3 Top-Notch Hotel Digs For Chicago Design Lovers


Hotel bedroom with pink walls, vibrant furnishings and a fireplace


King & Queen Suite

You guessed it—the top room category at the recently opened Neighborhood Hotel in Lincoln Park is fit for royalty, albeit the more modern, Harry-and-Meghan type. This boutique property by Rebel House Interior Design is in an 1893 historic building and features only 14 suites, creating a private experience that serves as a base camp for city exploration. Inside King & Queen, which sleeps six guests and has two full baths, happy pops of color everywhere from the walls to the pillows create a cheerful, peppy vibe—and that’s to say nothing of the snacks. Find a stocked kitchen (or request a private chef) to cook a meal in your full kitchen, then lounge by the fireplace.

Walk-in closet in hotel suite with wood shelving


Peninsula Suite

This ultra-private 3,600-square-foot space on the 18th floor of the Peninsula Chicago received a contemporary face-lift from designer Bill Rooney last fall. Immense windows let in abundant natural light, illuminating a luxurious dining room with a Murano glass chandelier. In the large living room, relax among gilded walls, a fireplace and baby grand piano. Three bedrooms accommodate larger families, while the thoughtful study features Bubinga wood furnishings and a custom leather desk equipped with all your work-from-hotel needs. Outside, the suite’s 2,000-square-foot wraparound terrace is the ideal summer hangout.

Dining table with red chairs in hotel suite


Sake Suite

Oases of sophistication in the industrial design-heavy West Loop, the four Sake Suites at Nobu Chicago— designed by Studio K—challenge the rules of hotel design with Venetian plastered walls, wood floors and high exposed ceilings balanced by low furniture. Accents like sisal and wool rugs and mango wood millwork are a texture lover’s dream, emphasizing natural materials with Japanese roots. Surprising details like chicken-wire glass doors entering the bathroom add an unexpected touch that culminates in a space that’s at once calm, contemporary and opulent.