Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago – Review

By Jonathan Spira on 22 January 2014
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The Trump Hotel Chicago, erected on the site of the Chicago Sun-Times building, has a colorful back-story.  Announced in July 2001 as the world’s tallest building, plans were scaled back after September 2001.  In 2004, the project received national attention after the winner of Trump’s television show “The Apprentice” was made its president.

The location, overlooking the Chicago River, is adjacent to the Chicago Loop business district and a block from what is known as the Magnificent Mile on Michigan Avenue.  From much of the hotel, including the restaurant on the 16th floor, named Sixteen, guests have a unfettered view of the city including the Wrigley Building, Tribune Tower, the Michigan Avenue Bridge, and the Chicago River’s confluence with Lake Michigan.

I arrived by car, the navigation system having been somewhat baffled by the city’s multi-layered streets, but the stress of the last portion of the drive quickly dissipated once inside.  The welcome couldn’t have been more warm and registration formalities took mere minutes.  Soon I was in my room enjoying the night-lit cityscape.


My Deluxe Guestroom was nothing if not spacious at 600 square feet (56 square meters), but what really set the scene were the ten-foot floor-to-ceiling windows with a magnificent view of the city’s skyline.

The room’s décor was understated and tasteful, with muted grey walls, dark woods, and cream-colored furnishings.  In railroad flat style, it was divided (without walls) into three sections: a well-equipped kitchen, the bedroom, and a living area closest to the windows.  A selection of four waters, including a somewhat ironic bottle of Bling, was on the table closest to the window.

The comfortable bed was dressed in Bellino linens from Italy, which were just about as soft and luxurious as I’ve ever come across.  I woke up refreshed and ready for the challenges of the day.  Bedside controls for lighting were clearly labeled.

The limestone-clad bathroom featured a separate soaking tub and adjacent shower, all behind one glass door, a design I’ve come to appreciate because of the luxuriously expansive bathing area it creates.  A flat-screen television was embedded into the bathroom mirror, and ample counter space was available for toiletries.

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