Short Stay: Raffaello Chicago – Hotel Review

By Jonathan Spira on 14 October 2014
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Nothing compares to a really good rooftop bar, and it’s even better if an equally good hotel comes along with it, making the bar only an elevator ride away.

Such is the case at the Raffaello Chicago, a hotel in Streeterville near Water Tower Place and the John Hancock Observatory, which was my choice for a recent stay.

The Raffaello is a boutique hotel, a term which generally indicates an establishment somewhat smaller in size and scope than a standard hotel. This became apparent upon checking in at what must have been one of the world’s smallest check-in desks, but otherwise the hotel was quite grand.


Check-in formalities were simple but my room wasn’t ready yet. No worries, the Raffaello has a remedy for this, a small lounge on the second floor where guests can comfortably wait. There’s even a bath and restroom for travelers who may require them.


My Grand Suite consisted of two separate rooms and was tastefully decorated in dark wood, mauve carpeting, and creamy white walls and drapes.

The king size bed was topped by a soft goose down duvet and made for a very restful night’s sleep. There was ample closet space (the closet included a row of shelves, something more hotels should provide) and the bedroom was large enough to accommodate a comfortable chair with ottoman as well as a chest of drawers with a large flat-screen television on top.

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