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Raffeallo Hotel Chicago

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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.



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Community Review Haley Hogan June 6, 2011


My fiance and I stayed at Raffaello for a long weekend getaway shortly after getting engaged. We found the hotel to be the perfect mix of quaint yet chic, romantic, friendly staff and perfect location -- especially considering the inexpensive nightly rate ($159/night in mid-July -- though that was 2008). It may have just been the buzz I still had from my newly adorned blinging ring finger, but I thought this place was just spectacular. Did you check out the rooftop garden? Very romantic. I would definitely stay here again.

Community Review BackBayGrrl January 1, 2011


Four stars? I don't think so... but would possibly stay there again. Pros: Grand Suite was huge and a good value ($220/night), excellent room service, friendly staff, central location, lovely but small lobby, nice TVs in room. Cons: Tiny bathroom given size of room--what good is a fancy shower head and stone walls if I can't turn around in there? Also very steamy--can't use mirror long after shower. Shabby chic in areas--like stucco walls and tired carpet, while other touches high end ("hey, look over here and ignore that over there!"). LOUD at about 10pm when everyone in hotel is using water and old pipes clang like there is construction going on (we called, there wasn't). And only two chairs though room can sleep 5 (we were three, so only 2 could dine at once). My husband would not stay here again for the above reasons, and the noise did wake my 2 yr old up. However, if I were on a chick trip and/or knew I'd be out til at least 10pm I would stay here for location and price.

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