Swissotel occupies one of the most iconic locales in all of the Windy Center—nestled at the place where the Chicago River meets Lake Michigan along the famed Wacker Driver. It's hard to miss Swissotel Chicago—it's the triangle-shaped building clad in glass along the Magnificent Mile. Chicago legend of architecture Harry Weese designed this iconic lodging property that brings European excellence to the Midwest. Inside, much of the hotel was redesigned and re-imagined in 2012 with a $10 million renovation, all while taking inspiration from Weese's original design.
As soon as you step into the lobby, you'll be greeted with modern design with earth tones and pops of color. Thousands of glass bubbles in the ceiling remind you of rain, and Chicago's skyline was etched in glass and hanging in the check-in area. You won't find a big check-in desk and long lines because they've been replaced with pods and staff members who can step away to help. The attentive service and European design continue throughout the hotel, from the guestrooms to the fitness center, dining options and more.
Rooms at Swissotel Chicago
All of the rooms at the Swissotel Chicago are more spacious that average. All of the 661 suites and rooms are nonsmoking, with a host of perks and comforts in each one. Thanks to the trilingual design, many of the rooms offer panoramic views of the Chicago skyline from Navy Pier to Millennium Park and the Magnificent Mile shopping district. The rooms are well-appointed with seating areas and large windows for enjoying those views. All are well connected with docking stations, WiFi access, and the capability to host video conferences.
The smallest rooms, the guestrooms, are configured with a king-sized bed or two double beds. The upgraded lake-view rooms also come in this same configuration, and corner rooms all feature king beds. For even more space and amenities, consider booking one of the 40 suites, with all the luxuries you'd expect for Chicago luxury hotels and even more of the style. Even the junior suites are generously sized with king beds and cozy sofas. The most luxurious of the suites, the aptly titled presidential suite, covers 2,000 square feet, offering a fireplace, private gym and a well-stocked bar.
The hotel offers a number of amenities beyond the guestrooms. The day starts with a full American breakfast in the bistro, but in-room dining is available. For lunch and dinner, you don't need to go out to sample Chicago's dining scene, since one of the best eateries is located within the Swissotel Chicago. Its restaurant, a favorite of chef, locals and guests alike, specializes in lobster prime rib and other tasty meals. The hotel bar is located right in the hear of the redesigned lobby, as chic as everything else here.
Before a day exploring or just a quiet afternoon, you will want to take the chance to visit the Swissotel's spa and fitness center, located on the 42nd floor. The views alone are work the trip, even if you're not a workout warrior. The center is well-equipped with cardio machines, a 45-foot-long indoor pool, and a whirlpool to go along with the sauna. For those ready to relax, the spa treatments will be worth the time.