CHICAGOLAND HOTELS: Big suites with a view
Embassy Suites Downtown/Lakefront (Sonheim Photography/Handout)
Twenty-four-hour fitness and business centers give jet-lagged travelers a chance to blow off some steam or knock out that last-minute presentation.
Enjoy the vast downtown views from the hotel's fifth-floor Sky Lobby and complimentary breakfast (omelets cooked to order, pancakes, waffles) in the hotel's Lobby Lounge before heading to street level, where you'll find the Magnificent Mile just blocks away.
And those looking for more family-friendly fun can check out the River East Center, which offers a bowling alley and movie theater next door to the hotel. For more diversions, Navy Pier is just a few blocks east.
Embassy Suites Hotel Chicago Downtown-Lakefront
511 N. Columbus Drive
Chicago, IL 60611
Cross streets: Illinois and Columbus
Public transportation: Red Line "L" stop: Grand; CTA bus: 65-Grand
Parking: self and valet
Prices start at $139, excluding taxes.
Hotel amenities: Ballrooms (one), meeting rooms (seven), restaurant and bars/lounges (one), 24-hour business center, 24-hour fitness center, pool, whirlpool, sauna
Room amenities: Two 32-inch flat-screen televisions, sleeper couch, work desk, coffee maker, microwave, mini-refrigerator.
Room service, Wi-Fi $14.95 a day, shopping nearby