(by Andy) I had to go to Chicago in April for Emergency Medicine boards, and decided to try out some different hotels. One of the ones I’d read about was the Waldorf Astoria Chicago. I knew my per diem wouldn’t cover it, so I booked it on a points & money┬árate, which fortunately was available, for only one night though.

Pulling up to the beautiful facade:

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Obviously a stock photo, as the driveway was full of cars.

I entered the rotating door into a gorgeous lobby. Also a stock photo as mine looked terrible:

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They recognized my Diamond status, and upgraded me to a suite! Unfortunately Hilton status doesn’t get free breakfast at Waldorf Astorias, but oh well.

Walking in to my suite, the entrance foyer, which had a large closet and safe, as well as a well-stocked minibar:

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The living room, with remotely controlled fireplace. the desk space was beautiful, looking West over the city:

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An incredibly comfy bed, and facing it, a B&O bluetooth sound system under the TV.

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Unintentional selfie while checking out the bathroom hallway.

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the marble-countered bathroom, huge & beautiful, with dual sinks, deep bath and overhead rain shower. It included Salvatore Ferragamo amenities:

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I didn’t dine there at all, as I was meeting friends out for dinner, and breakfast the next day. The gym and spa were lovely, with sauna, steam bath, and hot tub. There was also a lap pool, free weights, Nautilus equipment, and several other rooms for group lessons. Overall it was incredibly luxurious and comfortable. The concierges and front desk staff were awesome, giving me great tips and info. I would definitely stay here again if given the chance!

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