Best Hotels for the 2012 Holidays

It seems like everyone you know is descending upon Chicago this year—and they all need a place to stay. Here are ten recommendations.

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Radisson Blu Aqua

FOR: Your friends the architecture buffs

WHERE: Radisson Blu Aqua (221 N. Columbus Dr., 312-565-5258, radissonblu.com/aquahotel-chicago) From $149.

Radisson Blu Aqua amenities

THE GIST: Minneapolis-based Radisson chose wisely last November when it picked Aqua, the Jeanne Gang–designed marvel overlooking Millennium Park, for the North American debut of its upscale brand Blu. Rather than gawk at the curvaceous landmark from the sidewalk, architecture aficionados can canvass the skyline from a balcony—no two are the same—off one of Blu’s 334 rooms. The mantra for the interiors is tranquility: sleek metal design elements, warm lighting, and wood floors. Likewise, the 80,000-square-foot outdoor green deck on the third floor is outfitted with a sizable pool, walking trail, and Zen garden.

KEY TO SYMBOLS
good value Good value    boutique Boutique (<200 rooms)   Family friendly Family friendly   Great bar scene Great bar scene   Trendy restaurant Trendy restaurant 
Scenery Scenery (views, etc.)   Pool Pool   Spa Spa   Free Wi-Fi Free Wi-Fi  24-hour room service 24-hour room service

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Photograph: Courtesy of hotel

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