Top 10 Spa Hotels
A landmark former bank makes a deposit into Chicago's luxury hotel market.
Among American cities, Chicago has one of the finest architectural legacies, which is why we’re so glad to see the restoration of its Daniel Burnham-designed former Continental & Commercial National Bank Building. After a $396 million facelift, this neoclassical gem now houses the 610 guest rooms and suites of the JW Marriott Chicago on its first twelve floors. All rooms feature ten-foot ceilings, handcrafted crown moldings, tasteful jeweled accents and more high-tech goodies than a Best Buy superstore, including full IPTV systems with personal computers for streaming from the Internet to the TV. The highlight of the 20,000-square-foot Valeo Spa is the “Clarity Chamber,” based on ancient bathing rituals from Greece, Rome and Turkey. The hotel is a hotspot for business travelers and conference planners with more than 44,000 square feet of meeting space, close to 40 meeting rooms and the 6,000-square-foot Burnham Ballroom with its original domed ceiling. For guests working up an appetite over PowerPoint presentations, The Florentine Italian steakhouse serves a hearty seasonal menu incorporating a blend of local and imported Italian ingredients. Or, for those who don't want to leave the luxury of their plush guest room, the hotel offers a unique in-room tasting menu that includes nine sweet and savory bites developed daily by the hotel's executive chef.