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A plush bathrobe, room service and chocolates on pillows: all nice. But Chicago hotels offer perks that are even better (Hooray for Midwestern hospitality). Here’s a peek inside five of the city’s dreamiest guest rooms. The only trick now is deciding where to hang your “do not disturb” sign.


The James Hotel

The James had us at Matcha Piña Colada--we highly recommend its ’70s-style cocktail bar, Jimmy. Upstairs the penthouse suites are nearly as intoxicating. The comfort level is spot-on, with couches strewn with mohair pillows and bathrooms outfitted with Intelligent Nutrients products and soaking tubs. But it’s the extra perks--like a chauffeured Audi to whisk you around town--that really sell these suites.

The James Hotel, 55 E. Ontario St.; 312-337-1000 or Penthouse rates average $1,500 a night.


The Hard Rock Hotel Chicago

Was it just us who grew up singing Bangles songs into hairbrushes? Regardless of your rock-star fantasy, the Extreme Suite at the Hard Rock is a pretty fine place to play it out. Equipped with a home-theater center (you can watch Empire on a 55-inch plasma screen), the two-bedroom suite also offers a complimentary Fender guitar rental.

The Hard Rock Hotel Chicago, 230 N. Michigan Ave.; 312-345-1000 or The Extreme Suite rate averages $999 a night.


The Four Seasons Hotel Chicago

Who knew the Four Seasons had luxurious rooms? We kid, of course, but you may be surprised to learn the perks of staying in the Presidential Suite: The 2,315-square-foot (read: huge) room has a dedicated concierge, its own fitness studio and comes with gratis transportation to and from the airport. But honestly? We’re more interested in the free daily 55-minute massages.

The Four Seasons Hotel Chicago, 120 E. Delaware Pl.; 312-280-8800 or The Presidential Suite rate averages $8,500 a night.


W Chicago City Center

A room shouldn’t be called the Extreme Wow Suite unless it really offers something special--and we think an en suite arcade does the trick. That’s right: This room at the W has old-school games including Pac-Man, Space Invaders and Austin Powers pinball. It also has its own bar and a custom ice reservoir to store drinks by the bathtub.

W Chicago—City Center, 172 W. Adams St.; 312-332-1200 or The EWow Suite rates change daily but average approximately $1,400 a night.


The Chicago Athletic Association

In a recently restored 1890s building, the CAA is getting all kinds of buzz. And not just from architecture buffs: It seems that everyone goes for indoor bocce and an insanely stylish lobby boutique. For the ultimate stay, consider booking one of the fourth-floor Founders Suites, which showcase original craftsmanship and offer sweet views of Lake Michigan and Millennium Park.

The Chicago Athletic Association, 12 S. Michigan Ave.; 312-940-3552 or The Founders Suite rates average $1,200 a night.

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