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Landmark Vistas - Intercontinental Hotel Chicago Review - (ORD)

Landmark Vistas - Intercontinental Hotel Chicago Review - (ORD)

On my last trip to the Windy City, I searched for a hotel, both in the shopping district, and close to Millennium Park.  The Intercontinental fit the bill!

What follows is a review of this spectacular hotel:

The Intercontinental Chicago - Photo: Calvin Wood

The Intercontinental Chicago - Photo: Calvin Wood

Rooms

Bedrooms  - Intercontinental Chicago   Photo: Calvin Wood

Bedrooms  - Intercontinental Chicago   Photo: Calvin Wood

The glam started right away. While checking in, the assistant manager announced she was upgrading me to a corner room with a view – and what a view it was!  (pictured at the very top of this post) – Wow! Look at that Wriggley Building! 

How did I get upgraded? I collect rewards points with IHG. That gave me Gold Elite status, paving the way to this fabulous upgrade... and into the new wing of the hotel. (Thanks IHG!)

And what a room!  Bright, mod, spacious, and smartly designed.  

Bedrooms - The Couch - Intercontinental Chicago   Photo:  Calvin Wood

Bedrooms - The Couch - Intercontinental Chicago   Photo:  Calvin Wood

This has never happened to me before – I wanted to steal the couch! I'm a sucker for anything that looks remotely mid-century with orange accents.  While I couldn't take it home, it did become the perfect perch for admiring the night views - with a glass of Cointreau from the mini-bar.

Bedrooms - Work Area - Intercontinental Chicago   Photo: Calvin Wood

Bedrooms - Work Area - Intercontinental Chicago   Photo: Calvin Wood

Bathroom

Bathroom - Intercontinental Chicago   Photo:  Calvin Wood

Bathroom - Intercontinental Chicago   Photo:  Calvin Wood

Updated and roomy.  Its stone counter-tops helped cement a feeling of luxury.  (Not being a geology expert, I have no idea whether it was marble or granite -- it simply looked expensive!)

Of particular note:  the splendrous bath products from Agraria (of San Francisco).  After my morning ablutions with those Lemon Verbena shampoos and gels, I was ready to hit the shops, smelling sensational! 

Toiletries - Intercontinental Chicago   Photo:  Calvin Wood

Toiletries - Intercontinental Chicago   Photo:  Calvin Wood

The Pool

The Pool - Intercontinental Chicago   Photo: Calvin Wood

The Pool - Intercontinental Chicago   Photo: Calvin Wood

Highlight Alert:  You must visit the pool at the Intercontinental - even if you forget your swim suit!

Right out of the roaring twenties, with its ornate tiles and archways, this magical space made me feel like I was in "The Great Gatsby." Who knows – perhaps this was party central during prohibition - perhaps plenty of gin made its way into that giant pool!

You can't drink there today- but you can still soak up the ambiance from the viewing area, and imagine the echo of clinking martini glasses, the fizz-pop of champagne, and sleek women in satin jumping into the pool, beads flying furiously.

My Verdict

Night View from the Intercontinental Chicago   Photo: Calvin Wood

Night View from the Intercontinental Chicago   Photo: Calvin Wood

Excellent Location. Fantastic Views. Glamorous Rooms.

This hotel delivered on all fronts! –– I'll definitely stay here again!

My advice: Pack a bottle of Tanqueray to float into the roaring-20's feel of this hotel! And prepare to be "zozzled."

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