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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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Waldorf Astoria

FOR: You and your sweetie

WHERE: Waldorf Astoria (11 E. Walton St., 312-646-1300, waldorfastoria.hilton.com/chicago) From $395.

Waldorf Astoria amenities

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.

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 Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts


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