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What’s scarier than Friday the 13th? The thought of your mother-in-law commandeering the bathroom when you need to get in there. Holidays are a time to celebrate family, but festive moods last only so long in tight quarters. In case you’d like to gently guide your visitors toward local hotels, here’s where to put up every type of guest this season.


For the Newlyweds: Four Seasons Chicago

Your little sister isn’t shy about P.D.A. Perhaps she and her newly betrothed would benefit from a little privacy? At the Four Seasons Hotel, they can find plenty of it. The plush Gold Coast hotel has a traveling drink cart that lets guests order chocolate martinis straight to their rooms. Plus, the on-site spa offers couples massages, and the indoor swimming pool can be rented out for private dips (along with a bottle of Champagne).

120 E. Delaware Pl.; 312-280-8800 or


For Your Hip Cousins: The Freehand

Catching up with your cousins means late-night gabfests, with maybe a cocktail or two. If the whole crew can’t fit on your living room couch, book them a room at the Freehand Hotel|Hostel. Yes, it’s a hostel, but don’t let that fool you. The shared quads couldn’t be comfier or more cutely designed (there are even little curtains around each bunk bed). And the lobby bar, Broken Shaker, has punch service and pistachio mai tais.  

19 E. Ohio St.; 312-940-3699 or


For Shopping Fanatics: Le Meridien Chicago

Sorry, but it’s not on you to get your aunt to the mall so she can cash in the holiday coupons she’s been clipping. Instead, let Le Méridien Chicago tend to your family shopaholic. Located on the Oakbrook Center property, the hotel has a package called the “Holiday Happy Hour.” The $65 deal offers car service to and from the mall; a post-shopping, 25-minute massage at its spa; snacks and a spiked hot cider.

2100 Spring Rd., Oak Brook; 630-368-900 or


For the Dog Lovers: Hotel Monaco Chicago

For that family member who won’t leave Fido at home, despite your dad’s allergies, consider the Hotel Monaco Chicago. The downtown hotel is newly renovated and just unveiled a Serenity Suite designed by interior design pro Alison Victoria. But best of all, the place goes wild for pooches. Staffers leave water and food bowls in pet owner’s rooms, and the front desk attendants dole out leashes and plastic bags for walks. Oh, and the concierge can arrange for pet massages and acupuncture (seriously).

225 N. Wabash Ave.; 312-960-8500 or


For the Little Ones: The Dana Hotel and Spa

The Dana Hotel and Spa has a “Happy Glamper” package that sounds perfect for tots or the young at heart--we kind of want to try it ourselves. The deal provides a mixology session with s’mores at the rooftop bar, a DIY scrub at turndown (for that arts-and-crafts touch) and a hot-stone facial or massage at the spa. The best part: You also get an in-room teepee.

660 N. State St.; 312-202-6000 or

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