The Top Winter Hotel Amenities to Look For in Chicago

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Traveling in the winter in Chicago can be not-so-fun. Now if you’re a veteran of the windy city and travel here often you’re an old pro. You know how to tuck your pants legs into your boots and wear a hat under the fur lined hood of your best down jacket to stay warm. But if you’re a novice to the blustery Chicago winters and plan to come join us for the spectacular holiday season then here are some top winter hotel amenities to put on your wish list and the hotels to find them at.

Of course a fabulous heated indoor pool to relax and unwind in is always a good start to your winter stay in Chicago and the Four Seasons has most other area hotels beat with a luxurious 50-foot indoor pool that is among the most beautiful in Chicago. The Four Seasons also boasts an extensive art collection to peruse that includes pieces by Andy Warhol and Henri Matisse.

Another important amenity to look for if you’re a busy and frequent traveler is a 24-hour fitness facility to work up a sweat whenever you can find the time. Also around the clock concierge services are also helpful to assist with business, entertainment or travel/ground transportation arrangements. Concierge services are also a great resource to recommend area attractions, events and restaurants to check out.

For indoor-friendly family activities you can also count on the Four Seasons to delight with their very own Ice Cream Man and his cart that will visit your room stocked with sweet treats and terrific toppings for an impromptu create-your-own sundae party any day!

For business travelers the Congress Plaza Hotel located in the heart of downtown Chicago adjacent to Grant Park and the Magnificent Mile along Michigan Avenue (which is gorgeous with holiday cheer and displays this time of year!) is another great area destination chock full of business-friendly amenities.

They offer three onsite dining facilities to entertain your clients with the Gazebo Restaurant, Rafael Steak House and The Congress Lounge, providing breakfast, lunch and dinner options as well as room service. All guests have exclusive access to our 24-hour fitness facility in addition to same day valet dry cleaning, valet shoe shine service and our onsite gift shop and barber shop. The Congress Plaza Hotel and Convention Center also boasts over 50,000 square feet of flexible banquet and event space with 23 function rooms perfect for entertaining 10 to 1,200 attendees. They are most well-known for their elegant formal events room, The Gold Room, a warm and enchanting reception hall decked out in shimmering gold leaf, gorgeous clustered lights, a vaulted ceiling and rich Italian Renaissance style. The hotel also features three additional ballrooms suited for everything from wedding receptions to graduation/award ceremonies to seminars and trade fairs. The Congress Plaza Hotel is also offers a full range of catering options and audio-visual technology for your next event.

Last but not least on our list of excellent winter-friendly Chicago hotel amenities comes from the highly-ranked Godfrey Hotel Chicago. For a winter retreat the spa at the Godfrey can’t be beat. The Spa Boutique is known for utilizing Naturopathica products which are dedicated to the health and well-being of skin, which means all ingredients used will make you feel younger and healthier – and who doesn’t need that in the dry winter months?! Other fun amenities at the Godfrey include a stylish chef-driven restaurant and hopping lobby bar, a 4th floor indoor-outdoor urban roofscape to take in the beautiful winter sites and plush bathrobes in every guest room so you’ll feel right at home.

Wherever you decide to stay in our beautiful city be sure to make your ground transportation arrangements through SMART Cars for Chicago’s best chauffeured transportation experience! Happy holidays and safe travels.

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