Trump International Hotel & Towers Chicago
Poshbrood checked out of the Trump International Hotel & Towers almost a week ago and we're still obsessing...
Where to begin? The Trump Chicago is a stunning building perched on the North side of the Chicago River poised at the juncture of the Loop and North Michigan Avenue. The Chicago boutique hotel is 92 story modern structure of polished stainless steel and iridescent-tinted glass. The second that Penelope (a 3 year old) and I arrived, it was clear that this five star hotel offers higher level of luxury with unrivalled hospitality and detail-oriented amenities. The staff was welcoming, warm and helpful and again, so genuinely happy to receive the tiniest of guests. The lobby was decorated for the holidays with a huge and beautiful Christmas tree decked in modern shades of blue and brown. We took the overnight train from DC and were road weary at 10 am. At check in, Penelope was given a Trump Kids bag with a coloring book, crayons, a Trump stuffed cow (Mrs. O'Leary's cow? Chicago fire?) and she felt very VIP. To our surprise and delight, our room was ready and we were whisked up quickly to our digs. (Uh, why is it that at many hotels, your room isn't available until AFTER the 3 pm check in??)
We were in a Deluxe King City View Room in the Tower which is the hotel's standard room. It was HUGE at 604 square feet with 10 foot floor to ceiling windows. It was beautiful. We had a fully-equipped kitchen that included a GE Profile Microwave, Miele Dishwasher, Sub-Zero Refrigerator, dishes and cutlery. Such a huge help when traveling with children.
Our spacious one-bedroom had an adjacent seating area that had a queen sized pull out couch. The limestone bathroom was also generously sized and Penelope and I spent a long time brushing our teeth in order to watch the in-mirror TV in the bathroom. Yes, I'm serious. There was also a great bathroom feature for families. A huge soaking tub enclosed within a shower so my daughter could play in the bath while I showered right next to her. Custom-designed furnishings were elegant and chic but not delicate.
After we arrived, we met friends for breakfast at the Trump's restaurant Sixteen, featuring modern American fare. Again, redonculous attention to detail and service. A server named Diana basically babysat Penelope, reading her the kids menu, brining her child-sized cutlery and helping her cut her silver dollar pancakes. The food was delicious and the views of the Wrigley Clock Tower and Chicago skyline were amazing.
After our breakfast, we nestled in our comfy bed to do "work" and watch Disney Channel. Room service then delivered the most amazing "welcome" for Penelope. A white chocolate pear filled with candy, fruit and nuts with Penelope's name written on the bottom of the plate. She was so excited, she turned to me and said; "Mommy, maybe they think I'm a princess!" We both felt that way during our stay and didn't want to leave. I pretty much squatted for a couple of hours and the hotel was gracious enough to let us.
We explored the indoor pool, which was a wonderful way to exercise a toddler in freezing weather but the real highlight was the crazy cute mini-me Trump robe they delivered. Seriously cute and luxurious. We didn't partake in services at the 23,000 sq. ft. Spa at Trump but will definitely do so on our next visit. Poshbrood loves the Trump Chicago for family travel and thinks it "Trumps" the nearby luxury because you get so much more space and the very highest levels of personal attention at the Trump. Oh, did I mention the pillow menu? Yes, you can get a non-down, hypoallergenic stomach sleeper pillow with lavender aromatherapy. Mommy's never slept so soundly.
Tip: Walk from the Trump to The Children's Museum at Navy Pier and don't miss the very best Chicago pizza at Lou Malnati's. Also, while in town, check to see if the Chicago-based Justin Roberts Band, the ultimate kindie rock band, is playing. RAWK for the whole brood! Adults night out: Check out chic, hip and delish gastropub, Branch 27. (Thanks for the tip, Liam Davis.)
Nightly rates for a 600 sq. foot King Deluxe room (4 person occupancy) is $395/night. The hotel offers adjoining rooms and 2 and 3 bedroom suites. Some with fireplaces. Look for online specials, family packages and multi-night discounts.