Waldorf Astoria Chicago

Chanel-inspired elegance on the Gold Coast
One of Chicago’s newest luxury hotels is also one of its most stylish. Waldorf Astoria Chicago is an Art Deco jewel inspired by the style of Coco Chanel — the drapes are patterned after her dress designs and the elegant chandeliers in the ballroom are modeled after her jewelry.

The hotel draws from the past with its old-fashioned motor court and antiques while remaining firmly au courant with its crisp gray color palette and slick surfaces. Guest rooms are spacious (there are only 10 per floor) with fireplaces, terraces, white marble baths and tricked-out wet bars.

The luxurious property is also home to celebrity chef Michael Mina’s first Chicago eatery: Margeaux Brasserie, serving up classic French fare on the hotel’s third floor. Be sure to also visit the lavish spa, a getaway itself with Greek columns and a mosaic pool covered in thousands of tiles.
Our Inspector's Highlights
  • The Waldorf is easily one of the most fashionable hotels in the city. Designed by famed architect Lucien Lagrange, the hotel has a grand Parisian feeling and scale that starts at the old-fashioned motor court.
  • The dazzling Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star spa inside the luxury Chicago hotel draws both locals and guests looking to escape the urban jungle with treatments such as lava shell massages and traditional men’s shaves.
  • A narrow pink mosaic pool is housed in its own wing with chaise lounges and daybeds for relaxing with a book or magazine. There’s enough room to swim a few laps or simply take a refreshing dip.
  • The Waldorf is located in the heart of Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood within walking distance of lots of shopping and restaurants. The city’s designer-lined Oak Street is right outside the door and famous restaurants such as Spiaggia are just down the block.
  • With custom-designed Chiavari-style chairs with double cushions, Christofle flatware and Schott Zwiesel stemware, each table in the ballroom is as pretty as the exquisite chandeliers inspired by Coco Chanel’s jewelry.
Things to Know
  • You won’t find a doorman or bellhop at the check-in desk. The luxury hotel eschews the traditional welcoming system and instead employs a jack-of-all-trades staff, which means any staff member might help you with any certain type of request.
  • The Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotel has a small fleet of Lexus vehicles at your disposal for drop-off within a two-mile radius.
  • Most suites at the luxury Chicago hotel feature a furnished balcony or a fireplace, so it’s worth splurging for the added amenities.
The Rooms
  • All of the guest rooms at Waldorf Astoria Chicago are more like suites, since they’re spacious and have a very clean, contemporary and sophisticated style with a palate of contrasting light and dark grays.
  • A large gray velvet sofa anchors the living room, and a pair of armchairs is perfectly positioned for you to enjoy the fire or the 42-inch television. 
  • The hallway leading to the bedroom features two large closets with a vanity area. A Carrara marble-clad bathroom is directly across from the closet area and the bedroom itself is at the end of the hall.
  • Cozy bedrooms include large beds topped in pristine Italian linens, white lacquer dressers with ample drawers, flat-screen TVs and two black end tables with large drawers and shelves.
The Restaurants
  • The Waldorf Astoria houses James Beard award-winning chef Michael Mina’s first Chicago eatery, Margaux Brasserie, on the third floor and its sister restaurant Petit Margeaux in the lobby.
  • The brasserie, open for breakfast and dinner daily as well as for a weekend brunch,  combines the culture and feel of dining at a Parisian cafe with elevated French cuisine made with locally sourced ingredients. 
  • Expect classic French bistro fare such as escargot Bordelaise with porcini mushrooms, frog legs with potato gnocchi and Dover sole meuniere with brown butter.
  • Petit Margeaux, located on the hotel’s lobby, is a classic French patisserie serving up fresh pastries, baked goods and coffee by day and savory menu items and cocktails by night.
24-hour room service
Babysitting services
Indoor pool
Meeting rooms
Pet friendly
Getting There
11 East Walton Street, Chicago, Illinois 60611
ORD (22-30 min)   MDW (20-30 min)  
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