Looking for a fun staycation in the Windy City? Escape your house for a few days at your favorite hotel in Downtown Chicago! Just a heads up, things might be a little different. Many hotels have unveiled plans to increase sanitation throughout guests’ experiences while enforcing social distancing practices. You should also plan for a digital check-in and check-out, plexiglass in high contact locations, and no room service at most locations to keep guests safe. Here’s a quick roundup of Chicago hotels that are open now and what to expect when you visit them.
85 East Wacker Drive, Chicago IL 60601
This luxury hotel puts you right smack dab in the middle of downtown Chicago. Whether you’re looking for a weekend getaway or just passing through, LondonHouse is a great spot to check out. To ensure staff and guests are safe, they’ll be enforcing new procedures including daily team wellness and temperature checks, a reconfigured layout, and expert-guided food safety protocol.
Want something more affordable? Take a peek at the various Hilton hotels in Downtown Chicago. Depending on dates and times, you could score a room for under $100. Just a heads up, the fitness center, and breakfast are available but limited. And leave your swimsuit at home, the pool, business center, and room service are all unavailable.
521 North Rush Street, Chicago, IL, 60611
Voted one of the best luxury hotels in Chicago by Travel + Leisure, the Gwen Hotel provides modern amenities in the heart of the city. Staff is going above and beyond all state and health department guidelines to ensure the strictest standards are in place. Associates are required to wear masks with temperatures checked each day. Their rooms are “sealed” upon sanitization prior to guest arrival. And sorry no hotel parties: during after hours, access to the hotel is limited to guests only.
20 East Chestnut St., Chicago, IL 60611
Head down to the Magnificent Mile and spend some time at this stylish hotel in downtown Chicago. Sofitel’s General Manager states on their website, “In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have partnered with top experts to implement new standards of safety and enhance operational protocols and procedures which are among the most stringent in the hospitality industry.” For a deep dive into how Sofitel is handling safety procedures, check out allstaywell.com.
3630 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60613
If you can’t be at the ballpark, stay across the street at Hotel Zachary instead! This distinctive boutique hotel is a Wrigleyville staple. And you can feel confident your room will be safe: all surfaces must be thoroughly cleaned with hospital-grade disinfectants. You can also find disinfecting wipes in each room for your own personal use. And if you’re a healthcare professional, you could score a free room. Hotel Zachary is a part of the Marriott family and together with American Express and JPMorgan Chase, they’re offering $10 million worth of hotel stays for those leading the fight against COVID-19.
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151 East Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL 60601
Kick back and relax at Chicago’s largest hotel, steps from the Riverwalk. Some things to note: food service, bar service, and the business center have limited availability. The fitness center is only open from 5:30am to 8pm. And face masks are strongly encouraged throughout public areas. For the latest information, you’ll want to call the hotel directly.
1118 N State Street, Chicago, IL 60610
Known for its contemporary-chic design and prime location, Viceroy is a luxury hotel located in the Gold Coast of Chicago, IL. Management has laid out an action plan for new standards at their hotels, from strict cleaning practices to physical distancing guidelines—everything has been created in accordance with the American Hotel & Lodging Association, the CDC, and local health authorities.
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