: Guests may sit comfortably in the window and soak in stunning views of the Chicago River, Merchandise Mart, Trump Tower and Marina Towers.

    Other Perks: Hotel Monaco is very pet-friendly, and the hotel also provides "companion goldfish" upon request. Guests also get complimentary yoga mats in every room, coffee and tea service, evening wine hour (5-6 p.m.), shoeshine service and a fitness center. Other perks include 24-hour room service and classic Midwestern fare at South Water Kitchen. The hotel is also in walking distance of some of the city's top theaters.

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    The Robey Chicago

    The Robey Chicago

    Stats: The Robey, located in Wicker Park, is the first full-scale hotel property in the neighborhood. It's boutique style and in the heart of the area's action. The 69 rooms comprise of a good mix of suites and standard guest accommodations. 

    The Views: Guests staying in rooms facing east are treated to unmatched views of Chicago's skyline that you can only get from the west side of the city. They can also look down on the famed Six Corners that connect Bucktown and Wicker Park.

    Other Perks: Each room features personal care amenities from Le Labo, 400-thread count sheets, signature soft denim robes, complimentary Wi-Fi and Bluetooth-enabled sound system with personal media streaming to the television. Dining and drinking establishments are Cafe Robey, Cabana Club, Up & Up Rooftop and Second Floor at Robey.

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    Thompson Chicago Hotel

    Thompson Chicago

    Stats: Nestled in the heart of the Gold Coast and around the corner from the ultra-upscale Oak Street, Thompson Chicago Hotel showcases four luxury penthouses. They're all 525 square feet on the first level with a boardroom table (which seats four to eight people); an additional 130 square feet is on the second level, where the bed is located. Two of the penthouses accommodate receptions up to 35 guests, and the other two can accommodate up to 45. One of the penthouses is located at the end of the hallway and can be adjoined with a skyline suite, which adds 273 square feet of living room space. 

    The Views: All rooms and suites feature spectacular views of Lake Michigan or the city skyline and Marina Towers.

    Other Perks: Robust technology is found throughout each guest room, including nightstands with built-in USB chargers and an in-room entertainment system offering DVR capabilities in the Thompson Loft suites. Each room has its own ISP address and functions as its own hot spot. Complimentary morning coffee and tea by Chicago-based Intelligentsia Coffee are also served daily. The Lexus house car is available for transportation within a five-mile radius of the hotel.

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    Stats: Those with mega money to burn can take pleasure in living it large at the top of theWit in the Paramount Suite. It's glamorous and spacious, offering a well-appointed kitchen, dining room table for four, and a spa-inspired ensuite bathroom with soaking tub and a separate glass-enclosed shower.

    The Views: Guests may indulge in panoramic views of Chicago's famous architecture, Lake Michigan and Millennium Park. There's even a view from the bathroom.

    Other Perks: Additional hotel attractions include Roof, State and Lake Chicago Tavern, Screenand the spa.

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    W Chicago-Lakeshore

    W Chicago-Lakeshore

    Stats: One of the most coveted suites on the W Chicago-Lakeshore property, the Marvelous Suite is 500 square feet with a king-sized bedroom, living room parlor, wet bar and additional half bathroom.

    The Views: It's the only hotel along Lake Michigan--and with sweeping views of Navy Pier--where you'll have a front-row seat of the fireworks during the summer.

    Other Perks: Luxury amenities at the Lake Shore location include pillow-top mattresses, goose down pillows, bicycles to ride along Lake Michigan, 24-hour concierge service, indoor pools, in-room Bliss Spa products, internet access, iPods (with preloaded soundtrack to compliment a walk/run along the beach), in-room video and DVD libraries, FIT fitness center, a kids' menu, childcare, "Paws" program for pampered pets that includes pet turndown service and pet welcome packages, and Sirius Satellite radio (available in room suites only). Current is the Italian-influenced restaurant on the lobby level; and Bliss spa is a premium spa with even more extraordinary views of the city.