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FOR: You and your sweetie
WHERE: Waldorf Astoria (11 E. Walton St., 312-646-1300, waldorfastoria.hilton.com/chicago) From $395.
THE GIST: Couples will be hard-pressed to find anything more romantic than the former Elysian, which was absorbed into the Waldorf empire in February. Opulent in its Coco Chanel–inspired design, the 188-room hotel in prime Oak Street territory conveys refinement from the start with its heated cobblestone driveway and no-tipping policy. Secluded in feeling but not remote, the hotel fosters togetherness with its residential-style rooms, fireplaces, private balconies with views, and couples’ massages ($320). Though it currently lacks a fine-dining spot (at presstime, there was no reopening date set for Ria), the hotel’s bistro-style Balsan is no slouch, serving fresh seafood platters with oysters and lobster (from $70) and its regionally themed Sunday Suppers ($31). Guests who would rather snuggle in their room can opt for custom plates and cocktails delivered by room service.
KEY TO SYMBOLS
Good value Boutique (<200 rooms) Family friendly Great bar scene Trendy restaurant
Scenery (views, etc.) Pool Spa Free Wi-Fi 24-hour room service
Photograph: Courtesy of Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts