Ritz Carlton Chicago – Did Not Impress

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Overview: An in-city hotel that didn’t deliver as a luxury hotel Strengths: Some water views, outdoor bar Drawbacks: Disappointing breakfast, no in-room water or bar, service lapses at front desk Notable: Rooftop yoga classes A quick business trip brought me to Chicago earlier this month.  Having stayed at the Mandarin, Four Seasons, Park Hyatt, Waldorf, […]

W Lakeshore Chicago – Nothing “Spectacular” About This Stay!

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Overview: An upper-midscale hotel that is long on the tooth and weak on service Strengths: Lake views, price, SPG gold recognition Drawbacks: Rooms, service Update – Jan 17: see note and link in the comments section about shooting at this hotel which occurred just before my stay. A business trip brought me to Chicago earlier […]

Keeping the Uber-SPG Connection Going!

Update Jan 16 2016: SPG confirmed via Twitter that you don’t start earning each year until you have completed one SPG stay.  Their language (second image below) could have been construed as just applying to the year you register (though could also easily be read to say you need one stay each year before the meter turns […]