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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Swissôtel

FOR: Your sister and her rambunctious family

WHERE: Swissôtel (323 E. Wacker Dr., 312-565-0565, swissotelchicago.com) From $179.

Swissôtel amenities

THE GIST: You’ve seen this towering triangle in the skyline countless times. Here’s a news flash for parents (or grandparents): The classy Harry Weese–designed Swissôtel, which underwent an extensive renovation in April, offers great programming for the under-12 set. Kids can swim in the 42nd-floor indoor pool, wolf down an excellent hot breakfast in the restaurant Geneva, and stomp around the playground and park behind the hotel. And while the family suite package may sound steep at $529 a night, consider that it includes a common living space, a separate room for parents, and a colorful kids’ room stocked with toys and games. It also includes four passes to the museum of your choice (a $100 value).

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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