Raffeallo Hotel Chicago
Poshbrood stayed at the Raffaello with a girlfriend and a baby for our 20th high school reunion. (Gulp!) This non-smoking four-star boutique is centrally located in the heart of the Gold Coast. The famed Magnificent Mile is just steps from Raffaello Hotel’s front door, as is Michigan Avenue shopping (including American Girl, *cough cough*), Drury Lane Theater, Rush Street nightlife, restaurants, Navy Pier, Millennium Park, Hancock Observatory, Museum of Contemporary Art, Lincoln Park Zoo, and the North Avenue Beach.
The Raffeallo only has 175 rooms and felt like we were at our own Chicago pied a terre. It has all the services and amenities of its luxurious neighbors – the Four Seasons and the Ritz Carlton – only with more personal attention and a lower nightly rate.
We stayed in a junior suite and it was very large. Even Raffaello's smallest room (a standard with two double beds) is a spacious 400 square feet. We chose the suite just in case the baby had some night waking (she was five months old). Each room comes with a kitchenette, microwave, mini fridge, 32-inch LCD television with premium cable service, and Wi-Fi (also available in the common areas). Our room had a beautiful marble bathroom and a shower stall with a "raining" showerhead. Other in-room amenities include a an electronic safe, a queen-size sleeper sofa and 340-thread-count bed linens.
Deluxe and grand suites are enormous, covering 550 and 700 square feet. The Da Vinci suite tops out at about 1,250 square feet. A perfect fit for larger families or groups visiting Chicago.
We didn’t use the fitness center but we peeked in and wished we had. We headed to the suburbs Saturday night for our reunion and the baby stayed with a sitter arranged by Babysitter’s Guild. She was fabulous and we arrived back at hotel to find Penelope asleep in the sitter’s arms. Spoiled, spoiled baby. Room service was fast and tasty and they were kind enough to puree some fruit for baby. We were loathe to leave our fancy Windy City apartment but know we’ll be back.
Tip: Two blocks away is Seneca Park – a park with walkways, green lawns, and a great playground to tire out active kids. 228 E Chicago Avenue
Rooms start at $210 a night.