Chicago Downtown Hotels | Part 3: Trump Towers

In this series:  Hampton Inn & Suites | Waldorf Astoria | The Four SeasonsSofitel Chicago Water Tower

Our final site inspection took us to a fairly new hotel by Chicago standards, the Trump International Hotel & Tower.   Opening 5 years ago, the hotel famously redefined the Chicago skyline with its stainless steel exterior and chic, modern interior.  We were greeted warmly immediately upon arrival and whisked straight to the spa.  Private and tranquil treatment rooms attach effortlessly to the gym, boasting some of the most enviable views of any exercise facility in the area.

Following this tour we viewed a number of rooms and suites, starting with their spa guest rooms.  A perfect extension of an indulgent spa experience, these rooms promote relaxation and offer generous  amenities such as heated neck pillows that are warmed with their nightly turn down service.  Consistent with all other Trump properties, the rooms are more spacious than any other hotel per their respective city which to a guest such as myself is a huge perk.  Extremely high ceilings in the rooms, meeting spaces and restaurant give the space a grand, significant feel.

Business and leisure clients are welcome at the hotel and the staff at Trump is truly spectacular when it comes to accommodating a guest based on their specific personality and reason for travel.  Families with children, for instance, can enjoy a number of specialized products and accommodations.  Whether it is a connecting room, a private corner of rooms with separate entrance or simply the joy on a child’s face when they see their custom sized slippers and robe; Trump has it all.  The suites offer an impressive kitchen, fireplace and more square footage than some downtown apartments.

The piece de resistance of the hotel is their rooftop restaurant, the Terrace at Trump.  Offering food, cocktails and the perfect place to view the weekly fireworks show, this is a spot I would recommend anyone coming to Chicago visit even if they are not staying at Trump.  We were lucky enough to sit with our guide and enjoy a cold drink with the view as we further talked of the hotels well-earned reputation.   With a clever cocktail list (regionally themed drinks for each country participating in the 2012 Olympics for instance) and al fresco dining options, there is something for everyone.  In those winter months guests of the Trump will not miss the terrace with Sixteen, Rebar and 24/7 in-room dining.  I would recommend this hotel to all high end clients, especially those coming to the city for leisure.  With Audi smart cars downstairs that take guests anywhere within a 2 mile radius, the possibilities are endless.  Feeling more adventurous?  Right outside one of the famous local water taxis can send guests to Chinatown for dim sum or a number of other locations.  Trump is a great location to branch out and see all that Chicago has to offer.

By Kathleen O’Connell