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Claridge House Chicago

by Kimberly Krol

Oct 10, 2019

Courtesy of Claridge House

Destinations / North America

After a pre-dawn flight from Philadelphia to Chicago, I arrived rather early at Claridge House, which recently underwent a multimillion-dollar renovation and rebranding. Claridge House’s residential location in the Gold Coast neighborhood lends itself well to the hotel’s “our home is your home” philosophy. That feeling is also evidenced by the lobby décor, boasting a few tables and a bar in the on-site Juniper restaurant and a cozy couch and seating area. It feels like entering a friend’s home and grabbing a cup of coffee. Even the front desk leans toward tucked-away and unobtrusive, further evoking the at-home vibe.

 

Given my early arrival, my accommodations were not yet ready; after grabbing brunch, I arrived back to the hotel in early afternoon to find my room ready.

 

Huge. That’s the best word to describe my Claridge House accommodations. The two-room deluxe king suite offered more space than I was able to fully utilize during my three-night stay. I entered into a spacious living room area, with a wet bar area to the immediate right. The wall of windows directly in front of me commanded my attention as they offered sweeping views out to Lake Michigan. Off of the living room was a bathroom; while two bathrooms are usually unnecessary for my solo travels, I was pleased to have this second bathroom as I found the layout and shower of the bathroom in the bedroom cramped and a bit uncomfortable. I showered in the bathroom off the living room.

 

The bedroom area was equally large, with a chair and ottoman near the windows, two nightstands flanking the bed, a TV, a large dressing area with a closet and vanity, and the second bathroom.

 

As you enter Claridge House, you enter Juniper, the on-site restaurant serving breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner, with a bar that stays open late. The front windows open fully, bringing the outside in, and outdoor, street-side seating is also provided. Room service is also available.

 

Claridge House charges a $20 daily urban fee that covers several benefits, including two bottled waters upon check-in, 25 percent off at The Gold Coast Spa (on site), WiFi, access to the business center and fitness center, in-room tablet and streaming services, and more.

 

Claridge House Chicago

1244 N. Dearborn Parkway

Chicago, IL 60610

tel 312 787 4980

claridgehousechicago.com

 

 

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