Best Hotels, B&B's and Hostels in Chicago

RecommendedRoom lists the best hotels, hostels, B&Bs and guesthouses in Chicago as recommended by the most popular travel experts from CNN, Lonely Planet, Fodor’s, New York Times and more. All hotel recommendations have been referenced with customer reviews. The ratings you see is an aggregate from several platforms and is always higher than 4 out of 5 stars. Our ratings are to be trusted as they include both customer reviews and expert opinions.

Officially known as the City of Chicago, this city is the third most populous city in the United States. Chicago has been widely described as the birthplace of the skyscraper and described as perhaps the most influential architectural city of the 20th century. Chicago is a trendsetter; it saw the creation of the first standardized futures contracts at the Chicago Board of Trade which today now accounts for 20% of all volume in commodities and financial futures.

The city is an international hub for industry, commerce, finance, telecommunications and transportation. As a major transport hub, O’Hare International Airport is one of the busiest in the world while the city has the highest number of US highways and railroad freights.

Chicago has been described as a model for economic diversification making the city attractive to several investments. Chicago is also a top destination for tourism; it is the second most visited city in the United States with tens of millions of visitors entering the city annually.

The city is also home to several landmarks that include the Millennium Park, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Navy Pier, Lincoln Park Zoo, the Willis (Sears) Tower and Museum Campus.

If you like our list of best places to stay in Chicago, then you should also check out our selection of recommended hotels in Cincinnati or best hotels in Detroit.

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  • 4.8 Langham Hotel Chicago

    The Langham Hotel, Chicago

    Fodors

    “Open since 2013, a Mies van der Rohe-designed skyscraper is now home to the city’s hottest stay. The Langham Chicago stands out for its winning mix of impeccable service, sleek style, and outstanding location.”

    Featured as Fodor’s Choice in Chicago.

  • 4.5 Acme Hotel Chicago

    Acme Hotel Company, Chicago

    New York Times

    “The affordable, well-situated Acme Hotel Company has a cheekily hip, rock ‘n’ roll aesthetic that’s targeted at the Internet generation. It fulfills a need in the neighborhood, which has plenty of chain hotels and expensive lodgings lacking personality.”

  • 4.3 Hotel Lincoln Chicago

    Hotel Lincoln, Chicago

    Fodors

    “Across from Lincoln Park, this historic hotel’s cool, kitschy vibe still feels authentic, thanks to details like the original Hotel Lincoln sign in the lobby. Guest rooms combine vintage and modern elements, including original art.”

    Featured as Fodor’s Choice in Chicago.

  • 4.7 Waldorf Astoria Chicago

    Hotel Waldorf Astoria, Chicago

    Frommers

    “Built in 2008 as the Elysian, the Waldorf Astoria brand took over the space in 2012, and has done a superb job of maintaining its elegant, over-the-top image.”

    Featured as Frommer’s Exceptional Choice in Chicago.

  • 4.3 Holiday Jones Chicago

    Hostel Holiday Jones, Chicago

    Lonely Planet

    “Holiday Jones has a tongue-in-cheek, itchy-feet personality. Old steamer trunks comprise the front desk. Wild, cartoony posters line the stairwell. Rooms are compact but tidy.”

  • 4.4 Hampton Inn Chicago

    Hampton Inn & Suites Downtown, Chicago

    Lonely Planet

    “This unique property makes you feel like a road-tripper of yore. The dark-wood-paneled rooms strike the right balance of retro vibe and modern amenities. The central location puts you near the river, Magnificent Mile shops and Millennium Park.”

  • 4.7 Thompson Hotel Chicago

    The Thompson Hotel, Chicago

    New York Times

    “The 247-room Thompson Chicago has a Gold Coast address with the casual opulence and views — of both city and lake — to match. A stylish, splurge-worthy hotel with an excellent location, thoughtful perks and destination-style dining without having to leave your room.”

  • 4.5 Godfrey Hotel Chicago

    The Godfrey Hotel, Chicago

    New York Times

    “The Godfrey boasts a Cubist-inspired facade and a marble-clad elliptical lobby. The modern design aesthetic extends to the 221 rooms and suites, many of which have skyline views. A youthful atmosphere pervades the stylish hotel, as evidenced by the high-energy music playing in the lobby day and night.”

  • 4.6 Athletic Association Chicago

    Athletic Association Hotel, Chicago

    New York Times

    “Gorgeously restored and imbued with a modern spirit of play, the Chicago Athletic Association captures many of the city’s most compelling attractions — architecture, history and food — under one handsome roof.”

  • 4.6 Alise Hotel Chicago

    Staypineapple at The Alise Hotel, Chicago

    Lonely Planet

    “Housed in the landmark 1890s Reliance Building, the Alise’s slick, historic design woos architecture buffs. Deco-style lights, iron filigree stair railings and mosaic-tile floors prevail in the public areas.”

  • 4.7 Virgin Hotel Chicago

    Virgin Hotel, Chicago

    Lonely Planet

    “Billionaire Richard Branson transformed the 27-story, art-deco Dearborn Bank Building into the first outpost of his cheeky new hotel chain.”

  • 4.5 Ace Hotel Chicago

    Ace Hotel, Chicago

    CN Traveler

    “Humming, industrial-vibe magnet for Google employees who work across the street, and urban nomads checking in to check out the banging West Loop—and the city’s cultural attractions beyond. Well worth it for the insider access to a great restaurant, skyline-framing rooftop bar, and exposure to local art.”

    Featured in CN Traveler’s 2018 Hot List.

  • 4.7 St Jane Chicago

    St. Jane Hotel, Chicago

    New York Times

    “The 1929-vintage Carbide and Carbon Building newly houses the 364-room St. Jane hotel in the Loop. Named for the pioneering social worker Jane Addams, the hotel plans to donate 1.1 percent of hotel revenue to a local charity. Guests will find local brands in the minibar and a destination all-day American brasserie, Free Rein, on the ground floor.”

    Featured in New York Times’ 36 Hours in Chicago.

FAQ

Where to stay in Chicago?
Chicago is a city in the Midwestern U.S. state of Illinois and is the third largest city in the U.S. by population. Some of the best neighborhoods in Chicago are:

Bridgeport
Bridgeport is a working-class neighborhood that is transforming with the establishment of bakeries, bars, and restaurants. The area is acclaimed for its bars and breweries that serve best drinks in the city. Schaller’s Pump, the oldest bar in the city, is located in the neighborhood.

Chinatown
The Chinatown neighborhood in Chicago is not as big as the Chinatowns located in San Francisco or New York but is large enough for you to remain entertained all through your stay. The neighborhood has Chinatown Square that houses the biggest Chinese shopping mall in the Midwestern region, Chinatown Gate, or Wentworth Avenue for delicious dim sum treats.

Hyde Park
Hyde Park is a neighborhood that is located in the southern side of the city and is a cultural throve and is the home to the Museum of Science and Industry, the University of Chicago campus, the home of former President Barack Obama, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House, among several other places.

Uptown
Uptown is a neighborhood in the city that is a lively blend of old and Chicago. The neighborhood offers some of the best Vietnamese food that can be found in the city. The neighborhood is the home to Aragon Ballroom, Riviera, Art Deco architecture, and restored movie palaces.

Wicker Park
Wicker Park is a neighborhood that is replete with vegetarian restaurants, vintage boutiques, artisanal donut shops, tree-lined streets, and other beautiful features.
How much does it cost to stay in a Chicago hotel?
Hotels in Chicago aren't cheap. For a 3-star hotel you have to pay around $170 per night and for a 4-star Chicago hotel you would be looking at $225 per night. If you're after a luxury 5-star hotel then you can expect to pay around $400 per night.
Which Chicago hotels offer the best rooftop bar?
Looking for a drink with a view in Chicago? Try The Godfrey Hotel, Hotel Lincoln or the Virgin Hotel. All those hotels have excellent customer reviews for the rooftop bars.
Which Chicago hotel serves a great breakfast?
The Langham Hotel is probably your best bet if you're looking to start the day with a great breakfast. Customers have rated the breakfast buffet there as excellent.
Which Chicago hotels are good for a romantic getaway?
If you're looking for a great Chicago hotel for couples then try The Thompson Hotel or The Langham Hotel. Both hotels have excellent customer review ratings by couples.