Chicago is home to not one, but two of the best hotels in the entire United States. Per the U.S. News & World Report’s annual list of the 25 best hotels in the United States, The Peninsula Chicago ranks third and The Langham, Chicago ranks fifth. So, we’ll see your Top 25 and raise you two in the Top 5.
The two hold steady high on the list after their 2020 appearances saw them rank second and third. If you’ve been inside either hotel then you know exactly why they rank where they rank. If not, just walk by on the sidewalk and be prepared to be washed over with a breeze of affluence and prestige from along Wabash or Superior.
The best hotels list, which is in its eleventh year, takes a look at more than 30,000 luxury hotels and resorts around the United States, Europe, and more. Their rating system and description can be seen here, but basically, it takes into account guest reviews, ratings, and other industry awards. The top accolade in 2021 went to the Four Seasons Resort Lanai in Hawaii. Other Chicago properties such as Four Seasons Hotel Chicago (27), Trump International Hotel & Tower (41), Waldorf Astoria Chicago (101), Thompson Chicago (165), and The Ritz-Carlton Chicago (209) were also featured.
After a tumultuous 2020 for the hospitality industry, The Peninsula and The Langham holding strong in the top five is a true testament to the hotel’s management and staff. The Peninsula Chicago’s RVP and General Manager Maria Razumich-Zec said in a statement (via The Chicago Tribune), “As the hotel celebrates our 20th anniversary this year, we reflect and are grateful to be an integral part of Chicago life, creating lasting memories for our guests. … This recognition is also an endorsement for Chicago as a premier destination for local, regional, and global travelers.”
I personally have never stayed at either hotel. I have attended a wedding at The Peninsula before and I did get drinks at The Langham once so I guess you could say that I run in pretty exclusive circles. The basis of telling you this is for nothing more than to say that I have, and the pandemic has me longing for more occasions at super nice places that I cannot really afford. Thus is life, though.
The Langham, Chicago is at 330 N Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL, 60611 and The Peninsula is at 108 E Superior St, Chicago, IL, 60611. If you’re looking for info and pricing about either hotel, utilize the links for more.
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