Best New Hotels: Seven Spots to Please a Spectrum of People and Budgets
CROWD PLEASERS: Your siblings, your uncle, and your in-laws? Everyone you know is coming to town this spring, and not only are you the object of their affection—you’re responsible for showing them a good time. We scouted Chicago’s bumper crop of new hotels, all opened within the last five years, and selected an option for every visitor on your list.
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FOR: Your free-spirited childhood friend, a natural healer and yogi
WHERE: Dana Hotel and Spa (660 N. State St.; 888-301-3262, danahotelandspa.com). From $250.
THE GIST: Bamboo floors and exposed cement ceilings give this 216-room boutique hotel the feel of an urban loft. A five-foot-long Vietnamese bell hanging in the lobby signals the worldly design touches throughout.
INSIDER TIP: Ask for a corner room. With two full walls of floor-to-ceiling windows, the spectacular views of State Street make a standard room seem positively deluxe.
SCENE AT THE BAR: In the ultraclubby Vertigo, on the roof of the 26th floor, party-happy 30-somethings chatter around the fire pit.