Chicago, situated on the shores of Lake Michigan, is one of the largest cities in the United States. I am only an hour plan ride away, so my husband and I stopped over for a short weekend getaway in this vibrant Midwestern city. We spent 2 nights at the Park Hyatt Chicago. Thanks to miles and points, it was free (well, almost!) I’ll show you how I did it and give you my full Park Hyatt Chicago review.
Park Hyatt Chicago Review
Located along the Magnificent Mile, the Park Hyatt Chicago is in the middle of the action. We love exploring cities by foot and this was a great base for a walking tour of Chicago. It is located only .9 miles from Millennium Park (home of “The Bean”), 1.1 miles from Navy Pier and only block away from the John Hancock Building which houses the 360 Chicago Observation Deck on the 94th floor.
Overall, I thought the Park Hyatt Chicago lobby had a very understated elegance. It’s not flashy, it’s not grand. But it is beautiful and classy. The lobby does not have a sweeping grandiose entrance like you might find at some high end hotels or resorts. It’s elegant, but restrained. There is a nice sitting room to the side with some interesting artwork. They also offer coffee and tea in the mornings and citrus and cayanne pepper water during the day…it sounded weird but it was delicious!
The room was simple but elegant and comfortable. There was a nice window seat to enjoy our city views from. The bed was very comfortable (something I don’t often say about hotel beds). The bathroom featured 2 sinks, a huge soaking tub and separate shower (I personally would prefer a bigger shower and no tub but that’s just me). The shower was small but well appointed with 2 shower heads. The room also had an ipad “command center” with dining and hotel information as well as access to housekeeping, news and social media.
The service we received at the Park Hyatt Chicago was excellent. From the moment we walked in the front door, the staff was trying to do whatever they could to make our stay more comfortable. Upon checking in we were informed that a room was ready but because of my status (the lowest status you can get at Hyatt…it gets you approximately nothing) they wanted to give me a room with a better view. While they checked on the better view room, we were offered water and escorted to the lobby waiting room. The better view room was not ready, so we were given a choice whether to check in right then or wait for the better view room. We opted to wait. They held our bags for us while we went out to explore. Not 30 minutes later, I received a text that our room was ready.
The hotel’s restaurant, NoMi Kitchen, is popular even among locals. It’s an upscale establishment with an eclectic menu including sushi and sahimi. We didn’t get a chance to try this place but we did stop in to the NoMi Lounge for breakfast which is the bar area of the main restaurant. The prices were on the upper end of reasonable – basically what you would expect in a hotel that charges $500 a night!
The food was delicious. I highly recommend the mushroom omelet, filled with a variety of mushrooms and goat cheese. It was probably one of the best omelets I have had in recent years. In addition to the NoMi Kitchen and NoMi Lounge, there is also the NoMi Garden, a beautiful rooftop lounge. It was closed while we were there but it looked like a perfect spot to have a drink or light lunch on a sunny Chicago afternoon!
The hotel offers other amenities like a spa, lap pool and full service gym which we weren’t able to try out on our short visit. The fitness center has a concierge who can help you with running or walking maps and even will supply you with a GPS watch for your journey! I also discovered (after I left, unfortunately) that the hotel also provides a service called YogaAwayTM which can provide you with a full yoga session in the privacy of your hotel room. I wish I had known about it to try it out!
How To Stay At The Park Hyatt Chicago For (Almost) Free
Ok, so that all sounds great, right. Now let’s talk price, shall we? As you might have guessed, the Park Hyatt Chicago is not an inexpensive hotel. The price for the nights we booked was $495 per night (of course, that’s not what I paid). Prices dip as low as $345 over Memorial Day weekend to $365 in August. I found rooms in June and July for $425- $495 per night. If you have unlimited funds, by all means, just go ahead and pay full price. If you have a budget you need to stick to, keep reading!
There are 2 ways you can stay at this hotel that won’t cost you and arm and a leg!
1. Book Using World of Hyatt Points:
This hotel costs 25,000 World of Hyatt points per night, regardless of the actual price. You can use points you have earned in your Hyatt account or transfer points over from Chase Ultimate Rewards. Chase points transfer to Hyatt at a 1:1 ratio. If you need a refresher on how to earn and use World of Hyatt points, check out my Guide To World of Hyatt Points.
2. Book Using Free Night Certificates:
This is the method I used to pay for our stay. The Hyatt Credit Card from Chase offers 2 free nights at ANY Hyatt in the world after spending $2,000 on purchases in the first 3 months of having the card. The card comes with an annual fee of $75. So, in essence, you can get 2 nights at the most expensive Hyatt in the world for $75! Not a bad deal, in my book!
However, if you are looking to earn lots of Hyatt points, this isn’t necessarily the best card to have in your wallet. For further reading check out What Is The Best Credit Card To Earn Hyatt Points.
Have you ever stayed at the Park Hyatt Chicago? What did you think?
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